Educational Institutions

Trash for Teaching

  • Gardena, CA
  • www.trashforteaching.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire a generation of deserving young minds to be environmentally literate and competent citizens of the 21st century, all by using T4T’s extraordinary materials in a range of educational services that include in-school STEAM programs with teacher training. Our state-of-the-art warehouse, filled with materials that local manufacturers would normally send to the landfill, is where teachers attend professional development workshops and get a wealth of unusual teaching supplies. It is also where young makers come together to acquire the skills necessary for building a sustainable future. We strive to make sustainability part of the conversation for every age group.

Service Areas

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California

Greater Los Angeles and Southern California Counties

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2013

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Ms. Leah Hanes

Board President since 2013

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Ms. Nina Zacuto

Keywords

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Science, technology, engineering, arts and math, (STEAM) Education, environmental sustainability

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Also Known As

T4T

EIN

56-2464067

 Number

3983794075

Physical Address

2946 E. 11th Street

Los Angeles, 90023

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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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In the last ten years, we estimate that more than 250,000 students have benefited from the 115 tons of reused materials and T4T programs. Of special note are two on-going programs that have integrated T4T materials into STEAM-based curriculum. We collaborated with NASA to bring to life their B.E.S.T. (Beginning Engineering Science and Technology) curriculum, inspiring more than 10,000 elementary and middle school age students. T4T’s partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District’s “Next Generation Science & Engineering Initiative” focuses on 8th grade and high school students. We have reached over 5,000 students at 25 schools with a full years worth of project-based learning. Twenty-nine teachers from these 25 schools enthusiastically gathered at the T4T warehouse during their summer vacation to establish and practice new curriculum points that support Next Generations Science Standards for their students. The teachers who participated in the 2013 symposium will serve as mentors to the new group of teachers who will join us this summer for the 2014 event.

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

Treasure Trucks: visit schools and community organizations, giving students and the public the opportunity to collect materials. Treasure Truck visits last three hours, serving six classes. Warehouse: Schools and organizations can purchase a Materials Membership to gain access to an unlimited free supply of materials for an entire school year. Special Projects and Collaborations: We work with other nonprofit, community-based organizations to design and implement educational workshops for children. We have collaborated with the L.A. County Natural History Museum and The Norton Simon Museum,among others. Professional Development Workshops (PDs): These one- to two-hour long sessions are available to any group of up to forty teachers or adults. Past workshop titles include: The Creative Process; Creativity, Culture, and Self-Expression: Making Holiday Art Educational; and Printing With Found Objects. ReCreate Program: Eight-session arts program developed for L.A. County schools participating in the L.A. County Arts Commission's Arts for All initiative. Comprehensive Program: Nine session L.A.Unified School District PD program serving a maximum of forty schools.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Vision: Provide educators with inexpensive, quality materials for use in STEAM hands on learning and to reduce the amount of waste that goes into local landfills.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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Service Areas

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California

Greater Los Angeles and Southern California Counties

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TRASH FOR TEACHING
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Trash for Teaching

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Principal Officer

Ms. Leah Hanes

Board President

Ms. Nina Zacuto

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nina Zacuto

Nina Zacuto Photography

Term: Sept 2013 -

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