Youth Development

Chess-in-the-Schools, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.chessintheschools.org

Mission Statement

Mission and Vision:  Chess in the Schools is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among inner-city public school children.
 
Chess is a powerful teaching tool that can break through barriers to help the most disadvantaged students learn skills that translate into academic and lifelong success. Over the past three decades, we have seen how an effective chess education curriculum can change lives. But, learning chess is just the first step. Many education experts agree that increasing the high school graduation rate starts with early intervention. Chess in the Schools believes that elementary school students need to develop basic analytical skills that lead to academic success throughout their school career. To develop these skills, Chess in the Schools teaches the complex game of chess to thousands of New York City public school children every year.
 
The academic benefits of learning chess are extensive. There are a number of studies that support the belief that chess enhances memory, boosts spatial and numerical skills, increases problem-solving capabilities, and strengthens logical thinking. (Dullea 1982; Margulies 1991; Liptrap 1998; Ferguson 2000)
 
Students who learn chess through the Chess in the Schools are using the skills acquired through chess to achieve academic success, more likely to attend school on a regular basis, and creating lasting friendships during chess tournaments and after-school clubs.

Main Programs

  1. Chess in the Schools, Inc.
Service Areas

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New York

Chess in the Schools programs serve Title I New York City public schools.  Additionally, Chess in the Schools provides training for schools and school districts interested in chess programming.

ruling year

1956

President since 2016

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Ms. Debbie Eastburn

Keywords

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chess, school, education, children, kids, learning, self esteem, emotional intelligence, college, high school, elementary school, middle school, junior high school, youth, inner-city, urban, at risk, underserved, learning, sports, enrichment, school, after-school, out of school time, college bound

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Also Known As

CIS, Chess in the Schools

EIN

13-6119036

 Number

3298869363

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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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By teaching low-income NYC children the art of chess, Chess in the Schools students also learn problem-solving, critical thinking, strategy, concentration, patience, and sportsmanship.

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

Chess in the Schools, Inc.

The School Program:
The School Program brings chess with its academic benefits into Title I elementary and middle school classrooms and provides an after-school chess club for students. During the 2016-17 school year, 44 elementary and middle schools
participated in the School Program. That means that over 11,000 students learned to play chess this past school year.

- Classroom Instruction: Each classroom in the program is assigned a Chess in the Schools trained instructor. The instructor teaches an hour-long chess lesson once a week in five classrooms during the school day in the fall semester, and in five different classrooms in the spring semester. Each
instructor teaches 250 to 300 students in each school during the year. The program includes the instructor and all the materials needed to learn and play
chess.

- After-School Clubs: Chess in the Schools organizes and manages an after-school program at each school in the School Program. The After-School Chess Clubs are open to all students at each school. The club meets once a week for two hours throughout the academic year. At the Club, students are
introduced to advanced chess concepts and receive individualized attention. Clubs range in size from 20 to more than 60 students.
 

During the summer, Chess in the Schools organizes and runs
chess camps in several New York City public schools. Camps are open to all students who participate in the School
Program.

 

The Scholastic Tournament Program:
The Scholastic Tournament Program offers competitive chess tournaments in New York City during the academic year. Weekend and school holiday events draw between 250 and 600 players (depending on venue size) from kindergarten through
high school. Chess in the Schools organizes and directs these events ensuring that students are challenged and encouraged throughout the tournament. Our tournaments are offered free of charge to competitors and are open to all children in New York City.

In addition to our tournaments, we sponsor school teams in our program to attend and compete in national tournaments. Schools receive grants based on their team's participation and performance in The Scholastic Tournament Program
during the school year. The grants are used by the schools for travel, hotel, food and tournament entry fees. Chess in the Schools instructors also attend National Tournaments to coach their school teams.

The College Bound Program:
The College Bound Program provides comprehensive college preparatory services to help our high school students graduate on time and attend college. Programming includes academic skills enrichment (workshops, tutoring), college
prep (college application assistance, college tours, college fairs), social development (cultural events, life skills seminars, employment), and chess (weekly lessons, tournaments).

Project Chess:
Project Chess aims to increase the number of public school educators in New York City who can effectively teach chess to their students during the school day and in after-school chess clubs. Project Chess provides workshops, chess materials, and support to help classroom teachers implement and grow a comprehensive chess program in their schools. To date, almost 1,000 New York City public school teachers have attended the workshops.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

2,900,000

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?
    Improving children's thinking skills as a path to academic achievement.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Teaching chess in elementary and middle schools.
    After-school chess clubs.
    Weekend chess tournaments.
    College readiness program.
    Project Chess for public school teachers.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We train and manage a staff of chess instructors and college readiness leaders.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Survey results from teachers in the schools where we teach show that we positively impact their students academically and behaviorally.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    To date, we have taught over 500,000 NYC public schoolchildren chess.

    Our College Bound Program regularly achieves high school graduation rates of 100% and college matriculation rates over 95%.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Chess in the Schools programs serve Title I New York City public schools.  Additionally, Chess in the Schools provides training for schools and school districts interested in chess programming.

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Funding Needs

Chess in the Schools is supported by generous contributions from individuals, grants from foundations and corporations and the New York City Council.

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Financials

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Chess-in-the-Schools Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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President

Ms. Debbie Eastburn

BIO

Debbie Eastburn joined Chess in the Schools in 2016. She is responsible for working with the Board of Directors, fundraising, budgeting, accounting, and staff development. With prior experience in nonprofit service, development, marketing, and education work, Debbie brings a well-rounded perspective to the nonprofit mindset thus ensuring thoughtful strategic and long-range planning.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Mike Walsh Peissis

Vetta, Inc.

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity