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Youth Action Project

Empowering Communities One Youth at a Time

aka YAP   |   San Bernardino, CA   |  www.youthactionproject.org

Mission

Empower youth and young adults in developing the skills and habits needed for economic and social success.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Tremaine Mitchell

Main address

696 S Tippecanoe Ave

San Bernardino, CA 92408 USA

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EIN

42-1574359

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Urban, Community (S31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

YAP addresses the problem of low educational attainment in San Bernardino County. YAP’s Theory of Change: Increasing the educational attainment of San Bernardino County residents provides a pathway out of poverty for residents by removing barriers to obtaining the skills necessary to fill demand jobs and build a workforce attractive to businesses paying sustainable wages. In the 2016 report “County of San Bernardino’s Pivotal Moment” by Joe Kotkin, regional economist John Husing notes “a key issue holding back the growth of the Inland Empire’s economy is its low adult educational attainment level. If the area’s standard of living is going to rise significantly, it will take an enormous educational effort aimed at both children and adults.” YAP's goal is to provide San Bernardino youth the tools and skills necessary to compete in a 21st century market place.

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?

Young Scholars

At YAP we have all kinds of people helping all kinds of people “one youth at a time” is how “we empower communities”

Through Young Scholars YAPs aim is Academic Excellence = students read and compute math at their appropriate grade level.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Youth Popular Culture: At YAP we maintain a working body of knowledge of the current youth culture “we know our target audience”

Through Young Workers YAPs aims is Career Awareness = students have a career pathway plan based on their interest and talents informed by labor market information and are provided with practical ways to exploration career pathways.

Population(s) Served
Adults

YLinc is focused on developing young leaders via training and work experience. This program provides education, on-the-job training, paid work experience in community outreach, advocacy, marketing, and digital media to at-risk youth ages 17-24. These youth are trained to provide community outreach and marketing services to government, non-profits, and businesses, especially those interested in reaching and serving YAP’s target population.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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 participants who gain employment

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

Young adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Young Workers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

Young adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These participants receive academic support & workforce preparation services combined with case management. NOTE: The decreases in 2019-20 and 2020-21 program years were Covid-19 related impacts.

Hours of programing delivered

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

Young adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

NOTE: The decrease in 2019-20 and 2020-21 program years reflect Covid-19 related impacts.

Number of participants that earn an industry-recognized credential.

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

Young adults, Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Young Workers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Youth Action Project’s (YAP) Mission is to empower youth and young adults in the development of skills and habits needed for economic and social success.

YAP’s Vision is ALL youth graduate high school, transition to higher education and enter meaningful and gainful employment or entrepreneurial ventures by age 25.

YAP’s provides youth in under resourced communities the tools to obtain sustainable incomes, through accessing higher education, vocational training, building awareness of demand jobs, soft skills coaching and incubating entrepreneurial aspirations. YAP core values of civic awareness and responsibility build young leaders capable of advocating and organizing to provide a voice for their communities.

If San Bernardino County youth are to participate in the 21st Century Workforce, they must acquire the skills necessary to compete in a global marketplace where over 60% of all jobs available required post-secondary degrees. YAP provides structured opportunities for success at a critical age for high school Mentees, college aged Mentors, and Workforce participants. YLinc opens the opportunity for a unified youth voice, trained in outreach and coordination and able to supply needed services to governments and private businesses.

YAP programming supports in-school youth not only to graduate from high school, but to be ready to access post-secondary education. Many high school participants see YAP as a partner in their continuing education and return to participate as Mentors. Mentoring enables college students to remain connected to their high school community while using the AmeriCorps stipend to support their college education. Completion of the required hours of AmeriCorps service enables Mentors to access scholarship funds. Utilizing AmeriCorps Members as Mentors to Opportunity Youth integrates programing and uses near peer or peer mentoring to reconnect youth to educational pathways or vocational training and employment.

YAP provides structured opportunities for success at a critical age for high school Mentees, college aged Mentors, and Workforce participants. YLinc opens the opportunity for a unified youth voice, trained in outreach and coordination and able to supply needed services to governments and private businesses. YAP programming supports in-school youth not only to graduate from high school, but to be ready to access post-secondary education. Many high school participants see YAP as a partner in their continuing education and return to participate as Mentors. Mentoring enables college students to remain connected to their high school community while using the AmeriCorps stipend to support their college education. Completion of the required hours of AmeriCorps service enables Mentors to access scholarship funds. Utilizing AmeriCorps Members as Mentors to Opportunity Youth integrates programing and uses near peer or peer mentoring to reconnect youth to educational pathways or vocational training and employment.

The three components of YAP programing – Young Scholars, Young Workers and YLinc are designed to community-build by providing youth and young adults with transformative experiences including:
1. Young Scholar Near-peer mentoring that provides high school Mentees with support to stay in school, take college eligible classes, find a demand job career path, and apply to local colleges, community colleges or vocational schools.
2. Young Scholar Mentoring positions paying sustainable stipends to college-aged Mentors, enabling them to build resumes with skills relevant to higher paying professional jobs, build professional networks vital to future employment, establish peer relationships with other service-oriented Mentors, bond with high school students and engage them in academics and civic projects, and access AmeriCorps scholarship programs to support their higher education.
3. Young Worker Workforce Programming to Opportunity Youth providing support in the form of mentoring, tutoring, study skills training leading to the completion of the requirements for a secondary diploma or its recognized equivalent, or for a recognized post-secondary degree. This program provides paid work experiences leading to unsubsidized employment, supportive services, intensive case management and individual service strategies.
4. YLinc Social Entrepreneur programming to ignite community champions, teach leadership skills and build future entrepreneurs, grow community engagement in underserved communities, enable youth to take their seat at the table to form youth-adult partnerships and build a comprehensive youth development system. This program provides the tools and skills necessary to provide input to governments and private businesses targeting the youth market.

YAP has spent 20 years building a foundation in the community, refining services, and connecting with parents, administrators, teachers and students. YAP programming is valued by students, parents, teachers, and community leaders who understand the long-term impacts of quality mentoring. Since its inception, YAP has continued to expand services to youth in San Bernardino County and grow from a staff of 2 to 11 full time staff and 4 part-time staff with 136 volunteers.

YAP collaborates with local and national community-based organizations to improve educational outcomes, improve workforce development and build community leaders. YAP’s headquarters is strategically co-located with Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino (CAPSBC). The co-location enables YAP staff to better understand the services offered by CAPSBC and promote building referral systems between the two organizations.

As a member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network, YAP built a multi-disciplinary partnership to leverage federal funding. YAP has maintained a 14-year partnership with SBCUSD, the City of San Bernardino, YVYLA, the City of Rialto, CaliforniaVolunteers, and Loma Linda University since 2006. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has contributed for 10 years.

YAP is a member of the Inland Empire Education Justice Collaborative (IEEJC) along with COPE. The IEEJC emerged from the Irvine Foundation funding and engages a network of parents, community members, and students in a district-wide partnership effort designed to improve academic achievements for SBCUSD students.

YAP has expanded from serving 65 in-school students in 2007-2008 to over 750 in-school and opportunity youth in 2019-2020. YAP has achieved remarkable results with minimal financial resources through a dedicated network of volunteers, paid young workers, grassroots energy, community partnerships and dedicated leadership.

Since 2007, YAP has connected over 5,000 high school students to positive adult role models, hired and trained over 450 local college students, provided over 230,000 work experience and community service hours; and provided over 88,000 hours of tutoring and mentoring services to high school students in schools identified as having some of the highest dropout rates in the state.

In 2017 YAP expanded paid work experience opportunities to include out of school Opportunity Youth and provides YAP an opportunity to track youth progression beyond high school.

YOUNG LEADERS has evolved into Young Leaders Inc. (YLinc), a social enterprise business that YAP believes has great potential for success by providing a direct pathway to employment and a chance to impact social change through community outreach and coordination.

Financials

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Operations

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Youth Action Project

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Williams

Southern California Edison

Term: 2019 -

Dezzarae Henderson

4Hire HR Solutions, LLC

Cherie Crutcher

Riverside Community Hospital

Roger Whittenhill

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Rina Dakaney

Claremont Lincoln University

Joseph Williams

Southern California Edison

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
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.