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Eye to Eye, Inc.

Unlocking the Greatness in the 1 in 5 Who Learn Differently

New York, NY   |  www.eyetoeyenational.org

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Mission

Our mission is to improve the educational experience and outcomes of every student who learns differently, including those with specific learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or other similar challenges related to learning.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder & CEO

David Flink

Main address

50 Broad Street, Suite 1702

New York, NY 10004 USA

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Formerly known as

Project Eye to Eye

EIN

51-0570498

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Despite ample evidence that 1 in 5 students across the country has a learning disability or attention disorder, like dyslexia and ADHD, a profound and troubling gap in academic and life outcomes for these individuals persists. Nearly half of students with a learning disability perform three or more grade levels behind their neurotypical peers; they are also more likely to be held back and to face disciplinary action, less likely to complete high school or attend college, and face higher rates of interaction with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Overall, our failure to adequately address the needs of individuals with learning disabilities is estimated to cost us an astounding $7.5 billion annually in unrealized tax revenue, government assistance, incarceration costs, and lost innovation and potential—not to mention the incalculable toll of stigma, self-doubt, and low-esteem faced by too many young people with learning disabilities.

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?

Near-Peer Mentoring

Eye to Eye pairs middle school students with LD/ADHD with high school and college mentors who are similarly identified. Students participate in a weekly curriculum focused on improving their social and emotional capacities, such as academic self-efficacy and a positive sense of identity. The program has reached more than 12,000 students nationally.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
Students

Eye to Eye provides middle school educators professional learning opportunities designed to shift practices to support students with LD/ADHD in their classrooms. The focus is to provide functional strategies for improving their empathy and understanding of students with LD/ADHD and create supportive learning environments. The program launched in late 2020, and has reached more than 800 educators in charter and public schools nationally.

Population(s) Served
Teachers

Eye to Eye complements its core programs to support the development of youth leadership in our student-led clubs and events. These programs are designed to help students gain a greater sense of their leadership potential and abilities, focused on identity development, grassroots organizing, and student-led advocacy efforts. Students design and implement campaigns and communications that are focused on LD/ADHD awareness and reducing stigma.

Population(s) Served
People with learning disabilities
People with learning disabilities
Students

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Eye to Eye's vision is a world in which all individuals with learning disabilities are fully included in all aspects of society—and celebrated for their unique differences and assets. At Eye to Eye, we believe deeply in the potential of different learners and aim to help their unlock greatness in themselves by providing them with the support, mentorship, and empowerment they need to be successful in school and in life.

Eye to Eye offers programming that impacts two key populations: students with LD/ADHD and the educators who support them. For students, they offer programming that connects middle school students with near-peer mentors in high school and college, as well as leadership development and organizing offerings for high school and college students. Programs for students are designed to increase middle school students' sense of self and belonging, while for high school and college students, programs are designed to increase leadership potential and abilities. Programs for educators are designed to implement practice shifts in their classrooms. This year, Eye to Eye will reach 56,000 students and 1,800 educators nationwide.

Eye to Eye's mentoring program pairs middle school students with learning disabilities with similarly-identified high school or college student mentors, utilizing a research-backed arts-based social-emotional learning curriculum designed to build key skills such as self-advocacy, metacognition, and self-esteem in young people with learning differences.

This curriculum has been created and honed over the past 20+ years, reaching over 12,000 students, and its effectiveness as an intervention for students with learning disabilities has been proven by multiple research studies, most recently a UCSF BrainLens study (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31649490/).

Eye to Eye also engages in outreach and engagement work, which we accomplish by building strong partnerships across sectors, including within the media and related to advocacy.

Since Eye to Eye’s founding in 1998, they have achieved significant progress in scaling its program and serving as many young people with learning disabilities as possible. Their work reaches thousands through outreach and engagement work at the local, regional, national levels.

Eye to Eye drives for equitable access to impactful programming across its entire community. Program development and innovation centers with student voice and intersectional representation from the LD/ADHD community across gender, race, and socioeconomic level. Eye to Eye seeks to reduce the demographic variance across its programs, achieved through a targeted school partnerships strategy and approach to recruitment.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Eye to Eye, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Inger Dewey Golob

Co-Owner, PhotoBall

Term: 2018 -

David Flink

Eye to Eye

Jim Balfanz

City Year

Joanna Burleson

Monitor Institute by Deloitte

Ben Chesler

Imperfect Foods

Amory Donohue

Language in Action, LLC

Inger Dewey Golob

PhotoBall

Kevin Greer

New Profit

Tim Hebert

Trilix

Tristan Andlinger

Student at Borough of Manhattan Community College

Hillary Mow

Ares Management

Bea O. Awoniyi

Santa Fe College

Matt Bloom

Windward School

Nancy Gutierrez

The Leadership Academy

Fumiko Hoeft MD, PhD

University of Connecticut, Waterbury

Sarah F Wilson

Learning Disability Advocate

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 3/27/2024

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/22/2021

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 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.