Summit International

aka Lydia, Inc., lifeFORCE Learning Institute, lifeFORCE Professional Society, SIRES Academy   |   Santa Fe, NM   |  http://summitintl.org

Mission

Summit International stimulates economic and community progressive development through education, spiritual and emotional fulfillment, community outreach and support efforts and one on one contact with those who need our help.

Notes from the nonprofit

Summit International is currently able to keep administrative costs down due to our use of an all volunteer staff. From senior management to the marketing director, every member of the team is a volunteer. Unfortunately, as we begin to offer training services, we will have to begin paying our staff. Currently, the admin expenses go toward keeping the websites functioning and covering corporate filing fees.

Ruling year info

2007

Director

Dr. Michael Commini

Main address

c/o E Shows 2198 Candelero Street

Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA

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Formerly known as

Christian Evangelistic Outreach Ministries

EIN

20-8174385

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In New Mexico and the surrounding states, Summit International is doing business as LYDIA, Inc. We currently offer education through interactive classes and workshops, addressing the needs of various learners through worksheets, online videos, and in-person discussions. We host a professional attire clothes closet for the newly hired or job-seeker in need of interview apparel. We also engage in non-medical case management, helping clients fill out paperwork and apply for various agency services. Our goal is to provide hope and encouragement to struggling families, no matter their demographic. Summit International is currently in discussions with Dominican Republic authorities to establish a much needed college to deliver leadership training, provide technology courses that will allow Dominican nationals to learn the skills needed to compete in today's fast-paced, highly specialized global industries, and establish an English speaking school for adult learners.

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?

Summit International

Summit International provides both faith based and community outreach programs; We assist other organizations establish faith-based and/or non-faith-based online academic institutions to enable them to provide education in countries where education may not be readily available.

Through FUSCOM - an outreach to the deaf and other vulnerable people in Colombia, South America, we are able to provide training they otherwise would not receive.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As the 21st century progresses, the way in which learners build
knowledge constructs and internalize that knowledge has advanced as well.
Sadly, our education systems have not kept up with this trend as quickly as
needed.  From Pre-K through Undergraduate
Degree, learners have come to expect a fast paced, exciting environment in
which to learn. Videos and interactive multimedia content such as games,
simulations, and virtual worlds are quickly becoming the norm among today's
computer literate learner. Learners have become accustomed to sitting hours on
end in front of their computers playing video games and interacting through
social sites such as Facebook and Twitter building their own learning through
alternative sources. This trend, according to social-constructivists, is expected
to continue and is actually more in-line with the way people learn and develoWii's
Internet Channels, Microsoft's X-Box 360, Playstation 3, and other online and
gaming platforms already accessed by international learners from pre-k to young
adult, Summit International will design, develop, produce, and implement
instructional content that promotes the core subjects of Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as well as, Fine Arts, Fitness Education,
and Music Appreciation and deliver it through a familiar environment for
learners from pre-k to young adult, thus increasing learner engagement,
motivation, and success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

LYDIA is a response to a glaring need in America and other first world countries, and we hope to address similar needs in second and third world countries. One of the chief complaints heard by potential clients and even by various community organization workers, is that in order to get a job one has to have experience and/or child care. In order to qualify for certain types of assistance, one has to get a job, which requires putting a child into daycare, of which most require registration or other various fees.

How is one to pay these fees? By having a job. The job is hard to go to, to get, to work without childcare. But the job is also needed in order to procure experience. How can one gain experience if one does not have the job?

Another chief complaint is that not enough assistance programs are known about – or too many programs are known about and it’s overwhelming, it’s confusing who has what information, or who is receiving what . This complaint originates within the organizations and agencies who feel that their agencies could be of better service if only they could better see the needs of their clients.

So three of LYDIA’s proposed programs encompass daycare, job experience, and case management or acting as a liaison between the client and the various community agencies.

Another unaddressed need – or poorly addressed, if one talks with today’s youth – is that of something to do for teens, preteens, and young adults. The youth of today long to be able to do something, anything, of value but they do not always know what to value or where to go or find things of value.

Finally, the chief complaint is that of no hope, being stuck, unable to move on or not having the know how to do something. LYDIA seeks to answer these needs and complaints by offering viable solutions through Life Coaching, Job Coaching, Youth Programs, and Child Care.

Population(s) Served
Adults

There is a vital need for trained service/assistance animals for those with disabilities - service-connected and non-service connected. There is also a vital need to educate the public about the American with Disabilities Act and how service/assistance animals are to be treated and accepted in government and business environments. Through the multiple talents available through its staff, Summit International will produce and distribute the necessary training materials - video series, online serious games, print materials - needed to teach the public what to do and how to be when a person with disabling injuries brings their service/assistance animal with them.

Summit will also produce and distribute a service/assistance animal training series allowing those who need service/assistance animals to train their own as provided by the ADA.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ICBCH 2018

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 computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

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

Work status and occupations, Social and economic status

Related Program

Summit International

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Age groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Summit International

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of schools established in rural communities

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

Work status and occupations

Related Program

The Innovative Education Delivery Through Online and Gameware Platforms Project

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

1) Establish online training institute to provide personal and business coaching to those who would otherwise not be able to receive such training
2) Establish a Service/Assistance Animal training video series to distribute throughout the United States to businesses and government offices to familiarize employees and staff with the American with Disabilities Act and how it relates to Service/Assistance Animals
3) Help Lydia, Inc. get established in Santa Fe, NM
4) Establish and fund the Caribbean-American College of Business, Technology & English (or whatever name the Dominican government authorizes)

1) Acquire and build out the training website (in progess)
2) Solicit funding from GoFundMe.com, Kickstarter.com, and other such funding websites; solicit bids from video crews and production editors, write the script for the training, interview ADA officials, produce and distribute the video series (in progress)
3) File the appropriate paperwork and pay the associated fees to the state of NM to establish a local presence for LYDIA, Inc. (goal met; LYDIA, Inc. is operating successfully in and around the Santa Fe, NM area)
4) File the appropriate paperwork and pay the associated fees to the government of the Dominican Republic to establish a local branch of Summit International (in progress; approved documents expected)
5) File the appropriate paperwork and pay the associated fees to the government of the Dominican Republic to establish the Caribbean-American College of Business, Technology & English (or whatever name the Dominican government authorizes; in progress)

1 &2) Our staff is sufficiently trained in all areas of website design - establishing online training academies for outside organizations is what we do afterall. We're just using those talents in-house now. Talent in media design, video production, computer game production, and other areas of education and training exists among our senior executives and other staff.
3-5) The executive staff are adept at guiding Summit International through the steps necessary to apply for and receive government registration.

1) 75% complete. We are now working with trainers to build out their courses
2) Still in the planning phase
3) 100% complete
4) 90% complete; awaiting confirmation and approval from the government office in Santo Domingo
5) Awaiting completion of #4 before we can file for #5

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 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Summit International

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Michael Commini

Summit International

Term: 1994 -

Robert E Smith

Summit International

Michael F Commini

Summit International

Emma L Shows

Summit International

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2021

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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 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.