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Youth Achievers USA Institute

I believe I can achieve whatever I believe I can achieve.

aka YouthUSA   |   Kennesaw, GA   |  https://www.YouthUSA.net

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Mission

The mission of YouthUSA is to build capacity around youth, ages 7-24, empowering them to believe and achieve their Spiritual, Physical, Social, Financial, Educational, Professional and Recreational goals. YouthUSA values each seven part vision of the future as a Money-n-the-Bank Community Asset.

Notes from the nonprofit

YouthUSA is ready, willing and able to partner with other charitable organizations, ministries, agencies and businesses for the benefit of youth and young adults, ages 7-24. Our top priority for the remainder of our current 10-year strategic plan is to engage our community, the YouthUSA Corporate Village in supporting Goal 1 (NO POVERTY) of 17 goals toward sustainable development. By qualifying any American youth with Money-n-the-Bank, and economically including each of them as beneficiaries, We The People will achieve NO POVERTY through an emerging generation of Americans. JOIN US at www.YouthUSA.net

Ruling year info

2007

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Stephanie A. Walker Stradford

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Eric Stradford

Main address

c/o TheEnterpriZe 1300 Ridenour Blvd NW, Suite 100

Kennesaw, GA 30152 USA

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EIN

20-4945833

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No Poverty is the first of 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations. YouthUSA approaches the problem from the perspective of believing that the global community wants and needs to achieve this first of 17 global goals. Once a believer is factored into the problem-solving strategy, the possibilities for achieving a desired outcome are endless. YouthUSA proposes to establish a replicable WORLD BANK living trust in a Sub Sarahan African community. The trust assesses the community poverty level at no less than $50k USD. Each of 20 caring adults (Generations X, Y and Z) are allocated a budget ceiling of $50k for a fair market value of a $1 million USD trust per Generation Alpha beneficiary. LEADERSHIP is demonstrated by matching COMMUNITY NEEDS to the beneficiary. The trust is sustained by the community's collective work and responsibility.

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 ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS supports the YouthUSA mission with online capacity building. Funding provided administrative and technical consultation to design and sustain the on-line application which results in caring adult capacity around qualifying youth applicants. Program expenses maintain interactive web forms, secure collaboration software, travel and lodging to provide technical assistance for qualifying beneficiaries. In 2013 the program qualified one new beneficiary and provided technical assistance to five existing beneficiaries to include Sir Charles Hill, Etoy Ridgnal, Elana Williams-Jenkins, Robert Selders, Mariasonniah Smith and Yvonne Griswold-McNeil. Technical assistance includes advisement of opportunities as a YouthUSA beneficiary. Our deadline for entry each year is April 15th.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Interfaith groups
People of African descent

This development program supports grant-making through  qualifying youth beneficiaries.  The fund honors holistic human investment by Americans such as J.D. and Laurena Walker of Philadelphia. These "ordinary” people left a legacy of self help, self improvement, collective faith, work and service from which THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS program evolved.  The development fund, established by Evelyn Walker Armstrong, daughter of J.D. and Laurena Walker, supports a $5 million financial goal for annual funding and management of YouthUSA Fellowships.  A YouthUSA Fellowship defines a financial foundation (Individual Development Account) for a beneficiary’s learning, housing, and economic sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Interfaith groups
At-risk youth
Children and youth

The YouthUSA news and information program creates learning opportunities in media arts.  The service integrates produced informative videos from seven feeder channels, informative feature articles and photographs in an interactive, internet blog format.  The service provides beneficiaries and stakeholders with interactive tools for presenting ideas and opportunities for consideration by the YouthUSA Board of Directors.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Interfaith groups
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Adults

The YouthUSA Endowment Strategy promotes revenue generating small business activity to augment charitable development under the J.D. and Laurena Walker Fund.  Social Enterprise hosts  subscribing community entrepreneurs at THE CONFERENCE CENTER Presentations are developed by a Social Enterprise Task Force in the virtual online meeting place, THE CONFERENCE CENTER.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Interfaith groups
Veterans
Self-employed people
Extremely poor people

Where we work

Awards

Drum Major Award 2011

Cobb County Southern Christian Leadership Conference

MoneySmart Partner 2007

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation FDIC

Woman of the Year 2016

YWCA

Certificate of Appreciation 2018

St Jude's Hospital

Recognition 2017

MLK Celebration Committee

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Adolescents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Dollar$hip Ring is a $1.00 award to an individual youth or homeless person. It promotes values-based learning based on the national motto, "In God We Trust."

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.

Our overarching goal is to increase the value of American children, particularly children in historically disadvantaged families categorized and valued as minorities. An intentional, pro-social goal to increase the net worth of African and American children in 100 low-income families to $1 million USD over a 10-year (2026-2036) period. A extended timeline presents an opportunity for evaluating a myriad of related threats to Africans and Americans in the global economy. Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children's well-being. The J.D. and Laurena Walker Fund approaches this economic security threat from a community reinvestment perspective. The poor can stop being poor if the rich are willing to become richer at a slower pace. The development program establishes an accessible grant-making source to aid low-income believers in addressing local community needs. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, more than 16 million children in the United States - 22% of all children - live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level - $23,550 a year for a family of four. Being a child in a low-income or poor family does not happen by chance. Parental education and employment, race/ethnicity, and other factors are associated with children experiencing economic insecurity. Most of these children have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet. Poverty can impede children's ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Poverty also can contribute to poor health and mental health. Risks are greatest for children who experience poverty when they are young and/or experience deep and persistent poverty.

#NoPoverty2030 is a social media reference to YouthUSA's SDG commitment. An agressive campaign to raise friends demonstrates a discipline essential to restoring trust in government and institutional systems.
Our youth beneficiaries demonstrate LEADERSHIP by engaging caring adults in individualized financial literacy learning. A financial incentive modeled from Individual Development Accounts promote saving as a new social norm for economically disadvantaged citizens. Increased investment in youth through intentional, prosocial economic development presents ways and means for modeling replicable grassroots community reinvestment.

YouthUSA has established itself as an economic beneficiary with existing assets to implement its vision for asset building among disadvantaged Americans. Our proprietary capacity building program, THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS connects 20 caring adults to one youth beneficiary age 7-24. Partnerships with FDIC to deliver financial literacy and with Microsoft to connect disadvantaged Americans with access to opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math promote a unique model for engaging low income citizens in grassroots community reinvestment.

Since 9-11-2006, YouthUSA has provided corporate support to a network of beneficiaries. Since 1996, 95 of 100 beneficiaries have been qualified through THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, a proprietary circular capacity building program. Each beneficiary qualifies a WHOLE VILLAGE of 20 caring adults for philanthropic support via YouthUSA or any of 100 participating NGO partners. The charity currently addresses poverty issues through shared work and responsibility, threats to economic security through intentional pro-social community re-investment, and holistic achievement through self-actualization. Since 2008, the charity has generated nearly 50,000 YouTube video views, published more than 50 youth-related news articles, produced and aired 23 radio programs and provided capacity-building assistance in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Ohio.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Youth Achievers USA Institute

Board of directors
as of 09/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Stephanie A. Walker Stradford

Youth Achievers USA Institute

Term: 2012 - 2020

Evelyn Walker Armstrong

Merck & Co. (Retired/Deceased 1-10-15)

Eric Stradford

Veteran, U.S. Armed Forces

Stephanie A. Walker Stradford

YouthUSA CEO

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 ? 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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/2/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/11/2023

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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.