Agassiz Village

Our mission is to prepare youth for life's journey!

aka Agassiz Village   |   Norwood, MA   |  www.agassizvillage.org

Mission

We offer children the opportunity, in a summer camp environment, to develop and practice leadership and life skills that will impact their future in education, family, career, and in their communities. Our programs are an investment in the future, to inspire and enable all children, especially those who need our support the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible leaders.

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director

Lisa Carter

Main address

185 Dean Street Suite 206

Norwood, MA 02062 USA

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Formerly known as

Burroughs Newsboy Foundation

EIN

04-2160531

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Youth exposed to poverty, family distress, and community violence, have an increased risk for delinquency, child abuse and neglect, and lower educational and occupational expectations (Mason & Chuang, 2001). In addition, urban environments offer few opportunities for leisure activities (Masunaka-Noriega, & Young, 1998) and social and emotional learning (Nabors, Proescher, & DeSilva, 2001). Leadership and social and emotional skills like persistence, positive values, better decision making and self-awareness are believed to maximize one’s ability not only to survive but to thrive in dangerous, stressful or vulnerable environments. (Damon, 2004). Studies like Allen, Akinyanju, Milliken, Lorek, & Walker (2011) have found that urban at-risk students significantly improved their responses to situations requiring sound character after attending a two-week summer camp education program like Agassiz Village.

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?

Internship for Staff Training, Education & Placement (INSTEP)

Our Internship for Staff Training, Education & Placement (INSTEP) is a four-week, tuition free leadership training camp that prepares 16 - 17 year-old teens for life's next step. In this program, teens develop leadership, communication and organizational skills that will increase their ability to achieve success in higher education, employment, or vocational training. INSTEP is a highly selective program. Sixteen year-old campers who exhibit exceptional commitment and performance in our Teen Advancement Program (TAP) are invited to submit an application and interview for one of fourteen available INSTEP slots for the following camp season. All INSTEP campers enjoy traditional camp activities in addition to their extensive leadership and skills development training and practice.

Population(s) Served

Agassiz Village's Teen Advancement Program (TAP) is for our 14-16 year old campers and stresses responsibility and decision making. This is a readiness program for our INSTEP leadership training camp for 16-17 year old campers. TAP is a 2-week program. The first week focuses on leadership topics and skills such as group building, goal setting, tolerance and compromise, integrity, role modeling, and community service. The second week focuses on camp and community service projects. Campers in this program also enjoy many of the traditional camp experiences like swimming, sports, and special events as part of the overall AV community. The goal of this program is to raise campers' self-identity and awareness and develop specific leadership skills and values through purposeful experiential education.

Population(s) Served

The Traditional Camp Program is for 8-13 year old boys and girls and conducted in two-week sessions at Agassiz Village's Poland, ME camp. The goals of the traditional camp begin with introducing the outdoor environment to children who have limited or no experience with nature, as well as familiarizing them with the concept of a welcoming, safe, inclusive community. Activities include swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, ropes course, sports, games, crafts, and camping. Through these activities, campers learn about diversity and tolerance, cooperation and team work, while building skills that ultimately result in future leadership roles.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Agassiz measures the growth of our students and have learned that our campers:
-Directly increased their ability to reflect and understand themselves.
-Better identified positives about themselves and showed personal improvement.
-Set tangible goals to build more positive relationships.
-Set important goals for going to college and career advancement.

By funding Agassiz Village you will be helping to shape a new agenda for Boston’s children and youth. Emerging research points to a broad and growing “opportunity gap” that extends far beyond the school day and is a major contributor to gaps in achievement between low-income students and their more affluent peers.
Higher income families far outspend lower income families on enriching activities, exposure to novel environments, and other out-of-school supports that help their children build the skills and background knowledge they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Summer is a time when youth can engage in learning beyond the school walls and connect with unparalleled natural and cultural assets. From outdoor discovery and real-world science projects to leadership and skills development programs, Agassiz Village’s stimulating summer programs reinforce in-school learning and can stem, or even reverse, the well-documented “summer learning slide” that affects low-income students most.

We continue to integrate our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program into all aspects of camp, including traditional camp activities, leadership development training and social interactions. The structure of the SEL program has allowed us to measure the progress made by each individual child attending our camp and has led to promising outcomes. A Bates College student working closely with the initial implementation of the program at camp completed her undergraduate thesis on the measured impact of the program’s first three years.

All of these results are supported by many studies that show that gains in social and emotional learning lead to higher graduation rates, lower incarceration rates, less drug use and greater job prospects.

By providing safety, the security of programmatic routine, competent and caring staff, and the opportunity to live, learn, create, and play with peers and adults from diverse backgrounds, Agassiz Village transforms the worldviews and social–emotional capacities of its campers. Agassiz Village offers a horizon-expanding experience that inspires socio-emotional growth of its campers through a wide range of recreational activities from arts and crafts to field games to swimming and boating. Only an overnight summer camp setting can provide the immersive community experience to achieve a truly transformative experience for these deserving campers.

Agassiz provides the follow programs throughout the summer to nearly 500 youth:

Traditional Overnight Camp: This program is designed for youth ages 8-13. Daily activities include instructional and recreational swimming, arts & crafts, nature & outdoor living skills, sports & fitness, cooking & nutrition, dance, high and low ropes courses, & canoeing lead by qualified and experienced instructors. Each session is filled with special activities and events like a live animal show, Camp Carnival, camp outs and a talent show.

Each of the above activities is facilitated in a way that enables youth to build self-confidence, increase impulse control, and set goals. By requiring children to solve day-to-day problems on their own, offering kids to opportunity to set and accomplish daily goals, helping children uncover new skills, and providing time for reflection, Agassiz nurtures skills of self-awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making.

Teen Advancement Program (TAP): This leadership program offers all 14+ children a two-week session that focuses on group building, goal setting, teamwork, tolerance and compromise, integrity, role modeling, & community service. Youth in this program will also enjoy many of the traditional camp activities like swimming, canoeing, dance, sports, evening and other activities as part of the overall Agassiz Village community. The goal of this program is to raise camper self-identity and awareness and develop specific leadership skills and values. All 14+ year old campers automatically become a part of this program.

Internship for Staff Training, Education, and Placement (INSTEP): INSTEP is a 4-week, tuition free program for a select group of 16-17 year old teens seeking hands-on leadership skills development and potential future employment with Agassiz. Each candidate is required to apply and be interviewed separately to be accepted into the program. INSTEP participants are immersed in a set of hands-on workshops on teamwork, group forming and dynamics, conflict management skills, leadership styles, and career and college workshops. Additionally, they actively participate and lead various camp activities and assist in other camp areas. INSTEP participants also work as Jr. Counselors for a week assisting with the day-to-day life of younger camper groups. All participants who successfully complete the program will received a scholarship up to $400 for future educational and leadership opportunities based on their performance.

In addition, during the school year Agassiz offers a unique program for select campers called Step It Up!. Teens ages 16-17 years-old are paired with corporate mentors from Loomis, Sayles & Company to help plan and implement a camp improvement project. Then similar to the TV show “Shark Tank,” the youth teams “pitch” their plan to a group of corporate sharks and the winning team receives the funds to carry out their project.

The mission of Agassiz Village is to prepare youth for life’s journey. Our programs are an investment in the future, to inspire and enable all children, especially those who need our support the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Agassiz Village campers take with them our values of responsibility, self-confidence, service to others and a commitment to learning. It is our goal that all children who attend our camp will develop the tools to create and recognize opportunity throughout their lives, understand the broad range of possibilities open to them, appreciate the value of good friends, have the courage to dream big, and the discipline to make those dreams come true.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Agassiz Village

Board of directors
as of 10/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Leslie Hoyt

Olaris, Inc.


Board co-chair

Theresa O'Bryant

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Allison Burroughs

U.S. District Court

Warren Burroughs

Deutsche Bank

Jon Levy

American Holt Corp.

Ellen Corbett

Citizen Schools

Carlos Hoyt

Phillips Academy

Jonathan Gillim

Randolph Engineering

Arnie Stewart

Counsel Services

Kelly Swaney

Wendy Horn

Raymond James

Ellen Corbett

Hillman Homes

Leslie Hoyt

Olars, Inc.

Theresa O'Bryant

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 10/22/2020

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/22/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.