I CAN FLY INTERNATIONAL

Building Lives for a Better Future Around the World

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.icanflyinternational.org

Mission

I CAN FLY International's mission is to provide life-changing opportunities through education to rescued children and youth living within impoverished villages around the world. Our projects and services help children who are affected by early marriages, female genital mutilation, child labor, abandonment and children orphaned by HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Ruling year info

2005

CEO

Sha' Givens

Vice President

Deidra Reid

Main address

P.O. Box 62003

Los Angeles, CA 90062 USA

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EIN

20-1941017

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The issue of human rights violations committed against children continues to rise in East Africa and other remote communities around the globe. Cultural practices such as early marriage, female genital mutilation, child labor, human trafficking are acceptable activities for the people who benefit from them. Studies show that children who graduate from secondary school are less likely to continue toxic practices, although there are isolated exceptions to this theory. The girl child often suffers due to a lack of access to education because of her household's socio-economic status. Parents simply can't afford to continue paying school fees after primary school. The secondary school cost is simply out of reach for families earning less than $2.00 per day. This reality leaves few options. They often succumb to cultural norms, including marrying her off coupled with female mutilation, child labor, and other toxic systems.

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?

The Butterfly Project

The Butterfly Project offers free and subsidized quality Secondary education, shelter, enrichment activities and counseling services to rescued children and youth ages 13-17 years old.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 seek to abolish early marriages, female genital mutilation, sexual violence, human trafficking, as well as reduce HIV transmissions in remote communities. These goals will help eradicate human rights violations committed against women in girls. We aim to educate girls from poverty-stricken backgrounds who are ordinarily unable to continue their education due to cultural norms and lack of economic resources. We provide outreach programs and training that offer solutions to remote communities challenged with toxic practices that destroy healthy livelihoods for women and girls. We seek to challenge children and youth to see themselves as valuable contributors to society – not as property, which is the cultural norm in many rural communities.

Providing free education to children from poverty-stricken households is a proven strategy that sets children from all backgrounds on equal playing fields. Through our community outreach programs, we educate girls and boys on the importance of human rights for all. Our community outreach programs create awareness and advocacy for those living in communities that practice toxic behaviors. Through our outreach program component, we also teach the importance of self-esteem, knowing one's rights, and the need for higher education. We provide shelter, education, counseling, and enrichment activities that give children a second chance in life after they have been violated through our rescue services. All of the programs, projects, and services we provide are created to protect survivors, prevent future incidences, build awareness, and invoke change in remote communities where such behaviors are prevalent.

For the past fifteen years, I Can Fly International has worked closely with experts and stakeholders in the area of human rights and development for women and children. Our proven track record of improving disadvantaged people's lives in remote communities shows that we are more highly capable of continuing successful outcomes. Through educational programs, enrichment projects, rescue services, shelter provisions, and outreach methods, we provide participants with the successful tools to overcome the ills that seek to oppress them.
Our leadership team, staff, and volunteers are comprised of educators, project managers, social workers, counselors, and governmental agencies who play a role vital role in each program component. Each team member works within his/her area of expertise to ensure the child receives the best care and information needed to thrive.

Our accomplishment in the area of education shows significant improvement within the past ten years. When we founded our secondary school, program participants performed below average academically on the KCSE exam, which placed our school in position #63 out of 80 schools in our school district. Each year our senior class improved through tutoring programs and enrichment activities. Today our school is ranked #3 in our district.
We currently have dozens of I Can Fly High school alumni in Colleges and Universities studying various fields, including engineering, education, communications, and a host of vocational careers. Our graduates are currently working as professionals in medicine, early childhood education, community development, graphics, and IT.
Our rescue services have been implemented in five counties within Kenya, making our program coverage exceptionally wide. Covering a large service area gives children from diverse communities an opportunity to advance academically and pursue their dreams without the risk of human rights violations.
In 2018 we officially opened a rescue center in Western Kenya that provides specialized services to survivors of early marriage, female genital mutilation rape, and HIV/AIDS. These special services include court appearance assistance, child protection, maternity support, and medical needs. Our partnership with local government agencies has helped dozens of children ages 6-17 years escape oppression and death in some cases.

Financials

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Operations

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

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I CAN FLY INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 5/31/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sha' Givens


Board co-chair

Deidra Reid

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Deidra Reid

Maresha Johnson

Imani Hayward

Sha' Givens

Board leadership practices

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  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2020,

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

The organization's co-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

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/17/2020

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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.