Young Heroes Foundation

Helping the Orphans of Swaziland to Survive and Thrive

Fort Collins, CO   |  http://youngheroes.org.sz

Mission

Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world. A generation of children is being left without parents; a generation of grandparents are being left to raise them without resources. Young Heroes initiatives have supported over 15,000 orphans and vulnerable children. We empower Eswatini's most vulnerable youth and their caretakers so they may achieve their fullest potential through: life-support grants; vocational training; healthcare: HIV education, prevention, and care programs; educational support; and gender and economic empowerment programs.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Mrs. Jacquelyn Eisenberg-Nelson

Main address

415 Deerfield Circle

Fort Collins, CO 80524 USA

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EIN

20-4026044

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

AIDS (G81)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS on earth. As a result, a generation of children are growing up as orphans and vulnerable. Due to the loss of the parental generation, extreme burdens are placed on the grandparents of the children.

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?

Sponsorship

Dispense monthly stipends to orphan homesteads for basic necessities such as food and clothing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Orphans who age out of our sponsorship program when they turn 19 can enroll in a year-long course of business and vocational training in their choice of eight fields.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

HIV counseling and testing, and ongoing medical and psychosocial support for those who are HIV+.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our mission is to ensure that the orphans of Swaziland survive and thrive.

We aim to provide them with food security; educational opportunity; comprehensive healthcare; and vocational training so they may be self-sufficient adults.

In addition, we provide microenterprise training and support to the female caretakers of the children, to help lift them out of poverty.

• Monthly social transfer grants to orphan households.
• Comprehensive healthcare, especially for those who are HIV+.
• Year-long vocational and business training course.
• Girls' Clubs to teach reproductive health, life skills and healthy decisionmaking.

In Swaziland, we have a staff of 27, including:

• Executive management
• Program officers
• Accounting officers
• Family Relation officers
• Nurses
• Early Childhood education officer

With deep roots in the communities all over Swaziland, we regularly work with tribal and community leaders to enlist their support at a grass-roots level. This is augmented by a force of 130 community-based volunteers who work with us.

• We have supported over 1,700 orphans with monthly life-support grants through the age of 19.

• We have tested over 6,000 children and adolescents for HIV and TB, and run 13 monthly Teen Club support groups with over 700 members who are HIV+.

• Over 300 young adult orphans have graduated from our Skills Training Empowerment Program, and have been certified in their vocations.

• Nearly 3,000 female caretakers joined our Worth groups -- community-based savings and loan programs that foster microenterprise -- and have saved some $150,000 with which to support each other.

With the proven success of our programs, Young Heroes' next step is to expand them so that they reach others.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Young Heroes Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jacquelyn Eisenberg-Nelson

YHF

Term: 2016 -

Ed Klepacki

no affiliation

Michael Lipton

SAP

Don Graham

Attorney

Beth Skorochod

PSI

Jacquelyn Eisenberg-Nelson

YHF

David Vesty

no affiliation

Sandra Vesty

no affiliation

Rene Wright

Attorney

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 ? 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No