IMAGINE MISSIONS INC

Changing lives, creating hope.

Dennison, OH   |  http://www.imaginemissions.org

Mission

To change lives in Haiti through education and family empowerment. To create hope through the love of Jesus Christ.

Notes from the nonprofit

Imagine Missions is finalizing its 3-year Strategic Plan at its Annual Board Meeting in September 2020, and will share widely with donors upon its completion.

Ruling year info

2014

International Director

Melissa Young

Main address

236 Miller Ave.

Dennison, OH 44621 USA

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EIN

27-3309011

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Vocational Technical (B30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Imagine Missions formed to support a pre-existing orphanage in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. ~80% of children in Haitian orphanages were given up by living parents who could not afford to provide for their needs, most notably education. Research demonstrates that institutions harm children, and in 2019 Imagine was able to reunify 40 children with their families for their safety and healthy development. Without the appropriate social structures in place to empower and equip their caregivers, these children are still at risk of being separated from family. An additional 12 children require placement into Forever Families to experience true familial belonging. Imagine Missions will serve and equip these children and families through the Family Empowerment Project and Professional School. Public education in Haiti is limited, and the quality of most schools lacking. Imagine Missions School provides free quality education to ~480 students to change their futures.

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?

Education - Imagine Missions School

480 children 2 years of age and over attend school five days/week and will continue until graduating from Secondary (High) School. This also includes young adults who grew up in the LOCC orphanage and have yet to finish their education due to missed years during early childhood.

Population(s) Served

Imagine will provide stipends to newly-reunified families with the highest needs (per formal social worker assessment) to keep children safe and fed as they transition to self-sustainability through the Family Empowerment Project. Starting in 2020-2021 school year, Imagine will also work to provide free lunch at Imagine Missions School as proper nutrition is integral to student success.

Population(s) Served

The Family Empowerment Project will help newly-reunified families achieve full self-sustainability through a 3-year program. It will include the creation of Forever Families for children who were not able to be reunified with biological family in 2019.

Population(s) Served

Since 2015, Imagine has been working to provide a professional trade program to community youth and adults. In 2020 and beyond, Imagine will be expanding the Professional School campus, pursuing official licensure, and enrolling parents of newly-reunified children plus 50 young adults from Imagine Missions School to attend tuition-free and work towards fully self-sustainable futures.

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 program graduates

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

Education - Imagine Missions School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Imagine Missions youth who have now graduated high school and gone on to pursue employment or post-secondary education. Of note, prior to Imagine Missions, most youth at LOCC hadn't passed 6th grade.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Education - Imagine Missions School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Imagine School student enrollment has increased thanks to funding by individuals and Alpha Delta Kappa, through whom the school was expanded to include all grade levels kindergarten to filo.

Number of students served who earn passing grades in core subjects

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

Education - Imagine Missions School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average passing grade at school at Imagine Missions start in 2011 was the Haitian standard of 5/10. Today, students earn on average 7/10 in order to pass to the next grade level.

Number of youth and families for whom a strengths-based assessment is completed

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Within a month of reunification with biological family, Imagine and Haiti Mama's social workers visited each child and family to complete a formal strength-based assessment of success v. needs.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Upon reunification, social worker assessment dictated that 5 families must move to safer, more adequate housing within the first few months of 2020. Children not reunified were moved to a team house.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

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

Education - Imagine Missions School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Imagine Missions Professional School began in 2015 and has expanded since to include not only orphanage youth over age 15 but also community adults. It will now enroll parents/caregivers of families.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Mission: To change lives in Haiti through education and family empowerment. To create hope through the love of Jesus Christ.
Vision: That Despinos, Haiti would become a community where children are empowered through the love of Jesus Christ, accessible education, and supported families.

Imagine Missions has established a Strategic 3-Year Plan to accomplish specific goals in the areas of family empowerment, classical education, professional school, and spiritual development.

Family Empowerment:
In 3 years:
- 80 percent of Imagine children will remain successfully within their reunified biological or new forever family.
- 75 percent of caregivers will reach vocational milestones according to their Family Plan, allowing them to provide for their family’s housing and nutrition needs.
- On a self-rated scale of knowledge about family wellness topics measured from 1 to 10, caregivers will demonstrate an average increase of 3.
- 90 percent of Imagine children will attain an average annual grade of 7 or greater in school.
- 90 percent of Imagine children will demonstrate score improvement in the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, indicating psycho-social growth.
- 90 percent of Imagine children will meet age-matched height and weight growth norms to indicate nutritional/health success.

Classical Education:
Over 3 years:
- 80% of children will attain a passing grade of 70% or higher in a class before being promoted.
- expand enrollment to a total of 495 students.
- continue to provide educational programs that lead to the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to achieve information, literacy, career advancement, personal enrichment, leadership, and service to the community.

Professional School:
In 3 years we will offer an accredited professional trade program to all caregivers enrolled in the Family Empowerment Project, and 50 additional students from Imagine Missions School.

Spiritual Development:
- To offer opportunities for both children and adults to grow in the knowledge of the bible.
- To provide a safe place for young adults to build godly relationships and seek prayer.
- To provide a safe place for caregivers to come build Godly relationships and receive encouragement.

Imagine Missions has established a Strategic 3-Year Plan to accomplish specific goals in the areas of family empowerment, classical education, professional school, and spiritual development.

Family Empowerment Social Work Strategies:
- provide monthly visits to reunified children and families to build trust and monitor child, family needs.
- assess emotional adjustment to reunification; report noted risk factors and psycho-social needs so that child counseling may be pursued.
- address barriers to academic success, and assist families to communicate with teachers to implement student success strategies at home.
-establish individualized Family Support Plans with vocational goals to reach long-term financial sustainability.
- provide housing and nutrition stipends to families with the highest needs to keep children safe and fed as they transition to self-sustainability. - assist in the establishment of 4 new ‘Forever Families’ for 12 children who cannot be reunified.

Family Empowerment Educational Strategies:
- provide tuition-free, quality education to all Imagine children at Imagine School.
- include teachers who will monitor and assess Imagine children, and lead activities at twice-monthly Family Wellness Days.
- Host Family Wellness Days to allow for community-building and regular parent training about important topics centered around the Wellness Wheel (spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, and financial).

Traditional School Strategies:
- Monitor report card grades.
- Perform quarterly teacher evaluations.
- Offer professional development opportunities to teachers at least annually.
- Provide basic school supplies and programs to promote learning and growth.

Professional Trade School Strategies:
Y1- Finish building professional school class rooms on the site.
Y1 - Secure professional school license.
Y1- Identify trades to be offered and build programs.
Y2- Enroll all family caregivers and offer 50 scholarships to students over age 16 from Imagine Missions School to attend.
Y3-  Expand to offer business training to help students establish individual businesses.

Spiritual Development Strategies:
- Provide bible instruction at Imagine Missions School and weekly chapel.
- Offer bible study, prayer, fellowship meal, and discipleship training during at least one hour of Family Wellness Days twice monthly.
- Provide a monthly youth night with games, worship, bible lesson, prayer and meal.

After 9 years of 'filling in the gaps' and serving the community of Despinos, Imagine Missions is well-positioned to empower reunified Haitian families and keep them together.

One gap that exists for parents in Haiti is employment. In 2015, Imagine started a Professional School to train orphanage teens and young adults in trades that would lead to employment opportunities. Over time Imagine expanded the Professional School, offering more trades and opening up enrollment to any adult in the community in need of this opportunity. In 2019, it offered 15 trade courses to 123 students, composed of youth age 15 or older who grew up in the orphanage and community adults. It also began to expand its campus to include a complex of new classrooms for Professional School.

Another gap in Haiti is education. In 2011, Imagine Missions School had just 100 students (K to 6). At that time, the average grade earned was a 5 out of 10 and most youth over 12 had not passed 6th grade. Imagine worked to improve the quality of the school, open it to community youth, and utilize a building grant received in 2016 to expand secondary school. Today, 480 students (K to 12) attend tuition-free. Fourteen have graduated, and students earn an average grade of 7 or higher. 100% of 9th graders passed their national exam in 2019, and 29 Imagine School students made 9’s in 2020’s first quarter. Imagine School offers enrichment such as PE, music, and early foreign language. Because of the free quality education provided at Imagine School, many families previously at risk of separation can now afford to keep their children.

While the successes of Imagine School and Professional School will be huge assets to the Family Empowerment Project, perhaps most essential to the Project’s success will be the credibility and trust that Imagine Missions has earned in the community and amongst its children’s parents. Imagine has additionally partnered with family reunification experts at Haiti Mama, and promoted social worker Exilien Clairvoyant to Child Welfare Specialist. The trust children place in Exilien gave Imagine’s leadership the confidence to proceed with family reunification, as they readily share with him if they are struggling. Through Haiti Mama, Exilien has a partner social worker, Jackson Leger. He holds a masters in social work and like Exilien is registered through Institut du Bien Etre Social et des Recherches (IBESR) - Haitian social services. Jackson and Exilien collaborate with Imagine director Melissa and Haiti Mama director Tausha, who has led her team through the successful reunification of over 200 children. IBESR frequently requests Haiti Mama’s partnership in the closure of orphanages to ensure good outcomes for the children.

In 2011, Imagine School had 100 students (K to 6). The average grade was a 5 out of 10; most youth over 12 had not passed 6th grade. Imagine improved the quality of the school, opened it to community youth, and utilized a grant received from ADK in 2016 to expand secondary school. Today, 480 students (K to filo) attend tuition-free. Students earn an average grade of 7 or higher. 100% of 9th graders passed their national exam in 2019, and 29 Imagine School students made 9’s in 2020’s first quarter. Because of the free quality education provided at Imagine School, many families previously at risk of separation can now afford to keep their children.

In 2015, Imagine started a Professional School to train teens and young adults in trades that would lead to employment opportunities. In 2019, it offered 15 courses to 123 students, composed of youth 15 or older who grew up in the orphanage and community adults. It also began to expand its campus to include a complex of new classrooms for Professional School.

Imagine Mission’s Higher Education Initiative bridges the gap in post-secondary opportunities. Prior to Imagine Missions, no child raised in the orphanage had graduated high school. As of 2020, thirteen young adults have graduated and are attending university or professional training (4 in Haiti, 6 in the US). One has received his Associates in Liberal Arts and General Sciences (with EMT and CNA certificates) and is now pursuing nursing to reach his dream of providing quality healthcare in Haiti.

Imagine has expanded enrichment experiences for the children since 2011. Imagine’s director noted one 9-year-old's enthusiasm for ballet and enrolled her at the Institut de Danse Lynn Williams Rouzier. The school’s directors selected 3 more girls and 4 boys to attend on scholarship. Despite the significant cost and time involved, Imagine made a way for these children to maximize this experience; in 2019, two boys even represented Haiti in an international dance competition in New York City. Imagine School offers enrichment such as PE, music, and early foreign language. Imagine grew its annual summer camp - Camp Imagine - which started in 2014, to include over 200 community children by 2019.

Imagine Missions believes that family and education are rights that should be prioritized for every child. In December 2019, Imagine partnered with Haiti Mama to reunify 40 children with family, and situate its remaining 12 children safely in our team house. In 2020, Imagine Missions is initiating its 3-year Strategic Plan that includes the Family Empowerment Project as well as targeted goals for continuous improvement of Imagine Missions School, Professional School, and spiritual growth for the Despinos community. Imagine Mission is actively growing its board to include Haitian or Haitian-American members to provide invaluable first-hand cultural insight. Through our values of faith, family, and education we will continue to change lives and create hope.

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IMAGINE MISSIONS INC

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amber Zwick

Katie Muckley

Mark Robinson

Cara Holmes

Lauri Tuerek

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/18/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

Equity strategies

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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 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 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 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.