Educational Institutions

Long Beach Blast-Better Learning After School Today

  • Long Beach, CA
  • www.lbblast.org

Mission Statement

BLAST was launched in September 2000 to meet a need in the community identified in the research of the Education & Youth Task Force of the Long Beach 2010 Strategic Planning committee. The mission of BLAST is to improve success for at-risk students through collaboration and innovative approaches to mentoring and learning.

Main Programs

  1. Academic Mentoring Program
  2. Bridge to College
  3. After School Program at Northpointe
Service Areas

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California

Long Beach BLAST provides its services throughout the city of Long Beach, CA, primarily focusing in the economically disadvantaged communities of north, west, and central Long Beach.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Jenifer Finley

Keywords

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after school program, mentoring, tutoring, training, elementary students, middle school students, higher education, collaboration

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Also Known As

Long Beach BLAST-Better Learning for All Students Today

EIN

33-0967215

 Number

4177060344

Physical Address

737 Pine Ave #201

Long Beach, CA 90813

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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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

Academic Mentoring Program

Mentors from the Academic Mentoring Program serve as tutors as well as role models resulting in meaningful relationships. Perhaps the greatest benefit to the youth served is the individualized support that is often impossible to receive in classroom settings. Mentors benefit as well in that a significant percentage of them are pursuing degrees and careers in education, child development, or youth/community services.

The program’s objectives are as follows: 1) improve academic success, 2) cultivate interest in higher education and 3) encourage character development. Students are referred to the program by their teachers and/or their after-school program directors; they must meet the following criteria: a) be in danger of failing a grade or a subject, b) have consistent attendance and c) be receptive to meeting a new friend. Without the support and encouragement from a BLAST mentor, many of these students would be in danger of repeating a grade and/or dropping out.

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Program 2

Bridge to College

Perhaps the most important part of the program is that students are provided with much needed assistance from experienced BLAST staff tutors in developing a new vision, one that involves a positive future. Staff work diligently with Bridge students to help them build their confidence and basic academic skills. Building this foundation is essential and will ultimately pave the way for them to follow well-laid plans to remake their futures. The Bridge tutors help students with writing and literacy skills and they are also teaching students basic social and learning skills in addition to acclimating them to appropriate school behavior.

Students are assisted in establishing their career goals as well as devising and implementing a plan that includes advancement to higher education. Each student completes at least one application to a college, trade or technical school as well as applications as well as financial aid forms. Each year, Bridge students visit both Long Beach City College (LBCC) and California State University Long Beach. During the LBCC tour, college counselors provide career options and information regarding the various support programs for entering students from at-risk backgrounds.

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Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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Program 3

After School Program at Northpointe

Serving the residents of the Northpointe Apartment homes of Long Beach, The Northpointe After School Program provides year-round, academic support, enrichment opportunities and character building in a fun and safe environment. The Northpointe staff and mentors (working one-on-one or in small groups), are focused on three goals:
1) to improve academic performance
2) to encourage higher education
3) to foster healthy character development.

The Northpointe Program utilizes college students for academic mentors that also serve as positive role models. Ultimately, the BLAST staff and mentors are committed to having a deep, meaningful relationship with the residents of the Northpointe community. With the support of CARE (Communities Advocate for Resident Empowerment) and other generous funders, BLAST is able to provide the Northpointe After School Program at no cost to children and families.

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Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Long Beach BLAST provides its services throughout the city of Long Beach, CA, primarily focusing in the economically disadvantaged communities of north, west, and central Long Beach.

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Financials

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LONG BEACH BLAST BETTER LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS TODAY
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Long Beach Blast-Better Learning After School Today

Leadership

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Executive Director

Jenifer Finley

BIO

Jenifer Finley was hired as BLAST’s new Executive Director in December 2012. Jenifer is an accomplished executive director with a passion for missions that have a positive impact on people's lives. She has over 20 years' experience in leadership positions with nonprofit organizations in fields as diverse as cancer prevention, teen pregnancy and parenting services. She has also taught undergraduate courses in nonprofit management, marketing and fund development at Carroll University. Jenifer holds a baccalaureate degree in educational studies and a master’s degree in administrative leadership and adult education

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jean Egan

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