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STONE SOUP LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE INC

From DEI, SEL & Service to Climate Education & Sustainable Career Pathways

Swansea, MA   |  www.stonesoupleadership.org

Mission

The Institute's mission is to develop dynamic bi-lingual educational tools and professional development (PD) training to help teachers empower young people to become leaders of a more sustainable world. For over 25 years, the Institute has boldly pioneered a disruptive education initiative to empower the next generation with the tools they need - from climate education, DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and Service Learning to sustainable career pathways - for the transition to a sustainable economy. The Institute works alongside young people on the front lines of climate change, social justice, and economic equity. We collaborate with business, government, and education and community leaders to develop strategic initiatives, public-private partnership

Notes from the nonprofit

We welcome support for all those seeking to build a better world.

Ruling year info

1999

Principal Officer

Ms. Marianne Larned

Main address

PO Box 34

Swansea, MA 02777 USA

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Formerly known as

Stone Soup Foundation

EIN

31-1594004

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (O02)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate education affects us all. Scientists, universities, nonprofits, NGOs, and concerned parents agree that climate change is real: see IPCC Report. Young people hunger for solutions to the climate crisis. According to The Lancet, Planetary Health, 84% of young people have Climate Anxiety. Young people want to make a difference when it comes to the climate crisis and a big step forward would be schools and teachers implementing climate education into their curriculum. We've discovered that teachers might not incorporate climate education into their lessons because they lack access to training and climate education resources. At a time when climate education, teacher training, and workforce development are more important than ever, the Institute rolled out the Stone Soup Climate Education Curriculum.

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 Stone Soup Climate Education Platform

The Stone Soup Climate Education Platform is a digital portal to the Institute's suite of climate education resources.

Developed with young people from the Institute's 25+ years of climate education initiatives. Endorsed by education, business, and government leaders. Tested by educators and students in high schools.

100 easy-to-use lesson plans based on real-life stories about young people from 38 countries follow a consistent & adaptable format to make it easy for teachers of all disciplines to integrate climate education into their classrooms. Each lesson plan is aligned with NGSS, state standards, UN Sustainable Development Goals and includes Language Arts & STEM activities, Sustainability innovations & resources, and Sustainable Career Pathways.

Other Features:
Teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Encourages innovation and leadership
Spanish and English editions
DEI, SEL, and service-learning
Professional Development (PD)
YouTube Safe for Kids videos

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students
Adolescents
At-risk youth

For MASS STEM Week 2023, the Institute partnered with the largest SEAM (Student Education Association of Massachusetts) chapter at Bridgewater State University, to premier our teacher training module for the Stone Soup Climate Education Curriculum.

Students developed lesson plans based on our curriculum and our Teacher Trainer provided meaningful and constructive feedback on their lesson plans to take this new knowledge into the field.

Population(s) Served

For over 25 years, Massachusetts has been the Institutes learning laboratory for our sustainable workforce initiatives. Founded on the island of Marthas Vineyard in 1997, weve expanded our activities to communities across the state and around the world. We've worked alongside sustainability-oriented pioneers, professionals, and practitioners who share their experiences with youth delegates at the Institutes Sustainability Summits. In our hands-on Sustainability Tours, weve visited school gardens, local farms, and aquaculture start-ups; renewable energy programs and electric car-charging stations; clean water management sites, and solar rooftop installations. Weve learned about cultural sustainability from the Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts, as well as from indigenous peoples from Hawaii and other island nations. Through our programs, youth are encouraged to envision their dreams for their lives, their communities, and the world and to design plans for a more sustainable future.

Population(s) Served

A free one-hour workshop designed to broaden educators' and career counselors' exposure to the increasing opportunities in the green economy and give them tools to empower their students for green jobs. Sustainability practitioners share their stories and inspire students to explore Sustainable Career Pathways.

The Green Job Shadow Day builds on nearly three decades of experience leading Job Shadow Days on Marthas Vineyard and other marginalized communities in Massachusetts and around the world. In 1994 we developed the very first Job Shadow Day in partnership with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, this one day event has grown and been adopted by national organizations and U.S. Department of Labor.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents
Students
Adolescents
Students
Adolescents
Students
Adolescents

Each year for Earth Action Week, we design a custom website for teachers to find climate education resources to use in their classrooms.

In collaboration with EarthDay.orgs Planet vs. Plastics theme, The Institute developed a customized Earth Day 2024 Climate Education Platform site. This Platform gives educators FREE online education resources to develop activities with their students to learn about the impact of plastics on their environment and to organize sustainability projects to clean up their beaches and communities. It features stories from Stone Soup for a Sustainable World: Life-Changing Stories of Young Heroes about plastic-oriented heroes who are creating innovative solutions in their communities. To maximize the impact of the Institutes Earth Day 2024 Climate Education Platform, EarthDay.orgs Climate Education Coalition shared these resources with educators around the world.

Population(s) Served

Widely recognized as the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite believed that journalism was a higher calling. He felt a personal responsibility to use his platform as the anchor of CBS Nightly News to inform and educate ordinary people so they could make wise decisions about their future. Over 50 years ago he boldly covered the first Earth Day with the same passion he had for covering the moon landing, rallying more than 20 million Americans to join the emerging green movement. Mr. Cronkite served as The Institutes honorary chairperson for over a decade. It is his wisdom, leadership, and vision of preparing youth as future leaders in their communities that has inspired the Institute's Cronkite Awards.

Each year, we honor Mr. Cronkite's legacy by recognizing leaders who champion climate education initiatives in their communities.

Population(s) Served

For over 25 years, Massachusetts has been the Stone Soup Leadership Institutes learning laboratory for our sustainable workforce initiatives. Our educational tools and trainings empower young people to become leaders of a more sustainable world. Founded on the island of Marthas Vineyard in 1997, weve expanded our activities to communities across the state and around the world. Communities we have served:

Boston Bristol County Agricultural High School Bristol Community College Cape Cod Fall River Holyoke Marthas Vineyard New Bedford

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Population(s) Served
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people
Teachers
Economically disadvantaged people

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 community initiatives in which the organization participates

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

Adolescents, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SEAM Chapter at Bridgewater State University Bristol Aggie Community Gardens

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

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

Adolescents

Related Program

The Stone Soup Climate Education Platform

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

MENTORS

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

job shadow day; career mentors; SSLI leadership and staff

Number of media partnerships developed

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

Adolescents, Young adults, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Childhood Education International EarthDay.org Climate Education Coalition We develop media partners to spotlight our climate education resources in print, video, social media.

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 develop educational tools and professional development (PD) training designed to educate all young people to become leaders of a more sustainable world. For over 25 years, the Institute has boldly pioneered a disruptive education initiative to empower the next generation with the tools they need - from climate education to sustainable career pathways -- for the transition to a sustainable economy.

The Stone Soup Climate Education Curriculum
At a time when climate education, teacher training, and sustainable workforce development is more important than ever, the Institute rolled out the Stone Soup Climate Education Curriculum so educators worldwide will have access to our educational tools and trainings.

Sustainable Workforce Development
For 25+ years, Massachusetts has been the Institutes learning laboratory for our sustainable workforce initiatives. Founded on the island of Marthas Vineyard in 1997, weve expanded our activities to communities across the state and around the world. Weve worked alongside sustainability-oriented pioneers, professionals, and practitioners who share their experiences with youth delegates to envision their dreams for their lives, their communities, and the worldand to design plans for a more sustainable future.

SustainWDN
For the past 18 years, the Institute has developed public-private partnerships with communities to prepare their youth to be leaders.

The Institute has a strong leadership team in local communities and a national board of directors. Each community has a local Advisory Council comprised of business, government, education, civic and community leaders. We hire and train local Project Coordinators to implement the Institute's programs and nurture young people to become leaders in their communities.

The Institute was founded by people who were concerned about the direction of the planet especially the kind of legacy we are leaving for our children. For 25 years, The Institute works alongside those on the front lines of climate change, social justice and economic equity from inner cities to rural islands. We've synthesized lessons learned and developed a grassroots model to train local leaders and educators; exchange innovative solutions and build resilient communities. We hosted 19 Sustainability Summits to support UN Sustainable Development Goals. We organized Sustainability Tours to see first-hand the fragility of our eco-systems.

Financials

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Operations

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

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STONE SOUP LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 04/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Karen Stone McCown

Synapse School

Term: 2015 - 2020


Board co-chair

Marianne Larned

Stone Soup Leadership Institute

Daniel Alejandrez

Barrios Unidos

Hulas King

Siemens Corporation

Marianne Larned

Stone Soup Leadership Institute

Carol Saysette

United Church of Christ

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? Not applicable
  • 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 1/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/28/2020

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 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.
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.
  • 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.