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Sapientis Inc

  • San Juan, PR
  • www.sapientis.org

Mission Statement

We build a network of change agents who actively exercise leadership to improve public education. We firmly believe that when concerned citizens come together with specific ideas about improving schools, positive change can be a reality.

Main Programs

  1. Mobilization and Leadership Programs

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

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Ms. Laura López

Keywords

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Leadership, Education, Development

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EIN

58-2659784

 Number

2940839047

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Leadership Development (W70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs

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Program 1

Mobilization and Leadership Programs

Sapientis actively recruits people from all walks of life to join the Coalition for Equity and High-Quality and Education (CECE, for its Spanish acronym) a multisectorial movement that advocates for a transformation of the public education system. CECE members are trained in leadership, advocacy and civic engagement, among other areas, in order to develop strategies to create awareness about the increasing challenges the public education system is facing as well as pushing for a real change that must be focused on ensuring an excellent education to every student. CECE membership varies from people who want to be informed about education issues and may participate in mobilization initiatives, to individuals who are profoundly committed to improve the public education system and work on projects such as the creation of proposals to transform the education system and the Legislative Day to educate and create alliance with legislators to achieve our purpose.
Our mobilization efforts also include social awareness campaigns and media relations to educate about the importance of making education a top priority in the Island.
 
Sapientis also counts with programs in the school community to achieve educational improvements at a local level, and deepen our understanding of the challenges facing schools and communities. We run leadership programs for school teachers, directors and support personnel, parents, community members and people who want to make a difference. Our objective with these programs is to train participants in adaptive leadership in order to help them identify and confront the challenges that affect the school environment and student's academic achievement.
Our adaptive leadership model was developed at Harvard University and has been implemented over the past 20 years in approximately 80 countries. Adaptive leadership is the art of helping a group or organization face its most critical challenge and then mobilizing resources, human and financial, to generate progress.
 
The following describes our programs:
School-based Programs (implemented in the Luis llorens Torres Housing Complex in San Juan). 
   1-YOUTH LEADERSHIP- Sapientis recruits and trains middle and high school students in our leadership model. We also guide them in the selection and implementation of a school project that will benefit the student body, such as reopenning the school library, creating a newspaper and creating a school fruit and vegetable garden. We provide financial support via small grants to support leadership efforts and assist seniors in their college application plans. This year we are also integrating the student's parents in the projects they have developed to improve their schools. We are also encouraging these parents to be part of Schools on the Move program.
 
 2- SCHOOLS ON THE MOVE- Sapientis worked intensively over three years with a cluster of seven schools to ensure that members of the schools Improvement Teams (teachers, school directors, parents, community members and non-teaching staff) exercised leadership to improve student achievement and their school environments. Now we are focusing in a pilot to promote parent engagement in their kids education. Our plan is to get parents engage in the students school projects and also invite them to participate in several workshops that will be provided by volunteer parents through the School Parent Centers. This with the intention of helping parents to work in conjunction with the schools with the objective of helping students increase their academic achievement.
 
Island-wide Programs:
 1-FRONT-LINE EDUCATORS- Sapientis created a two-year fellowship of school teachers, directors and support personnel and trained them intensively in the adaptive leadership model. The objective was to help participants design and implement a leadership plan that would help to solve a specific challenge in their school by using the adaptive leadership model. The program ended in July, but participants remain connected to the organization and are active members of the CECE.
 
 2- GET INVOLVED- informative workshops provided to individuals that are concerned about the challenges the public education system is currently facing. We also inform them about Sapientis work and invite them to become CECE members. We have recruited over 100 individuals through the workshops. ation system, this program holds an annual event.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

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SAPIENTIS, INC .
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Sapientis Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Laura López

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kristen Ehrgood

Flamboyan Foundation

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