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Ladder Alliance, Inc.

Educate, Encourage, Empower

Fort Worth, TX   |  www.ladderalliance.org

Mission

To provide survivors of domestic violence and low-income women with the tools to lead self-reliant, independent, and successful lives.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Kathryn Thalken

Main address

1100 Hemphill St. Suite 302

Fort Worth, TX 76104 USA

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EIN

06-1674011

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Ladder Alliance utilizes empowerment, and professional training to uplift some the communities most vulnerable demographics ( women, low-income, victims of domestic violence). We seek to give women the tools to obtain a career, and support themselves and their families, in hopes that women will feel safe to leave any relationship affected by intimate partner violence.

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?

Basic Computer Skills Training

Basic Computer Skills Training, a beginner class for students who have used a computer, but not as a part of their daily routine, or have never utilized computers in a professional setting. This course helps individuals become more comfortable with computers by teaching the fundamentals and internet, including the creation and use of emails. Then students gain essential skills for an administrative professional learning path through Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Each of the modules includes lessons with real world application and uses the Jasperactive Curriculum by CCI Learning, which is an interactive, cutting-edge learning application that provides users with the ability to self-assess their knowledge regarding the products from Microsoft Office.

Classes offered in Spanish

Population(s) Served

Intermediate Computer Skills Training allows students with basic knowledge to take the next step in the understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In this course, students will learn more advanced techniques such as mail merge, advanced functions, and animations. This course will include sections on email and information technology etiquette and cybersecurity to make sure students have the necessary knowledge for utilizing technology in the workplace.

Pre-requisite: Basic Computer Skills Training or similar computer experience

Population(s) Served

Microsoft Office Specialist Training prepares students to become certified in an industry-recognized certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The program utilizes a project-based case study to simulate the testing environment, coupled with the Microsoft GMetrix software practice tests to familiarize the students with the testing software. As a certified testing site through Pearson Certiport, we are able to have students test on-site once they have completed each module of training, helping to eliminate any barriers for students in completing their certification. The exam consists of seven projects with 35 objectives, which must be completed in under 55 minutes to demonstrate efficiency and mastery of Microsoft Software.

Skills Assessment is required prior to beginning this course.

Population(s) Served

QuickBooks Online Training (QBOT) allows students to become a QuickBooks Certified User. This certification is an industry-recognized credential that validates one's skills in the QuickBooks Online software. This program utilizes the Intuit QuickBooks Online software to give students firsthand experience in a cloud-based service that provides the flexibility to use it anywhere. As a certified testing site through Pearson Certiport, we are able to have students test on-site once they have completed each module of training helping to eliminate any barriers for students in completing their certification.

Skills Assessment is required prior to beginning this course.

Population(s) Served

Professional Office Skills Training prepares students for entry and mid-level business positions across different industries. The goal of the program is for students to develop knowledge, understanding, and skills applicable and transferable to high-need, in-demand jobs
in Tarrant County. The curriculum utilized for the program includes QuickBooks, Customer Service Skills Training with Tarrant County College, and a speaker series of presenters with business and human resources backgrounds.

Upon completion, students will 1) apply basic business vocabulary, terms, and phrases in-context to build rapport and confidence in the workplace, 2) demonstrate proficiency in QuickBooks accounting software, 3) demonstrate foundational knowledge of accounting functions, 4) generate data and reports in Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks, and 5) employ customer service and soft skills in the workplace.

Population(s) Served

Next Level supports current students, alumni, and community members from under-resourced backgrounds with information and skills necessary for professional development and promotion. The program includes seminars in English and Spanish and covers topics such as Financial Education; Resume Writing; So, you Got the Interview, Now What?; Salary Negotiations; Dress for the Job You Want; Entrepreneurship 101; and How to Start Your Own Business. Students will participate in resume creation, mock interviews, and many other skill-building tools needed to attain and keep a job. Seminars will be offered multiple times throughout the year, eliminating barriers to long-term program commitments that not all individuals are able to complete. Three (3) Next Level professional development and enrichment programs will be offered each quarter.

Population(s) Served

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 enrolled

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

Basic Computer Skills Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We goal is to see the women we train obtain any of the following objectives:
1. Secure employment with a salary above minimum wage
2. Utilize the computer training to continue on to higher level education
3. Obtain an increase in salary due to the advanced skills received

We developed our core programs to meet the needs of our students based on where they are currently in the professional journey, We have a Basic program geared to those who missed the technology wave, or have not been in a position to familiarize themselves with Microsoft Products. The second level of training is geared towards those with familiarity and basic computer skills. This program will elevate not our their technical skills, but focuses on their business communication ( verbal & written), along with their financial literacy. The third program teaches students to use Word and Excel efficiently so that they can test to become certified Microsoft Office Specialist.

The Ladder Alliance has a team of 9 professionals (4 Instructors), and 7+ night time volunteers who manage the daily function of our organization. WE have a strong development team of two who run events and write grants to various foundations to fund our mission. The Instructional Team teach the various levels of training on a predeveloped rotating schedule. We also have a generous pool of volunteer instructors who run our night class program.

We are proud to have a retention rate of over 63% in our Basic Computer Skills Training (BCST)Program. 89% for our Professional Office Skills Training (POST)Program, and 85% for our Microsoft Office Specialist Training (MOST) Program. in 2019, 91% of our POST students obtained a job within 3 months. 33%T of our BCST students continued on to higher education, and 81% of MOST students received at least one of their certifications.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ladder Alliance, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Danyelle Williams-Ackall

Texas Christian University

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/20/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data