YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN INC/You Can Begin Again Too

Women Empowering Women, Women Empowering Themselves

aka You Can Begin Again Too   |   Topeka, KS   |  www.youcanbeginagain.org

Mission

A faith-based home that focuses on faith, love, and respect, You Can Begin Again, and You Can Begin Again Too Inc. seek to reach young women, 18-25, who lack family, family support, educational preparation, financial resources, or who are young mothers without adequate education, training , or a combination of barriers that prevents them from leading productive, disciplined lives as adults.

 This faith-based safe haven will help participants build self-esteem; identify and reach educational goals; acquire job preparation skills; and embrace principles, values, and the hope that motivate individuals not only to become viable members of a community and, in turn, resolve to help others. Participation in the two-year program will facilitate the journey to self-sufficiency and success.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are launching Project 3000! Our goal is to reach 3000 persons who will contribute $5.00 per week. This is a great opportunity to pair with You Can Begin Again (YCBA) and You Can Begin Again Too (YCBAT). YCBA is a nonprofit 501c3 organization designed to assist young ladies who have aged out of the foster care system and emancipated into society. YCBA has been incorporated since 2008 and organized to accept the first recipient in 2010. Our motto is to “Give a hand up, not a hand out”. YCBA and YCBAT provides housing, employment resources, and healthcare options. We equip young women with basic skills that may not have been taught or learned while in previous placements. We prepare young women with life skills that are beneficial not only today, but throughout their lives; skills such as housekeeping, managing finances, hygiene care and job readiness training. We monitor their progress and encourage new life skills and habits. Project 3000! Is an individual or group contribution where each person commits to a weekly contribution of $5.00 per week, the average cost for a cup of coffee, or a monthly contribution of $20.00? What a minimal amount to give, to create a great change in the lives of others. The young women of YCBA/YCBAT would benefit from your consistent annual gift. Although any gift is greatly appreciated, a commitment to sacrifice $5.00 a week under Project 3000! makes a tremendous difference in the life of just one young lady. Can we count on you to make up the 3000 committed partners? Will you gather your circle to join Project 3000!? Will your organization meet the challenge of Project 3000!? Please visit our website or contact us for questions concerning Project 3000! or other avenues of assistance. Thank you for your time and consideration, we look forward to hearing from you soon. Warmest Regards, Dist. Missionary Tina Carter Founder and Executive Director 720.300.0029

Ruling year info

2009

Founder/Executive Director

Winifred W Carter

Main address

2401 SE 11th Street % Winifred Carter

Topeka, KS 66607 USA

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EIN

61-1570315

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission is to open and operate faith-based transitional apartment homes in the Metropolitan Denver /Kansas area for young women ages 18-25. The organization provides furnishings, clothing, shelter, medical care, educational assistance and other resources to enhance the well-being of the young women. In addition, ongoing research programs are explored to help build self-esteem, personal integrity, and positive involvement and interaction by the young women within the community, for the purpose of integrating self-sufficient young women back into society. In 2011 YCBA expanded its vision to include young women emancipating from foster care with children and gave birth to “You Can Begin Again Too”. In 2014 YCBA/YCBAT expanded its vision again and was licensed to do business in the great state of Kansas. You Can Begin Again/You Can Begin Again Too has a systematic, holistic approach that recognizes the specific needs of each young women.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transitional Housing

You Can Begin Again, Inc, a nonprofit organization with 501 (c) (3) status, undertakes the role of change agent and advocate for three categories of at risk youth, namely:

·         Young women, 18-25, who already at risk of falling through the cracks of society’s safety nets because they do not fit stereotypical images of disadvantage or dysfunction and thus, do not qualify for governmental assistance.

·         Youth who are “aging out,” or have been emancipated from the foster care system but lack skills for transition to adulthood.

·         Teenagers who are chronically or sporadically homeless and need direction, training, and the support of seasoned advocates.

 We have proudly expanded the vision in March 2011 and added” You Can Begin Again Too” which will address a fourth component of at risk you:

 ·         Young women who are mothers and have been emancipated from the foster care system but lack a family, family support, job skills and education to support their children and themselves. They truly need a hand up, not a hand out.

 This vulnerable population has been affected more than most by the current, staggering economic crisis that now grips the American Way of Life in its financial tentacles. This multilayered collapse has produced a “lack syndrome,” that translates into the domino effect. Lacking adequate educational preparation, they have no discernible job readiness skills. Lacking marketable skills, these youth cannot find work that pays a living wage. As a result, they lack affordable housing, health care, and are relegated to marginal existence and simply become invisible until they become data in a government report.

You Can Begin Again: Guided Transition to Adulthood will offer comprehensive case management services that equip young women, 18-25, with the resources and skills needed to successfully navigate the billows and breakers of at risk lives to the safe shores of productive and peaceful adulthood. This will be accomplished through individual and group programs tailored to the needs of each cohort.

The Project will sustain itself through establishing and maintaining partnerships with a cadre of agencies, organizations, philanthropies and communities that share the mission of You Can Begin Again, Inc.

Population(s) Served

The You Can Begin Again and You Can Begin Again Too organization provides a five week program process of assessments called Foundations for Success. The assessments and inventories are used to assess the young women’s individual strengths and deficiencies for the purpose of providing them with the basic foundational support for their success during the 18 months of their journey through the program

Population(s) Served

• Bridges to Success – In collaboration with community college systems (Arapahoe, Denver, Kansas) and regional high growth and high wage industries, at-risk youth will be prepared with academic skills, social, and financial support needed to enroll in college and or trade programs to pursue career pathways that lead to sustained employment in high growth and high wage industries. Available to youth and young adults, ages 18 to 24, Bridges to Success will create a learning community that provides students with case management and social support; develops Individual Growth Plans; helps students excel in college-level classes through the use of cohorts who provide peer support and motivation; and helps students develop the life skills needed to succeed as students and employees in college and the workplace.

Population(s) Served

• Successful New Beginnings – Case management plays a critical role in assisting participants retain competencies and skills, achieved through successful completion either of Foundations for Success, Bridges to Success, or both, depending on the initial inventory of individual needs. Effective case management is a critical tool in assuring success for each participant. We embrace a definition of case management that comprises systematic, comprehensive, and holistic interventions and identification of innate and acquired problem solving and decision making capabilities of participants; facilitates the blending of available resources with unique participant needs; creates synergy among case managers, partners, and systems collaborate to improve the lives of at risk young adults.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

You Can Begin Again and You Can Begin Again Too’s mission is to operate faith-based apartment homes in the Metropolitan Denver/Topeka Kansas area for at risk young women ages 18-25, who have aged out of the foster care system or have been emancipated by the court. The organization provides shelter, household furnishings, medical care resources, and educational assistance in order to enhance the young women’s well-being. In addition, there are ongoing programs designed to help build self-esteem, personal integrity, and positive involvement and interaction within the community, for the purpose of integrating self-sufficient young women back into society.

COLLABORATION
You Can Begin Again partners with Arapahoe Douglas Works; Mile High United Way; National Council of Negro Women; Denver Health, Mainstream Non-profit Association and other professionals to facilitate different trainings: Work Integrity, Financial Success, Women in Politics, Beauty Secrets, and How to Care For Your Body Today For a Baby Someday. The young women participate in training, resume writing, and counseling work to secure financial aid for school.

INCLUSIVENESS
You Can Begin Again’s board, staff, volunteers, and programs are open to all racial and ethnic backgrounds. The current board is a reflection of the organization’s surrounding community; staff and volunteers are selected on similar grounds. You Can Begin Again values diversity and understands the role of participation and inclusion in the effectiveness of the organization.

You Can Begin Again/You Can Begin Again Too Project is composed of three customized interventions to meet the wide-ranging needs of the young women ages 18-25 who are at-risk as a result of aging out of the foster care system or who have been emancipated by the courts. The three programs that make up the You Can Begin Again/You Can Begin Again Too program are as follows:
• Foundations for Success –Foundations for Success incorporates intensive skills building in a five week program of assessments of individual strengths and deficiencies. These appraisals are used to help participants master life skills, build self-esteem, increase literacy and set goals. The case manager uses the assessments to develop strategies to help the young women achieve educational, vocational, and employment readiness. At the end of the program, participants will be empowered to design an “Individualized Growth Plan,” of realistic goals and timetables to be meet them. Comprehensive case management is provided on an ongoing basis. Foundations for Success will serve as prerequisite for enrollment in Bridges to Success, a program for participants who choose a career-based pathway.

• Bridges to Success – In collaboration with community college systems (Arapahoe, Denver, Kansas) and regional high growth and high wage industries, at-risk youth will be prepared with academic skills, social, and financial support needed to enroll in college and or trade programs to pursue career pathways that lead to sustained employment in high growth and high wage industries. Available to youth and young adults, ages 18 to 24, Bridges to Success will create a learning community that provides students with case management and social support; develops Individual Growth Plans; helps students excel in college-level classes through the use of cohorts who provide peer support and motivation; and helps students develop the life skills needed to succeed as students and employees in college and the workplace.

• Successful New Beginnings – Case management plays a critical role in assisting participants retain competencies and skills, achieved through successful completion either of Foundations for Success, Bridges to Success, or both, depending on the initial inventory of individual needs. Effective case management is a critical tool in assuring success for each participant. We embrace a definition of case management that comprises systematic, comprehensive, and holistic interventions and identification of innate and acquired problem solving and decision making capabilities of participants; facilitates the blending of available resources with unique participant needs; creates synergy among case managers, partners, and systems collaborate to improve the lives of at risk young adults.

You Can Begin Again/You Can Begin Again Too offers individualized and group comprehensive case management services to young women, 18-25 years of age, that equip them with the resources and skills needed to successfully navigate through life to become self-sufficient adults. You Can Begin Again/You Can Begin Again Too performs the following objectives to reach our goals:
• Identify and enroll at-risk young women as participant-partners in a project designed to empower them to live successful lives.
• Assess individual strengths and needs of participants through a battery of assessments and inventories that will result in the development of Individualized Growth Plans.
• Design, in collaboration with participant-partners, short-term objectives and long-term goals as the foundation of Individualized Growth Plans.
• Deliver case management services that are participant-centered, cost-effective, goal-oriented, and comprehensive in order to monitor progress and assure the acquisition of services.
• Teach life skills, including social and coping skills, crucial for transitioning into adulthood; and to enhance skills participants already have.

You Can Begin Again/You Can Begin Again Too, Inc. fosters the belief that we can make a difference in the lives of all young women. Our motto is “Women Empowering Women; Women Empowering Themselves.” My passion and desire centers on building and encouraging women of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities to become all that God has created them to be so in turn they will encourage others.
We have provided housing for over 25 women and 8 children since we opened our doors in 2010, as a result of that we have learned a lot. We have seen success and experienced some failure along the way but our vision is clearer than ever. We have turned down over 40 young women due to financial constraints and therefore we are working harder than ever to raise money so we can sustain our organization alongside of the government assistant that we so graciously appreciate. We are proud of what is happening with YCBA/YCBAT as we grow and mature in this endeavor. We have officially launched Project 3000. We have secured our first 11 unit apartment building in Topeka KS. Where each woman will have a fully furnished 1 bedroom apartment. We have secured donations from the Mattress Hub who provided 11 beds. We have secured partnerships with United Way, Topeka Rescue Mission , Department of Human Services , various church organizations, Vision Bank just to name a few. We have moved in the apartment manager and 4 women and 6children. In December 2018 we will have 5 units occupied.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    It was discussed that the participants would like to do more activities together . We took them out for dinner and a movie. We have other events planned for 2019.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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YOU CAN BEGIN AGAIN INC/You Can Begin Again Too

Board of directors
as of 07/07/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Evg. Winifred Carter

You Can Begin Again

Term: 2008 - 2099

Winifred (Tina) Carter

You can Begin Again

Paul Burleson

Friendship Baptist Church

Cenea Jones

Public Service Credit Union

Tywanna Jones

Denver Public Schools

Rachel Thomas

College Hill Property Mgt

Michelle Simmons

Wisconsin Public Schools

Eric Nelson

Insurance Agency Owner

Supt. Samuel Mitchell

Open Arms Outreach Ministries

Bishop MP Jackson Jr

Kansas Central Jurisdiction

Supt. W O Sherrod

Temple of Deliverance

Greg Thomas

Open Arms Outreach Ministries

Rochelle King

Social Services

Aundrea Shafer

Program Director

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable