YSPANIOLA INCORPORATED

Advancing Together for Quality Education and Community Action

aka Yspaniola   |   Jamaica Plain, MA   |  www.yspaniola.org

Mission

Yspaniola’s vision is to believe in an inclusive Dominican Republic that provides access to high-quality education and promotes the human rights of all people. Since 2009, we have worked in the marginalized rural community of Batey Libertad, Dominican Republic, to provide educational opportunities for students from preschool to university age.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Cynthia So

Executive Director

Amy Porter

Main address

33 Seaverns Avenue

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 USA

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EIN

27-0697706

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International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

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

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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University Scholars Program

This program aims to recruit the brightest individuals living in underserved batey communities in the Dominican Republic to support higher education at universities in the Dominican Republic. Scholars are selected by an impartial committee on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and commitment to community service and development.

Scholarships are available in all professional fields, with a particular emphasis on health related fields and human rights. Throughout their degree, scholars are supported with workshops in career development and community leadership.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Yspaniola's Learning Center, which includes a community Library and Youth Tutoring program, provides education to youth aged 7 to 18 in Batey Libertad, a marginalized community in the agricultural heart of the Dominican Republic. The batey is home to Dominicans, Haitians and many children born in the Dominican Republic to parents of Haitian descent. We also provide small-group instruction and Spanish literacy support for children in the community, including those who speak Haitian Creole as their first language.

We strongly believe in the power of reading and the central role of literacy skills in the academic success and well-rounded personal growth of children. Through this program we aim to support children through their primary and secondary schooling, thus lowering drop out rates in the community and promoting a culture of reading.

Population(s) Served

Each morning, Yspaniola provides classes for our Kindergarten group of 4-year-olds. In the Dominican Republic, the public school system starts at 5 year-olds, with Pre-Primario. However, early childhood development studies have found that the critical stage of human development is much before, and the earlier we start building skills in children, the stronger these skills will grow in time.

We also provide literacy-focused tutoring classes to Pre-Primary and Primary students aged 5-7 years old with the aim of equipping them early on with the best tools for academic success throughout the rest of their education.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
At-risk youth
Children

Since Fall 2015, Yspaniola has been running a Food Program for students. We provide healthy lunch boxes to Learning Center students to support their learning and incentivize class attendance.

This was in response to a need in Batey Libertad, where many families struggle to provide their children with adequate nutrition. Students who attend the Learning Center for classes receive healthy lunch boxes such as hardboiled eggs, sandwiches, bananas and water or oatmeal before their classes. Our program aims to both curb food insecurity for our preschoolers and also incentivize daily attendance at our classes. Providing a daily snack is valuable for our students and their parents alike.

A daily nutritious healthy lunchbox helps our students to retain information and progress faster during the academic year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Children and youth
At-risk youth

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YSPANIOLA INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 10/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Cynthia So

UCSF School of Medicine

Term: 2010 - 2011


Board co-chair

Jonathan DiMaio

Yale University Alumnus

Term: 2010 - 2011

Gerald McElroy

Yale University Alumnus

Jonathan DiMaio

Yale University Alumnus

Cynthia So

UCSF School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Stephen Wirth

Cornell Law School