WESTCHESTER CHILDRENS ASSOCIATION INC

Children's Champions since 1914

aka WCA   |   White Plains, NY   |  www.wca4kids.org

Mission

Every child healthy, safe, and prepared for life’s challenges Since 1914, WCA has remained steadfast in its mission: to improve the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda.
WCA identifies the needs of Westchester’s children and youth, develops innovative responses to those needs and advocates for policies and programs that benefit children.
WCA is a valued resource for policy makers and the media on issues affecting children because we are independent, knowledgeable and effective.
WCA is non-partisan and is not limited by ties to any political group, organization or funding source.

Ruling year info

1935

Principal Officer

Allison Lake

Main address

470 Mamaroneck Avenue Suite 304

White Plains, NY 10605 USA

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EIN

13-1740066

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Westchester Children’s Association’s (WCA) advocates to ensure that every child, no matter their race, gender or zip code, has access to what is needed to achieve their potential. We recognize that children, families, and communities in Westchester have access to resources that are not evenly distributed or fairly available. At WCA we find out what children need but are not getting, help others to understand those needs, and bring people together to promote practical, effective solutions. We focus on problems that can affect children – from newborns to young adults- at every stage of their development. We work to ensure that all of Westchester’s children are healthy, safe, and prepared for life’s challenges.

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?

Early Childhood and Home Visiting

Supporting the growth, development, health and welfare of Westchester’s youngest children.

WCA continues to advocate for children and families receiving early childhood education and child care
support, and works to expand Home Visiting programs as well as a continuum of programs and services.
o WCA will do this by:
• Coordinate regional response and support statewide response to home visiting
needs as part of the NYS Home Visiting Coordination Initiative.
• Collaborate with our Home Visiting Coalition of existing programs that serve the
early childhood population to expand Home Visiting programs for all new mothers
in Westchester County.
• Meet with local and state leaders and department officials interacting with and
providing over children’s health and welfare issues.
o Expected Activities for 2021-22:
• Advocate for additional Home Visiting, Early Childhood and Childcare programs in
the County Budget.
• Lead Westchester Early Childhood and Home Visiting workgroup.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

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 audience members willing to take action on behalf of a specific issue

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Responses to Advocacy Alerts

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Summer 2019 Youth Action Training Invest Fest December 2019 Advocacy Training at Woodfield Cottage Winter 2020 New Rochelle Boys and Girls Club Advocacy Training July 2020 Speak up speak out

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

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

Age groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Blog posts Newsletters Annual Reports Ebulletin Data publications Podcast Vote for Kids Candidate Survey Results 2020 Black Children and Youth Report Parent Survey Results

Number of overall donors

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

Age groups, Social and economic status, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

1. To improve the lives of children and youth, ages 0-25, in Westchester County, NY by addressing the problems noted above
2. To ensure that all of Westchester’s children, youth and young adults have what they need to thrive
3. To create an on ramp for current and future generations to advocate and engage around the needs and well-being of all these children and youth
4. To connect with supporters, residents and donors who are aligned with our mission and work

1. Convening: Leverage WCA’s ability to convene key stakeholders (politicians, non-profit partners, major donors, community leaders ) to address the needs of children and youth in Westchester County
2. Legislation: Shape and promote legislation, budgets and programs that level the playing field and improve the lives of children and youth 0-25 years of age
3. Data: Collect, analyze, and present data that elevates children and youth issues in a manner that is accessible to the public
4. Educate and engage donors, residents and supporters that there are children and youth with critical needs in Westchester, despite its reputation as a wealthy county

* Proven expertise in gathering and presenting data in a manner that is uniquely sensitive to the needs of children and youth ages 0-25 and delivers innovative, evidence-driven solutions
• Our non-partisan, independent status enables us to be nimble and pivot when flexibility is required to respond to social changes
• Focus on addressing root causes to create systemic change for all of Westchester’s children and youth
• Ability to convene decision makers and community leaders
• Trusted leader for partners and community members to share emergent concerns and a voice for children.

WCA has successfully advocated for children since 1914. Our recent accomplishments include:

1990’s
• In collaboration with the Westchester Council on Crime and Delinquency, founded Campaign for Kids and successfully advocated for increased County tax-levy dollars in preventive youth programs
• Developed a supervised visitation program to enable children from broken homes to maintain meaningful contact with non-custodial parents
• Established the Yonkers Family Court Children’s Center to care for young children whose parents have to appear as litigants
• WCA and the Westchester County Department of Health formed the Child Health Task Force. WCA coordinated joint efforts of government and community agencies to enroll thousands of eligible children in free or low-cost health insurance
• Created Children By the Numbers, a comprehensive initiative to collect, publish and analyze data about all aspects of children’s lives; currently includes an on-line blog, data snapshots of the County and 40 municipalities, and multi-media presentations on children’s data. Used by thousands of advocates, policy makers and service providers each year
• Secured the first-ever grants for all Westchester foster youth who age out of care, to help them start their independent, adult lives
• Successfully advocated for an innovative approach to social-emotional health for more than 1,000 young children each year.

2010’s
• Launched GPS4Kids, WCA’s “Collective Impact” initiative that brought together people from all community sectors to implement lasting, large-scale solutions to social problems facing our children and youth
• Published an in-depth study of Westchester’s nearly 13,000 “disconnected youth” and successfully advocated for concrete improvements in their lives
• WCA chairs the Home Visiting Workgroup represented by various stakeholders that work with families receiving these services to advocate for expansion and improvement of home visiting services in the County
• Created the Vote for Kids Campaign to keep children at the top of the public agenda during budget seasons Release an annual Candidate’s Priorities for Children Survey during county and state elections
• Preserved millions in County funding for vital children and youth services

2020’s
• WCA has been the “Raise the Age” (RTA) NY Campaign’s lead agency in Westchester, succeeding in raising the age of criminal responsibility in NY from 16 to 18. Advocacy efforts included educating the public and decision-makers, organizing online action alerts and social media, mobilizing clergy in a letter-writing campaign, and bringing young people to Albany for RTA lobby days
• WCA empowers young people through Project Engage, training teens in the art of advocacy and getting out the vote
• Convenes the WCA Child and Youth Homelessness Workgroup to broaden County policies and standards for assistance of families experiencing homelessness.

Financials

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Operations

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

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WESTCHESTER CHILDRENS ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 12/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maris Krasnow

New York University

Term: 2020 - 2023

Ann Umemoto

March of Dimes Foundation

Adrienne Weiss-Harrison

City School District of New Rochelle

Jody Greenbaum

Harrison School District

Myrna Forney

Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf and Carone LLP

Lutonya Russell-Humes

Fairfield County Community Foundation

Margie Orell

Frog Rock Foundation

Harry Waizer

Cantor Fitzgerald

Ellen Adnopoz

Chappaqua School District

Joanne Amorosi

Fortis Lux, Mass Mutual Financial Group

Chavonne Collins

Ivey, Barnum and O'marra, LLC

Stephen Godin

Regeneron

Tenley-Ann Hawkins

Karen Herrero

New York Hospitality Group

Kerry King

PepsiCo

Romina Levy

Dominick Petramale

PCSB Bank

Martha Sud

Sivik Learning

Alice Tenney

Adrienne Weiss-Harrison

Robin Williams

Lincoln-Titus Elementary School

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/06/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/06/2021

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.