Educational Institutions

INTERNATIONAL TRADE EDUCATION PROGRAMS INC

  • Carson, CA
  • http://www.itepinc.org

Mission Statement

ITEP was established in 1999 to bridge the gap between the port industry's need for a skilled workforce and the local high school's struggle to graduate students. Through partnerships with industry and educators, ITEP prepares disadvantaged high school students for careers in high-wage and high-growth job sectors through career exploration activities, industry mentoring, paid summer internships, and college scholarships. Target sectors include careers in international trade, transportation and logistics as well as business, finance, and STEM-related careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, and environmental science.

Reflecting on a successful 17-year history, ITEP has emerged as the premier career-focused youth development organization in Southern California. ITEP currently supports over 5,100 economically disadvantaged and ethnically diverse students annually in 21 career pathways at 15 under-performing public high schools across three school districts.

Main Programs

  1. ITEP
  2. Internship Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

ITEP serves students at high schools located throughout Southern California in the cities of: Carson, Downey, Gardena, Harbor City, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, San Pedro, Wilmington, and Barstow.

ruling year

2006

CEO since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Amy L. Grat

Keywords

Self-reported

career education, linked learning, Port of Los Angeles, trade, internships, employment, work-readiness

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Also Known As

ITEP

EIN

74-3161465

 Number

1285989071

Physical Address

2417 E. Carson Street, Suite 200

Carson, CA 90810

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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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ITEP specializes in bridging students to careers through pathways to higher education, trade and/or technical school and career opportunities. Augmenting school curriculum, ITEP students learn career skills from mentors and participate in professional environments providing experiential learning, which builds and reinforces their knowledge base. ITEP is able to support students across all skill and experience levels to ensure the future workforce is equipped for success.

ITEP's program catapults students' sense of competence, self-determination, and connections with others that encourages them to flourish. ITEP students transform into successful adults who become productive citizens in a shared workforce, creating a healthy and thriving community.

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

ITEP

Connecting high school students to careers.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Internship Program

Placing students with industry mentor employers for 6-week paid internship placements.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    ITEP programs engages students and industry volunteers in activities related to: community engagement, career awareness, career exploration, career preparation, and career training.

    Outcomes measures for ITEP's Program include:

    Outcome 1: Students will understand the connection between education and future success

    Outcome 2: Students will be exposed to high-wage and high-growth careers


    Outcome 3: Students will develop marketable entry-level skills


    Outcome 4: Students will engage industry employers during career exploration, mentorship, and internships

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    ITEP's program and its deliverables serve to guide all of the pathways. The key components are as follows:

    1. Industry Advisory Board: Industry partner recruitment and engagement is key to identification of community resources and program activity implementation.
    2. Teacher Training: ITEP provides teachers with professional development and training opportunities in order to better facilitate their integration of industry knowledge and career-relevant skills into the classroom.
    3. Industry Orientation: Industry awareness is essential to ensuring students' ability to explore possible careers and pursue the best education path for their workplace goals.
    4. Career Exploration: This enables students to discover specific jobs and career paths, and tailor their experiential and academic track to pursue particular opportunities.
    5. Business Skills and Operations: Students need the skills to utilize the opportunities they receive and this development trains students for the real world.
    6. Project Based Learning: Project-based learning provides a necessary connection to curriculum structure for incorporating career exploration, business skills development, and industry networking into classroom learning.
    7. Industry Coaching: To succeed in the real-world scenarios of job interviews, resume writing, and college applications, students need mentorship and coaching from teachers and industry leaders.
    8. Work-Based Learning: Work-based learning provides students with real business experience to build on the lessons they learn in the classroom, through job-shadowing and internship opportunities.
    9. Awards and Recognition: To increase motivation among students, industry leaders, and faculty, numerous scholarships and awards of acknowledgement are distributed each year.
    10. Evaluation: ITEP evaluates its processes and outcomes in order to sustain growth and improvement
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    ITEP continuously maintains cost efficiencies and program services. With more than 17 years of experience consistently serving more at-risk students youth students and developing additional industry partnerships yearly, ITEP flourishes due to vigorous in-house fundraising, donor cultivation, special events, sponsorship, and grant writing to a plethora of corporations, foundations, government entities, and private businesses.

    In addition, ITEP's esteemed Board of Directors generously contributes both financially and voluntarily with their time. They are actively involved in the coordination of and participation in ITEP's three large-scale signature events, hosted yearly.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    ITEP utilizes both qualitative and quantitative measures for evaluation of its program. Quantitatively, ITEP tracks the number of students that participate in each career exploration activity and business skills component. Likewise, the number and types of industry engagement opportunities and industry partners are also tracked. Qualitatively, ITEP conducts an assessment of 10th grade students to measure understanding of the connection between education and future success. Each year this survey establishes a baseline of attitudes and self-perception of one's own level of preparedness. Simultaneously, ITEP administers a survey to 12th grade students to determine college and career-readiness, assess career focus, and college enrollment plans. This survey measures growth in confidence, skill attainment, and self-reporting of college to career readiness.

    Recently, ITEP has begun tracking the college and career trajectories of young alumni professionals who were part of ITEP's high school programs. Additionally, we monitor and provide these emerging leaders with employment resources, professional development, and networking opportunities.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    ITEP students who have completed an ITEP internship boasted a 97% high school graduation rate, and 80% of 12th graders in ITEP programs were planning to enroll in college or a vocational training program. Notably, on average, ITEP students graduate at a 5-10% higher rate than that of their fellow classmates.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

ITEP serves students at high schools located throughout Southern California in the cities of: Carson, Downey, Gardena, Harbor City, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, San Pedro, Wilmington, and Barstow.

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE EDUCATION PROGRAMS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Leadership

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CEO

Ms. Amy L. Grat

BIO

Since 2010, Amy Grat has dedicated her career to addressing the need for innovative career education for at-risk high school students throughout southern California. Her important work contributes positively to the future of California because without quality career education for high school students, this state will be unable to compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century. As CEO of International Trade Education Programs, Inc. (ITEP), Amy Grat contributes to the production of job-ready, college-prepared high school graduates by marshaling the financial, social and intellectual resources of the trade, transportation and logistics industries to create career-focused learning academies in economically disadvantaged areas.

Under the leadership of Amy Grat, ITEP motivates at-risk students by providing access to opportunities -- community service, job experiences, industry mentoring and enrichment programs. ITEP supports industry by preparing a workforce that is ready to meet the challenges and capture the opportunities of the global marketplace. ITEP enriches its communities by ensuring the success of the next generation of citizens. Today, ITEP serves over 5,100 students in 21 small learning communities in 15 high schools across Southern California. The industry advisory boards actively engage over 300 business, government, and educational leaders across the multiple industries.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. James Preusch

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA)

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

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?