CHOICE GROUP INC

Beverly Hills, CA   |  www.choicegroupinc.org

Mission

Choice Group, Incorporated is a
non-profit organization whose mission is to provide at-risk and foster youth
with a safe and nurturing environment that promotes music and related arts
programs as recreational, educational and life enhancing opportunities. By
providing outlets for creative expressions, classroom instruction, exposure to
industry professionals, and experiential field trips, Choice Group participants
learn foundational competencies that are transferable to any setting. Choice Group offers services to youth
residing in South LA and surrounding areas: currently services are available at
the Park Lane Apartments and West A Homes located at 4100 S. Vermont.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Dana Hammond

Main address

P.O. Box 7832

Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA

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EIN

20-5553186

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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Production Program

Motivated
on preparing youth for careers in the 21st Century that can serve as
primary secondary stream of income, Choice Group is offering a “Production”
program. The first phase of
“Production” includes 16 weeks of instruction, exploring music production as
well as Game Art development.   
Music production

is
designed to enlighten participants on the five foundational components of music
production and provide participants with a greater knowledge and understanding
of the music business.  Game Art production introduces
the different genres of games as well as the technical aspect of game
production.   Youth will have
the opportunity to create and produce music, and to create their own game.

Population(s) Served

Involves the study of the
function of the drums, basic rhythm patterns, various styles of music (e.g.
Latin, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Pop, and Afro-Cuban)

Population(s) Served

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who identify, manage, and appropriately express emotions and behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Production Program

Context Notes

Goal 25% Outcome 28%

Number of clients who increased their self-esteem and ability to identify their own innate skill sets through producing music and building a 3D game design

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Production Program

Context Notes

Goal 25% Outcome 75%

Number of clients who increased their ability to problem-solve with their peers:

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

Goal 20% Outcome 25%

Number of clients who increase their ability to identify the bridge between science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and career development opportunities that exist in the digital era

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Totals By Year
Context Notes

Goal 15% Outcome: 46%

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The strength of Choice Group lies in our deep and authentic understanding of participants' challenges, their aspirations, and the entertainment industry. Today's youth are often fascinated by the glitz and glamor of this industry; however, our programs encourage youth to think deeply about their innate skills and talents in the arts and motivate them to develop realistic approaches to economic development opportunities. Using advanced technology, Choice Group offers youth the following three experiences: 1) design and develop video games by incorporating elements of high level math and science; 2) use state of the art production equipment and software used by industry professionals, and 3) gain competitive advantages in job markets upon high school graduation. The curriculum enables our staff to guide youth through creative components, as well as other areas of industry, such as marketing their final product, artist development, management, and administration. Choice Group is determined to act as a bridge between obtaining education and leveraging it to pursue desired career goals.

CGI has three strategies to expand and scale up its programming. These opportunities are as follows:

1) CGI aims to have multiple schools implement CGI's program and curriculum.
2) In an effort to become a sustainable organization CGI is currently pursuing new partnerships with independent schools located in West Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds received from those partnerships will underwrite the expenses CGI offers to the underserved communities of Los Angeles.
3) Secure partnerships with middle schools located within SPA 6.

As a result of these strategies, CGI has gained a partnership with the Inner City Educational Foundation (ICEF) working specifically with Inglewood Middle Charter Academy. CGI successfully implemented its program in ICEF's daily curriculum and will be returning for the Fall 2015-2016 school year. In addition, ICEF offered a pending agreement to launch into its flagship school, Viewpark High School. Completion of this agreement will afford CGI the opportunity to service ICEF's population of 4000 students within their six schools.

CGI spent 2012, 2013, 2014 building its infrastructure. CGI has acquired several distinguished conglomerates as partners such as Wells Fargo, California Community Foundation, Southern California Edison, The Annenberg Foundation, and, The Always UP Foundation. As an organization, it continues to thrive and grow as it builds upon its structure, acquires community engagement and support, and develops financial sustainability. Through the Annenberg Alchemy Leadership Program, CGI obtained important management tools and received a capacity-building grant from the Shinnyo-en Foundation to develop its infrastructure. This increased the visibility of CGI programs stabilizing its fund development strategy and enabling CGI to be a sustainable organization. Therefore, over the next three to five years the organization experienced tremendous success.

During 2015 Choice Group became the New Media Arts elective for ICEFS charter Inglewood Middle Charter Academy. ICEF has six schools which totals 4,000 students. . ICEF is really interested in scaling up Choice Group's new media programs to its six schools. This will require six program coordinators, and 6-8 additional instructors to teach Choice Group new media arts electives. Offering the program to a class of 20 youth per class. This will also require additional equipment to be purchased 80 pc computers and 80 new mac computers. 80 logic audio software, 80 controllers, 80 headphones. 8-10 projectors and projector screens

Financials

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Operations

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CHOICE GROUP INC

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dana Hammond

DMG Media Group

Term: 2007 - 2012

Dana Hammond

DMG Media Group

Brad Moser

Assistant Vice President Branch Manager Beverly Hills Main OfficeWells Fargo & Company

Neal Anderberg

Slant Marketing Consultant

Trecina Campbell

Sony Columbia Recording Artist

Erica Campbell

Sony Columbia Recording Artist

Brian Williams

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes