Level Learning

Equal Opportunity Education

aka Level   |   Austin, TX   |  https://learnlevel.org/

Mission

Level creates 100% free educational content for people in prison. Level's guides focus on high school equivalency, career training and personal enrichment, such as art and writing. Level’s guides are printed on low cost standard printers and are sent through the mail directly to incarcerated individuals, including those in maximum security and solitary confinement. With more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States, Level’s approach brings a scalable, openly distributed, low barrier, data driven solution to a population with no access to the internet or traditional educational technology.

Ruling year info

2020

Director

Alex Wright

Main address

411 W Monroe St

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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EIN

84-2956557

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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 Education and Job Training for People In Prison

Level's big audacious goal is to offer every person in prison in America the opportunity to pursue educational and job training advancement while incarcerated in order to improve their economic outcomes when released. To accomplish this goal, Level creates and distributes free educational and job training content to people in prison across the country. Level has served incarcerated people at 575 different federal, state and county prisons in 44 states. Level's program can reach people at facilities without any educational programming as well as people in maximum security and solitary confinement.

The expected outcomes of Level's program are increased employment and income after release and a reduction in recidivism. Level tracks our impact by creating an ongoing, direct relationship with incarcerated learners that continues as they move between facilities and even after they are released.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Adults
Low-income people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people in prison in America.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Level began sending paper Certificates Of Achievement to incarcerated learners based on feedback from other incarcerated learners.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Level Learning

Board of directors
as of 04/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Suzie Sosa

Demetrius James

Daniel Williamson

Kate Mullan

Lara Henneman

Alex Wright

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? 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 4/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/22/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.