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Glasswing International USA

aka Glasswing International   |   New York, NY   |  www.glasswing.org

Mission

Glasswing is an innovative non-profit development organization, winner of the Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2020, and winner of the 2021-2022 Audacious project, that addresses the root causes of poverty, violence, trauma, and migration in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. As an organization founded and led in the global south, Glasswing is a leader in positive youth development; trauma-informed approaches; community-based learning; formal and non-formal education; locally-driven research and evaluation, and cross-sector programming.

Ruling year info

2008

CEO & co-founder

Mr. Ken Baker

President & Co-founder

Ms. Celina de Sola

Main address

85 Broad Street, NY, NY 17th Floor

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

26-1456470

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Glasswing International’s address the root causes and consequences of violence, inequality, and poverty in Latin America, by building partnerships across public, private, and civil society sectors to implement public education, health, and community development programs and build the local capacity in the process.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Volunteerism

Volunteering is a cross-part of all Glasswing programs. This strategy generates social and economic value, empowers all members of the community, and serves as a powerful tool to heal social fabric, engender trust, and promote greater social cohesion. Volunteering allows the participation of all citizens and demonstrates the power of collective impact to rebuild the social fabric of vulnerable communities. Many students who participate in the programs become volunteers after they graduate, wanting to give back to their community and younger peers. This not only demonstrates the profound impact the program has, but is also key to local ownership and sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Over a decade, Glasswing has leveraged the natural convening power of public schools to develop an evidence-based, holistic, community-based intervention that converts centers of public education into community havens. Through this integrated violence prevention and positive youth development program, called Community Schools, Glasswing works with local leaders to implement a diverse set of activities to complement the school day (which is a mere 4.5 hours in most countries) and provides the necessary support system children need to survive and thrive, reducing their risks and enhancing protective factors.
Rather than creating a parallel educational model, Community Schools are highly inclusive and build on existing physical infrastructure (public schools), as well as leveraging human resources such as faculty, parents, empowered students, and volunteers. Glasswing has replicated this model in 10 countries, focused on enhancing the role of public schools in their communities to ensure that every child has access to safety and support; working within the public education system to change established paradigms about the role of schools as centers of community; and integrating strategies for positive youth development. Glasswing has also seen that success in a critical mass of schools can generate the necessary evidence to contribute to the system-wide adoption of practices, procedures, and even policies aimed at halting the cycle of violence.

Traditional public schools are transformed into safe centers of community, where students build life skills and resilience through complementary learning and recreation programs, psychosocial support, as well as teacher training and parent/caretaker engagement. The Community Schools methodology integrates evidence-based education and mental health interventions, including:
Extracurricular Programs: respond directly to student interests, strengthen life skills, and are led by trained and committed volunteers. Glasswing mobilizes and trains volunteers as mentors, who commit 2 hours/week, year-round to lead Clubs such as Debate, Leadership, Robotics, Science & Discovery, Sports, Girls and Masculinity, English, Art, Glee, among others. After-school program Video.
Inter-scholastic Competitions (soccer, robotics, debate, GleeFest), exhibitions (science, art) and leadership forums provide an opportunity for young people to engage with peers from other communities - that are often controlled by rival groups/gangs, and with whom they could otherwise never engage;
Academic support, tutoring, and mentorship through the school coordinator and volunteers;
Socio-emotional support; mindfulness; and group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for students at higher risk;
Teacher training in restorative practices;
Community Cafes that bring together parents and family members at the school (bimonthly) to share stories and problem-solve strategies; learn from each other on how to constructively empathize and engage with their children; understand expressions of emotion and how to promote prosocial behaviors; and support themselves and their family members with coping strategies;
School-based mental health committees (SanaMente): composed by trained students, teachers, and parents to address chronic stressors and acute crises faced both in and out of school (i.e. intrafamiliar violence, gender-based violence, homicide, extortion, disappearances).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

Trauma and mental health training to engender more ‘trauma-informed’ practices among service providers within public health and other government institutions.
Glasswing’s hospital-based violence prevention program, Sanando Heridas: provides people who have been violently injured with trauma education and support. Hospital staff are trained in trauma-informed and restorative practices, providing patients and their families with tools to better understand the impact and consequences of trauma, and cope better. This program was evaluated by the World Bank in 2019, and proven to reduce the likelihood of patients returning for subsequent violent injury by up to 30%. It is currently being institutionalized in 3 of the main public hospitals in El Salvador.
Glasswing is also training law enforcement personnel in trauma and mental health, self-regulation, and self-care, to provide police with the knowledge and tools to manage their own stress and trauma in order to prevent the perpetuation of violence and excessive use of force (particularly against young people).
First aid training: CPR, basic and advanced life support (American Heart Association Certification); pediatric life support (PALS).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

This program provides unemployed and out-of-school youth - from contexts of poverty and extreme risk - with economic opportunities through life skills and leadership development, psychosocial support, financial and entrepreneurial capabilities, and employability skills to better prepare them for formal employment or to generate their own income through entrepreneurial activities;
as well as employability and entrepreneurship training.
The program also works to reintegrate youth into the school system so they can finish their high school degrees and/or continue on to higher education.
The curriculum for this program is adapted from YouthBuild International’s proven model, and the successful placement rate (of over 60%) is significantly above other employability programs focused on this target population.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adults

Leveraging the power of volunteerism and service, Glasswing works with communities to identify ‘latent’ community public spaces (i.e. abandoned parks, schools, community centers), and transform them into safe havens for children and young people to play, families to spend time together, and communities to convene. Glasswing believes in the power of public space recovery as an important part of violence prevention and positive child and youth development strategies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Since the 2014 unaccompanied minors forced migration crisis, Glasswing has been working with migration authorities in Central America to provide support to children, youth, and families in the reintegration process. Glasswing has both worked at the reintegration sites, helping returned populations navigate the process, but has also as well as provided training to local government employees - that are handling these complex cases - on trauma-informed care, as well as self-care and stress management.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Awards

Social Entrepreneurship 2020

Skoll

McNulty Foundation Laureate 2010

McNulty Foundation

Juscelino Kubitschek Award, 2nd place 2018

Inter-American Bank

Audacious Award 2022

Audacious Project

Affiliations & memberships

Hands On Network 2014

Hands On Network 2013

Hands On Network 2012

Hands On Network 2015

Hands On Network 2015

HandsOn Network 2016

HandsOn Network 2017

HandsOn Network 2018

HandsOn Network 2019

HandsOn Network 2020

HandsOn Network 2021

HandsOn Network 2022

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 students impacted by extracurricular activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clubs implemented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students in entrepreneurship program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth participating in girls clubs and gender clubs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained in trauma-informed practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Volunteerism

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

- Build the protective factors of children and youth facing extreme adversity, through trauma-informed education and health programs that: foster experiential learning, build social and emotional competencies, provide positive role models and social networks, and empower kids to be agents of change.
- Enhance community resilience, building on existing strengths to: empower individuals through volunteerism, equip local actors with tools to jointly mitigate the consequences of violence, bridge collaboration across community, government, and private sectors, and - thus - strengthen social cohesion.
- Accompany implementation with ongoing monitoring, feedback from program participants, evaluation, and learning, as well as rigorous practice-based research, to: respond to changing contexts, ensure the desired impact is achieved, and develop replicable and scalable solutions.
- Strengthen the knowledge, capacity, and skills of local service providers (ie. public schools and health facilities, child protection authorities, law enforcement, and community organizations) especially as it relates to trauma and violence.

Glasswing's cross-sector approach forges partnerships with international and local governments, corporations, non-profits, and civil society. We believe in bolstering communities' existing resources, such as public schools, hospitals, and health clinics rather than building anew.

Glasswing's team is comprised of skilled experts and local and international volunteers. This allows our organization to harness global experience and skills with local expertise, in order to ensure the most impact.

Since 2007, Glasswing International has:

• Impacted 1.5 million+ lives
• Grown from three to 300 employees
• Mobilized over $90M for programming
• Worked in over 550 public schools
• Developed evidence-based practices (evaluated by the World Bank Group)

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our primary target group includes children and youth, families, and employees of public institutions, along with members and leaders of the community who live in urban, peri-urban, and rural communities characterized by high rates of crime and violence.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Through the after action review participants also collectively reflect and provide feedback on events, activities, and projects. They are guided by questions such as; what was expected to happen?; what actually occurred?; what went well and why?; what can be improved and how?; and who participated in the process? This feedback is not peripheral - it is core to our way of working, and directly impacts the program design and implementation. Once an after action review session takes place, conclusions and recommendations are shared with Glasswing’s management and senior team. Glasswing then prioritizes subjects or issues that require urgent attention, and team members are assigned to supervise and follow-up on the action items that were prioritized.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Glasswing's work is evidence-based, but - more importantly - it is community-centered and youth-centered, constantly evolving in direct response to the priorities of those we work with. Our commitment to learning, which includes both internal and external evaluations, also integrates the feedback, lived experiences, and perspectives of the community served. By involving local stakeholders in the design, implementation and feedback of the program, Glasswing has improved our programming and we continue to build on communities’ existing assets, including knowledge, experience, and resilience; elevating local capabilities to catalyze community, youth, and volunteers as drivers of change.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Glasswing International USA

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Moore

Morgan Stanley

Elizabeth Griffin

Ken Baker

Glasswing

Rodrigo Pineda

Orlando Muyshondt

Magdalena Serpa

Ricardo Sagrera

Zita Saurel

Emiliano Roman

Ana Morales

Carmen Busquets

Christina Henriquez

John Skipper

John Moore

Jana Pasquel de Shapiro

Diego de Sola

Beatriz Beltranena

Celina Sol Zaldívar

Sarah Fandell

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/15/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.