By Kids Inc.

We create understanding through storytelling

aka BYkids   |   New York, NY   |  www.BYkids.org

Mission

BYkids believes that we can understand the world's challenges -- and how to best meet them -- through the personal stories of young people. BYkids is a global movement that educates with storytelling. BYkids films and curricula inform, engage and inspire action reaching over 100 million viewers in classrooms and living rooms around the world. BYkids provides kids around the world with the training and the video cameras to make short documentaries about their lives. Renowned filmmakers mentor these young people in the art of filmmaking. In partnership with Public Television and Discovery Education, BYkids films spark conversation about globally relevant topics. We are innovating education with film and personal storytelling enabling students to foster empathy and global citizenry.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder and Executive Director

Ms. Holly Carter

Main address

330 West End Ave Ste 7A

New York, NY 10023 USA

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EIN

03-0609146

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Television (A32)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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BYkids believes that we can understand the world's challenges -- and how to best meet them -- through the personal stories of young people. BYkids is a global movement that uses storytelling through film to inform, engage and inspire action. BYkids provides kids around the world with the training and the video cameras to make short documentaries about their lives. Renowned filmmakers mentor these young people in the art of filmmaking. Through innovative distribution platforms including public television, Discovery Education and PenPal Schools, BYkids films enable fresh perspectives on topics like poverty, displacement, juvenile justice and access to education. Thousands of people are joining our movement, seeing our films, developing and engaging with our educational curriculum. Please join us and support the production of a new series of films about living with disability, the effects of globalization, resurgent Jewish life in Germany, mental health and modern-day slavery.

Our programs

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

FIlm Production

Yearly, BYkids packages the five films for wide distribution including film festivals, television broadcast, video on demand, DVD distribution, school programs and web downloads.

These are stories that reflect critical global issues from a perspective rarely told in the mainstream media. BYkids is contributing to international awareness within the American public, stimulating debate through virtual and grassroots networking, and offering new solutions to global issues.

Population(s) Served

In addition to the 35 million students and one million teachers reached through Discovery Education, PBS delivered free, standards-aligned educational resources to at least 115,000 educators and 218,000 students since the early 2016 national broadcast, which reached 64 million viewers across America. The collection of materials accessible via PBS LearningMedia, a web portal with more than 1.6 million subscribers worldwide. Finally, a companion course that connects students globally around the films via social media is available to all educators through PenPal Schools, an online learning community with more than 70 thousand student and teacher subscribers from 90 countries

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of broadcast audience members

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

83 million American households engaged with Seasons One and Two FILMS BYKIDS on Public Television on 240 channels. An additional 1 million saw them on CBS digital.

Number of teachers who use BYkids films and curricula to address diverse global issues with empathy.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

BYkids films and educational materials are distributed to 1.6 million teachers through PBS LearningMedia and five million teachers through Discovery Education reaching over 52 million students.

Engaging in meaningful conversation around globally-relevant topics.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Using BYkids films and educational material, partners Discovery Education and PenPal Schools help us reach 52 million kids who can learn outside the classroom.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

BYkids produces documentary films by kids about their lives with the goal of engaging audiences of other kids in conversations about topics like immigration, bullying, juvenile justice, climate change and child marriage. BYkids films are distributed through platforms including public television, Discovery Education and PenPal Schools, which provide teaching materials to make the film topics relevant and actionable.

BYkids finds globally-relevant stories to bring to a wide audience, focused on in-school engagement. BYkids pairs a master filmmaker with one kid who tells his/her story. Public television broadcasts the films nationally and provides teaching material to millions of teachers. The films and School Guides are distributed through Discovery Education to half the middle- and high- schools in American and to 150 countries through PenPal Schools. Additionally, BYkids hosts wide-ranging public events including school outreach, film festivals and public screenings and conversation at Film at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, to name a few.

Our young filmmakers create empathy and spark conversations that lead to social engagement.

Dynamic, expert and engaged board.

Partners include Discovery Education, PBS, PenPal Schools, Film at Lincoln Center, the United Nations, UNICEF, the Clinton Global Initiative.

International advisors from philanthropy, journalism and film production.

Produced two seasons of FILMS BYKIDS on PBS illuminating topics from the ravages of AIDS to Islamophobia to access to education for girls in the developing world to the Syrian refugee crisis.

BYkids aims to deliver Season 3 to broadcast on PBS to include a film about globalization in Bhutan, mental health on a Native American reservation, living with a disability and resurgent Jewish life in Germany in the face of rising worldwide anti-Semitism.

How we listen

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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.
  • 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),

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We use our Teacher Advisors to create educational material around each of our films.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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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By Kids Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2020
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Board co-chair

Lucy Price


Board co-chair

Hilary Adams

Holly Carter

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Susan Hoenig

LA Producer

Jonice Pahilha

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Graham Messick

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Hilary Adams

Sammy Chadwick

Stephanie Apt

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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? Yes