Educational Institutions

Nurturing Minds, Inc.

Change the World, Educate a Girl

aka Nurturing Minds in Africa

Newtonville, MA

Mission

Nurturing Minds' mission is to provide financial and technical support to programs improving access to quality education for girls in Tanzania, with a particular emphasis on girls who are poor, marginalized, and at-risk of becoming involved in exploitative forms of child labor.

Ruling Year

2008

Executive Director

Mrs. Laura DeDominicis

Main Address

PO Box 600617

Newtonville, MA 02460 USA

Keywords

girls education, poverty, Africa, Tanzania, leadership, self-sustainable, school-run businesses

EIN

20-8870624

 Number

2212322463

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and only 17% of girls attend secondary school. Poverty forces many girls to drop out of school resulting in early marriage and teen pregnancy. Tanzania has one of the world’s highest teenage marriages rates with 37% of girls marrying before the age of 18 and teen pregnancy rates with 121 births per 1,000 girls age 15-19. A striking body of evidence demonstrates that educating and empowering girls to realize their full potential may be the most powerful way to break the cycle of poverty and create prosperity. And yet, across the developing world, girls are consistently marginalized and undervalued. Education beyond primary school is often out of the question for those living in poverty, regardless of their previous academic performance or desire to learn. In families in which funds are limited, boys are usually educated before girls, as the boys are expected to make a long-term economic contribution back to their families.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The SEGA Girls School

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of students enrolled and boarding at SEGA

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Number of students who are vulnerable girls on full scholarship

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Context notes

2017: 203 out of 267 students enrolled and boarding at SEGA are vulnerable girls on full scholarship. 47 are on merit - or - partial scholarships and 17 are paying students.

Number of alumnae who transition to continuing education programs after graduating from Form IV

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Context notes

SEGA has graduated 110 students. 78 have transitioned to cont. ed. programs after graduation, 17 have paying jobs or their own business and 12 are in internships while applying for cont. ed.

Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Number of students who dropped out of SEGA this year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Number of students who repeated their grade this year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Number of standard 7 students who transitioned to Form I this year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Context notes

100% of SEGA's 2017 25 standard 7 students passed their national exam and transitioned to Form I.

Number of SEGA’s Form 4 students who passed the national exam

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

People of African descent,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

The SEGA Girls School

Context notes

2017: This year, 32 out of 32 Form 4 students (or 97%) passed their national exam to graduate from secondary school, compared to 77% who pass nationally.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

A quality education provided by the SEGA (Secondary Education for Girls’ Advancement) Girls’ School. With a 97% pass rate and a 96% retention rate, an education from SEGA leads to continuing education, future employment, and ultimately an increased standard of living which includes improved healthcare, food security, and housing. Our Aim is that SEGA will continue to educate over 250 girls on campus each year and continues to work toward its goal of self-sustainability. Nurturing Minds' long term strategic plan includes initiatives to support the school in attaining self-sufficiency, including taking on a second stream of paying students and the development of an endowment.

Continuing the diverse and stimulating programs that have become a regular part of the SEGA Girls School – academics, counseling, life skills and human development programs, community outreach, career counseling and entrepreneurship classes and clubs.

The campus construction is being overseen by members of the Nurturing Minds board, with input from ASHA and USAID. The School has professional educators and volunteers on staff to make sure that the entrepreneurship program and English is a priority on campus. There is a team of people who work with Nurturing Minds to promote, expand and fund the Scholarship program.

The indicators for these items are very tangible: we will be able to see the construction of the campus buildings, the entrepreneurship program is a formal program that the students will take part in a write business plans. The success of the Scholarship program will be shown when we are able to send the girls to further their education and the success of the English program will be indicated through the passing of the exams, which are all in English.

97% pass rate on national exams compared to 70% nationally. 250 students educated at SEGA every academic year. 60 graduates enrolled in continuing education programs supported by SEGA scholarships. 83% of graduates go on to continuing education. 250 girls educated through our Modern Girl Community Outreach Program The environmentally sustainable 30-acre campus has 22 solar-powered buildings, including a computer suite and renewable water supply that includes a rainwater capture system.

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Financials

Nurturing Minds, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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