KGSA FOUNDATION

Educate. Inspire. Empower

Saint Paul, MN   |  www.KGSAfoundation.org

Mission

The KGSA Foundation partners with the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) to provide a free, holistic secondary school education to 130 girls annually in Kibera, Nairobi – the largest informal settlement in Africa. KGSA’s model cares for the whole girl - academics, extra-curricular activities, nutrition, healthcare, mentorship programs, and college scholarships. KGSA unlocks potential, expands opportunities, and enables each girl with the ability to shape her future. We believe that local problems need local solutions and harness the power of the #girleffect to create a stronger, more resilient Kibera. Since 2006, KGSA has graduated over 340 girls including 60 who have pursued higher education such as Asha Jaffar, a journalist and activist featured in the New York Times.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Katy Troyer

Main address

1263 Osceola Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55105 USA

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EIN

80-0390275

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

44% of girls in Kenya don't finish high school. Girls in Kibera face unique risks that can limit their potential, narrow future possibilities, and perpetuate the cycle of poverty. The future we envision is one where every girl in Kibera has a safe place to learn and live.

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?

Free Secondary Education

44% of girls in Kenya don't finish high school.

KGSA provides a free, holistic education for 130 girls every year. Academically, the students beat the national average scores in secondary exams. KGSA has graduated over 340 girls and 60 alumnae have pursued higher education. KGSA employs university-trained teachers, setting it apart from other schools in Kibera. What’s more is that KGSA’s model cares for the whole girl - academics, extra-curricular activities, nutrition, healthcare, mentorship programs, a new dormitory in July of 2021 and college scholarships. KGSA unlocks potential and expands opportunities. Each student emerges empowered to advocate for herself and contribute to decisions that shape her future.


Population(s) Served
Young adults
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents
At-risk youth

There is only so much one can learn inside of a classroom, that’s why KGSA has assembled a host of youth development programs that encourage local, national, and global engagement developing the students’ critical thinking, communication, and entrepreneurial skills. KGSA’s after-school programs include traditional clubs like journalism and drama, life skills clubs like catering, tailoring and cosmetology and team sports such as soccer, basketball and volleyball. We partner with Global Gives Back Circle to provide mentors to the girls in their final year of school and with Strathmore University to provide leadership training.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Women and girls
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The KGSA model cares for the whole girl providing school tea and lunch, acute and preventative health care, sanitary pads and a social worker to care for their mental health. Our new dormitory opened in July of 2021 providing three meals a day and a safe and stable learning environment to 40 girls. We hope to offer room and board to all 130 students in the future as funding allows. Violence against women and girls is surging in Kenya and our dormitory will keep the girls safe.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Women and girls
Young adults
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Women and girls

KGSA and its partners provide higher education scholarships for our highest performing students. We are developing a career development program to provide career counseling and job skills training to girls who don't pursue higher education after graduating.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Women and girls
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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 program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Women and girls

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Our goals are threefold:
1) To provide a free holistic secondary education to 130 girls a year - academics, soccer, youth development and health and wellness.
2) To expand room and board to all 130 girls by 2025. Currently we have the funding to board 40 girls.
3) To improve our alumnae program to provide not only higher education scholarships to our top performing students but also job skills training and career development to graduates who don't pursue college.

Over the years, KGSA has grown from a soccer club to girls to a classroom with two voluntary teachers and 13 students to a multifaceted school with a dormitory that opened in 2021! We believe in local solutions and have grown in response to needs identified by the girls, their families and their community. Our vision is to double our budget from $250,000 to $500,000 by 2025 to expand boarding to all 130 students and improve alumnae services after girls graduate. Partner with us to help us achieve this vision!

Financials

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Operations

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

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KGSA FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Becky Albright

Tri-Lakes Collaborative Counseling

Term: 2015 -

Cathy Huber

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center

Daniel Harris

Nadia Martyn

Dorsey & Whitney

Michael Debois

US Bank

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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 09/07/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2021

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Policies and processes
  • 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.