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YOUTH SCORE EDUTAINMENT GROUP

Blazing A Path To A Brighter Future

aka YOUTHSCORE PERFORMING ARTS UNLIMITED   |   Compton, CA   |  www.youth-kidscore2world.org

Mission

YouthScore Edutainment Group has evolved to meet the everchanging needs of kids and youth and the communities we serve. Although our commitment to our mission and the young people and their families has never wavered, we still need support to continue to strive. Our fundraising efforts are getting better. As we look to the future, it is our obligation to ensure that we continue to be relevant in the national out-of-school-time space. We do everything possible to ensure that our participants have opportunities outside of school and home that promote their healthy development and enable them to succeed as adults. Y.S.E.G.I. exists solely for the purpose of saving lives! Through the use of our gang intervention/prevention, creative and performing arts.

Notes from the nonprofit

YouthScore has become a new age grooming organization for urban city kids/youth choosing not to be limited by their present circumstances or surroundings. After a six-year hiatus and Creating (Strauss Family Child Care), We’re back. New and improved with our new workshops. Acting Academy for Kids and youth is a performing arts program that offers classes, workshops and camps devoted to the arts, skills, and resources needed to train the next generation of talented performers. Programs are available for ages 5-18.

Ruling year info

2002

Founder/Ceo.

MRS Danita Strauss

Main address

1813 E. McMillan Street

Compton, CA 90221 USA

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EIN

33-0891566

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Movement has authentically achieved our assignment to empower all kids and youth that we work with, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible human-beings. Throughout our history, it has been our shared belief that every young person deserves an opportunity to pursue happiness. As the landscape of this country is changing, and the need for more productive kids and youth development organizations. YouthScore Edutainment Group has evolved to meet the everchanging needs of kids and youth and the communities we serve. Although our commitment to our mission and the young people and their families has never wavered, we still need support to continue to strive. Our fundraising efforts are getting better. As we look to the future, it is our obligation to ensure that we continue to be relevant in the national out-of-school-time space. We do everything possible to ensure that our participants have opportunities outside of school a

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?

Youth-Kidscore2 Playhouse

Youth-KidScore2 PlayHouse is a year-round kids&youth performing&creative arts program, presenting a full season of fully staged, professional-quality all-student
 productions. We recruit students on a non-competitive basis, and strive 
to maintain a nurturing, process-based environment at all times. a creative, performing arts, and community-oriented program, structured for literacy. This theater program is designed to encourage children, youth, and young adult ages 5- 18 to read, think, and write. we currently reach hundreds of students each week through 
our Mobile productions as part of our innovative "YouthScore Mobile Production” in the Schools"

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status
Age groups
Family relationships

Outreaching seminars (gangs 101) taught by real ex-gang members who have not only been where the participating youths are, but have come out alive and turned their lives around to make a positive influence on the society that they grew up in. People who have survived the deaths of close friends and family and now want to make sure that the cycle ends with their generation.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive children
People with disabilities
Social and economic status

YouthKidScore2 Arts Academy is creative arts, performing arts program, and community-oriented program structured for literacy. This program is designed to encourage children, youth and young adult ages 7- 17 to read and think and write. Through our interactive arts programs, the children-youth are motivated to use their imagination, in skits, plays, and improv. YouthScore incorporates diverse programs combining theater arts, performing arts programs and workshops with the influence of teachers, professional entertainers, professional athlete, music teachers & artists, and professional dance instructors. Would you like to travel to outer space, perform in a circus, or command your own pirate ship? Well, you can go anywhere, do anything, and be anybody when you put on a play with us. The only limit is your imagination!

Population(s) Served

The Digital Media Production Studio is a limited-access, cutting-edge program designed to prepare participants for the rapidly changing world of digital media.
Greenscreen Digital Tv Production Studio
Green screen technology is the basis of the effects seen in everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to the weather forecast.
Film Club
Youth-KidScore2 Film Academy’s reputable hands-on Film Clubs teach the next generation of filmmakers the fundamental elements of visual storytelling.
Music Video Club
Music Videos are one of the most accessible and hands-on ways that individuals can begin a career in directing that is free of the many constraints of standard narrative filmmaking.
3D Animation Club
3D Animation is more popular than ever, and the field of 3D animated video, computer, and interactive games has grown remarkably and continues to expand. Students in the YouthScore Film Academy’s hands-on 3D Animation Camps write, animate, direct, and edit their own computer animated

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

community hero 2005

AfterSchool Alliance

Affiliations & memberships

Afterschool Alliance 2016

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 2002

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 computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

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

Children and youth, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Gang Awareness Program (G.A.P.) Family Workshop

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Web Development Class, Animation, App Development

Number of multi-year grants received

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

YOUTH-KIDSCORE2 ARTS ACADEMY:

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth service participants who have involvement in juvenile justice system

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

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Health, Family relationships

Related Program

Youth-Kidscore2 Playhouse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

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

Adults

Related Program

YOUTH-KIDSCORE2 ARTS ACADEMY:

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of open rehearsals

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

Adults

Related Program

YOUTH-KIDSCORE2 ARTS ACADEMY:

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new grants received

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

Adults

Related Program

Gang Awareness Program (G.A.P.) Family Workshop

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

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

Adults

Related Program

Youth-Kidscore2 Playhouse

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

To give at-risk, high-risk and special needs kids and youth positive alternatives to crime and violence. Creativity is inherent in children of all ages. Participation 
in the arts unlocks their imagination, builds self-esteem, and provides a meaningful opportunity for young people to learn about themselves and the world around them. YouthScore provides a nurturing and safe environment in which kids can explore their creativity without fear of judgment or ridicule.

Moving forward to the future, we have taken on the responsibility to make certain that we continue to be relevant in the national out-of-school-time space. We have devoted time, space and funding to ensure Los Angeles County’s kids/youth have opportunities outside of school and home that foster their healthy development and empower them to succeed as adults.

Growth Movement Plan

The Growth Movement Plan, introduced ten years ago, served as the road map for our Movement Plan, to move from outcome-intended to outcome-driven. It elevated the critical role of Youth&Kidscore2 in creating measurable, life-changing impact for the kids/youths we serve. It defined a theory of change for Youth&Kidscore2, the Formula for Impact, which identifies key components of the program’s Experience and aligns our outcomes to four priority areas: Safety, Good Mental health, Creativity, and Healthy Lifestyles. The plan called for the development of the Peer2Peer Kids/Youth Outcomes Initiative to demonstrate impact and enable us to identify opportunities to increase outcomes. Additionally, the plan produced a vision statement that continues to express our shared aspirations: to provide a world-class Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors with all participants on track to succeed with a plan for the future, demonstrating integrity, class, dignity and living a healthy lifestyle.

Greater Outcomes For Kids/Youth
The resulting direction builds on our past success to propel our Movement forward. Soaring Eagles 2027 is built upon research and data analysis that confirmed what we knew to be true from practical experience: a positive Program Experience leads to life-changing outcomes for kids/youth. A strong Program Experience drives positive outcomes in all four priority outcome areas: Safety, Good Mental health, Creativity, and Healthy Lifestyles. It may also
help increase retention of participants through their teen years. It stands to reason that the more positive the Program Experience, the more likely it is that a participant will remain engaged through the critical tween and teen years, noted
as a traditional drop-off period for participants. As a result, Soaring Eagles 2027 is focused on increasing delivery of a high-quality Program Experience to drive greater outcomes for kids/youth in our county. Soaring Eagles 2027 will enable Programs to meet the challenges facing our county’s youth today and evolve to overcome obstacles impeding kids/young people’s success tomorrow. Through our collective experience and expertise, we have shaped a strategic direction for our Movement that will enable our collective success through 2027 and beyond.

To achieve greater outcomes for kids/youth and to live our mission, it is critical to achieve a high level of program quality in our Growth Movement Program,
ensuring every Program is consistently providing relevant, engaging experiences and opportunities for kids and teens. One of the greatest challenges to our success are the variability in organizational capacity and program quality. We
have a collective accountability to each other, the Growth Movement Program brand, and, most importantly, to our Program participants and communities, to
provide a high-quality program experience that makes a dramatic and sustained difference in their lives. This is a mission-critical priority.
otherwise, our vision cannot be realized. The focus here is two-fold:
• Provide Program participants with a high-quality Program Experience that is safe and fun, leads to a sense of belonging, and develops the
skills needed to achieve success in the 21st century.
• Continue to learn and develop practices and program models with demonstrated
impact. Success will require the continued development of evidence-informed program models, staff practices, and organization
systems and practices that lead to impact. Initiatives to achieve this include:
• Define quality standards based on the principles of kids/youth development, child safety, and our Program Experience research and data analysis
• Build evidence-informed program models
• Implement a program quality assessment process with rigor and accountability
• Provide state-of-the-art training for all Program professionals and volunteers — rated a no. 1 priority by Program leaders during Town
Hall discussions
• Implement strategies to keep Program participants
engaged through high school

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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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YOUTH SCORE EDUTAINMENT GROUP

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Danita Strauss


Board co-chair

Prentina Walker

Prentina Walker

Term: 2002 - 2023

Alex Willis

Salvation Army

Prentina Walker-Jones

Prentina Walker-Jones Child Care

Robert Robinson

Red Cross

Tina Stewart

College Student

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 8/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2021

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.