AMERICANS PROMOTING STUDY ABROAD

Uniting and Empowering Diverse Youth through Study Abroad

aka APSA   |   New York, NY   |  www.apsaglobal.org

Mission

APSA provides global-minded American youth of all backgrounds with empowering educational experiences abroad. Through our scholarships and immersive international programs we foster a global generation of youth equipped with foreign language fluency, cross-cultural awareness and 21st-century professional skills.

APSA was established in 2008 by American professionals with extensive experience living and working abroad who are passionate about youth empowerment and global citizenship. We work closely with sponsors and partners to give talented youth an internationally-aware, competitive head-start as they become active citizens in the global economy at home and abroad.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for taking the time to review our non-profit profile. We welcome you to get involved and join our Impact Network of contributors is a community of diverse and vibrant people, socially responsible corporations and organizations across the US and around the world who want to make a difference in the lives of the youth we serve. The meaningful contributions from our Impact members are a direct investment in reaching and serving outstanding youth from all backgrounds and giving them an unforgettable opportunity abroad that will put them on an entirely new life-path. The impact that we achieve together each year is as diverse and unique as the students we serve. As an Impact member, you become a valued part of our giving community and will be inspired by our youth and their life-journeys, as much as your contribution and support helps to inspire them.

Ruling year info

2010

CEO

Mr. Bradley Feuling

Main address

104 West 40th Street Suites 400 and 500

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

27-0352649

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Performing Arts (A60)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today's youth are facing several key challenges that are affecting their success and impacting the USA. Firstly, the growing achievement and workforce gaps are having negative impacts on American communities, companies and the economy. Youth unemployment rates are 30-40% while companies face talent shortages and hiring challenges for entry-level positions.

“Almost 40% of American employers say they cannot find people with the skills they need, even for entry-level jobs. Almost 60% complain of lack of preparation, even for entry-level jobs" McKinsey Feb. 2017

Secondly, the pressing racial divide and rising conflict between American citizens limits opportunities while the world and workplaces are becoming increasingly more hyperconnected, interconnected and multi-cultural. During their formative years, youth are often separated geographically by their socioeconomic background and/or ethnicity and many do not have the opportunity to build genuine connections across lines of difference.

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?

The APSA China Scholars Program

The APSA China Scholars Program is a challenging and life-transforming study abroad program in Beijing for competitively selected public high school students. The program focuses on language acquisition, cultural understanding, leadership development, and exposure to international careers.

Key program elements include:
- Language classes and language immersion expeditions
- Excursions to historical and cultural sites in Beijing
- Afternoon cultural classes
- Community service
- Leadership development activities
- Meetings with business leaders, diplomats, NGO leaders, and journalists
- Young Professionals speaker Series

Population(s) Served

About our Youth Dance Diplomacy Initiative

Youth Dance Diplomacy is an initiative to empower American and international high school students through cross-cultural dance exchanges. The program is designed to empower participants to represent and share their cultures with one another while broadening their dance abilities and developing valuable professional skills with a global perspective. In partnership with American and international dance schools and institutions, APSA competitively selects dancers to participate as diplomats in the intensive exchange program.


The History and Growth of the Initiative

In 2013, Sandra Jeffrey of the Bernice Johnson legacy founded the New York-Beijing Dance Exchange on behalf of APSA and developed a long-term partnership with the Edge School of the Arts based in Queens, New York. Together the two organizations have brought over 40 dancers from New York to Beijing and have witnessed the powerful connection that can develop by connecting youth from different cultures through their shared passion for dance.


Youth Dance Diplomacy Learning Outcomes

During the program, dance diplomats gain exposure to a new language and culture, participate in professional dance classes, build connections with local dancers through immersive exchange activities, explore the local community and cultural sites, as well as develop professional skills through tailored workshops and mentoring sessions. After successful completion of the program, participants become part of the APSA Alumni community and will gain access to further personal and professional development.

Population(s) Served

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 participants in study abroad and exchange programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All students from 2008 - 2015 were full scholarship recipients, receiving over $2M in program Scholarship funds from grants and donations provided to our organization.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

APSA has received grants from the following foundations: US-China Strong Foundation (100K Strong Foundation), NSLI-Y, COFRA Foundation and CNGEF Foundation.

Number of entrance scholarships and awards and exit scholarships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The APSA China Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

It is our standard that all youth are awarded with a scholarship as admittance into our global education programs.

Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All APSA Scholars participate in service-learning projects during programs as a way of developing an understanding of philanthropy as well as exposure to non-profit careers and volunteer opportunities

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

APSA works with several US and Global partners to support our curriculum development and training programs.

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The APSA China Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

About 2/3 of participants have reported that their leaderships and professional skills increased during the program.

Number of program/model/intervention innovations

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since 2015 APSA has been focused on developing standards and best practices for all of our programs and expanding our offerings.

Number of participants reporting greater issue awareness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The APSA China Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

About 90% of APSA Scholars have reported that they have an increased interest and awareness of China after the program.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

in 2015, APSA developed new volunteer and internship roles specificially for Alumni to become more engaged with the organization.

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to continue increasing the number of programs and program sites each year.

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.

It is our mission to include all youth populations in meaningful study abroad programs and foster a global generation of American youth.

APSA's goal is to increase the overall diversity and number of American youth who are actively developing foreign language fluency, cross-cultural awareness and 21st-century skills.

Our team of experienced global educators and advisors develop innovative global education programs by selecting from methodologies and practices that are proven to have the greatest overall impact on young learners. We utilize approaches from global citizenship education, experiential education, project-based learning, whole-person education and the Framework for 21st Century Learning.

We work closely with experts and partners around the globe in areas of global education, advocacy, program development as well as evaluation & research. Our network of advisors and partners value the importance of fostering a global generation of American youth and they support APSA by providing the talent, resources or funds that make our scholarships and programs available to students of all backgrounds including vulnerable youth populations. Together we aim to give these talented youth an internationally-aware, competitive head-start as they become active citizens in the global economy at home and abroad.

APSA is a small-sized organization with big ambitions. We utilize the latest technology available through TechSoup's network and all staff and volunteers have access to our free GSuite for non-profits from Google which helps us to maximize operational efficiency and productivity. We are supported by our Board, Alumni, Advisors and volunteers who provide valuable expertise and resources that contribute to the success of our plans and projects. Fiscally frugal, we manage funds effectively with the utmost transparency. We leverage opportunities for strategic collaboration and foster an open-minded and creative approach to working with sponsors and partner organizations. Our management's innovative approach and keen attention to detail is bringing fresh ideas while increasing the organization's performance, professionalism and overall sustainability.

Since 2008 APSA has awarded over 400 high school students from 14 cities across the US with over $2M in scholarships for global education experiences abroad. We aim to empower 1000 youth through global education and real-life experiences abroad by 2020.

In 2017, we have introduced a new Global Youth Scholarship that is open to youth across the US to join our program. This scholarship covers a portion of the program cost for participants. It is our goal to reach high school students in areas that do not have opportunities to travel abroad. We hope to expand our network of partner schools and teachers through our new Educational Affiliate program.

APSA continues to work closely with US partner organizations to provide full APSA Scholarships to vulnerable or marginalized youth populations with a demonstrated financial need. We hope to develop more of these valuable partnerships with local organizations that serve youth across the US.

APSA will continue to develop quality global education experiences abroad and we hope to offer more exciting exchanges and study abroad programs in China and around the globe.

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.),

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

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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AMERICANS PROMOTING STUDY ABROAD

Board of directors
as of 1/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bradley Feuling

Americans Promoting Study Abroad

Term: 2019 -

Ted Dean

APSA Co-Founder

Michael Dardzinski

APSA Founder

Bradley Feuling

Director

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 ? 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? 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