Enroot

Empowering Immigrant Students

aka Cambridge Community Services   |   Cambridge, MA   |  www.enrooteducation.org

Mission

Enroot empowers immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Mr. Ben Clark

Main address

99 Bishop Allen Drive

Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

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EIN

04-2103961

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Minority Rights (R22)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Supporting the growing English LanguageLearner (ELL) student population is a major challenge for most communities. ELLs are the lowest performing cohort in Massachusetts with only 63% of ELLs graduating high school on-time compared to the state average of 81% . For college completion, the contrast is staggering: 42% of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) students go on to graduate from college in six years in stark comparison to a mere 17% by English Language Learners. Enroot aims to empower immigrant youth through inspiring out-of-school experiences so that they go on to graduate high school and go on to complete post-secondary education.

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?

Enroot Program

Enroot enrolls English Language Learner (ELL) students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and Somerville High School and provides 3-4 years of structured, wrap-around support through the Explore and Leadership Cohorts:

Year 1: Enroot’s Explore Mentoring Cohort is designed to serve students with the lowest level of English-language proficiency. Students are matched with an adult volunteer mentor, provided individualized case management, and attend weekly workshops.

Years 2, 3, 4: Enroot Leadership Cohort students are provided with holistic, wrap-around programming, spending 10-15 hours a week engaged in activities designed to increase access to postsecondary and career opportunities. Each week students meet 1-1 with a mentor for 90 minutes, meet 1-1 with an academic tutor for 90 minutes, and participate in a leadership development workshop. Nearly all students work at a professional internship several days a week at offices throughout Cambridge and Somerville. Enroot juniors and seniors also participate in monthly Postsecondary Workshops, college visits, and receive additional postsecondary guidance from Enroot staff members.

After Enroot students graduate from high school, they have the opportunity to remain involved with Enroot through our post-secondary success programming: receiving coaching from Enroot staff, meeting regularly with their mentor, and staying connected to the Enroot community.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Adolescents

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 mentors recruited

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

Children and youth, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Enroot Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We match all of our students 1:1 with a caring adult mentor. We aim to recruit a diverse group of mentors that reflect our students' identities.

Number of clients placed in internships

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

Children and youth, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Enroot Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our students participate in professional internships at various worksites in the Cambridge and Somerville community. Internships are between 2-8 hours per week for a full academic year.

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.

Enroot supports this population by directing a rigorous and holistic out-of-school-time program. Recruited from the English-Language-Learner department (ELL) at Cambridge Rindge and Lating School and Somerville High School, over 90% of Enroot students are low-income, and all will be the first in their families to attend an American university.

Throughout the program's 2-3 year arc, students: (1) Improve academic performance; (2) Demonstrate a greater sense of community and belonging, self-confidence and advocacy; (3) Develop a clear and inspiring pathway for higher education and career; (4) Build a marketable skill set through real-world, paid internships; (5) Graduate high school prepared to successfully transition to and graduate from post-secondary education.

Enroot enrolls English Language Learner students in Cambridge and Somerville and provides 3-4 years of structured, wrap-around support through the Explore and Leadership Cohorts:

Year 1: Enroot’s Explore Cohort is designed to serve students with the lowest level of English-language proficiency. Students are matched with an adult volunteer mentor, provided individualized case management, and attend weekly workshops.

Years 2, 3, 4: Enroot Leadership students are provided with holistic, wrap-around programming. Each week students meet 1-1 with a mentor and an academic tutor, participate in a leadership development workshop, and participate in a professional internship. Enroot juniors and seniors also participate in Postsecondary Workshops and college visits

After Enroot students graduate from high school, they have the opportunity to remain involved with Enroot through our post-secondary success programming: receiving coaching from Enroot staff and meeting regularly with their mentor.

Enroot's work is possible through the work of dedicated staff, volunteers, and community partners. Enroot's staff work 1:1 with students in both high schools to provide case management and inspiring programming. Over 175 volunteer mentors and tutors are matched 1:1 with students to provide additional academic and social support through weekly meetings with their students. Enroot partners with organizations and companies in both Cambridge and Somerville to set up student internships that allow students to gain professional experiences.

In April of 2016, Enroot's Board of Directors voted to approve the expansion pilot at Somerville High School, in part thanks to enthusiasm and financial investments from the Somerville Public Schools and City of Somerville. A pilot group of 20-30 students was recruited for the Somerville High School pilot site in 2016-2017 and grew to serve 35 students the following school year. Nearing the close of our second year in Somerville, the expansion has been a success: we have a waiting list of students and volunteers eager to take part in the program. Next year, we plan to serve 50 students in Somerville and anticipate the program continuing to grow.

We are beginning the process of identifying a school for our expansion to a third site to begin in fall of 2019. Enroot will have conversations with school administrators, district leadership, and an analysis of the community to make an informed and well-researched decision on our next site.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Enroot

Board of directors
as of 06/03/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Allyson Allen

City of Cambridge

Term: 2018 -

Ben Clark

Enroot

W. Hamner

Retired

Jonathan Steiman

TalkTo

Kristi Jobson

Harvard Law School

Joeseph Sequira

Massachusetts General Hospital

Allyson Allen

City of Cambridge, Office of Workforce Development

Tri Ho

Sensata Technologies

Jonathan Paul

Harvard University

Mary Pat Prado

Community Volunteer

Helen Jackson

Retired

Ellena Friedman

Deborah Downes

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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/3/2021

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data