Christodora, Inc.

Nature, Learning, Leadership

aka Christodora: Nature, Learning, Leadership   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.christodora.org

Mission

Christodora's mission is to encourage the positive academic and developmental growth of New York City's youth through stimulating educational and challenging outdoor programs.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Ms. Judith Rivkin

Main address

One E 53rd St 1401

New York, NY 10022 USA

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EIN

13-5562192

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs and results

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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?

Winter Ecology Program (in public schools)

The Winter Ecology Program, brings environmental education to over 2,000 New York City middle school students each year. Our educators are specially trained to inspire curiosity and make concepts of ecology relevant and exciting. After 7 weeks of inquiry-based science exploration, students take home a better understanding of human impact on the environment, a clearer picture of where their drinking water comes from, an understanding of conservation, and the impact of urban sprawl on the environment and animals. Lessons support the New York State Core Curriculum and Standards for Science Education; NYC Scope and Sequence requirements; and Next Generation Science Standards.

Population(s) Served

Based in the Berkshire Mts., "Manice" offers highly subsidized nature education, leadership training and wilderness camping to students between 6 -12 grades. A high staff-student ratio of 1:6 is maintained. The Center can only accommodate 40 students at one time in an intimate rural setting.

The school-year program is tailored for each school and focuses on ecology and wilderness survival, as well as leadership trainings in communication and critical thinking. Our lessons provide an engaging hands-on enrichment to the NYC Dept. of Education Scope and Sequence and help improve academic proficiency in science, math and analytical skills.

The session at our summer program for sixth through twelfth graders are crafted to offer increasing levels of challenge and accomplishment. Students participate in hiking; backpacking and canoeing expedition; organic gardening; and lessons in communication and leadership skills; complemented by an academic focus on scientific inquiry and journaling.

Population(s) Served

Our New Youth Conservationists meet after school and on weekends to perform weeding, planting and clean-up tasks, conduct ecological research and enjoy field trips to natural sites around the city. Projects include restoration of the Bronx River over its mile-long stretch through the New York Botanical Garden and constructing a nature trail in the Bronx Park.

*In June 2008, NYC students were the proud recipients of the 2008 Congressman Jose E. Serrano Award for Youth Leadership “for their leadership and initiative in the restoration of the Bronx River.”

Population(s) Served

Christodora's Summer Ecology Program provides an opportunity for specially selected urban high school student- all recommended by their science teachers or principals- to explore forest ecosystems and conduct original research. Students who attend the program cultivate a respect for the natural world and a love for the scientific process.

Christodora is privileged to base this program at the Yale School of Forestry Camp, within the Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, CT. At the end of the two week session, each student takes home a formal written report and a unique experience that is a blend of science, fun, and friendship.

Population(s) Served

The Edward S. Elliman Scholarship Program for Advance Studies in the Environment builds on students' experience at the Manice Center and in other Christodora programs. Through an endowed scholarship program, a select number of highly motivated high school students are awarded the opportunity to pursue their studies in specialized science and wilderness programs (such as): National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS), Outward Bound, The Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges, and Teton Science Schools.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Volunteers of the Year 2012

Bronx River Alliance

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2008

Congressman Jose Serrano

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 campers enrolled

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

The Manice Education Center (summer sessions and school-year class field trips)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

163 students attended our summer camp programs in 2019 across 5 sessions.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, 98% of our students demonstrated increased success in at least one social-emotional learning skill.

Number of students enrolled

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

Winter Ecology Program (in public schools)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1800 students are enrolled through our Winter Ecology Program in NYC schools, with a total of 2500 including summer camp and trips to our Manice Education Center.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, 98% of our students demonstrated increased success in at least one social-emotional learning skill.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Christodora’s goal is to encourage the positive educational and developmental growth of underprivileged New York City youth through stimulating educational and challenging outdoor programs.

Christodora creates a “ladder of opportunity” for our students’ growth through a range of programs with increasing, age-appropriate challenges, and careful attention to each student’s social-emotional growth. Our years of experience and engagement with schools in diverse communities throughout the City enable us to reach students during the school year, excite them about our programming, and engage with them throughout their middle and high school years and beyond. Most of our students meet federal poverty levels to qualify for free or reduced lunch and live in traditionally under-resourced communities in NYC; nearly all are Latino, African-American, from immigrant families, and/or multi-ethnic. Our staff is fully representative of our students: over half of our staff are former students, and peer leadership and mentoring are important elements of the Christodora experience.

The Board of Directors currently stands at 19 members, with 4 new members added over the course of three years. Christodora's board has the following committees: Executive Committee, Nominating/Governance Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Development and Communications, Program Committee, and Risk Management Committee.

Our Board of Directors remain our key supporters in fundraising with 100% participation in giving. In the past years we have succeeded in increasing revenues and managing costs, so that we now have a budget that is balanced (including the board-designated contribution of 3% of unrestricted net assets).
• In 2013 and 2014, we held our two most successful gala events in our history.
• We have diversified funding sources, including new foundation and corporate support, theater benefits and a canoe relay on the Bronx River.
• We have greatly increased donations from individuals, by broadening our outreach and offering more opportunities for giving.
• As we focus on increasing donations from individual supporters, we also attract new board members; we are about to add 2 individuals to our board roster.

In 2014, through a board member connection, we launched our much-needed new website using NerveWire, a digital media firm. We launched the Salesforce.com database, a system that will allow us to track our students and evaluate their outcomes over a longer term, maintain relationships with school and community partners and with donors, and parse the data for more targeted communications.

In 2015 we look forward to maintaining the positive momentum in our programs. In addition, we will resume our formal strategic planning process, enhance our new website and database capabilities, and improve our communications and development efforts overall.

Financials

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Christodora, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tatiana Pouschine

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 12/16/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data