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Give Something Back

aka Give Back   |   Princeton, NJ   |  www.giveback.ngo

Mission

Give Something Back is a national nonprofit supporting students who have faced significant adversities, guiding them toward long-term success in a safe and caring community. We focus on young people who have experienced the child welfare system, homelessness, traumatic crimes, the incarceration of a parent, and/or other significant adversities (four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences). We provide long-term professional coaches and courses helping students graduate high school, get into and complete postsecondary education, and enter a career path toward jobs with family sustaining wages.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder & CEO

Robert Carr

Main address

PO BOX 2974

Princeton, NJ 08543-2974 USA

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EIN

81-1504712

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Young people who have experienced the child welfare system, homelessness, traumatic crimes, the incarceration of a parent, and/or other significant adversities (four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences) are unlikely to graduate high school, enroll in postsecondary education (college, community college, or vocational/technical program), secure financial aid, complete their education, and get a job in their chosen profession without our support.

Our programs

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

Give Back Careers

We provide long-term, professional coaches and courses equipping students to graduate high school, apply to postsecondary education, secure financial aid, complete their postsecondary degree, and get a job in their chosen profession. Coaches meet with each student twice a month, serving as a personal mentor, helping them create and update Student Action Plans, and teaching our monthly evidence-based, trauma-informed courses on building economic stability, resiliency and relational wealth. For many of Give Back’s students, their coach is one of the only stable, consistent relationships they have with a supportive adult across the full span of these transitions. While most programs are designed to be a part of young people’s lives for a few years, we commit to them for the long-haul.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Victims of crime and abuse

Monthly trauma-informed, resiliency-based, and relationship-centered classes held in high schools for young people who have experienced the child welfare system, homelessness, traumatic crimes, the incarceration of a parent, and/or other significant adversities (four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences). The curriculum is designed to help young people develop economic stability (financial literacy, employability and professionalism, and career and postsecondary pathways); build resiliency (independent living skills, character skills, physical and mental wellness); and relational wealth (peers, schools, and the global community).

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth
Young adults
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth

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 graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

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

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Victims of crime and abuse, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of scholars who graduate from four year colleges and university within six years

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Victims of crime and abuse, Homeless people, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We include graduating from any form of postsecondary education.

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Adolescents, At-risk youth, Victims of crime and abuse, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We include everyone who graduates within 6 years.

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.

Our goal is to help young people who have experienced the child welfare system, homelessness, traumatic crimes, the incarceration of a parent, and/or other significant adversities (four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences) to graduate high school, enroll in postsecondary education (college, community college, or vocational/technical program), secure financial aid, complete their education, and get a job in their chosen profession.

Give Back provides each student with a long-term, highly trained, professional coach who meets with them at least twice per month, plus additional communication via text messages, emails, and phone calls. Give Back’s coaches equip students to graduate high school, enroll in postsecondary education (college, community college, or vocational/technical program), secure financial aid, complete college, and get a job in their chosen profession. For many of Give Back’s students, their coach is one of the only stable, consistent relationships they have with a supportive adult across the full span of these transitions. Coaches help each student develop a Student Action Plan with personal goals set for themselves, updated three times a year.

Give Back also provides evidence-based, trauma-informed, monthly workshops to help young people develop economic stability (financial literacy, employability and professionalism, and career and postsecondary pathways); build resiliency (independent living skills, character skills, physical and mental wellness); and relational wealth (peers, schools, and the global community).

Give Back also has a student emergency fund to address needs related to immediate health, safety, food, clothing, transportation and shelter that otherwise could lead to a student stopping out of school.

Give Something Back (Give Back) is a mission-driven organization uniquely qualified to serve youth who have experienced the child welfare system, homelessness, traumatic crimes, the incarceration of a parent, and/or other significant adversities (four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences). All of Give Back’s top executives, and virtually all of its staff, have experienced the same types of adversities as our students.

Bob Carr, CEO of Give Back, survived severe abuse from his father. Melissa Helmbrecht, Co-President of Give Back, suffered abuse and neglect, had not read a single book by age 14, and dropped out of high school. Her life was transformed by volunteering at a local shelter for battered women and children. Melissa returned to school, became a lawyer, and went on to lead multiple youth organizations and campaigns, including Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in multiple counties, and to win awards from the White House, CBS, Walt Disney, and the Caring Institute. Dr. Amy Young, Co-President of Give Back, was first in her family to graduate college, and later became a foster parent. Dr. Young is one of the country’s preeminent forensic pediatricians, board certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics, responsible for conducting forensic exams diagnosing, documenting, collecting evidence, and testifying about suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Young developed nationally recognized trauma-informed medical practices for the Resiliency Institute for Childhood Adversity.

Everything we do is grounded in research evidence. They type of coaching we provide has been found by the National Partnership for Student Success to result in gains in reading and math, high school and college graduation rates, reductions in chronic absenteeism, and improved student well-being and mental health. Our Student Action Plans are based on research by Guare and Dawson that found that putting participant-driven goal setting at the center of the coaching interaction leads to the development of “executive functioning” skills (the cognitive abilities that make it possible for people to set goals, regulate impulses, and complete the many intermediary steps necessary to achieve their objectives), which in turn affect college graduation rates and future employment success. And the curriculum we use in our workshops is evidence-based and trauma-informed, based on research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and from the National Academies of Sciences’ landmark report, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth, which found that young people with many ACEs had the lowest high school and postsecondary education graduation rates, and outlined how this knowledge can be applied, both to promote adolescent well-being, resilience, and development, and to rectify structural barriers and inequalities in opportunity.

We started tracking our work and the young people we served from day one. We use data rigorously to evaluate ourselves and address any performance issues we encounter using a highly customized Salesforce platform. We track postsecondary and personal action plans created by youth at regular intervals (three times per year), collect student transcripts to ensure students stay on track academically, capture online reports from coaches after every meeting with students and conduct surveys every two months for students to provide direct feedback on programs and curriculum. We collect every text message and email interaction between our coaches and students to ensure each student is responsive and getting the support they need. We review this information at regular intervals. Supervisors use it to improve the performance of coaches, and our Director of Coaching and our Director of Curriculum use it to improve our curriculum and training programs. Since the inception of Give Back we have gathered more than 1.2 million data points on our students and our work!

The long-term outcomes we focus on are graduating high school, enrolling in postsecondary education (college, community college, or vocational/technical program), securing financial aid, completing their education, and getting a job in their chosen profession. We focus on young people who would be least likely to graduate high school and postsecondary education without our support – young people who have experienced the child welfare system, homelessness, traumatic crimes, the incarceration of a parent, and/or other significant adversities (four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences). Without our help, only 10% of these populations graduate from any form of postsecondary education (and less than 5% graduate 4-year college). We are proud to report that of the 2,000 young people we have worked with, more than 75% have graduated post-secondary education or are on track to do so!

Financials

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Give Something Back

Board of directors
as of 06/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Carr

Michael Parker

Jonathan Watson

Susan Herbst-Murphy

Robert Carr

Michael Rounds

Peter Burns