Youth Development

BRIDGE BUILDERS FOUNDATION INC

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.bridgebuildersla.org

Mission Statement

The foundation's mission is to remove the barriers of race,poverty, ignorance and despair through mentoring, educational support, health care awareness and community engagement for targeted youth and adults.

Main Programs

  1. YOUTH MENTORING AND TUTORING
  2. SCHOLARSHIPS
  3. YOUTH SCIENCE PROGRAM
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

LOS ANGELES METRO

ruling year

1999

President since 2017

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Mr. James Breedlove

Vice President since 2017

Self-reported

Mr. Frank Harris

Keywords

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YOUTH EDUCATION, MENTORING

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EIN

33-0846590

 Number

7838399276

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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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The vision of the Bridge Builders Foundation is to see all disadvantaged young men achieving academically at their highest capability and with high aspirations

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 MENTORING AND TUTORING

WEEKLY MENTORING AND TUTORING OF GRADES 2-12

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Hispanics

Asian/Pacific Islander

Budget

$60,000.00

Program 2

SCHOLARSHIPS

AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO MINORITY HIGH SCHOOLS SENIORS

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Blacks

Hispanics

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

YOUTH SCIENCE PROGRAM

PROVIDES STEM EXPOSURE AND EDUCATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL-AGED STUDENTS

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Blacks

Hispanics

Budget

$110,000.00

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?
    • To award educational scholarships for inner-city youth based on their civic and community involvement and their preparatory school curriculum and grades,
    • To engage in activities that provide educational enrichment for inner-city youth,
    • To engage in activities that provide relief for the poor, the distressed, the aged, and
    the underprivileged, and
    • To address health disparities and access to healthcare for minorities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To offer mentoring, tutoring, and educational programs as follows:
    Dr. Ernest E. Just Youth Science Program -- Two Components: 1) A six (6) day, two (2) weekend Summer Marine Science Camp since 1999 that exposes talented inner-city youth to marine science disciplines, ecological education, and science related career tracts, 2) Year-Round Saturday Science Academy established in 2012 that exposes middle school minority youth to STEM disciplines and careers.
    Youth Mentoring & Tutoring Program -- Weekly mentoring and tutoring program that provides structured, meaningful and recurring contact with elementary, middle and high school minority youth, with emphasis on education, social development, healthcare awareness, and positive citizenship. The program currently serves three sites. Program also employs academically high-achieving high school students as Youth Peer Mentors to provide tutoring and assist in mentoring middle and elementary school students. Youth Peer Mentors have attended a Youth Mentoring Training at UCLA.
    Male Scholarship Program - Awards educational scholarships for minority youth based on their civic and community involvement and their scholarly attainments and aspirations. Provides initial scholarships for current graduating high school seniors, continuing renewal scholarships for those continuing their education at a 4-yar college, supplemental student tracking, and supportive mentor services. To date over $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded.
    Health Care Awareness and Community Uplift - Makes charitable contributions and collaborates with organizations that provide social, economic and health services for the poor, the distressed, the aged, the sick and the under privileged with special emphasis on healthcare disparities that disproportionately impact the African American community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Though grants and donations from supportive individuals, foundations and corporations along with a core of 50 volunteers.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Through use of measurable goals and objectives as follows:

    understanding of subject material presented in classes and
    field trips and are both quantitative and qualitative questions. A lesson plan-based test is
    administered at the beginning of each class to assess entry knowledge of subject and at the end of
    class to assess retention of instructional material. Target: 90% of students show 75% improvement
    in class content knowledge

    Mid-term evaluations are primarily qualitative assessments of understanding and interest in STEM
    subjects and careers. Pre-post questions are designed to gauge their awareness and interest in STEM
    topics and careers and their motivation to continue engaging in these experiences. The pre-post
    survey involves questions where students indicate how strongly they agreed or disagreed with
    statements about engineering, perceived self-efficacy and interest in pursuing a STEM career, their
    plans to continue studying math and science, and the importance of engineering. A parent assessment
    also is administered at end of the program.

    - 100% of student participants will demonstrate increased mastery/proficiency of science content
    measures. 50% of the target group will increase their science scores by one category within six
    months as measured by state or national standard achievement test in science.

    - Participants will know at least 1 Science , 1 Engineering, and 1 Math career tract. Including
    educational requirements, professional preparation and prerequisites, promotional tracts, and
    standard salary ranges. This will be demonstrated by oral and written essay format testing.

    - A minimum 70% of the youth participants will demonstrate increased interest and confidence with
    math and science disciplines, as measured through science opinion surveys.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Mentoring and Tutoring students show significant improvements in class behavior and grades as measured and reported by instructors.

    STEM students show at lease 60 percent improvement in lesson plan content as measured by pre-post testing. Many also have acquired a strong interest in STEM careers as measured by interest surveys and post graduation observations.
Service Areas

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California

LOS ANGELES METRO

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BRIDGE BUILDERS FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Nov 01-Oct 31

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President

Mr. James Breedlove

Vice President

Mr. Frank Harris

BIO

James F. Breedlove is a native of Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and a Master Degree in Public Administration (National Scholastic Honors). Mr. Breedlove has enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur, and as a public servant. He is the Broker/Owner of the Stalwart Investment Group where he oversees the investments, purchases and sale of Residential and Residential Investment properties. He is the President and CEO of Rosewood Adult Residential Facilities, Inc., which owns residential care facilities throughout the community and provides for the care and supervision of
the adult mentally ill. Mr. Breedlove has also successfully completed the General Securities Representative (Series 7), and the Uniform Securities Act (Series 63) exams, and has been a Registered Investment Advisor with the State of California Department of Corporations.

Mr. Breedlove is retired as a sworn peace officer with the state of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was a field unit supervisor for the Division of Adult Parole Operations, where he oversees the supervision and service delivery of nearly 1,000 convicted felons. Mr. Breedlove has been recognized in the community, and within his organization for his service and leadership. In 2005, he was recognized as “Supervisor of the Year" by the California Probation and Parole Association. He has been a firearms instructor, field supervision trainer, and sat on numerous state-wide committees for policy and procedures, program development and implementation, selection standards, and organizational training. He is often sought to present and lecture at the college level.

Mr. Breedlove is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., where he has received awards at the Chapter level for Superior Service, Founders, and “Man of the Year," and at the District level for “Superior Service." He is also a member of the NAACP, NationalAssociation of Realtors, California Correctional Peace Officers Association, and Pi Alpha Alpha (honor society for Public Affairs and Administration)

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James F. Breedlove

No Affliation

Term: Feb 2017 - Feb 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

No

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?