Urban Dove, Inc.

Energize. Educate. Empower.

aka Urban Dove   |   Long Island City, NY   |  www.urbandove.org

Mission

Urban Dove energizes, educates, and empowers young people through our network of UD Team Charter Schools serving over-age/under-credited high school students. UD Team's innovative model uses sports, teams, restorative practices and mentoring to create a culture of high expectations and shared responsibility. By instilling our core values of Teamwork, Leadership and Communication, we develop our students into confident young adults ready to reach their full potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

Urban Dove is a best-in-class, unusually-successful, and deeply-inspiring organization, which engages a highly at-risk youth population in our transfer charter schools here in New York City. Urban Dove stands out for many reasons – for utilizing a sports-based youth development pedagogical framework, for employing a Restorative Justice behavioral model, and for incorporating both a college preparatory program and a workforce training program into the school curriculum. When students enter UD Team, they are placed on a same-gender team with a dedicated coach. This team and its coach moves as a unit throughout the school, so a student is never lost. Each day the coach leads the team in 2 hours of sports and fitness activities, and accompanies the team to every academic class. This daily experience allows the coach to know team members extremely well, and to engage each UD Team student in critical life-skills development that build social and emotional strength.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Mr. Jai Nanda

Main address

21-21 41st Avenue Suite 2D

Long Island City, NY 11101 USA

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EIN

13-3997718

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Urban Dove aims to provide a quality education to at-risk, underserved youth in New York City in order that they may move forward positively from high school and into college, career, and adult independence. Urban Dove schools, called UD Team, targets a specific, highly-at-risk youth population - Overage/Under-Credited youth who have failed ninth grade at least once.

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?

HiRisers

HiRisers is a peer mentoring and youth employment program that provides our teens with the critical life, job, social, and emotional skills necessary for success in high school, college and beyond. After completing 12 hours of training, groups of HiRisers become “Youth Staff.” Working as a team, they lead activities at a local elementary school over a 3-4 month time period. These skills and experiences help students earn employment with Urban Dove as summer camp counselors and serve as direct work experience to help them secure future employment.

HiRisers operates three cycles each academic year: fall, spring, and summer. During the fall and spring cycles, after they receive initial training, UD students lead activities for younger students at elementary and middle school sites after school.

Population(s) Served

College All-Stars (CAS), an early college awareness program, provides critical technical information that makes the college process manageable. Our focus is ensuring our students can enroll in a college they can afford and where they will be successful. Workshops for Year 1 students focus on students visualizing themselves in college, as many students come from homes in which neither parent attended college. Through writing a personal mission statement and action plan, UD Team students form positive and realistic goals. Year 2 students focus on the SAT exam and college visits, while Year 3 students focus on choosing and applying to college.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Sport for Reduced Inequalities Collective Impact Award 2019

Beyond Sport

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 children who have access to education

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

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

Urban Dove envisions a world where all children receive the high-quality education and support they need and deserve. Through education, they will acquire the critical skills needed to develop into economically, socially, and emotionally independent adults who are empowered to create a more just and equitable society for future generations.

Utilize a youth development approach in organizing our transfer schools, so that we meet
students where they are, reach across (not down) to students, and move forward alongside them.

Utilize a sports-based youth development model as the main pedagogical construct of our schools,
with each student being placed on a Team, with its own Coach. Each Team moves as a unit together throughout the school day, which includes sports, fitness, academics, college prep, and career prep.

We utilize highly-professional coaches, teachers, support staff, and school leaders
who are well trained, and committed to working alongside our particular population of students.

We have enjoyed success raising funds for our programming because the programs get positive
results with students/participants, and we have newly-built capacity for maintaining a health level
of support in order to continue serving young people effectively.

We have now established two charter schools here in New York City, and have
a support network in place to add potential new schools in the future. We hope to receive
clearance to open up our third school, UD Team III, in the near future.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Urban Dove, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Spencer Rothschild

Barrio Foods

Mark Benerofe

Camp Group

Lawrence Ellman

Brodadview Real Estate Partners

Steve Swiatkiewicz

Midway Investors

Justin Oppenheimer

Hospital for Special Surgery

Dan Satterwhite

Houston Street Capital

Henry Johnson

RBC Capital Markets

Steven Berger

Berger & Webb

David Froelich

CVE North America

PJ Englert

PricewaterhouseCoopers

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 02/18/2021

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
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, 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: 08/19/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.