Youth Development

STONE SOUP LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE INC

  • Vineyard Haven, MA
  • www.soup4worldinstitute.com

Mission Statement

The Stone Soup Leadership Institute's mission is to develop educational tools, trainings, Youth Leadership Summits, youth-community initiatives. The Institute provides technical assistance to communities to develop public-private partnerships to prepare young people to become leaders of a more sustainable world.

The Institute brings the Stone Soup Fable to life - inspiring people to give their gifts so together we can feed the hunger in our hearts and the hunger in our world. The book and curriculum, Stone Soup for the World: Life Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes, ignites our heroic spirit to take action and become motivational leaders and innovative change makers. 

The Institute has developed strategic partnerships to bring under-served communities into the new global economy. In addition to the 100 organizations featured in the book/curriculum, we are partnering with local and global organizations from the inner cities of Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Oakland to the rural communities of Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands and The Philippines.

The Institute has created 6 unique youth leadership initiatives in Holyoke, Massachusetts and on the islands of Martha's Vineyard (MVYLI), Hawaii, Oahu, Lanai (SHYLI), Vieques (VYLI) and Virgin Gorda (VGYLI).

The TouchStone Leaders Platform takes The Institute's 20-year investment to an online format so millions around the world will have access to our Stone Soup style leadership training modules and transformative programs. This dynamic new educational strategy offers a wide range of smart tool resources designed for people who dream of a better world and are ready to take action in their life and in their communities. The Platform offers high-touch/high tech in-depth leadership training, access to a vast digital content library and a virtual space to collaborate and learn from others working for change in their communities.

www.TouchStoneLeaders.com

Main Programs

  1. Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development
  2. TouchStone Leaders Platform
  3. MVYLI's Career Mentor & Job Shadow Day
  4. Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative
  5. Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Institute has developed strategic partnerships to bring under-served communities into the new global economy.

In addition to the 100 organizations featured in the book/curriculum, we are partnering with local and global organizations from the inner cities of Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Oakland to the rural communities of Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands and The Philippines.

The Institute has created 6 unique youth leadership initiatives on Holyoke Massachusetts and the islands of Martha's Vineyard (MVYLI), Hawaii, Oahu, Lanai (SHYLI), Vieques (VYLI) and Virgin Gorda (VGYLI).

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Ms. Marianne Larned

Keywords

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youth & emerging leaders, smart educational tools, sustainable development

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EIN

31-1594004

 Number

1631184500

Physical Address

84 South Road

Chilmark, MA 02535

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (O02)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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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From Stone Soup gatherings to a best-selling book and educational curriculum used in 120 communities to national events, local and global initiatives and a demonstration project, the Institute is turning hope into action. From Martha's Vineyard to Boston, Cincinnati, Oakland, Big Island of Hawaii, Vieques, Puerto Rico to Virgin Gorda BVI and the Philippines, we are preparing under-served young people to address the economic, social, environmental issues of the 21st century. A small nonprofit, the Institute has leveraged its resources to impact national policy and programs.

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

Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development

The Institute's 2017 Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development will be held on the island of Martha's Vineyard in June.  The Institute’s 13th Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development: June 24-30, 2017
Young people are inspired, educated and empowered to take initiative in their lives and their community.  In this weeklong intensive leadership training youth from around the world envision their personal, professional, island and planetary goals.  They meet in Professional Work Groups with college youth to explore their career options. They use the Institute’s Life Planning Tools and begin developing their 5-Year Plans. They learn about best practices of sustainable development beginning with a Sustainable Vineyard Tour to learn first-hand about green/ blue projects. Youth then envision and develop action plans for sustainability projects to help their community. Upon their return, they work with all youth delegates, nominating organizations with the Institute's Global Leaders Platform: www.TouchStoneLeaders.com

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Hispanics

Budget

150,000

Program 2

TouchStone Leaders Platform

The Institute's TouchStone Leaders Platform is dedicated to Walter Cronkite. The Platform takes The Institute’s 20-year investment to an online format so millions around the world will have access to our Stone Soup style leadership training modules and transformative programs. This dynamic new educational strategy offers a wide range of smart tool resources designed for people who dream of a better world and are ready to take action in their life and in their communities. The Platform offers high-touch/high tech in-depth leadership training, access to a vast digital content library and a virtual space to collaborate and learn from others working for change in their communities. www.TouchStoneLeaders.com

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

2,000,000

Program 3

MVYLI's Career Mentor & Job Shadow Day

MVYLI’s Career Mentor & Job Shadow Day Program. During the last six years, MVYLI has matched over 80 Island businesses and professionals with Vineyard youth. This one-day experience is eye opening and life changing (see MVYLI’s Case Study). MVYLI’s Mentor Program gives Vineyard youth ongoing mentorship opportunities. MVYLI’s team hosts weekly workshops to prepare students to maximize these mentoring experiences. As part of their preparation, youth research potential career pathways aligned with their personal and professional dreams. They develop their first bios and headshots to include in their portfolios. MVYLI’s team then matches youth with professionals in the Vineyard community who have jobs/careers in these fields. MVYLI’s program leads to more motivated students; increased support from Islanders and seasonal residents; MVYLI College Field Trips hosts, scholarships, internships and summer jobs. Supporters and sponsors are invited with mentors to Community Recognition Events.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 4

Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative

Sustainable Holyoke Youth Leadership Initiative is a year-round program to educate and empower youth through innovative training workshops: college field trips, mentor/career development, entrepreneurship, coding, and youth leadership. This program was envisioned by Holyoke youth delegates at the Institute’s12th Leadership Summit on Martha’s Vineyard. They worked with the Institute’s faculty and emerging leaders from Vieques, Puerto Rico. By building on the Vieques Youth Leadership Initiative (www.vyli.com) they aspire to envision a better life for young people in their community. www.shyli.co

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

300,000

Program 5

Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative

Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative’s (SHYLI). Design Thinking Hawaii was also established in 2010 to promote and support the introduction, training, adoption and implementation of the design thinking process in organizations, governmental agencies, schools, not-for-profits and other corporations.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

500,000

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

Target Population
Intersex people

Connected to a Program?
Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

2. Number of media partnerships developed

Target Population
Intersex people

Connected to a Program?
TouchStone Leaders Platform
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Walter Cronkite was the Institute's honorary Chairman. We develop media partners to honor his legacy and spotlight our young and emerging leaders in print, video, social media.

3. Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
MVYLI's Career Mentor & Job Shadow Day
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

4. MENTORS

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
TouchStone Leaders Platform
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

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?
    The TouchStone Leaders Platform Goals

    • The Platform will train millennials as inspiring TouchStone Certified Facilitators who connect, celebrate, and catalyze the empowerment of youth to affect change in their communities. They could be existing public or private employees already working to improve their community or newly hired as a resource the community wants.

    • The Touchstone Platform is a place to build powerful skills for the 21st century. By taking high-quality, values-based and experiential courses, these emerging leaders will be able to transfer these skills to their professional and community work.

    • It is a place to network with like-minded peers. The Platform serves as a virtual support system for people who seek affirmation, renewal, and support for the important work they do. The Platform provides avenues for discussion, sharing of insights and exchanging best practices that leverage our diverse and global network of facilitators.

    • It is a place that will improve millennials professional and personal development. The Platform provides for emerging leaders to showcase their work in a digital format which will serve as their portfolio. Through guidance of Facilitators, they will also gain valuable mentoring and feedback as well as access to more global professional and leadership opportunities.

    • The Stone Soup Model Builds Capacity: Facilitators learn to develop a local team with local support with an Advisory Council; build partnerships with leaders from businesses, foundations, government community; generate media, raise funds. They will organize 1-2 Community Events.

    • The Stone Soup Methodology: Each One Teach One: Facilitators will experience the Institute's unique methodology with its powerful multiplier effect. Young people, who are trained, become Emerging Leaders who then train other youth. If scaled up, this model has significant long-term impact on marginalized communities around the world, especially to reverse the “brain drain" and inspire a whole new generation of leaders.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The TouchStone Leaders Platform is ideally suited to train & mobilize millennials: recent college graduates, tech-savvy, fun-loving digital natives who seek meaningful ways to get involved with their community. The Platform is a dynamic community of millennials who ignite the spark with young people to realize their dreams. The Platform uses smart tools to break-free from traditional teaching methodologies and enlarges young people's classroom experience in the deeper, global perspective.

    Connected virtually through our Action Learning Laboratory, they develop high-impact sustainability projects while growing into the next generation of humanitarian leaders. Our focus on sustainability combined with our online-experiential approach provides for creativity and innovation with real-world applications. The Institute's partner Design Thinking enhances our humanitarian curriculum with out-of-the box thinking and innovative prototyping models.

    The TouchStone Facilitators Program begins with the weeklong Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development in Martha's Vineyard, MA. It is an immersive experience for Facilitators with the goal of sparking their ability to inspire collective leadership. Through work on real-world community projects Facilitators learn as they do.

    • Visioning Process for themselves, their community and their world. When they return home, they begin the work of facilitating this same process with youth in their community.

    • During Master Mentor Workshops small groups meet virtually for “class time." A practical curriculum designed to teach skills needed to catalyze change within communities.

    • During weekly Action Learning Labs the TouchStone Facilitators meet virtually to report back on their experiences working on their community project.

    • Master Mentor Sessions: All Facilitators will participate in monthly video sessions with to review their progress, troubleshoot challenges and revise their plans to effectively maximize their time.

    • The TouchStone Facilitators have access to smart tools that streamline learning and forums for conversation, collaboration and community building. Facilitators have access to The Institute's book and curriculum, training program videos, worksheets used worldwide to inspire young people and address critical issues facing their communities.

    • Performance Metrics: The Institute's measurement system has Facilitators self-assess their skills: communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and project management.

    • Course + Sustainability Project: Facilitators will custom-tailor one course (Fall) and work with their youth to develop and streamline Sustainability Projects (Spring).

    • Strategic Planning for Long Term Success: 5 Year Plan: Facilitators will be exposed at the Summit to the Institute's unique 5 Year Action Planning process.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Institute has a strong leadership team in local communities and a national board of directors. Each community has a local Advisory Council comprised of business, government, education, civic and community leaders. We hire and train local Project Coordinators to implement the Institute's programs and nurture young people to become leaders in their communities.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Quality Assurance and Evaluation Plans. Continuous feedback and revision is an integral part of the design and development process outlined in the scope of work, so the project will have significant qualitative data on the tool effectiveness and performance. This is an integral part of the community based design process in that the working groups and participants are providing feedback throughout the development of the Sustainability Toolkit. Feedback will be received in the form of surveys, incrementally submitted suggestions, and oral feedback during group review sessions. Not only will the working group participants provide feedback, but anyone using the site when it begins to be publically available will be asked to review it as well. Additionally, classes or individuals who participate in the Sustainability Challenge Contest will be asked to provide feedback that can be integrated to improve the experience for teachers, students, and any other stakeholders.

    In terms of the effectiveness of the content and ability to expand youth knowledge of the topic of sustainability, the Project Director will design a survey and request teachers give the survey to their students at the beginning of the semester, before they begin integrating these lessons and tools in the Toolkit, and at the end of the semester. SHYLI cannot require that teachers to use these, but it will be suggested.

    The quality assessment is the amount of sustainability content provided by this Toolkit. SHYLI estimates that 20 sustainability curriculum options and 40 other educational tools and resources like interactive websites, etc. will be integrated on the site in the first year of its launch.

    This continues to expand by at least 20% per year. Additionally, an estimated 50 other organizations in Hawaii will use this platform to share information about their programs, field trip options, and volunteer opportunities

    Another level of evaluation can be accomplished with Key Performance Indicators that are available through digital analytics tools, like Google Analytics. Example indicators for websites include:
    • Unique visitors
    • Average site duration
    • Page views
    • Click-through rate for checking out other pages and material linked on the website

    Evaluation Plans. Survey based feedback is a key part of the design and development process, but additional measures will be used on an ongoing basis to assess the development and use of the tool.

    To assess effectiveness of community engagement in the process, the number of participants from the Design Thinking workshop who volunteer to be a part of the ongoing working group will be tracked. For the working groups, continued engagement will be tracked by looking at the number of participants at the beginning, middle, and end of the year.

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Institute was founded by people who were concerned about the direction of the planet especially the kind of legacy we are leaving for our children. As community organizers, we knew if we all worked together for the common good we could build a better world. We especially want to carry on the legacy of those who've given their lives to this important work.

    We wanted to give people the inspiration and the educational tools they need to address the critical issues facing our youth, our communities and our planet. We were especially concerned young people weren't learning enough about those from their own cultures who are building a better world. We knew if they did, they would be inspired to stay in school, make something of themselves, give back to the world and be leaders for future generations. We developed inclusive training programs to teach empathy, unify and get people involved. We use the Stone Soup model to invite everyone to share their time, talents and resources.

    • The Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Program (SHYLI) has worked in Hawaii for 6 years, graduating 20 students – and reaching 300 other students through our SHYLI Career Mentor & Job Shadow Day, SHYLI Design Sustainable Hawaii Forum, Sustainability-In-Action Projects facilitating youth initiated project like The Sustainability Resolution: HCR 178 & SCR 192.

    • Sustainability Project: Virtual Field Station
    Martha's Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative 

    The Institute's chapter on Martha's Vineyard has partnered with the Martha's Vineyard Commission and other non-profit organizations to develop web-based sustainability maps, tools and sites including the youth designed Virtual Field Station: http://virtualfieldstation.com/  This will become an invaluable resource connecting young people with real-life science applications – leading to greater collaboration and sharing of data with non-profits and increased youth success with local/state Science Fairs.

    • Sustainable Education Toolkit Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

    The Institute's chapter on Hawaii – Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative (SHYLI) championed The Sustainability Resolution – passed in just 6 months. The Toolkit will be a free, easy-to-use digital resource for all educators to implement this Resolution, requiring all students to learn about sustainability.

    • Career Mentor Course
    Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

    The Institute's chapter in Holyoke will pilot the 15-week Career Mentor Course as a turn-key workforce development training program. Youth research potential career pathways aligned with their personal and professional dreams. They write their first bios, head shots and develop portfolios. They are matched with professionals in their career path who mentor them. This win-win approach also increases community engagement and support for youth with internships and meaningful summer jobs.

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Institute has developed strategic partnerships to bring under-served communities into the new global economy.

In addition to the 100 organizations featured in the book/curriculum, we are partnering with local and global organizations from the inner cities of Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Oakland to the rural communities of Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands and The Philippines.

The Institute has created 6 unique youth leadership initiatives on Holyoke Massachusetts and the islands of Martha's Vineyard (MVYLI), Hawaii, Oahu, Lanai (SHYLI), Vieques (VYLI) and Virgin Gorda (VGYLI).

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Funding Needs

The Stone Soup Leadership Institute has a multifaceted funding plan to design, develop and implement our programs. The Institute provides seed capital to launch local chapters of programs. The Institute uses the Stone Soup model to engage everyone to share their time, talents and resources. We strive to engage local businesses to provide in-kind donations for which we provide promotional opportunities along with tax deductions. We feature sponsors and donors on our website, Facebook page, our newsletters and press releases. Local donors are invited to support the Hawaii youth delegation to the Summit. The cost per youth delegate is $2,500 + travel. (The cost includes Summit conference fees, lodging, on-island transport and meals.) The Institute is a small non-profit organization that has dedicated tremendous resources – time, talents, and financial contributions to SHYLI. The Institute's board of directors has been very involved. The Institute is seeking strategic partners to maximize its 20-year investment to build the TouchStone Leaders Platform so millions will have access to our transformative programs.  We seek grants/impact investors/seed capital for Phase II. We seek tech partners who are looking for opportunities to support values-based, content-driven, video-oriented education platforms. For 2017-2018: Early Adapters: The Institute's partners: 100 organizations/companies featured in the book; 120 communities who have used the Institute's Educational Curriculum; 10 initiatives in Martha's Vineyard, Hawaii, Oahu, Lanai, Holyoke, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Oakland, Puerto Rico, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands and The Philippines. In 2018-2019: Expansion: National non-profit organizations with local chapters; Chambers of Commerce seeking turn-key workforce development programs who will sponsor millennials in their community/organization/company to be TouchStone Certified Facilitators. The Early Adopters/Expansion Acceleration Costs are estimated at $715,000/annually. The Projected Revenue from Implementation Phase (2019) is estimated at $ 3,050,000 income from Facilitators Certificate Program, members, grants and consultancies. The Institute's Platform team has a combined experience of over 50 years of multi-cultural, leadership and development experience working in various fields of discipline and communities around the globe.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Marianne Larned

BIO

Marianne is the Founding Director of the Stone Soup Leadership Institute and the author of educational series Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes, whose curriculum has been used in 120 communities around the world. The Institute's unique model is impacting young people in island, rural and urban communities to change their lives & their world. This model has been instrumental for 8 youth-community leadership initiatives on 7 islands in 3 countries and inner cities of Oakland, Baltimore and Cincinnati. www.soup4worldinstitute.com

Marianne is curious and a student of Design Thinking, the principles of which are integrated into the Institute's Certificate Program to train people to explore creative ideas, encouraging collaborative thinking that catalyzes partnerships to address local-global challenges. She is now discovering how to utilize the Institute's twenty years experience to create The TouchStone Leaders Global Leadership Platform. Grounded in the Institute's Education Curriculum, empowered by its innovative training and technologically connected, this Global Leadership Community catalyzes projects and start-up social entrepreneurs with major impact. www.touchstoneleaders.com

Marianne is a life-long learner whose innovative education allowed her the freedom to design her own undergraduate degree with the Rudolf Steiner International Training Center in Aberdeen, Scotland. She returned to her New England roots to receive her MBA in Organizational Development at Boston University. During her corporate consulting career she lived in the Bay Area while developing national corporate social responsibility initiatives and public-private partnerships education and economic development. Marianne is a world traveler, visiting 40 islands. Working intimately with the next generation of leaders gives her hope for our collective future.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Karen Stone McCown

Synapse School

Term: June 2015 - June 2020

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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?

Yes

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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


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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
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
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The Stone Soup Leadership Institute was founded by very diverse group of people who were concerned about the direction of the planet especially the kind of legacy we are leaving for our children. As community organizers, we knew if we all worked together for the common good we could build a better world. We especially want to carry on the legacy of those who’ve given their lives to this important work. We wanted to give people the inspiration and the educational tools they need to address the critical issues facing our youth, our communities and our planet. We were especially concerned young people weren’t learning enough about those from their own cultures who are building a better world. We knew if they did, they would be inspired to stay in school, make something of themselves, give back to the world and be leaders for future generations. We developed inclusive training programs to teach empathy, unify and get people involved. We use the Stone Soup model to invite everyone to share their time, talents and resources.