Youth Development

HEART HAVEN OUTREACH

Empowering Youth & Strengthening Communities

aka H2O

Bolingbrook, IL

Mission

To transform the lives of (at risk) struggling teens through caring relationships and programs that support healthy development on an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual level.

Ruling Year

2005

Executive Director

Ryan Lawrence

Main Address

201 Canterbury Ln Ste C

Bolingbrook, IL 60440 USA

Keywords

Support, Mentoring, Character Education, Life Skills, Teenagers

EIN

20-1675860

 Number

0923413073

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The teen years are challenging, even under the best circumstances. Raging hormones, the need for acceptance, and the strong influence of peers often move teens to make decisions not in their best interests. Many teenagers lack direction, positive role models, and hope. As a result, they struggle in many ways, including low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, suicide, poor school performance, bullying, fighting, drug and alcohol abuse, and other negative behaviors. Many teenagers in the Bolingbrook and Romeoville communities struggle in these areas and fall between the cracks of existing support systems. Teenagers want to be loved, accepted, supported, understood, guided and ultimately transformed from a struggling, hurting child to a child with hope and purpose. H2O seeks to transform the lives of (at risk) struggling teens through caring relationships and programs that support healthy development on an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual level.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

"Real Life" Support Groups

"Good Clean Fun" Recreational Activities

"Going Deeper" Character & Life Skills Education

"Connect For Success" Tutoring Program

"One-to-One" Mentoring

"You Got Served!" Service Projects

"Talk It Out" Alternative to Discipline Program (ADP)

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Context notes

Volunteers are an important part of our organization because of the positive relationships they build. This is the total number of unique volunteers that help with our programs each year.

Hours of mentoring

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

"One-to-One" Mentoring

Context notes

Total hours that students spent in 1 on 1 mentoring with a staff member.

Number of students receiving homework help

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

"Connect For Success" Tutoring Program

Context notes

Total number of unique students that came to H2O for tutoring.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

"You Got Served!" Service Projects

Context notes

Total number of unique students that participated in our community service program.

Number of youth mentored

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

"One-to-One" Mentoring

Context notes

Total number of unique students identified by staff for 1 on 1 mentoring.

Number of youth programs offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Context notes

Total number of meeting opportunities. This includes programs, school groups, and mentoring meetings.

Hours of programing delivered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Context notes

Cumulative total of hours that youth spent at H2O programming.

Hours of volunteer service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Context notes

Total hours of all program volunteers.

Number of clients participating in support groups

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Context notes

Total number of unique students who participated in evening or in-school support groups.

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

At-risk youth

Context notes

Total number of unique students who participated in an H2O program.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The future of our communities is our youth. H2O exists to reach out to the heart of every hurting, lost or at risk teen in our communities by building caring relationships and offering opportunities for life transformation. By doing so, we hope to build better schools and a healthier community. H2O's goal is that struggling students will grow into productive, healthy adults who contribute to society. This is multifaceted and includes emotional, physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development. We want to see this happen to as many students that are struggling in our community. For our past 15 years, our work has largely been focused on high school students. Through conversations and interaction with community partners, we have been alerted to the increased difficulties middle school students are facing. Without losing focus on our high school programs, we aim to expand our support services to middle school students in the next year.

H2O seeks to accomplish the goals above through a relational and asset based model of youth ministry. Through caring relationships teenagers learn that they are lovable, cable and worthwhile, loved without strings, and that they are not alone. Since these youth are falling through the cracks of existing support systems, our staff and volunteers intentionally seek them out for relationships. Barriers to joining our programs and getting support need to be addressed and removed. These caring relationships build their self-confidence and they begin to use and develop their assets, gifts, and strengths. H2O fosters resiliency (a person's ability to bounce back after challenges) through care and support, high expectations, and opportunities to participate and be involved. Our programs vary to support holistic development. We offer support groups, mentoring, and character education (emotional, social, and spiritual), tutoring (intellectual), and recreational activities (physical and social).

H2O utilizes Youth OutReach Specialists to oversee our programs. They plan events and lessons. Also, they expand their reach by training and equipping volunteers and interns to build caring relationships with teenagers. Since families with the greatest need often have the least ability to pay, all H2O's programs are offered at little to no cost. We also offer free transportation to and from all our programs in order to remove that barrier. H2O partners with Valley View School District who helps us identify struggling students who need extra support. The Village of Bolingbrook donates space for offices and to host our programs. Other community organizations partner with us throughout the year through outreach and fundraising events, college visits, career readiness field trips, and a basketball tournament.

H2O keeps diligent attendance records and monthly compares it to previous years. If we are reaching out effectively to at-risk youth and they are growing in our programs, then attendance should grow. We would like to see 300 unique students be involved with H2O in 2018-2019. Students who participate in H2O programs should improve their disciplinary record and academic performance at school. Deans and school counselors report to us progress and set backs of these students. Following every support group, staff and volunteers debrief and assess areas where students are struggling and improving in their ability to understand their emotions, express them, and relate to others in healthy ways. Student who participate in tutoring set goals for improvement and their tutor checks in with them.

This year we are celebrating our 15th year of empowering youth and strengthening communities. We have touched the lives of over 3,000 teenagers. In January of 2016, we began offering programs in the Valley View School District middle schools for 8th grade students. We saw immediate success in building relationships that helped these students understand that they are not alone and that they are loved without strings. Because of this success, we opened our groups to 7th grade students in the fall of 2016 and saw the same ability to connect with these student's lives during our programs. Since then, as total number of students served has increased 65%, we have needed to grow our Youth OutReach staff to better support those students and begin to reach 6th grade. Because of the overwhelming community support we were able to do so, expand our services in the middle schools and begin offering support programs for the 6th through the 12th grade in 2019.

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Financials

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

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?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Disability

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