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Rising Stars Inc

PLAY LEARN GROW

aka Rising Stars Youth Foundation   |   Freeport, NY   |  www.risingstarsyouthfoundation.com

Mission

The Rising Stars mission is to utilize the power of teams as the vehicle to promote education, reinforce values, and provide our youth with a safe environment to PLAY, LEARN and GROW. Rising Stars bridges the gap between school, community, and family. We are dedicated to bringing equity to education.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mr. Daniel Scott Gimpel

Main address

63 Babylon Turnpike

Freeport, NY 11520 USA

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EIN

11-3309547

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Basketball (N62)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

THE PROBLEM A majority of America’s urban public secondary schools fails to maximize the potential of their underserved minority and low-income populations. Only half of all minority students graduate from high school and less than 20% leave high school college-ready. There is overarching agreement that working with at risk children early in their lives and ensuring that they receive a quality education is one of the most effective ways to reverse these troubling statistics. PROGRAMMATIC SOLUTIONS Our 23 year history of helping underserved youth break the cycle of dropping out, incarceration, and poverty is based upon our ability to combine education and sports. We strive to be the a bridge that's needed between families, schools community, and athletics to combine and propel youth towards success.

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?

Greater South Bay Outreach

Enroll youth grades 3-7 in positive afterschool youth programs that allow services to support academic and social development .
Programs are affiliated with the Long Island YMCA and include yearly family memberships to the YMCA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Tutoring, Test Services and Boot Camp Testing ,Community Service and Social Support Services, Special Event Seminars and Lecture Series

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Teams, Camps, Clinics and Afterschool Programs

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth

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 academic scholarships awarded

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Private Education/Academic Support /Educational Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total of the scholar athletes awarded per year.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, People with learning disabilities

Related Program

Private Education/Academic Support /Educational Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

80% of all 450 receive some level of support and 100% of the 450 have access to all academic social and athletic support programs.

Number children performing average or above average academically

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, People with learning disabilities

Related Program

Youth Development

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The full list of high honor roll was 250 of 450 with 100 % or 450 at or above average

Number of high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Private Education/Academic Support /Educational Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of all students enrolled in the scholar athlete programs graduate on time from HS College ready and issue free.

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Private Education/Academic Support /Educational Scholarships

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The 90% is for the full Rising Stars population of 450. The scholar athletes (*35) are mandated to maintain 95% and above.

Number of children who have access to education

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Youth Development

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All boys/girls registered in RSYF programs have access to all of RSYF services and support programs. The number fluctuates. Those in the outreach teams have extend access to all educational programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The Rising Stars Youth Foundation's mission is to utilize the POWER OF TEAMS as the vehicle to promote education, reinforce values, and provide our youth with a safe environment to PLAY, LEARN and GROW.

Our academic and social support system meets the needs of our student-athletes academically, financially, socially, and emotionally and introduces the values they need to make correct decisions during the formative years of High School.

After schools sports serve as the most inspirational aspect of the overall school experience. What’s often missing is the critical link that helps tie athletics to academics. Starting as early as sixth grade, RSYF identifies and selects at-risk boys and girls to participate in yearly programs, launching with basketball, to serve as the participation incentive to ensure that they stay in school and perform academically. Rising Stars teams empower students with the knowledge of what is fair, what is correct, and what it means to be a winner. Teams develop character, instill values and relate life lessons through the game. RSYF athletes are more confident, socially active, participate in community programs, and motivated to excel.
RSYF student scholars are not only given the opportunity of being part of a team, but they are also given a surrogate family and a bridge for them to connect with family, school, and community.

THE FOUNDATION
Rising Stars Youth Foundation fulfills the dream of every level of scholar athlete to attend high-performing private high schools and offers full support to meet their full leadership potential. Our full-time Educational director supports scholars while they grow as an athlete and a student. We believe it is essential to our success to be able to place our youth in an environment that instills proper expectations and values. Rising Stars Youth Foundation bridges the gap between school, community, and family. We are dedicated to bringing equity to education

Since its founding in 1996 Rising Stars has been utilizing basketball and the power of teams as a vehicle to reach and teach kids the value of education. Our purpose is to create an environment where kids can safely Play, Learn, and most importantly Grow.

At Rising Stars Youth Foundation, we understand the importance of a multifaceted approach to health. That is why we prioritize education and have built a community for our student-athletes and their families where they feel safe and trusted.

RSYF provides program scholarships for 60% of our male and female student-­ athletes which reduces or eliminates all fees to participate in competitive team sports, weekly practices, additional weekly trainings, and travel tournaments on the Amateur Athletic Union (“AAU”) circuit. Additionally, our Community Outreach Program provides 5 teams with free weekly enrichment classes facilitated by certified NYS teachers as well as access to family academic consulting and mentorship.

Our Rising Stars High School Scholars Program identifies and provides at-risk students within our programs full support for four years to attend prestigious high schools and prep schools throughout the Northeast. Scholarships are awarded based on three main criteria: commitment to academics, commitment to community, and assessment of the family’s financial picture. The RS Scholars Program has increased school attendance from 65% to 95%. Students attend weekly tutoring with a 97% attendance rate. 90% of the scholars attend monthly educational workshops to address adolescent issues such as college readiness, self-esteem, anti-bullying, leadership, and healthy living. 63% of the scholars live in areas where the graduation rate is less than 75% and due to the RS Scholars Program, they now attend schools that boast a 100% graduation rate.

Every RS scholar receives free college consulting services including planning meetings for 11th and 12th graders, essay preparation, recommendation letters, interview coaching, one-­on-­one support for the common application and financial aid application preparation from a professional college counselor. Likewise, all 11th /12th graders receive a free customized College Test Prep Course from our partnerships with professional tutoring companies.

Finally, amidst the devastation and interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, RSYF launched its innovative Learning Pod Program, designed to bridge the social class opportunity gaps that have been further perpetuated by the pandemic. The program provides supplemental academic support, social justice education, and a speaker series that promotes youth empowerment.

Our 25-year history of successfully combining sports and education to help vulnerable youth is built upon a network of private and foundation support that mobilizes an in-house program of 320 boys and girls,12 partner schools, and 35 committed staff coaches and teachers.

Children often gravitate to sports to provide an outlet from some of the pressures they face in life. Rising Stars Youth Foundation's strategy for keeping children engaged and challenged in their early school years is to identify and integrate activities that are of interest to them into their school experience. Rising Stars Youth Foundation looks at each student-athlete's full picture and strives to meet families where they are at. Our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of our student athletes, both academically and financially. 

Our organizations capabilities stem from our 25 year history as being among one of the countries most successful basketball programs for at risk and underserved youth.

We are distinguished by the intentional mentorship relationships we facilitate. The Executive Director came through the program as well as coaches/alumni coaching assistants/tutors that were high-school & collegiate athletes from underserved communities, and are first-generation college graduates.

Our partnerships and relationships allow us to provide students from diverse backgrounds with access to premium-quality educational guidance. We differ from these other agencies, in that our organization is the only one that utilizes basketball as a means to promote education and create opportunity for youth participants. RSYF basketball program has 350 3rd through 12th grade boys and girls actively participating on our teams led by the finest instructional staff. Our teams travel and compete in the best Long Island and NYC regional basketball tournaments as well as national basketball competitions.

Our community outreach program enables us to build stronger relationships for Long Island and NYC’s most at-risk children by partnering with families, schools, and communities.

By identifying the risks and areas of weakness of the children we enroll we are able to make positive changes into their environment. The combination of high quality education, academic and personal support, mentorship, and a community of supportive individuals ensures the advances each RSYF student athletes achievement and promotes overall success.
Rising Stars works, and its work is needed now more than ever before.

Rising Stars Youth Foundation has placed over 500 children in colleges and universities across the country. Over 100 boys and girls currently play free through our Outreach Initiative. We currently have 36 students in our RS Scholars program, receiving support to attend private institutions. Of the 36 RS Scholars in our program, 25 of them (70%) were recognized for Honor Roll (GPA of 90% and above) and completed a total of 3600 cumulative hours of community service.

RSYF successfully engaged in advocacy efforts by providing one-­on-­ one in-­home tutoring to 4 at-­ risk students, promoting and receiving Special Education services for students, and helping parents successfully navigate the application process for school choice for 30 students. Additionally, from 8th to 9th grade, after students became part of the RS Scholars program, school attendance improved by 8%, and during the 2019-­2020 school year, RS scholars showed an increase of 4 percentage points on
their total grade point average.

9 of 36 RS Scholars are High School Seniors/Post Grad Students who have been with the program 5+ years each and our anticipated graduation rate and 4 -­year college attendance is 100%. Furthermore, the Class
of 2019 is now attending the following four-­year colleges:
Dominican University of California
St. John’s University
Marist College
SUNY Stonybrook
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY Fredonia
where they are receiving over $400K in scholarship awards. Similarly, the Class of 2020 received $600K in scholarship awards and students are attending:
Dartmouth College
Stanford University
St. Josephs College
Ryder College
Keuka College
SUNY New Paltz
Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Our programs are a major reason why our student-athletes are able to uncover their true athletic and academic potential and receive the resources they need to succeed. Many of our families rely on Rising Stars Youth Foundation both as a financial supplement to academic support, but also as a place where their children flourish into the people they one day will become.

Rising Stars Youth Foundation is currently undergoing some exciting transformation. We are in the process of expanding our reach, our programs and our legacy. By next year, we are planning on opening up a HOME for RSYF; a facility where all of our programming will take place. Our student-athletes will enter this facility for Education, Athletics, Wellness Fitness, and Community. From Courts to the Classroom, we will have it ALL.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Rising Stars Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Cytryn

Director of Leasing & Managment, Crystal Properties LLC

Timothy Thornton

First Verizon

Thomas Hopke

MLB/Newscorp

Alex Carter

East Woods School

Leila Noor Louis

Parent Resource Center

Marcus Banks

Los Angeles Clippers

Wendy Parr

Creative Advertising Concepts

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2021

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.