A Better Chance, Inc.

Opening the door to greater education opportunities since 1963

New York, NY   |  www.abetterchance.org

Mission

A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.

Ruling year info

1972

President & CEO

Mr. Francisco Tezen

Main address

253 West 35th Street 15th Floor

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

23-7173492

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need for access to quality education is greater than ever. Gaps in academic achievement based on race continue. Many students of color are unable to realize their full potential because they lack access to quality educational experiences. Together, we can help committed young people of color become future leaders for positive change in our global society.

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?

College Preparatory Schools Program

Our signature program, the College Preparatory Schools Program, involves an intricate 18 month process of recruiting, screening, matching, and placing students in our 200 member schools. It has four main components: Recruitment, Preparation, Placement, and Support led by three teams; Schools and Placements Team who are responsible for ensuring A Better Chance has strong relationships with member schools and successfully places students; Preparation and Success Team who oversee the development and implementation of programming for families as they prepare for the independent school admissions process; and Scholar and Alumni Success Team who work on community-building, college and career-exploration initiatives, and defining Scholar and Alumni support services. A Better Chance offers access to programming that improves academic and leadership skills, introduces students to business careers, and facilitates study and residence abroad. Through the strength and quality of their education, A Better Chance graduates have achieved success as elected and appointed officials, educators, journalists, and business and professional people, making significant contributions in every walk of life. They are a testament to what talent, paired with opportunity, can achieve in American society.

Population(s) Served
Students
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Parents

Where we work

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 students accepted into the Cohort

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

Students

Related Program

College Preparatory Schools Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We decreased our 2020 goal to 700 due to restructuring of the Program. So we exceeded the goal.

Number of students placed

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

Students

Related Program

College Preparatory Schools Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The goal for 2020 was 500 so we exceeded the goal.

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 goal is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society

We carry out our goal through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), across the country, which annually recruits, refers and supports about 350 A Better Chance Scholars at 200 of the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools

Through our National Headquarters and lead by our National Director and Schools and Placements, Preparation and Success, and Scholar and Alumni Success Teams we actualize programming for families as they prepare for the independent school admissions process and build relationship with our scholars, their families and our partners to build community.

Together, we can help committed young people of color become future leaders for positive change in our global society.

2019 QUICK FACTS
Enrollment
Of 2,206 Scholars:
1,474 in Independent Day Schools
604 in Independent Boarding Schools
128 in Community Day Schools

Scholar Ethnicity
62% Black/African American
16% Latino/Hispanic
14% Multiracial/Biracial
8% Asian/Pacific Islander

2019 CLASS PROFILE
Gender Breakdown
For Matriculated Students:
58% Female
42% Male

Grade Distribution
Average Grade Range:
95 – 100: 40%
89 – 94: 41%
81 – 88: 17%
75 – 80: 2%

Admissions Statistics
Applications Received: 2,003
Students Referred: 827
Scholars Accepted: 600
Scholars Placed: 471

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve parents, students, alumni, member schools, donors and corporate partners.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, 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 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?

    At teh begining of 2021 we added our Scholar and Success Team who work on community-building, college and career-exploration initiatives, and defining Scholar and Alumni support services in the future. This was in response to our scholars and families feedback about wanting my college and career opportunities and our corporate partners wanting to engage with our high school age scholars and college aged alums.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    A Better Chance's virtual Parent Town Halls, that were implemented in 2020 and are delivered quarterly, ensure there is a consistent touchpoint with families throughout the year to share updates, stay abreast of emerging needs, and to garner feedback on programs and services. They are led by A Better Chance's CEO and National Director of Programs. Families feel more connected to our organization, they feel seen and heard and it gives them a place to share with us and one another in order to provide support to one another and have a deeper sense of community.

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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A Better Chance, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Theo Killion

Francisco Tezen

President & CEO - A Better Chance

Roxane Gay

Writer/Associate Professor

Kurt Van Wagenen

President & CEO - First Light Fiber

Roger Arrieux

New York Managing Director - Deloitte

A. Louis Parker

Retired Corporate Vice President, General Electric

Rhonda Trotter

Partner - Arnold & Porter Kaye & Scholer, LLP

Keith Evans

President - The Westminster School

Darrell Ford

Chief Human Resources Officer - UPS

Theo Killion

Retired Chief Executive Officer - Zale Corp.

Michelle Gittens

Director of US Transactional Video on Demand, Amazon

Gennell Jefferson

Managing Director, Business Development & Private Equity - State Street Global Advisors

Allison Lawrence

Vice President Staff Executive, Stanley Black & Decker

Shelia Marmon

Founder & CEO - Mirror Digital

Star McDade

Vice President, Portfolio General Auditor - American Express

Suzan Morno-Wade

EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer - Xerox Corporation

Tayo Famakinwa

Managing Director, Teneo

Maly Bernstein

Vice President, Digital & Omni-Channel, CVS Health

Rob Fullerton

Global Head of Leveraged Finance, Jefferies

Gerald Keefe

Head of Global Banking for the Americas, HSBC

Ekene Ezulike

Global Head of Corporate Services, Morgan Stanley

Tracey Koziol

Senior Vice President, Global Offerings, Xerox

Nicole Melwood

Director, Commonfund Asset Management

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 08/05/2021

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/05/2021

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.