TLT - Tomorrows Leaders Today Inc

Creating opportunities for youth leaders

Frisco, TX   |  www.TLTLeaders.Org

Mission

TLT- Tomorrows Leaders Today, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping develop youth leaders through education, collaboration and mentorships with community & business leaders for the collective benefit of the students and their communities.

Ruling year info

2019

President/Executive Director and Founder

Elaine Smith-Poyourow

Main address

PO Box 5058

Frisco, TX 75035 USA

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EIN

84-3142901

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are a leadership program that is putting the focus on real-life soft skills, careers, and civic leadership. TLT- Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Inc. strives to work with 8th grade and older students to bring our Unlocking the Future program full of real-life soft skills, at no cost, to underserved individuals and communities. Our Leading Leaders Intern program strives to provide each young adult participant, ages 17, and older hands-on opportunities to gain valuable experience to integrate in their career path in mind while developing leadership qualities and skills with hands-on curriculum-based opportunities. These positions are all remote which allows us to serve many youths, in many locations, and inclusive to all. Engagement with business, civic and community leaders aligned with the participant's career choice leads to more meaningful connections. The selection of the class facilitator, mentors, retreats, internships, and community service projects foster these relationships.

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?

TLT: Tomorrow's Leaders Today

TLT-Leading Leaders Intern Program: Teens 17-25 from Collin, Denton, Grayson and Tarrant Counties, not in school, in High School, Colleges, and Universities take part in a hands-on internship opportunity to gain valuable work experience, explore a career path, develop, and refine skills, gain confidence, and build professional relationships.

TLT-Unlocking the Future: Basic real life soft-skills, higher education and career readiness through group discussions, hands on exercises, speakers, and presentations about the civic, corporate, community service project, charitable and educational opportunities right in their community.

TLT-Leaders: participant to integrate their career path/goals, while developing leadership qualities and real-life skills. Higher education and career readiness through group discussions, speakers, and each session will complete a community project. Engagement with business, civic and community leaders aligned with the participant’s career choice which leads to more meaningful connections.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Students

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 students registered for online courses

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Young adults, Adolescents, Sexual identity

Related Program

TLT: Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In June of 2020, TLT was forced to think out of the box when all our in person classes came to a hault. We created online courses that collect data for each person who takes our course.

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

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

Young adults, Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

TLT: Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All our participants receive personal instruction and feedback. Our intern program created in June of 2020 includes 1x1 sessions and team meetings.

Number of alumni (regardless of last date of enrollment) who submit updated contact information to the alumni office within the most recent academic year

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

Young adults, Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

TLT: Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Alumni program went live May 2021.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Adults, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

TLT: Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Growing every day!

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.

TLT’s goals are straight forward.
1- Provide youth/young adults with real life soft skills that are no longer being taught in schools, that are not being learned at home, but employers are looking for.
2- Provide basic real life soft-skills, higher education and career readiness through group discussions, hands on exercises, speakers, and presentations about the civic, corporate, charitable, and educational opportunities right in their community. The classes each will complete a community project.
3- Texas young adults ages High School Juniors, Seniors and students attending a college or University from Collin, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, and Tarrant Counties take part in a curriculum based, hands-on internship opportunity to gain valuable work experience, explore a career path, develop, and refine skills, gain confidence, and build professional relationships. All career paths can find a valuable opportunity in one of the positions offered, the experience is tailored to the student.
4- Provide free and low cost online courses and presentations on a variety of real-life soft skills and career readiness topics.
5- Empowerment opportunity for young adults so they fall in love with where they live, become involved earlier, embrace their civic responsibilities, and want to become leaders in their community.
6- Provide building blocks -Character, Communication, Confidence, Creativity, Inclusion, Integrity, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Action and Vision being highlighted while catering to the TLT- Tomorrows Leaders Today, Inc. “TLT” participants and their individual needs and goals.

As of June 2021, we have been working with eleven colleges and universities and several local high schools to provide internships to students who need the experience, the course credit, or volunteer hours through remote intern postions offered year round by semester. Some of the universities are giving their student credit for participating in our program. We want the number of youth served to grow and fill the need, especially to underserved communities.

Integrity: Forms the foundation of our organization. We grow our organization based on interactions that promote mutual trust and respect. We strive to ensure the highest level of organizational effectiveness by continually reviewing our programs and processes.

Community Partnership: We value community partnerships. We recognize the importance of working with community organizations to strengthen our programs by helping us provide all young people the opportunity to participate in and benefit from a TLT program. We value the input we receive from our community partners and strive to work together cooperatively and constructively for the betterment of all.

Excellence: We encourage leadership and innovation in business, education and social responsibility. We believe that leadership skills can and should be continually improved and refined.

Diversity: We value and embrace diversity. We seek out views that reflect all walks of life and reflect those views in our programs. We are sensitive to the special needs and diverse backgrounds of individuals, our students, volunteers and our communities. We give all individuals an equal opportunity to be heard and to benefit from our programs.

• Adult advocates who volunteer at the organization as part of the program
• Assessments, administered through the program, that are designed to evaluate student readiness for college or career
• Peer or community mentoring partnerships, job-shadowing or other similar activities delivered as part of the proposed program
• Supplemental or content specific curriculum or classroom instruction (e.g., advanced placement courses) delivered through the program
• Small learning communities, extended learning time, core academic teacher teams, school within a school or other similar personalized learning environments as part of the program
• Program staff or volunteers assigned to assist students with activities such as college searches application to postsecondary institutions, or enrollment in post secondary education
• Use longitudinal student-level databases to measure success of the program
• Established relationships through Data Sharing Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, or IRBs with schools/districts/third-party evaluators
• Corporate and small business partnerships for intern project assignments, potential job placements & job shadowing
• We have built in surveys and evaluations to measure results in all areas, online courses, intern remote program, in-persons sessions and with our alumni
• frequent review of each program's progress and performance

We started TLT in mid-2019 with just one in-person program, TLT Leaders, focused on working with each 8th grade-College participant to integrate their career path/goals, while developing leadership qualities and real-life skills, higher education and career readiness through group discussions, speakers, and presentations about the civic, corporate, charitable, and educational center opportunities right in their community. This is an eight-week program that meets weekly for 2.5 hours.
In March of 2020, this all changed with Covid 19, our program shut down with everyone else. We look forward to starting up both the TLT Leaders and the TLT Unlocking the Future programs, in-person programs this fall. These programs will be held in homeless shelters, schools, community groups, wherever they are needed, as we did prior to Covid.
Determined to find a way to serve and follow our mission we created the TLT Leading Leaders Intern Program with just two students from one university. In 2020 we had thirteen interns go through the program.
In June 2021 we are at thirty-one interns served through eleven universities and colleges with the rest of the year to go. We also had our first high school intern start this summer.
In the second half of 2020, we created the TLT Learning Center and at year end had six courses and presentations that fifty-nine diverse individuals visited from fourteen different zip codes.
In 2021 our Learning Center has over nineteen learning options which we are gathering age, gender, ethnicity, zip code data with each visit.
Our board went from three members to seven, four advisory board members and five youth advisory board members.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our Mission: TLT – Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping develop youth leaders through education, collaboration and mentorships with community & business leaders for the collective benefit of the students and their communities. This would be participants in 8th grade and older.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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?

    Determined to find a way to serve and follow our mission we created the TLT Leading Leaders Intern Program in June of 2020, with just two students from one university. In 2020 we had thirteen interns go through the program from two universities. In June 2021 we are at thirty-one interns served through eleven universities and colleges with the rest of the year to go. We also had our first high school intern start this summer.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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TLT - Tomorrows Leaders Today Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elaine Smith-Poyourow

TLT: Tomorrow's Leaders Today, Inc

Term: 2019 -

Kathy Selvidge

Texas Republic Bank

Ivy Sun

SIT International Education

Jonathan Kang

Edward Jones

Susan Jones

Premier/DVTD®

Jazmyn Ferguson

City Year

Adam Camacho

JP Morgan Chase

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/15/2021

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
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: 06/15/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.