ChildBuilders

Respected. Nurtured. Protected.

aka ChildBuilders   |   Houston, TX   |  www.childbuilders.org

Mission

Our mission is to stop child abuse, victimization and violence before it starts by training individuals to deliver programs that promote assertiveness, empathy, responsible decision-making, emotional control, and resilience.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Mrs. Amanda Siroosian

Main address

2425 Fountain View Dr. Suite 210

Houston, TX 77057 USA

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Formerly known as

Can-Do-It

Houston Advocates for Mental Health in Children

EIN

23-7442963

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ChildBuilders is the only non-profit organization in Houston promoting a primary prevention model to prevent child abuse, victimization, and violence. According to the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, in 2017 there were 71,308 confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect; 11,317 confirmed victims were from the Greater Houston area alone. About 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser and 1/3 of abused children will continue the cycle in their own families. Fewer than 30% of victims of sexual abuse ever report their abuse. Our approach is unique in that we work on the “front end” of the issues before a child is harmed. ChildBuilders stands behind the simple truth that it is better to build up a child now than it is to repair an adult later; thus, our programs are designed to build resilient, safe, and mentally healthy youth who are equipped with the skills to overcome adversity.

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?

Stand Strong • Stay Safe® (Personal Safety & Antivictimization)

This prekindergarten through fifth grade curriculum
teaches children how to prevent victimization through
assertiveness skill building. Students learn to set and
defend personal boundaries, be assertive, and get
help when faced with unsafe situations. Interactive
presentations are used to introduce the concepts of
boundaries, consent, physical abuse, sexual abuse,
emotional abuse, and bullying.

Population(s) Served

This eight-lesson, interactive curriculum prepares
prekindergarten through first grade students with the
social and emotional skills they need to become caring,
nurturing, and contributing members of their families
and communities. This curriculum is easily integrated
into classrooms with hands-on learning, center activities,
and parental involvement through Home Connections.
Lessons and strategies are used to improve the classroom climate and promote community and connection.

Population(s) Served

This 12-lesson, evidence-based curriculum teaches middle
and high school students how to build and maintain
healthy relationships. Topics include self-awareness,
goal setting, respect, dating safely, boundaries, dating
violence, communication, unplanned pregnancy, and
social media.

Population(s) Served

This 10-lesson curriculum is designed to teach middle and high school students skills that will positively influence their future parenting. Parents Under Construction enhances children’s awareness of how parenting influences children’s mental health. The program helps children today learn the parenting skills they will need in the future. This program increases the social and emotional competence of children and prevents physical abuse, emotional abuse, and mental health challenges now and in future generations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Best of Texas 1993

Corporate Fund for Children

Primary Prevention Award 1993

Mental Health Association of Greater Houston

Leadership in Action Award 1994

Leadership Houston

Award for Program Excellence 2002

Prevent Child Abuse in Texas

Promising Practices Citation 2003

Character Education Partnership

Business Partner of the Year Finalist 2009

Houston West Chamber of Commerce

Community of Respect Award 2009

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Community of Respect Award 2010

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Community of Respect Award 2011

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Community of Respect Award 2012

Anti-Defamation League ADL

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

ChildBuilders is a nonprofit organization specializing in prevention and the promotion of mental health in children. Our programs provide the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and prevent child maltreatment and trauma. We prepare children to navigate life’s challenges by teaching them to be assertive, resilient, and empathetic.
Our vision is to foster an environment where children are respected, nurtured, and protected. We believe this is done by reaching the child, parents, and professionals. We reinforce and strengthen the message by cultivating a supportive community. ChildBuilders staff trains individuals to present our programs to youth and follow up with parents upon completion of the program.

Our mission focuses on preventing trauma and abuse by teaching children, in pre-kindergarten through high school, how to protect themselves and each other from bullying, internet dangers, abuse, neglect, and relationship violence, while empowering parents and teachers to keep their children and communities safe. Our three-tiered approach to primary prevention offers cost-effective, sustainable education and awareness solutions for training school personnel, community volunteers, and parents to help Houston’s youth to 1) identify and avoid unsafe situations, 2) develop empathy and strong decision-making skills, and 3) establish and maintain healthy relationships now and in the future. We serve all children and families in the Greater Houston area, believing that every child can benefit from the training we provide.

Through our effective train-the-trainer model, we offer teachers and school personnel training in our curricula during professional development days offered by school districts. Once trained, teachers, school personnel and other trusted adults in schools, and youth-focused institutions can use these tools to present our programs and continue to follow-up with students and parents. In this way, vital messages for children are reinforced and strengthened throughout an informed and supportive community. Additionally, we provide workshops to community-based organizations and parents throughout the year. The ChildBuilders team is available to districts, schools and community partners for consultation, as needed. We have carefully developed and evaluated these programs to ensure they impart the skills children and adolescents need to identify and avoid unsafe situations, to develop resilience, empathy and strong decision-making skills, and to establish and maintain healthy relationships.

Last year, we provided professional development training to approximately 293 youth-serving professionals (teachers, counselors, and social workers) and community volunteers, and delivered our pre-k to 12th grade education programs to 41,739 children and adolescents. Additionally, we held parent gatherings for 407 parents and partnered with an estimated 136 public schools in 15 school districts; 20 KIPP campuses, one private school, 4 faith-based schools, 32 Head Start Centers, and 3 non-profit organizations, including one in the UK. We have continually revised and renewed our professional development offerings for school personnel, keeping in touch with the needs of the schools and districts we serve. Over the next year, we plan to round out our menu of offerings to provide schools with a full range of solutions properly differentiated and vertically aligned for all grade levels.

Financials

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Operations

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

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ChildBuilders

Board of directors
as of 12/12/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Bryon A. Rice

Beck Redden LLP

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Ms. Debbie Martinez

Bank of America

Term: 2013 -

Steven Tesney

Monarch Realty

Liz Palmer

The Texas Wine School

Joyce Haufrect

Community Volunteer

David Hoyt

Tangelo Ideas

Sheila Aron

The Thread Alliance

Kalinda Campbell

Junior League

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/12/2019

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