Educational Institutions

El Viento Foundation

  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • www.elviento.org

Mission Statement

El Viento Foundation provides children and young adults with opportunities for success in life as responsible citizens through a long-term relationship based on: Mutual Trust and Respect, Leadership, Teamwork, Learning, and Skills Building. The success of El Viento Foundation will be measured, over time, by the happiness and fulfillment of our participants.The young people residing in the economically depressed and culturally isolated Oak View Community in Huntington Beach are establishing a more secure future than their parents, helping to break the poverty cycle through their participation in the El Viento program. The focus is educational attainment with activities encompassing tutoring, enrichment, parent workshops, assistance with college applications and financial aid during college. The program duration spans ten years, from 4th grade through the second year of college. As our students gain confidence, develop academic and social skills and individual success, they become role models to their peers and serve as a catalyst for change in the Oak View community. The El Viento program includes an Impact Formula with four competencies to guide, plan and assess programmatic and operational excellence. The competencies include: * Providing high quality education with high expectations. * Preparing students for choices in higher education and professional career options. * Recruiting and retaining quality educators who implement and share best practices. * Operating in a financially sustainable manner. Our goal is for students to broaden their experiences in life and provide them with the education and knowledge necessary to make wise decisions. College-going behavior is promoted as our program goes beyond academic tutoring to include activities that stimulate and nurture social skills, environmental awareness, confidence, and optimism for the future.

Main Programs

  1. Programs
  2. EL Viento Foundation Program
  3. University Bound STEM Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We serve youth living in the poverty-stricken community of Oak View, located in Huntington Beach, California

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Mrs. Colleen Mensel

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, At-Risk Youth, Hispanic Community, Huntington Beach, Oak View, underserved

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EIN

33-0905269

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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1. Increased student retention rate from 53% to 96% by implementing specific changes. These included: grade monitoring, tutoring, family conferences, more connections with students/parents, and formalized handbooks to improve policies and procedures i.e. Financial Policy Manual for staff, board, donors, and parents. 2. 100 % of our high school seniors graduated and enrolled in college. 3. Established Parent Committee to engage the parent ""voice"" regarding topics such as scholarships, program offerings, and the graduation ceremony. Handbooks for parents and students and El Viento partners were produced. 4. STEM program increased to include 10th graders - program now includes 5th - 10th graders (2014/2015). 5. Eighth grade students enhanced the new student garden project by establishing a rotating schedule for weeding, harvesting, etc. Students also found a volunteer, retired teacher to provide leadership for the project. Goals for this year (2014-15) 1. Increase STEM program to include 11th grade students 2. Recruit a parent from the newly formed Parent Committee to serve on the board of trustees. 3. Increase student enrollment by 25% toward goal of 100% increase in four years. 4. Begin developing a social enterprise certified tutoring program offered through the California State Department of Education.

Programs

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

Program 1

Programs

Academic Tutoring- El Viento's program begins in the 4th grade and continues through the first two years of college. A group of 25 students (referred to as a flight) from Oak View Elementary School is accepted into the program each year after a thorough admittance process. After graduation from high school they receive a $2,000 scholarship for each of the next two years. Individualized tutoring is provided by credentialed teachers and El Viento college students (4th-12th grades based on frequent student assessment by subject

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$128,000.00

Program 2

EL Viento Foundation Program

Each Spring El Viento invites 4th graders from Oak View Elementary School to apply for participation in our program. After a thorough screening process, we accept 25 new students into the program. This group of students is referred to as a ""Flight"". We have served over 200 children and their families since our inception. Our method is simple: Educate, Enrich and Empower.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$233,546.00

Program 3

University Bound STEM Program

University Bound: STEM Program provides weekly after-school science lessons for students in grades 5-8; a week-long summer bridge program for students entering grades 5-8; REACH summer STEM-based sailing program for students entering grades 5-7 (optional for older teens); a monthly program for students in grades 9-10, including career path mentors; and leadership and field trips for all ages. The goal is to demonstrate grade-level or higher proficiency and knowledge in math and science. Greater proficiency provides an advantage in technologically advance job markets.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$62,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We serve youth living in the poverty-stricken community of Oak View, located in Huntington Beach, California

Funding Needs

1. Fund certified transportation for special programs including the summer sessions, and field trips ($30,000 annually). 2. Increase scholarship funding to accommodate yearly enrollment growth by enrolling 50 new Captain's Club members ($1,000 annual fee per member; 50 members =$50,000). 3. Captain's Club Mate's Level ($5,000 per year). 4. Hire staff to facilitate implementation of a new social enterprise program offered through the SES-Supplemental Education Services/Federally Funded under NCLB. Funds are provided to states and districts who contract with approved tutoring companies to tutor students. 1. El Viento teachers will be able to tutor students within the Ocean View School District and the Huntington Beach Unified High School District. (Americorps: 2 @ $7,000 = $14,000).

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El Viento Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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El Viento Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Colleen Mensel

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Dear Friends and Partners, Educate, Enrich, Empower - these are the principles that drive our leaders in transforming the lives of our students.How is it that 100% of students from Oak View - a one square mile area of Huntington Beach, CA where residents are disadvantaged and living below the Federal Poverty Level - manage to graduate from high school? This percentage far exceeds the California average of 60% for Latino students from limited English proficiency households. If Oak View was a city, it would be the eleventh poorest in the nation. It is not a miracle. El Viento Foundation makes a 10-year commitment, taking students from 4th grade through their first 2 years of college. Weekly academic support during the school year, monthly field trips to complement in-class curriculum, and an extensive summer program enable students to develop academic and social skills, and the confidence they need to become successful. Program completion is enhanced with scholarships awarded to all students who graduate from high school and continue their studies in college. Thriving, learning, navigating… this is what our students are doing through El Viento programs. Founded by avid sailors, Jack Shaw and Ellen Shockro, sailing and reading the winds has been offered as a metaphor for life's challenges and opportunities since the origin of El Viento. The name El Viento—""the wind"" in Spanish—was coined by the first group of student participants. Sailing, used as a context to apply science lessons and help students learn from adversity, is just one of the programs that help students learn academic lessons through real-life experiences. Your partnership has made it possible for our students to discover that, through hard work, a brighter future lies in their horizon. They are able to navigate a steady course, because at El Viento they find their confidence and they learn how to move forward to any destiny they choose. Together, we are keeping the promise we make to each of our students: ""From here you can sail anywhere."" On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, students and families served in 2014, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT and helping our students and families succeed. Colleen MenselChief Executive Officer"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Jeanne Baird

Retired , vocational specialist

Term: July 2013 - June 2015

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