YOUTH GUIDANCE DONATION FUND OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

Shaping Brighter Futures

aka Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy   |   Vero Beach, FL   |  www.youthguidanceprogram.org

Mission

Youth Guidance is dedicated to enriching the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem and positive futures.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Phil Barnes

Main address

1028 20th Place

Vero Beach, FL 32960 USA

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Formerly known as

Youth Guidance Mentoring & Activities Program

EIN

65-0017325

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Indian River County, more than half of families with children struggle to meet basic needs, such as food, child care, technology, and housing, compared to the state rate of 32%. (Source: 2019 ALICE Report, United Way of Indian River County). Local children growing up in these impoverished circumstances face a greater risk for becoming victims of abuse, getting involved in gang activity, and dropping out of school. These risk factors indicate the potential for creating social underachievers who do not access higher education or vocational school and eventually become dependent and a burden to the local economy. Youth Guidance addresses these poor outcomes for children living in poverty. We serve low-income youth ages 5-24. When children enter our doors, they receive a healthy meal and participate in one-on-one and group mentoring programs designed to help them break the cycle of poverty.

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?

One-to-One Mentoring

This program matches volunteer adult mentors with a child. After training and initial trial visits, the mentor and child spend at least two hours each week together, in activities of their own choosing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Through group mentoring, Youth Guidance works with children from low-income homes to build a path out of poverty, develop assets associated with successful adult lives, and ensure graduation from high school in high paying professions. When a child enrolls in the Mentoring Academy, they choose from a variety of groups, including civic engagement, cooking, drama, Art, photography, dance, sports, computer graphics, 3D modeling & printing, and Music. We have also started an academic enrichment program that establishes learning baselines and teaches children how to learn.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The project is called STEAM Mentoring and Education and will be delivered through Group Mentoring. This is an enhancement to our Mentoring Academy concept with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math subjects related programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 students enrolled

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Group Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who are promoted to the next grade on time

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Group Mentoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of Youth Guidance students dipped in 2020 due to COVID-19, but has increased steadily since -- notably, 97% of our students were promoted to the next grade level on time in 2020-2021.

Number of children who have access to education

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Group Mentoring

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of students attending Youth Guidance had access to education within the past three years, as shown by providing tutors after school and books and technology to assist with studies.

Number of children who have an innate motivation to master and control their environment

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Group Mentoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please note that the numbers reflected are for a cohort of students that received pre- and post-assessments. Numbers of students dipped in 2020 due to COVID-19 and have increased steadily since.

Number of students who demonstrate the desire to succeed in the academic setting

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

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Related Program

Group Mentoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Please note that the numbers reflected are for a cohort of students that received pre- and post-assessments. Numbers of students dipped in 2020 due to COVID-19 and have increased steadily since.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

GOAL 1: 100% of Youth Guidance students will graduate high school on time and be promoted to the next grade level, as measured by report card data collected from the Indian River County School District.

GOAL 2: 85% of Youth Guidance students who complete at least one semester of programming will possess at least three Developmental Assets (e.g., effective peer relationships, presence of positive adult role-models, etc.), as measured by pre- and post-assessments. The Developmental Assets are research-based benchmarks that support healthy development of young people.

GOAL 3: 85% of Youth Guidance students will spend at least 6.0 hours per week in the program over a 48-week period annually, as measured by time and attendance records.

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy is dedicated to ensuring that our students succeed in school and in life. Our trained, professional staff and adult mentors provide social skills, life skills, and academic development for students in Indian River County from low-income households and single parent families.

Our services are delivered through two components:

1. Group Mentoring – We operate 12-15 activity groups per week in eight-week semesters (six semesters each year) with approximately 8-16 children per group. Each group is led by a staff person (titled Group Leader) and is comprised of mentors (at a 1:4 ratio) and children.

These activities are designed to encourage interaction between mentors, students, and volunteers. Students receive guidance and positive educational youth development, and our goal is to position them for meaningful careers. Activities include: tutoring, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), recreational activities, life skills, and vocational training.

Specific life skills and vocational training programs include:
- Bicycle Repair with Bike Walk Indian River County
- Boat Mechanics with Youth Sailing Foundation
- Culinary Arts at Community Church
- Sewing
- Gardening
- Money Management
- Woodworking
- Pre-apprenticeship with the Indian River County School District, Florida Training Services, and Salvation Army

Students enrolled in our pre-apprenticeship gain experience in five trades (HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, welding, and electric) and receive six professional certifications upon graduating the program.

Before activities, we serve a healthy dinner to the children through our partnership with The Source. For some of our children, this may be their only nourishing meal of the day.

2. One-to-One Mentoring – Students are assigned a mentor who agrees to a one-year commitment to meet with that student a minimum of 2.5 hours per week. Mentors provide guidance, interact with and take students to activities (including Youth Guidance group activities), assist students with academics, and help them manage their personal behavior.

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy has been serving youth in Indian River County since 1973. Over the course of our 49-year existence, our organization has a proven track record of success in meeting goals and objectives.

Our staff is professionally trained to deliver programs that achieve the maximum benefit for students. We provide CPR and professional development opportunities throughout the year. All mentors must complete training modules and a comprehensive assessment to demonstrate they possess the skills necessary to accomplish our goals and make a positive impact on our students. Notably, all staff and mentors must pass a Level 2 Background check prior to working at Youth Guidance.

To measure progress toward goals and objectives, staff members track the attendance of students in our programs. We also collect report card data through our strong partnership with the Indian River County School District. This helps us determine what specific subject areas our students may need help with.

We collaborate with many businesses and organizations in the community to open up new opportunities and programs for our children. Some of our key partners include, The Jake Owen Foundation, The Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, United Way of Indian River County, Quail Valley Charities Inc., Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, John's Island Community Service League, the Environmental Learning Center, the Youth Sailing Foundation, Bike Walk of Indian River County, the Youth Sailing Foundation, Salvation Army, and Community Church.

Increasing Developmental Assets

The SEARCH Institute has identified through extensive research 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed in school and in life. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities youth need in their families, schools and communities (external assets). The other assets emphasize social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that our nurtured within children (internal assets).

To help our students build these assets, we incorporate life skills lessons into all programs. Our staff is trained to deliver behavioral interventions and positive reinforcement. We also teach our students the importance of giving back to their community through service projects, such as helping build a Habitat for Humanity House, sewing blankets and pillows for seniors, and serving food at soup kitchens.

Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy serves approximately 200 children ages 5-24 each year. We are pleased to report that for the most recent school year, 97% of our seniors graduated from high school on time or were promoted to the next grade level. We also currently have more than 65 active volunteers and mentors who contribute their time and talents to our programs.

Notably, 85% of our students currently possess at least three of the Developmental Assets, and our students are spending an average of 5.5 hours per week in our program.

While we are very pleased with these results, we will look to further improve them within the next fiscal year. We will continue enhancing our academic enrichment and vocational training programs, strengthening our partnership with the Indian River County School District as well as Indian River State College.

The team at Youth Guidance will continue forming new partnerships with local businesses and organizations with the goal of creating new experiences and mentoring opportunities for students. These include guest speakers, field trips, site visits, college tours, life skills, and trade skills. We also will aim to increase our number of highly-qualified mentors, striving for a ratio of 1 mentor for every 3 students.

Finally, in 2017 we purchased an 8,600 square-foot facility in the heart of Vero Beach. Due to our growth and success, we are in the process of raising funds to renovate our building to create a state-of-the-art Mentoring Academy for students that includes the following:

-Teaching kitchen and dining room
-Workshop space for trades and our pre-apprenticeship
-Technology lab and makerspace for STEAM
-Community Garden
-Multipurpose room for life skills training
-Recording studio
-Tutoring wing

Financials

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YOUTH GUIDANCE DONATION FUND OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richard Bradley

CBH Advisory Group, LLC

Term: 2022 - 2023

Dee Giannotti

Cypress Trust Company

Kevin Moree

LPL Financial

Patrick Graham

KEGA Accountants

James Boggs

Retired

Kim Prado

Marine Bank & Trust

Trudie Rainone

Retired Philanthropist

Carolyn Butler Norton

Carolyn Butler Norton, Esq.

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes