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iCan Shine

Paoli, PA   |  www.icanshine.org

Mission

The mission of iCan Shine is to provide unique learning opportunities in recreational activities for people with disabilities.  Each person's abilities are embraced and nurtured to foster an environment where everyone can shine!

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Lisa Ruby

Director of Finance & Administration

Jeffrey Sullivan

Main address

P.O. Box 541

Paoli, PA 19301 USA

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Formerly known as

Lose The Training Wheels

EIN

56-2634247

NTEE code info

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Generally speaking, there are limited opportunities for people with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike, swim and dance.

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?

iCan Bike

iCan Bike five-day camps occur predominantly in the summer months but also during week-long school breaks. However, we do also offer an after school iCan Bike program hosted by schools. For our bike camps, we collaborate primarily with local charities, parks and recreation departments, colleges, universities, motivated parents and other individuals we refer to as our camp 'hosts' who secure a local facility and recruit riders and volunteer spotters for the 5-day (M - F) camp.

Hosts pay us a fixed fee to conduct these 5-day camps which consist of five 75-minute bike-riding sessions per day with a range of four to eight riders per session. The number of riders per session depends on the square footage of the indoor riding area of the host-provided facility and the host's recruiting efforts. The fixed fee for our iCan Bike camp remains the same regardless of how many riders the host facility can accommodate (between 20 and 40 riders).

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Young adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

iCan Swim five-day camps occur predominantly in the summer months but also during week-long school breaks. For our swim camps, we collaborate primarily with local charities, parks and recreation departments, colleges, universities, motivated parents and other individuals we refer to as our camp 'hosts' who secure a local pool and recruit swimmers and volunteers for the 5-day (M - F) camp.

Hosts pay us a fixed fee to conduct these 5-day camps which consist of five 45 to 60 minute swimming sessions per day with a range of three to six swimmers per session. The number of swimmers per session depends on the square footage of the pool space in the host-provided facility and the host's recruiting efforts. The fixed fee for our iCan Swim camp remains the same regardless of how many swimmers the host facility can accommodate (between 15 and 30 swimmers).

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Young adults

iCan Dance five-day camps occur predominantly in the summer months but also during week-long school breaks. However, we do also offer an after school iCan Dance program hosted by schools. For our dance camps, we collaborate primarily with local charities, parks and recreation departments, colleges, universities, motivated parents and other individuals we refer to as our camp 'hosts' who secure a local facility and recruit dancers and volunteers for the 5-day (M - F) camp.

Hosts pay us a fixed fee to conduct these 5-day camps which consist of five 60-minute dancing sessions per day with a range of four to eight dancers per session. The number of dancers per session depends on the square footage of the indoor dance area of the host-provided facility and the host's recruiting efforts. The fixed fee for our iCan Dance camp remains the same regardless of how many dancers the host facility can accommodate (between 20 and 40 dancers).

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Young adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

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 iCan Bike camps annually

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

People with disabilities, People with intellectual disabilities, People with physical disabilities, Adolescents, Children

Related Program

iCan Bike

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID-19, over 90% of our iCan Bike camps were cancelled for the year ended September 30, 2020.

Number of iCan Bike camp participants annually

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

People with disabilities, Young adults, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

iCan Bike

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID-19, over 90% of our iCan Bike camps were cancelled for the year ended September 30, 2020.

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.

The mission of iCan Shine is to provide quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. By creating an environment where each person is empowered to maximize their individual abilities, everyone can shine!

Movement and Play are the basis for all iCan Shine programs. Each program provides success through experience. Every effort is acknowledged for each unique person's individual abilities. Participants in our iCan programs undergo a transformation from not believing they are able to accomplish a skill, to believing “iCan". This impacts their well-being and opens them to try new activities. Choices in recreation should be available for everyone.

Benefits of our iCan programs include:

• Increase in self-esteem and confidence spills over into many other aspects of their lives
• Positive changes in family dynamics
• Inclusion opportunities
• Independence
• Recreation improves physical fitness, mental health and overall quality of life

Recreational skills can be difficult to master for individuals with disabilities. Breaking skills into small, achievable goals and celebrating each accomplishment builds the self-esteem and confidence needed to continue the challenges of learning. This is what we call the sense of “iCan". Everyone needs to believe “iCan" in order to make the effort required to gain the skill. Positive encouragement and guidance from well-trained, energized instructors and volunteers allow each participant to discover and develop their “iCan" in a safe, supportive and fun environment.

Generally speaking, we try to establish early on at our iCan programs that learning something new is fun but serious business. We use a 'kind yet firm' approach so that participants cooperate with the program protocol. We take a team approach whereby we collaborate with parents for their advice and tips on how to most successfully work through any behavioral difficulties with their child.

Fitness is easier to achieve when it is fun and you can be successful. That's when you really SHINE! Everyone can shine. We all just need the right environment and parameters in place to meet our individual needs. In the iCan Shine environment of teaching and learning, everyone advances, everyone gains by the experience, everyone is successful and… everyone shines

For our primary program, iCan Bike, we are in a unique position with regards to having access to available resources and capabilities to accomplish our goals. Through over 30 years of research and development by Dr. Richard Klein, a retired mechanical engineering professor at the University of Illinois, a one-of-a-kind adapted roller bike has been invented and carefully fine-tuned. The exclusive use of this 'roller' bike technology by iCan Shine over the past 8 years has successfully taught approximately 20,000 individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle.

This customized and proprietary adapted bike equipment is not available to the general public but is currently available only through iCan Bike programs. The delivery of this iCan Bike program is carried out by our formally and well-trained seasonal staff and accomplished management team.

For our primary program, iCan Bike, we have made tremendous progress toward our long-term goals by having taught approximately 20,000 individuals with disabilities how to independently ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle since our inception in 2007. As further evidence of our progress, we have increased the number of individuals served annually from approximately 800 in 2007 to approximately 3,000 currently. This represents an over 250% growth rate thus far!

Our program protocol has been continuously updated, adjusted and fine-tuned to reflect the most successful motivational, interactive and operational techniques and best practices of working with our very special program participants. Our program continues to be led by the same key management individual since inception who has provides us with exceptional institutional knowledge and leadership.

Financials

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Operations

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

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iCan Shine

Board of directors
as of 12/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lisa Ruby


Board co-chair

Jeffrey Sullivan

Lisa Ruby

Jeffrey Sullivan

Andrea Patrick

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability