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Upstate Institute of Youth Programsinc

Inspire. Support. Achieve

Seneca, SC   |  https://www.uiyp.org

Mission

To offer young people positive programs through academic, athletics, art appreciation/cultural events and life skills, so they can aspire to be positive contributors in their community.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Dr. Thwanda Laura Davidson

Co Principal Officer

James Davidson

Main address

203-C Old Salem Road

Seneca, SC 29672 USA

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EIN

20-5241579

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Upward Bound (pre-college program)

Upward Bound is a pre-college program for students in grades 9th - 12th. The program is designed to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

Students receive tutorial assistance in core classes and special projects on select weekends. Students have an opportunity to learn about STEM majors and career fields. Community leaders share information regarding salaries, shadowing and internship opportunities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

The sports academy is designed to effect change in the lives of youth through academics and athletics. Skilled coaches and trainers work with students in grades 6th - 12th to teach the fundamentals of select sports. Throughout the year, students travel to compete in various sports (i.e.football, basketball, volleyball, and track & field).

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students

Where we work

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Underserved, at-risk youth, first generation students and limited income families within our communities.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We listened to the needs of the parents and students within the program via a Google doc survey during an academic activity and implemented the following changes to the Financial Aid process for the High School Seniors. These changes included us coordinating two types of Financial Aid Workshops to include virtual and in-person sessions. The first part included a full overview of the Financial Aid, FAFSA, and Scholarship processes. Students and parents were also able to learn about the required documents needed in order to successfully complete their FAFSAs and reduce errors. The second part of the series, included an opportunity for parents and students to complete the FAFSA with the assistance of a Financial Aid Director from a postsecondary institution.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The feedback we receive allows us to continue to modify the programs and services we provide. One the course of many years, the feedback has allowed us to identify areas of improvement and growth, clarifies expectations, benefits to our organization and performance.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Upstate Institute of Youth Programsinc

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Arnold Smalls

Lagrange Internal Medicine

Term: 2017 - 2022

James Davidson

Upstate Insttiute of Youth Programs, Inc.

Tequiaha Whitener

Upstate Institute of Youth Programs, Inc.

Kenny Wilson

Retired Business Leader

Vernmel Moore

Mitchell Community College

Cosandra Griffin

Daniel High School

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2022

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/08/2022

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Data
  • 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 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 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.