Educational Institutions

T4T.org

  • Gardena, CA
  • www.t4t.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire a generation of deserving young minds to be environmentally literate and competent citizens of the 21st century, all by using T4T's extraordinary materials in a range of educational services that include in-school STEAM programs with teacher training. Our state-of-the-art warehouse, filled with materials that local manufacturers would normally send to the landfill, is where teachers attend professional development workshops and get a wealth of unusual teaching supplies. It is also where young makers come together to acquire the skills necessary for building a sustainable future. We strive to make sustainability part of the conversation for every age group.

Main Programs

  1. Material memberships
  2. Professional Development
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Greater Los Angeles, Southern California Counties and Fresno County

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Dr. Leah Hanes

Board President since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Brent Bushnell

Keywords

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Science, technology, engineering, arts and math, (STEAM) Education, environmental sustainability

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Also Known As

T4T.org

EIN

56-2464067

 Number

3983794075

Physical Address

12815 S Western Ave

Gardena, CA 90249

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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In the last ten years, we estimate that more than 250,000 students have benefited from the 115 tons of reused materials and T4T programs. Of special note are two on-going programs that have integrated T4T materials into STEAM-based curriculum. We collaborated with NASA to bring to life their B.E.S.T. (Beginning Engineering Science and Technology) curriculum, inspiring more than 10,000 elementary and middle school age students. T4T’s partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District’s “Next Generation Science & Engineering Initiative” focuses on 8th grade and high school students. We have reached over 5,000 students at 25 schools with a full years worth of project-based learning. Twenty-nine teachers from these 25 schools enthusiastically gathered at the T4T warehouse during their summer vacation to establish and practice new curriculum points that support Next Generations Science Standards for their students. The teachers who participated in the 2013 symposium will serve as mentors to the new group of teachers who will join us this summer for the 2014 event.

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

Material memberships

Schools and organizations can purchase a Materials Membership to gain access to our warehouse filled with unused manufacturing materials. Memberships cost $100 and entitle the member to 100 pounds of materials that can be picked up at the warehouse throughout the year.
Special Projects and Collaborations: We work with other school districts throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and other nonprofit, community-based organizations to design and implement educational workshops for children.
Professional Development Workshops (PDs) are held in conjunction with LAUSD and UCLA Center X.

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Professional Development

PreK-12 grade, open-ended materials inspire critical and creative thinking in teachers and students. We have a variety of grade level appropriate programs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Vision: Provide educators with inexpensive, quality materials for use in STEAM hands on learning and to reduce the amount of waste that goes into local landfills.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Greater Los Angeles, Southern California Counties and Fresno County

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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Leah Hanes

Board President

Mr. Brent Bushnell

BIO

Dr. Leah Hanes brings a unique set of professional and personal experiences to her role as Executive Director at T4T. Beginning her career in Toronto, Leah produced and hosted an award-winning television series profiling woman in non-traditional roles. This lead her to Los Angeles, where she appeared on-camera conducting interviews and hosting a variety of programs covering environmental issues, business and politics.
She eventually segued into other areas of the entertainment industry, notably as the President of a boutique talent agency representing Academy Award-winning cinematographers, editors and production designers. She also spent several years owning and running an acting school for children and teens, during a period she describes as her “empty nest" adjustment.
Her early life on a farm in Canada nurtured a strong sense of environmental stewardship while her first college experience was in Early Childhood Education, illuminating a solid direction to follow in her recent academic endeavors. Dr. Hanes holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Management as well as a PhD. in Leadership and Change.
All of these variables lead to a confluence of skills and knowledge that fit perfectly into the T4T ecosystem. When she's not spreading the STEAM word across California, she loves spending time with her grandchildren.


STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are focused on bringing serious amounts of fun to education using up-cycled materials to inspire creative and critical thinking skills in the next generation of inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brent Bushnell

Two Bit Circus

Term: Sept 2015 -

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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