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ATHLETICS & BEYOND

#LifeBeyondSports

aka A&B   |   Denver, CO   |  www.athleticsandbeyond.org

Mission

The MISSION of Athletics & Beyond is to create OPPORTUNITY through EXPOSURE.

Notes from the nonprofit

Athletics & Beyond has grown to now serve over 2,400 Since 2009 taxes have been filed by Taxes & Etcetera, 1685 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 303, Denver, CO 80222 (Ph#303-946-7085 EIN 84-1107190). A&B exercised ordinary business care and prudence by selecting a reputable tax company to comply with IRS reporting requirements under section 6033. In good faith we were told by Taxes & Etcetera that all tax records were successfully e-filed to the IRS. Our 2009 IRS 990 was filed successfully according to your records. The same steps were taken, the same e-filing process occurred and the same agency was used. Athletics & Beyond acted in a responsible manner by undertaking all significant steps to avoid the failure to file the required returns. Because of this breach we are implementing sufficient safeguards to ensure future compliance with the reporting requirements under section 6033. The failure to file the returns or notices arose from events beyond Athletics & Beyond's control.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director/Co-Founder

Mr. Narcy Jackson

Program Director

Mr. Kyle Reese

Main address

4990 Nome Street Unit C

Denver, CO 80239 USA

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EIN

26-4538225

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Performance achievement gape in Denver Public Schools and combat the school to prison pipeline.

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?

Boys & Girls Empowerment Workshop

Girls & Boys Empowerment Workshops. This workshop, begun in 2009, is designed to foster self-esteem in girls & boys eight years of age and older and to impact and influence the decisions that they make. We believe children can be empowered and challenged to make a difference in their own lives if they are afforded an opportunity. The program gathers professionals from various fields who are committed to making a difference and who will provide quality instruction to build self-esteem and self-confidence in a fun and exciting environment. The relaxed setting enables participants to network with program presenter and colleagues, and to explore how successful strategies can be incorporated into addressing the needs of our community. This program is also an opportunity for everyone to share valuable knowledge and help direct our young adults in the right direction. The strength of our community lies in the strength of our children. Approximately 25% of the young adults who attend our workshops are court ordered or part of the juvenile diversion program. For example, Denver County Court Juvenile Diversion program registered and paid a fee for 20 young ladies to attend our Girls Empowerment Workshop in May 2009.

Population(s) Served

Out-of School Time and Advocacy

Athletics & Beyond provides weekly out- of -school time (OST) programs year round. These programs include: Team A&B Boxing, team building, college planning, anger management, dating and sexual harassment workshops, among other. Additionally, program members compete in national boxing tournaments (USA Boxing National Championships, Silver Gloves & Golden Gloves); at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sport specific clinics throughout the summer, and wrestling tournaments. A&B Student Athletes are expected to contribute to their community through serving learning opportunities such as youth volunteers working at A&B Sports Camps and Life Empowerment Clinics (Semester of Service “Health and Wellness” Boot Camp, Girls Empowerment and Boys to Men Workshops and youth sports-specific clinics).

o Academic Support System SWAG: Resources for study groups, SAT/ACT training and addressing the concerns and needs of keeping student-athletes eligible and successful in the classroom.

o Strength & Conditioning: Weightlifting, speed & agility training (health & wellness) program.

o Life Skills: Talk about day to day issues of today’s teen and peer issues. Also participate in goal setting and visualization activities.

o Community Impact Program: Teaching our young adults how to give back to the community through different events and volunteer work throughout the community.

o Career Options: Helping children succeed in life beyond sports by providing
support in choosing careers beyond sports

o Film & Chalk Talk: Performance review and increase sports IQ.

o Sports Marketing Services: Resources for Student-Athletes to be marketable to potential NCAA, NAIA & NJCAA sports programs.

Activities are funded through donations and minimal registration fees. We provide fee waivers for at-risk children from economically disadvantaged families (50% of participants receive some form of sponsorship by the organization).

Population(s) Served

Youth Basketball, Contact Football and Baseball Clinics. The clinics are organized for players 7-10 years old. Advanced program is conducted for kids 11-15 years old. Although the programs of our organization are open for general public, it is the objective of Athletics & Beyond to serve at-risk children from economically disadvantaged families. Approximately 80% of the programs’ participants come from underprivileged families. For the majority of these young athletes the organization provides fee waivers. The clinics are conducted by a staff of professional coaches from colleges, high schools, and various successful Denver area youth programs. Full complement of instructions ensures each child's experience is educative and accessible.

The coaches lead participants through instruction of conditioning, basic techniques and fundamental skills during progressive contact sessions in a circuit training method. Each specialized position group devotes a portion of each practice to perfecting the fundamental skills needed to be successful. Every drill in sports has a purpose. Each participant is taught this purpose and how to properly perform the drill. The young athletes are divided into primary disciplines of each sport, such as offensive and defensive phases of the game. Discipline is also an important part of the clinics and workshops and each athlete receives special attention to help improve his/her skills.

Young athletes are also encouraged to continue their education in careers beyond athletics. The career-mentoring programs focus on counseling young adults between the ages of 11 and 18 about career options in athletics. Professionals who work in the sports world as journalists, athletes, coaches, sports agents, athletic trainers and entrepreneurs mentor the program participants and give hands-on approach to capture their attention. Participants not only have the opportunity to meet and speak with professionals in various fields but have the opportunity to follow and spend a few hours with their mentors. The emphasis of this program is on education, career options, teamwork, self-confidence and full realization of each player's potential, in a safe environment.

Population(s) Served

A SPEER FORWARD MOTIVATION PROGRAM

Preparation for life after High School. Teaching adolescents the life skills that incorporate the right education, capability and independence to care for themselves.

Population(s) Served

S.W.A.G. is an after school tutoring/mentoring program. During summer months S.W.A.G. works towards helping reduce summer learning loss at Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Early College and for the Aurora Central H.S. Football team. Student athletes meet twice a week with tutors and life skills coaches.

The goals of SWAG are to prepare students for what is often a culture shift and prepare them for the rigorous academic requirements placed on them as a college student and/or college Student-Athlete. Ultimately A&B wants a successful transition into post-secondary education and in increase in the post-secondary graduation rates. S.W.A.G. Academic Academy addresses the needs of undeserved schools and students to help improve study skills, increase college enrollment rates, teach life skills and have fun in the process. This program teaches students how to listen, read, and study better...but that is just the beginning: S.W.A.G. helps each individual understand study skills in terms of their own interests and experiences.

Population(s) Served

SAT TEST PREP TUTORING: IN HOME & ONLINE
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With Club Z! Tutoring of Aurora, CO we provide you with a top tier SAT tutor who can work closely with you and help you properly prepare for the SAT Test. The new SAT is actually divided into three parts Mathematics, Evidence-Based Reading, and Writing. Also, there is an optional essay component. The SAT Math section is 80 minutes long. The SAT reading section is 65 minutes’ long. The SAT Language and Writing Section is 35 Minutes long. Students across the country struggle with various portions of the SAT exam, but Club Z! Tutoring of Aurora, CO will make sure your student is not only well versed on all portions of the SAT exam, but will succeed!


STUDY SKILLS TUTORING: IN HOME & ONLINE
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The Learning Built to Last™ program begins with a comprehensive diagnostic test to help identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses in eleven different academic areas, so that a customized syllabus can be created to guide the tutoring lessons. In addition, students take a learning style test to help explore the students preferred method of learning, which enhances the tutoring program, and helps the student successfully navigate classroom instruction in all subjects.

Learning Built to Last™ study skills tutoring program is designed to help students who struggle in all subjects, a specific subject area, are extremely busy, are stressed out, disorganized, and procrastinate, are athletes or performers who juggle school with road trips and practices, have ADD/ADHD or a learning disability, average B’s or C’s and are looking to step up to the next level, are high-achievers, honor students, or perfectionists, are struggling through a transition year. Club Z! tutoring is able to help students of all educational backgrounds succeed in their everyday lives.

This study skills program teaches your student how to listen, read, and study better…but that is just the beginning. Learning Built to Last™ will help each individual understand study skills from a personal approach. We focus on your students own interests and experiences, which creates a more conducive learning environment. The book, workbook, and academic planner contain real world materials and relevant exercises. This will allow your student to apply their new found study skills in the classroom, and beyond. Help your child improve their self confidence in and out of the classroom with our Learning Built to Last™ Study Skills Tutoring Program!

In addition to Aurora, our office offers study skills tutoring services in the following locations: Green Valley Ranch, Montbello, Adams County, and Arapahoe County in Colorado.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Angels Award 2014

Denver East High School

Affiliations & memberships

American Heart Association, Inc. 2008

Junior Achievement Worldwide 1999

Afterschool Alliance 2014

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 who demonstrate the desire to succeed in the academic setting

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

Adults, Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

Strong Women and Gentlemen (S.W.A.G.) Academic Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Services have enabled A&B to engage students academically and dramatically increase the likelihood that inner-city students graduate high school, attend and are prepared for higher education.

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.

We utilize the “Student Athlete Program" as the foundation to produce marketable and successful citizens. The primary goals of the After School/SAP program is to provide leadership and Life-Skills for students and Student Athletes that result in their graduating from high school, prepared with the necessary skills to successfully navigate and complete their secondary education. This objective systemically works to reduce the School to Prison Pipeline by decreased dropout rates, increased graduation rates and the creation of confident student athletes who can successful transition into adulthood. A&B measures successful movement through grades, graduating rates and college attendance. Most importantly, A&B measures its success by assessing the maturity, life readiness, and desire to give back from the young men and women exiting the program to head to college.

A&B uses athletics as a “hook" to engage participants in achieving their academic goals. Participants are encouraged to re-frame how they think about their academic successes and failures. Through our four program areas; educational success, life skills building, career options and athletic development we provide quality service and increased engagement for undeserved youth in metropolitan Denver.

Our “Student Athlete Program" is our blueprint to mold marketable and successful citizens. The primary goals of the After School/SAP program is to provide leadership and Life-Skills for students and Student Athletes that result in their graduating from high school, prepared with the necessary skills to successfully navigate and complete their secondary education. This objective systemically works to reduce the School to Prison Pipeline by decreased dropout rates, increased graduation rates and the creation of confident student athletes who can successful transition into adulthood. A&B measures successful movement through grades, graduating rates and college attendance.

Academic support and resource program: Strong Women and Gentlemen (S.W.A.G.) Academic Academy was developed to help A&B reach academic goals with a whole-child approach to help make sure every child enters school ready to learn, boost academic achievement and increase student engagement. This was accomplished by partnering with Regional Activities and Athletics Program (RAAP), Denver North H.S., KIPP H.S. and Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Early College. Creating well rounded students and then athletes have proven to also create successful and thoughtful adult citizens breaking cycles of poverty in their families.

Athletics & Beyond provides high quality sports specific clinics and life skills workshops are a gateway to academic achievement, better grades, improved chances of attending college and success in the labor market. Affordable clinics are especially important for under-served at-risk youth. These Children are higher achievers in terms of grades and dropout rates, as well as related measures of academic achievement such as homework completion, educational aspirations and more. Sports specific training provides detailed instructions for success in a controlled environment. Under-served children rarely receive national exposure, participate in regional combines, national tournaments, NCAA sponsored clinics and basic life skills workshops because of financial and geographic disadvantages. We find “Giving our children EXPOSURE to OPPORTUNITY" is vital towards the success of our communities.

Athletics & Beyond is a residence led organization made up of various professionals who went to Denver Public Schools and grew up in the community served. Currently, there are no other programs in the Denver metro area that combine the aforementioned components into a whole-child approach to at-risk youth development. With the organization's foundation goal and mission to increase high school and post-secondary, this approach has produced graduation and retention rates that are unrivaled by other organizations in the Denver Metro area. Graduates from this program who are now attending college, continue to pay it forward on a continuum of life skills building by becoming mentors and peer counselors to current A&B students. This is creating economic opportunity for A&B grads and a unique support system for current A&B students. A&B alumni are given stipends to attend these sessions to share their knowledge and past experiences, both good and bad, can be shared and true mentoring can grow. Our alumni are now eleven years deep with college graduates who are looking for work. A&B with adequate funding can start the process of employing graduates who followed our road map.

A&B has successfully forged ongoing partnerships with Denver Public Schools (DPS) African American Equity Task Force, the City of Denver- Mayor Michael B. Hancock, The City of Denver Office of Children's Affairs, Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion Inc. and Denver Public Safety Youth Programs just to name a few organizations. This organization is an active member of Denver Quality After-School Connection (DQUAC). Partnerships have developed with Community College of Denver & Aurora, Dr. Martin Luther King Middle College, Montbello Warriors football program, Denver Human Services Stakeholder group program and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. It is A&B's belief that the strength of Athletics & Beyond resides in the organization's ability to collaborate and partner with over 12 community led organizations and individuals to provide wrap-a-round services.

Relationships that have been established with various entities that result in In-kind contributions. Because of these collaborations, it allows the use of building space, field authorization, and meeting space. A&B intends to expand the organization's collaborative capacity through continued networking and the establishment of working relationships with city agencies, school districts, colleges, and universities.

Over the past 3 years, A&B has studied the research and improved the quality of their programming through partnerships with existing structures and organizations. This approach has allowed A&B to expand rapidly. Collaborating with Colorado State University A&B alumni\CSU football student athlete will earn 150 intern hours working under the Executive Director. A&B has also partnered with Denver Public Schools Family and Community Engagement (FACE) program to hire class of 2017 Montbello H.S. (High-Tech H.S.) Warriors student athlete. A&B meets with and discuss equity issues with City Councilwoman Gilmore, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Representative Angela Williams and several other city officials.

Athletics & beyond directly and in-directly served

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Montbello is a premier, relationship-driven community that takes pride in its beauty and values education, safety, diversity, and inclusiveness. A&B FWC strives to give the community a voice and empowers them to create a better future for all. From 2000-2005, predatory lending and a multitude of community issues brought with it a steady decline in property values and community appearance. Montbello led the metro region in foreclosures between 2003 and 2006 with 977 foreclosures. In education, all nine public schools rated “low” in 2005 on the Colorado State standardized test. Over 72 percent of the children in Montbello qualify and/or receive free or reduced lunch within the public school system. There are 48,835 residents in Montbello. US-born citizens make up 70.27% of the resident pool

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Audio video testimonials,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We hired 4 members from the community we serve. Our board of directors also reflect the community we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We are a relationship-based program. The community we serve is relationship based (transformational vs transaction).

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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ATHLETICS & BEYOND

Board of directors
as of 01/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ali Jackson

Athletics & Beyond

Term: 2022 - 2027

Michelle McGee

Athletics & Beyond

Fritz Scadden

Athletics & Beyond

Donna Cammack

Athletics & Beyond

Lamar Edwards

Athletics & Beyond/Colorado Connect

Greg Pollard

Athletics & Beyond

Bradley Florentin

Athletics & Beyond

Ali Jackson

Athletics & Beyond

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/14/2022

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/14/2022

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.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.