Youth Development

Childrens International Summer Villages Inc

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • www.cisvusa.org

Mission Statement

CISV USA is a community of dedicated volunteers, creating opportunities for all ages to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity through our educational programs. We are founded on our belief that peace is possible through friendship, and that the real difference can be made by starting with children. CISV educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world.

Main Programs

  1. Village
  2. Step Up
  3. Interchange
  4. Seminar Camp
  5. Youth Meeting
  6. International People's Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

CISV USA is comprised of  21 Chapters located in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, California, and the District of Columbia.

ruling year

1971

Executive Director

Self-reported

Laura Kersey

Keywords

Self-reported

peace education, children, multi-cultural friendships, community development, children's international summer villages

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Also Known As

Cisv USA, Inc.

EIN

23-7367807

 Number

0118649378

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file a group return with the IRS.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

CISV USA provides a range of unique educational group activities, which develop cross-cultural understanding in children, youth, and adults from around the world. By encouraging respect for cultural differences and the development of self-awareness, CISV USA empowers all participants to incorporate these values into their lives as they become global citizens and strive for a more peaceful world.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Village

A Village is a 28-day camp attended by 12 delegations of 11-year-olds.  Each delegation comes from a different nation and is made up of two boys and two girls accompanied by an adult leader.  A Village is planned, funded,  staffed, and hosted by a Chapter from any one of the approximately 70 CISV National Associations from around the world.  Six Junior Counselors (16-17 year olds) participate in each Village.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

Program 2

Step Up

A Step Up is a 23-day camp attended by nine delegations of 14-year-olds or 15-year-olds from nine different nations.  Each delegation is made up of two boys and two girls, accompanied by an adult leader.  A Step Up is planned, funded, staffed, and hosted by a Chapter from one of the approximately 70 CISV National Associations around the world.  Participants at a Step Up are encouraged to take part in planning and running the daily schedule and activities.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 3

Interchange

Interchange is a home-based program that matches a delegation (composed of up to 12 youth plus one or two adult leaders) from one nation with a similar delegation from another nation.  Each delegation both hosts and is the guest of its partner delegation.  The hosting and travel phases may take place in a single summer or over two summers. Each phase is two to four weeks in length. Interchange involves a high degree of family participation.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 4

Seminar Camp

Seminar Camp is for 17-18 year-old youth.  Each Seminar Camp is attended by 28 male and female participants; there are no more than four participants from any single country at any Seminar Camp. A Seminar Camp is funded, staffed, and hosted by a Chapter from one of the approximately 70 CISV National Associations from around the world.  Participants at a Seminar Camp are given complete responsibility for planning and running the Camp's daily schedule and activities.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

Program 5

Youth Meeting

A Youth Meeting is an eight or 15 day camp attended by (1) five delegations of six youth ages 12-15, accompanied by an adult leader, or (2) 25 individual participants age 16 - 25.  A Youth Meeting is planned, funded, staffed, and hosted by a Chapter from one of the approximately 70 CISV National Associations from around the world.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 6

International People's Project

An International People's Project is a community-based program for approximately 25 individuals age 19+. IPPs are between 14 and 23 days in length. In partnership with local organizations, IPP participants representing at least four countries work together on a community project, such as combating environmental degradation, support for immigrants, or arts-based regeneration.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

CISV USA is comprised of  21 Chapters located in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Colorado, California, and the District of Columbia.

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Funding Needs

CISV USA seeks funding that will allow us to continue to offer children and youth from around the world the opportunity to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity through our educational programs. Peace is possible through friendship - and the real difference can be made by starting with children.

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Financials

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CHILDREN'S INTERNATIONAL SUMMER VILLAGES, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Childrens International Summer Villages Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Laura Kersey

BIO

Laura Kersey has been at the helm of CISV USA since 2010. Prior to joining CISV USA, she worked in market research and innovation. She is currently a member of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati's EXCEL program, Class of 2015-16. The EXCEL program is an eight month leadership development and skills training course. Laura holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"For more than 60 years, committed CISV volunteers have worked for peace in every corner of the world. Since founder Doris T. Allen conceived her bold idea in 1951, and then set about turning that idea into a reality, thousands of children and adults of many nations, languages, customs and cultures have proven that she was right: peace IS possible through friendship, and we must begin with children. Today, the flagship Village program for 11-year-olds and CISV's nature as a virtually all-volunteer organization distinguish it among youth travel and exchange programs. Visit www.cisv.org and see what makes us special!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Todd Watkins

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?