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Young Warriors

Inspiring boys to become great men

aka Young Warriors Foundation   |   Woodland Hills, CA   |  www.youngwarriors.org

Mission

The Mission of Young Warriors is to strengthen and prepare boys in living in absent-father homes to productive members of society.

A significant majority of boys in absent father homes are hurting so deeply that they become unproductive and destructive members of society. Young Warriors believes that all boys need affirmation, guidance, training and support from positive male role models. The physical, emotional and social needs of boys and mothers in absent-father homes are the central focus of the services provided by Young Warriors. Inspiring Fatherless Boys, Building Great Men!

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Mr. Jason Hill

Main address

21201 Kittridge St. Suite #11405

Woodland Hills, CA 91303 USA

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EIN

80-0569820

NTEE code info

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Leadership Development (W70)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Young Warriors (YW) is a mentoring program for boys, ages 8-18, who have come up against an undeserved number of obstacles for a young life. These challenges might often include inconsistent or non-existent positive male figures, living in poverty, or other traumatic experiences. Knowing there is a man he can trust to show up and to listen should increase your boy’s self-esteem, improve his relationships and promote positive behavior. He will likely do better at school and he will be less inclined to crime and abuse. The statistics on positive mentoring are extremely compelling and we honor the good men who step up to plate and say, “I’m gonna take part in this young man’s life – I’d like to help make a difference, for him.”The Young Warriors program has run successfully since 2009. We have developed a safe and effective program, accepting male volunteer mentors and young men from a wide range of backgrounds.

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?

Educating and Mentoring for at-risk boys

Inspiring fatherless boys to become great men!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Men and boys

Parent training

Population(s) Served
Parents

Every year, Young Warriors is invited by a major local college or university to show our young men that attending college is a very real option. We’ve developed a comprehensive and enjoyable College Tour Program designed specifically for Young Warriors participants.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Men and boys

Boys are trained in various jobs skills necessary in today's market. Boys are educated to dress for success. Tours of various businesses are arranged.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Men and boys

Participants are taught how to care for themselves physically, emotionally, and mentally. Nutrition and obesity education. Physical activity is at the core of almost every YW event.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Participants are taught and inspired to be mindful of themselves and others. Warriors circle demonstrates listening to others and multicultural respect. Better interpersonal relations, conflict resolution, reduction of negative risk-taking behaviors, and positive affiliation is encouraged and modeled.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Young Warriors conducts quarterly events in the local community - young fatherless youth from local schools, communities, shelters, organizations, etc. are invited to participate in this fun-filled day with free food, prizes, and games.

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 with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educating and Mentoring for at-risk boys

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educating and Mentoring for at-risk boys

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Through a unique and inspirational multi-year process we equip boys with the needed tools and provide challenging opportunities to prepare them to become great men. Through activity participation and group mentoring we focus on the following seven goals as listed below:

1. Improved Attendance and Grades
2. Lowered negative risk-taking behavior (Gangs, Drugs, Pregnancy)
3. Improved Interpersonal Relationships (School and Home)
4. Learn and develop advanced life skills (Team-work, Communication and Problem solving)
5. Increased self-esteem and increased self-efficacy (I can and I'm able!)
6. Strength finding (Each boy will identify and develop his own unique strengths throughout the program)
7. Think, eat and move healthy through nutrition and wellness (by Nestle Healthy Kids)

1. Participants are recruited as the program establishes strong relationships with schools, youth organizations, social workers, coaches and other referral sources.
2. A thorough interview process with both the children and mothers will ensure a commitment from both.
3. The Young Warriors parenting program (specifically designed for caretakers raising children in absent-father homes) will be mandatory for each participant's mother or caretaker.
4. Volunteer mentors are recruited from within the community; they are thoroughly screened and trained using mentoring “best practices" and proven successful methods.
5. Boys (mentees) are assigned to the same group or “tribe" within each school site.
6. Mentees are matched to a tribe based on their ages and development level (Elementary 4th thru 6th grade, Middle School 6th thru 8th grade, and High School 9th thru 12th grade) with YW staff at each school site.
7. Each tribe is divided evenly into four smaller tribes; small group membership is essential so that trusting relationships can be established.
8. Each tribe meets weekly after school on the their respective school site for 3 hours.
9. Sessions take place at the their school where they will participate in a curriculum that promotes leadership, strength finding, trust and team building, and reflection.
10. Some sessions consist of “Work-Hard, Play-Hard" field trips (requires passing a bi-monthly YW accountability report) where mentees will practice what they've learned out in the real world
11. Additionally, Young Warriors groups from neighboring districts will meet quarterly to participate in an inspiring regional session. During this time, mentors and mentees will engage in games together, watch movies, and participate in additional activities that lead to both character-building fun and community development.
12. To end each year, all tribes will meet together and focus on giving back through the completion of a community service project pre-planned by the high school participants.
13. The main focus for the high school participants will be on giving back through planning and completing community service projects throughout the year and by conducting regular visits to the younger participants.
14. The end of the year celebration ceremony acknowledges each mentee's growth, and it is also acknowledged that they are at the end of a cycle and ready to move onto the “next level"— Those approaching 18 will be acknowledged as becoming men in our society; this is a separate special reception.

The mentors and staff at Young Warriors are dedicated to helping the positive growth and development of youth who, even at this early stage in their lives, have experienced more than their share of disappointments. These young men will reap great benefits from the connections they make through trusting relationships, from the lessons learned during group meetings, and from the fun and educational field trips. Our staff and mentors help to identify individual strengths of each mentee and then consistently acknowledge them. This reassurance and acceptance from adult males and their peers goes a long way in helping participants build their confidence and sense of self-worth. These acknowledgements also send the message that each boy is on track to becoming a good man. Young Warriors helps young boys go into the world with hope, confidence, and the ability to become stable and balanced young men with something significant to offer their communities

We are currently facilitating a successful and very valuable program with great momentum and with the unique opportunity at vast growth. We recently held our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament in collaboration with Eric Dickerson with great success; we now have the backing of several major NFL hall-of-fame greats and have been invited to participate in next year's NFL Hall-of-Fame Tournament in addition to holding a 4th annual Tournament with Eric Dickerson. We are continuing to build our current program, and combined with the current opportunities we have been presented with, we have the potential to make significant strides towards major organizational growth and expansion within the next year or two.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Youth and families Educators/Administrators Los Angeles Police Department

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Old curriculum wasn't as effect for the older kids - - Teens. We altered and tailored our curriculum with an expert and reframed the activities as well.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It's all to better our youth and serve the families to our best abilities. Everyones input mattes. Every voice is heard and considered. We welcome all of it.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Young Warriors

Board of directors
as of 07/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joe Buzzello

Growth10

Term: 2019 -

Eric Dickerson

NFL

Gustavo Miguel

Stock Broker

Josef Rettman

NEI Contracting

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/5/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/05/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.