OPEN DOORS INC

aka Open Doors Academy   |   Cleveland, OH   |  www.opendoorsacademy.org

Mission

Open Doors Academy is a comprehensive developmental enrichment program that is designed to encompass a system of support around high risk youth from the fifth grade through college.

ODA seeks to protect, inspire, nurture, and challenge youth to reach their full potential.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Dr. Dorothy Moulthrop Ph.D.

Main address

1427 East 36th Street Suite 4206A

Cleveland, OH 44114 USA

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EIN

04-3697716

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

ODA High School College and Career Prep

High School Programming is held at three community partner sites in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights/University Heights and Euclid. These campuses are directed by the ODA high school education coordinator, campus coordinators and campus coaches. As above, staff spend the mornings in the school visiting with scholars, teachers, and counselors. In the afternoons, after school scholars participate in tutoring sessions, apprenticeships and workshops to teach 21st century skills and weekly mentoring meetings for short-term academic/long-term career goal-setting. Alumni (high school students) participate in community service and volunteering projects, field trips, social event days, college options tours and national service learning opportunities. During the summer, alumni are placed in internships for real work experience.

Population(s) Served

The Open Doors Academy 7-Year Promise, is a unique model that encompasses four core program areas (Middle School School Year Enrichment Programming, High School College/Career Prep Programming, Summer Learning and Exploration, and Parent/Family Engagement). Through this model, ODA begins working with young scholars in needy communities starting in the 5th or 6th grade and continues to work with and serve those same scholars all the way through high school and beyond.

Middle-school: Open Doors Academy (ODA) provides academic support, homework help, project-based learning tasks, team-building exercises, tutoring, physical education activities and four core areas of enrichment programming: Health & Wellness, Arts & Culture, Global Social Education and Character Development. Our program coordinators, assistant coordinators, and mentoring coaches work with students at ten sites in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, University Heights and Euclid, Monday-Friday, from 3-6pm. During the school day staff visit with teachers and counselors, visit classrooms, have lunch with the scholars, and often meet with them one on one to check in and see how they are doing. After school, scholars spend three dedicated hours daily engaging in high quality programming described above.

Population(s) Served

During the summer months, middle school scholars spend 8 weeks in full-day summer programming (operating from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday). Scholars are given the option to select a camp of their preference each week from 6 different options. All camps are focused on career exploration, and hands-on learning. High school scholars spend their summer in paid internships. Freshman and sophomores work at the summer camps under the direction of the staff, Juniors and Seniors are placed out in the community in a career field of interest.

Population(s) Served

All families are expected to be engaged in their child’s education. To that note, all families must complete a minimum of 16 hours of engagement during the year. These hours are completed through ODA sponsored parent workshops, support groups and family events for students' families. Events are held throughout the year at community partner sites. ODA's family engagement manager & coordinator oversee these events. Parents also earn parent hours when their scholar has perfect attendance and demonstrates merit or honor roll.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Awards

Young Professional Athena Award 2012

Athena International

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of students receiving homework help

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These represent the number of middle school and high school students in our program. They all receive homework help.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Long-Term Performance Goals
1. 100% of youth who participate in a minimum of 3 consecutive years of middle school/high school programming will graduate high school
a. Benchmark of Success: High School Graduation/ Diploma

2. 95% of youth who participate a minimum of 3 consecutive years of programming will complete a minimum of two years in a post secondary placement or secure employment meeting one of the following benchmarks of success:
a. Completion of an Associate's Degree
b. Completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an Accredited University
c. Completion of a Trade School or Apprenticeship Program
d. 2-year completion in a Service Program (Americorps, City Year, etc.)
e. Placement in a Military Program
f. Secured full-time employment

3. A Minimum of 95% of youth who enter a post-secondary placement will successfully completed stated program within 6 years.
a. Benchmark of Success: Admission and acceptance into a post-secondary placement

4. A Minimum of 90% of youth will successfully secure employment post graduation and maintain secured employment for a minimum of one year.
a. Benchmark of Success: Self report of post-secondary career placement

ODA utilizes 4 key strategies to ensure success of our long term goals:

1. Continuation of Programming - Scholars who participate in programming start early in middle school and are provided a continuum of support all the way through high school and beyond.

2. Flexibility of Programming - Understanding that circumstances change and scholars/families may not be able to continually participate at the highest level, ODA staff maintain a solid relationship with the scholar, frequently check in, and provide a continuum in support, even if programming ebbs and flows.

3. High Expectations - ODA operates as a business. All benefits are earned, not simply given. Scholars and parents must work to achieve goals in order to receive the benefits and extras the program offers, including field trips, traveling with ODA, support with the holidays, etc.

4. Strong Support Network - Each scholar within ODA has multiple key mentors who work closely with him/her throughout the 7 years and beyond. Multiple mentors provides for different relationships and ensures the scholars needs are met on multiple levels. In addition, if one mentor leaves the organization, the scholar is still provided consistency throughout the continuum with support from the network of mentors.

As mentioned above, the organization has demonstrated rapid growth over the past 6 years and has maintained a level of consistency in ensuring strong outcomes, utilizing the four strategies mentioned above. We are hopeful that in the next 7 years, we will be able to serve an additional 500 scholars.

We have demonstrated significant growth in the number of youth served and the impact long-term on those youth served. At this point the organization is focused on developing a solid infrastructure that supports the sustainability of the organization and allows for future growth. ODA would like to be a training ground for other organizations, as well as, a leader in research that supports high quality youth development programming in the future.

Financials

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Operations

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OPEN DOORS INC

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jason Shefrin

Interdesign USA

Term: 2015 - 2018

Ryan Anderson

Anderson / Biro, LLC

William Berglund

Tucker Ellis & West, LLP

Sarah Johnson

Case Western Reserve University

Mark Turner

Gallagher Sharp

Jason Shefrin

InterDesign, Inc.

Roger Frank

Little Jacket

Nylajean McDaniel

Retired

Rich Wesorick

Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino

Lisa Durst

Eaton Corporation

Scott Flamm

Cleveland Clinic

Lauren Smith

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

Lori Niederst

Progressive Insurance

Jason Collier

Plante Moran

Paul Morreale

Accenture

Bill Pavilonis

Sherwin Williams

Cheree Aspelin

Lubrizol

Tracy Dowe

Wells Fargo Bank

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