America Needs You

Connecting ambition with opportunity

aka New York Needs You   |   New York, NY   |  www.americaneedsyou.org

Mission

America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students.

We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.

Ruling year info

2009

CEO

Marianna Tu

Main address

82 Nassau St. #60358

New York, NY 10038 USA

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Formerly known as

New York Needs You

EIN

27-0601596

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, one-third of students enrolled in US higher education institutions are first-generation college students--yet these students are four times more likely to drop out than their peers. Nationally, only 11% of low-income, first-generation college students graduate with a bachelor's degree, a reality that has serious consequences for these students and the community.

ANY improves college graduation and employment rates for these students, supporting them through their education and career goals.

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?

Fellows Program

The ANY Fellows Program is an intensive program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students. The two-year program offers 500 students (Fellows) career development workshops, access to internships, and professional development grants. All Fellows are matched one-on-one with a successful and motivated professional "Mentor Coach” dedicated to their personal and professional growth. Mentor Coaches and Fellows work together to cultivate the Fellows’ strengths and interests, and direct Fellows into successful careers.

ANY Fellows:

- Earn up to $2,000 in professional development grants
- Access 2 summer career-trajectory internships
- Receive individualized support from a Mentor Coach
- Network with leading industry professionals

ANY Fellows attend 28 full-day workshops over two years, receiving intense career development and leadership training. Workshops cover topics such as resumes, cover letters, interviewing, public speaking, time management, and personal finance.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

With the Partner Fellows program, ANY brings its core career development directly onto college campuses, partnering with colleges and universities to support Fellows through their college and career goals.

Through this program ANY integrates its curriculum with academic calendars and on-campus resources, increasing student access to much-needed services. As with our Fellows Program, students participate in career development workshops, secure internships in their desired fields, and work one-on-one with a Mentor Coach who offers insight and support. Fellows attending community colleges also receive targeted transfer support sessions to support their transition from two-year to four-year institutions.

ANY piloted the Partner Fellows program in 2017 at LaGuardia Community College in New York City, and launched a second partner site at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in 2018.

Population(s) Served
Students
At-risk youth

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 clients placed in internships

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

Fellows Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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Number of participants who graduate from college within 6 years

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

America Needs You (ANY) fights for economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students, by providing intensive career development, mentorship, and professional networks to enable students to realize their academic and career aspirations.

Our students are engaged in a competitive fellowship that helps maintain enrollment, obtain internships, and secure jobs that lead to successful careers. ANY aims to build a movement of like-minded individuals who believe that one day there will be no barriers to economic mobility for students with ambition and ability.

The Fellows Program, ANY's flagship program, offers students (Fellows) career development workshops, internships, and professional development grants. Fellows may receive grants of up to $2,000 distributed over the course of two years—to be used for professional development expenses such as printing resumes, GMAT/LSAT classes, and professional attire. Fellows are matched one-on-one with successful and motivated professionals (Mentor Coaches) from a variety of industries.

Throughout the duration of the program, Mentor Coaches and Fellows work closely to cultivate the Fellows' strengths and interests, and direct them into successful careers. Mentor Coaches also prepare Fellows for prestigious internships through professional skills development, resume and cover letter writing, and interview preparation. Through holistic mentorship and a structured career development curriculum, the Fellows Program is designed to foster continuous college enrollment and help secure internships and job offers upon graduation from four-year institutions, ultimately leading to meaningful employment and economic mobility.

Beyond the professional advisement, Fellows receive support from staff members who compose the Fellows Program team. The Fellows Program team is not only responsible for designing, developing, and delivering curricula alongside the volunteer Mentor Coaches, they also provide case management support for the Fellows.

The ANY staff, headed by Chief Executive Officer Marianna Tu, is comprised of thirty-two full-time employees. Approximately half of ANY staff members focus exclusively on our programs, including the selection process for Fellows, Mentor Coaches, and Career Coaches. The Program Team also designs our intensive career development and college success curriculum, serves as content facilitators, provides robust case management, and manages the run-of-show and content delivery for all Fellows Program events.

The Program Team possesses extensive expertise in the field of education. Academic degrees held by members of this team include the following: M.A. in Teaching, M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Program Evaluation, and PhD in Educational Psychology. Members of the Program Team have previously worked for the following organizations: Urban Alliance, Teach for America, University of Texas (Austin), City College of New York, Peer Health Exchange, and AmeriCorps.

In addition, our network of volunteers is comprised of over 500 active young professionals in New York City. Their enthusiasm and commitment is critical to our success. Our wide volunteer and partner network has also been a key source for in-kind program support. Our network of young professional Mentor Coaches volunteer five hours of their time every other Saturday for 28 workshops over two years. ANY's partners also provide in-kind space to host our bi-monthly Saturday workshops. Workshops are for 50 to 400 participants, so we rely on our partners to provide space that would otherwise be cost prohibitive.

Our retail partners allow us to outfit our Fellows for the interviews, internships, and full-time jobs. Companies have donated new suits, dresses and professional accessories to our annual Clothing Days.

ANY Fellows have consistently out-paced national averages for first-generation or low-income college students and are achieving their college and career aspirations. Since our inception, we have also increased our direct fundraising revenues each year, engaged a diverse and long-serving board of directors, and led annual galas which each raised more than $1,000,000 for program support. Due to our success, our first replication site was established in New Jersey in 2012 and America Needs You was launched in 2014 to scale our model to under-resourced students nationwide, with sites in Illinois and California. We further expanded our reach and impact through the launch of our school-based Partner Fellows Program in 2017.

As a developing brand during an exciting and rapidly changing social-media environment, our communication strategies have been built from the ground-up and refined early and often. First, to initially standardize system-wide messaging, we worked with a team of several pro-bono consultants on brand identity and key messages. To refine system-wide messaging, we recently partnered with a PR firm to update our branding strategy as part of our newly developed national brand. As a partner, the firm offers expert advice and guidance on our key branding and messaging decisions, allowing us to apply best practices to our expansion plan.

Financials

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America Needs You

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jamie Sholem

TPG Real Estate

Robert Reffkin

Compass

Shawn Golhar

Barclays

Jamie Sholem

TPG Real Estate

Juan Uribe

The Boston Consulting Group

Cindy Brea

BlackRock

Linsey Davis

ABC News

Sebnem Giorgio

The Nightingale-Bamford School

Yusef Kassim

Advent International Corporation

Carla Ruiz

Shiseido

Albert Satija

Soroban Capital Partners LP

Alex Sloane

Garnett Station Partners

Dan Smith

Raines International Inc.

Stephen Smith

Suvretta Capital Management

Devin Thomas

Jefferies

Paul White

Ram Island Holdings, LLC

Aditya Sanghvi

McKinsey & Company

David Kirshenbaum

Virtas Partners

Dina Aronson

Advocate Consulting

Eric Aronson

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Martha St. Jean

NYC Department of Education

Shahed Larson

Brunswick Group

David Zussman

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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? No
  • 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 01/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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