Employment, Job Related

Kens Krew Inc

Championing Ability….Enabling Success

NEW YORK, NY

Mission

The mission of Ken's Krew, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, is to provide vocational training and job placement services to young adults with cognitive disabilities who are transitioning into the workforce. Ken's Krew, through paid employment, provides the opportunity for individuals to become productive members of their community.

Ruling Year

1999

Executive Director

Suzy Goldberger

Main Address

555 MADISON AVE 17TH FL

NEW YORK, NY 10022 USA

Keywords

vocational rehabilitation

EIN

23-2965789

 Number

2502984471

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

One of the challenges for individuals with special needs is finding and retaining meaningful jobs in the mainstream work world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, just 21% of Americans with disabilities are gainfully employed, vs. 69% of the non-disabled population. We know from experience that, with opportunity and support, individuals with cognitive disabilities are able to work hard, learn, achieve and deeply enrich workplace culture. And through satisfying work, they gain confidence, independence, and become productive members of the community.

Our programs

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

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Vocational Training and Job Placement Services

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of participants who gain employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service recipients who are employed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is to assist young adults with cognitive disabilities who are transitioning out of the school system to find stable, competitive employment. Through our time-tested model of one-on-one skills assessment, vocational training, job access and continuous support, we help individuals perform at their highest levels.

There is no other program that we are aware of that is partnered with a national retailer to provide employment, and that supports its young adults through the life of their employment. We position Ken’s Krew to corporate partners as offering services that represent good business practices, not just a charitable endeavor. We want to show the employer that they are making a sound business decision. We believe that if we can demonstrate, as we have over 21 years of operation, that we put the employer’s needs first, that employers will learn to trust us and be more supportive and less fearful of hiring employees with cognitive disabilities.

We employ a highly professional staff with varied educational accomplishments and professional skills who work tirelessly with our members to give them the additional support they need to maintain, and sustain, their employment over the long term.

We measure our progress by number of young adults placed in employment and trained, along with the job retention of those members.

We have placed and trained 750 young adults over 21 years, including 100 in 2019 alone. Of those members, over 470 remain employed today, with 85% of our members having retained their jobs for at least one year. 82 of our members have been gainfully employed for 10 years, 33 for 15 years and 6 of our members have been steadily employed through our program with the same employer for 20 or more years.

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Financials

Kens Krew Inc

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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