MarbleJam Kids, Inc.

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Hackensack, NJ   |  www.marblejamkids.org

Mission

MarbleJam Kids is dedicated to providing creative arts and educational enrichment to individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and mental health challenges through adaptive, customized and therapeutically supported programs. We advocate and ensure affordability of programs by supplementing costs through fundraising and community support.  Our goal is to optimize opportunities for individuals with special needs by creating optimal environments for (social) learning and inclusion.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Anna F Villa-Bager

Main address

214 State Street Suite 204

Hackensack, NJ 07601 USA

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EIN

26-0689618

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

Autism (G84)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are actively expanding our services to other NJ communities and seeking affordable space to replicate our current arts center. We are seeking sponsorships and endowments to meet the construction costs and staffing needs to ensure success. At this time, due to the pandemic, our plans are on hold for the Hudson County center. We hope to resume our plan as we get toward the other side of the pandemic and safely explore opportunities of support.

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?

MarbleJam Kids Creative Arts Therapy Program

This is a 90 minute round robin program of art, music, and dance therapy that is customized to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related developmental disabilities.  Each modality is headed by a certified therapist and supported by trained aides.  Groups are no more than 6 individuals. The program runs 30 weeks per year.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

Inclusive Arts Program for Teens & Adults of all ages.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Creative Arts Therapy Program for Toddlers and Pre K Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

An inclusive film making camp for kids and teens with autism and special needs ran by special educator and film maker Joey Travolta and his team of well trained professionals. Campers learn the art of film making in a non competitive environment and create a short film and public service announcement as the final project. The program helps kids with social skill and teaches all aspects of film making vocation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults
Low-income people
At-risk youth
People with disabilities

Creative Arts and Services for Adults with Disabilities with a focus on prevocational skill building in art, music, drama, photography, artisan crafts, and film making.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities
Low-income people
Extremely poor people

After School program providing activities and social opportunities including art, fitness, dance, and yoga adapted to the needs of children with and without special needs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with disabilities
Young adults

FilmJam Summer Workshop provides a 2 week filmmaking intensive to a small number of budding filmmakers.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Extremely poor people

DramaJam is a theater troupe and drama program for adults age 18 and up. The troupe meets weekly for rehearsals and ends the season with an original musical presentation. See website and facebook for updates.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with disabilities
Adults
Low-income people
Extremely poor people

Where we work

Awards

Cert. of Commendation 2016

County of Bergen

Affiliations & memberships

Actor's Equity Association 1985

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 accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

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

People with disabilities, People with intellectual disabilities, People with psychosocial disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bergen County Freeholders and Bergen County Dept. of Historic and Cultural Affairs Recognition awards yearly.

Number of multi-year contracts received

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

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

MarbleJam Kids Creative Arts Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

District and State contracts received PerformCare NJ, NJ DDD, VVCO

Number of press articles published

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with disabilities, People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

How Drama Therapy Benefits Children with ASD. MarbleJam Kids Center Moves to Hackensack.

Number of health outcomes improved

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

People with disabilities, People with intellectual disabilities, Family relationships, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

MarbleJam Kids Creative Arts Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We serve well over 100 individuals with ASDs and Developmental Disabilities and measure outcomes weekly. Date charts are available upon request. Pandemic has reduced our census significantly.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Family relationships, Health, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

MarbleJam Kids Creative Arts Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We offer a variety of services focusing on the arts that change the individuals overall learning aptitude and emotional stability. Film, Art, Music, Drama, Fitness, Educational & Cognitive Remediation

Number of multi-year grants received

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

Age groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Kessler Foundation George RR Martin Literary Fund Knights of Columbus Lions of Saddle River Bergen County Dept. of Historic & Cultural Affairs Private Foundations Karmic Kids Foundation

Number of participants reporting no relapse 12 months post-program

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

MarbleJam Kids Creative Arts Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

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.

-          Developed, supervise, and organize after school therapeutic enrichment programs designed to support the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Developmental Disabilities.
-          Ensure affordability by supplementing costs.
-          Inspire Public and Private Schools who currently provide specialized educational methodologies to children with ASDs, to support the MarbleJam Kids Creative Arts Therapy Program.
-          Created support from local school districts to provide supplemental support for the program
-          Employ the needed trained personnel to execute the care. Provide training for therapists, interns, and educators.
-          Outreach programming to Special Education Programs maintaining affordability.
-          Provide Parent/family support.
-          Enroll volunteers from regional high schools to participate.
-          Enroll institutions of higher learning to record data and provide anecdotal research.
-          Created MarbleJam Enrichment Center which can be modeled elsewhere.
-          Became an authorized service provider  for the NJ Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Excellent staffing and passionate partnerships have been the foundation of reaching our goals. Understanding of the needs of every individual to explore their creative sentiments and express their feelings is at the hear of our efforts. Our open door policy and willingness to learn from experienced professionals and the families we serve, allows us to make adaptations and adjustments in approach to best meet the individuals needs.

Excellent programs and processes along with fiscal conservatism has allowed the organization to meet its' goals without compromise. Collaborative fundraising and program advocacy through an inclusive philosophy, brings each member of the organization into the fold as having a voice in the outcome of its success.

Creating more service centers. As a small organization, we have accomplished much but the goal to duplicate our model has not been accomplished yet. We also have not secured key staff to assist in fundraising through foundation grant writing or have we secured an endowment. All of our efforts have been or own. With this additional level of support, we could clearly meet this goal in the next few years.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are rebranding the organization programs and services to be more inclusive to serve all members of the community as an arts & enrichment center.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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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MarbleJam Kids, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anna Villa-Bager

No Affiliation

Anna Villa-Bager

AEA, SAG, AFTRA, ASPEN

Michael Pedulla

CPA

John Stern

Esq.

Nick Mamary

Englewood Cliffs Chamber of Commerce

Johan Bager

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Robin Messing Bogdanoff

J.D

Rebecca Stern Kaufman

J.D.

John Stern

Esq.

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2021,

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/12/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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.