Youth Development

CAL RIPKEN SR FOUNDATION INC

  • Baltimore, MD
  • www.ripkenfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people living in America's most distressed communities through sports-themed programs.

Main Programs

  1. Badges for Baseball
  2. Youth Development Park (YDP) Initiative
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since 2001, we've served more than 1.6 million kids in all 50 states.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Steve Salem

Keywords

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children, youth, character education, youth development, sports

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EIN

52-2310500

 Number

4594866140

Physical Address

1427 Clarkview Road, Suite 100

Baltimore, 21209

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach life lessons to at-risk youth residing in America's most distressed communities using sports-themed programs. In 2015, the Foundation impacted over 1,006,000 at-risk youth with the help of 944 volunteers and law enforcement officers trained to be coaches and mentors at 356 community-based youth partners and law enforcement agencies in 597cities/towns in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Nicaragua.

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

Badges for Baseball

When fully implemented, Badges for Baseball is a multi-faceted mentoring program that brings the tenets of “The Ripken Way” to young people through a variety of programs, including Healthy Choices, Healthy Children and baseball/softball themed activities.  Most importantly, law enforcement mentors work directly with youth to enhance the lessons of “The Ripken Way” while providing young people with new opportunities to learn, grow, and make positive choices for their future.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Youth Development Park (YDP) Initiative

The Foundation provides clean, safe places for children to learn, play and grow through our YDP Initiative. Our YDP's are multi-purpose, synthetic surface, low-maintenance fields designed to provide at-risk youth with recreational, educational, and athletic experiences. Through mid-2014 the Foundation has completed more than 25 of these parks throughout the United States from Maine to Florida, Minnesota to Texas and Washington state.

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Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of youth who model positive behaviors for peers

Target Population
At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Badges for Baseball
TOTALS BY YEAR
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2. Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

Target Population
At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Badges for Baseball
TOTALS BY YEAR
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3. Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed skills and attitudes to make physical activity a habit

Target Population
At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Badges for Baseball
TOTALS BY YEAR
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4. Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive relationships

Target Population
At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Badges for Baseball
TOTALS BY YEAR
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5. Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

Target Population
At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Badges for Baseball
TOTALS BY YEAR
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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The ultimate goal of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is to help build character and teach critical life lessons to at-risk young people residing in America's most distressed communities through sports-themed programs. Since 2001, the Foundation has provided programming and resources to positively impact over 1.6 million youth in all 50 states. Baseball is the hook we use to grab kids' attention. Once we have it, we are able to reach them and incorporate our character education curriculum both on and off the field with adult coaches and mentors. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation partners with national youth-serving organizations in local neighborhoods where safe, impactful recreation and educational opportunities for youth are limited. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps to build character and teach life lessons to at-risk youth residing in America's most distressed communities using sports-themed programs. In 2015, the Foundation impacted over 1,006,000 at-risk youth with the help of 944 volunteers and law enforcement officers trained to be coaches and mentors at 356 community-based youth partners and law enforcement agencies in 597cities/towns in 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Nicaragua.

    The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has completed 58 Youth Development Parks—multipurpose, synthetic surface youth fields—with a goal of building 100 by 2020. As safe havens to learn, play, and grow, these parks will be symbols of hope in distressed neighborhoods. By teaching kids how to make positive choices no matter what life throws at them, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation strives to help underserved youth fulfill their promise and become healthy, self-sufficient, and successful adults.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Through active partnerships with youth organizations across the country, the Foundation connects at-risk youth with positive mentors in constructive activities during out-of-school hours when youth are most likely to commit or become a victim of crime. Using our signature crime prevention/mentoring program, Badges for Baseball, and our core character education curriculum, Healthy Choices, Healthy Children, the Foundation provides opportunities for kids to play in a safe environment, live healthy lifestyles, and learn to make productive choices for their futures.

    Badges for Baseball pairs cops with kids using fun and dynamic sports-themed games that produce teachable moments. Healthy Choices, Healthy Children is the curriculum that is strategically infused into the program and gives at-risk youth the tools to succeed by teaching them teamwork, leadership, communication and personal responsibility. The Foundation has created additional experiences that encourage youth to succeed, have fun in a healthy, productive environment, and envision their futures that include:
    • Badges for Baseball – Our flagship program builds partnerships between law enforcement and youth-serving organizations. We train officers as the coaches and mentors to improve relationships between at-risk youth and law enforcement.
    • Healthy Choices, Healthy Children – Our character education curriculum flipbooks provide adult coaches with tools to help impact at-risk youth. With these tools, coaches help kids make positive, healthy choices for a successful and fulfilling life, teaching them lessons about respect, personal responsibility, and teamwork.
    • Ripken Summer Camp Experience – Our youth-serving partners select deserving kids who are currently participating in our year-round program from across the country to come to Aberdeen, MD for an all-expenses paid, weeklong camp. During their experience, children learn from trained coaches, interact with kids from around the country, experience overnight camp with activities such as swimming, ropes course, and playing baseball.
    • Uncommon Athlete – The Uncommon Athlete program targets student-athletes and their coaches to use the power and platform of sports to change lives and reshape communities. We provide training to student-athletes, coaches, and parents on fostering a mindset that creates a culture of competition with character using a live assembly presentation and a season-long curric

    In addition to programs, we have created 58 Youth Development Parks in 18 different states over the last five years with a goal of creating 100 by 2020. In 2015, 239,000 kids had access to one of our Youth Development Park fields.

    The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation follows a strategic plan that includes goals and initiatives for each calendar year. The strategic plans covers the following core areas: Youth Development Parks/ Strategic Communities; Program Resource Development; Government Relations; Board Development & Management; and Marketing.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has partnered with over 944 community-based partners and law enforcement volunteers in 2015. We operate with a team of 26 committed professionals including seven staff members dedicated to development and implementation of first-class programming. Since 2003, the Foundation has been a worthy steward of over $25 million in federal and state funding, restricted for use in delivering our juvenile crime prevention/mentoring program Badges for Baseball, and our core character education curriculum, Healthy Choices, Healthy Children.

    The Foundation relies on the leadership of its executive team and governing boards for guidance and support. We have a 33-member Board of Directors comprised of business leaders and community philanthropists, including Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bill Ripken.

    In addition, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation works with the Office of Maryland Attorney Generals, local law enforcement, The U.S. Marshals Service, as well as private and corporate donors such as Under Armour, Rawlings, Major League Baseball, Southwest Airlines, Marucci Sports, BGE, EcoMedia, UnitedHealthcare, and Louisville Slugger to leverage resources and secure additional support.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Foundation requires all partner organizations receiving support to routinely submit program progress reports through the Foundation's online Grants Management System (GMS). This database enables the Foundation to capture required performance measures related to both outputs and outcome measurements, including mentors recruited, mentors completing training, mentor retention rate, youth enrollment, community partnerships, youth participants that offend/reoffend, and the percentage of youth that exhibit the desired behavior change. The Foundation formalizes this working relationship through annual affiliate agreements with our community-based partners.

    Since the program's inception, the Foundation has worked closely with our partners to not only implement but evaluate the effectiveness our efforts. An external, multi-year evaluation of the program has shown those efforts to be fruitful. In 2009, 2010, and 2011, CRSF annually selected a representative sample of program sites to participate in an evaluation which measures the behavioral changes of youth, as observed by parents, teachers, youth development staff, and law enforcement mentors. The Foundation's outcomes over a three-year period, showed that Badges for Baseball positively impacted youth year after year. The outcome of the three year aggregate results of nearly 7,000 youth and were equally encouraging:

    • More than 80% of mentors saw mentees working harder as a result of program participation
    • Over 75% of mentors noticed participants behaving more responsibly and better able to give good reasons for their actions
    • More than 70% of mentors indicated that participants were spending time with a more positive group of friends
    • 74% of parents, 88% of teachers/mentors and 91% of law enforcement officers saw participants become more comfortable interacting with law enforcement officers

    While these are positive outcomes that validate Foundation programming, the Foundation continues to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. As such, the Foundation is currently in discussions with the University of Michigan, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education to conduct an external evaluation project on the effectiveness of the Badges for Baseball and HCHC curriculum.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has seen steady growth over the last thirteen years in several core areas. In 2008, our annual revenue was $9.27 million, and impacted 83,636 at-risk youth through our signature programs. In 2015 with an annual revenue of $25 million and 812,000 youth impacted, we have seen significant growth not only in these two areas but other important initiatives that help the Foundation to expand our reach and deliver more impactful programs. Since 2001, we have added several new programs by partnering with accredited organizations that have like missions including Sea Research on STEM programs and Colorado-based nonprofit, Rachel's Challenge, on the Uncommon Athlete program that reaches school-age kids with an assembly program about kindness and compassion.

    In addition to these programs, the Foundation has expanded its national scope with the creation of 58 Youth Development Parks across the country. These multipurpose, synthetic fields provide clean, safe places for youth to play and learn in an outdoor, recreational classroom where mentors use our curriculum to teach lessons like teamwork, communication, worth ethic, and personal responsibility. Our goal is to build 100 parks by 2020.

    In 2013, the Foundation also developed our National Child Protection Tool Kit which is designed for youth-serving organizations to keep children safe from sexual predators and those who seek to harm them. The first-of-its-kind resource includes our newly created Child Protection Policy, affordable background checks, and child safety training programs, available to any organization in America at no cost to all who register online at www.CRSFPortal.org.

    Ultimately, the Foundation would like to impact one million at-risk youth each year using our signature programs and Youth Development Parks with the help of our community-based and law enforcement volunteers.
Service Areas

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National

Since 2001, we've served more than 1.6 million kids in all 50 states.

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CAL RIPKEN SR FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Steve Salem

BIO

Steve Salem joined the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation as its Executive Director in March of 2006. In this capacity Steve has helped to build the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation into a truly impactful national organization. He has overseen the development of a significantly expanded National Board of Directors; the growth of the organization staff infrastructure; the creation of a broad program direction including the development of the CRSF National Youth Development Park initiative; and the creation of a sustainable, comprehensive resource development plan. In 2014, Steve was made President of the Foundation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Steve served as Vice President of Government Relations for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he helped to raise more than $500 Million for local Clubs serving our country's most at-risk communities. In addition, he has worked closely with leading youth advocates including John Walsh and Robbie Callaway to help pass critical child safety legislation including, the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act of 2006, and the National Amber Alert program in 2003.

In his volunteer capacity, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Research in Mystic, CT, and Super Leaders, an organization founded by the NFL Alumni Association that provides a school-based youth leadership and mentoring program for at-risk middle and senior high school students in the Washington, D.C. area. Steve is also on the national Policy Board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the nation leading youth safety organization.

Steve and his wife Gregg have twin sons, Alex and Jake, and reside in Damascus, MD.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Butler

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