Educational Institutions

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots, Inc.

Quick Facts


Benton, AR


Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots is a bi-national non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of marginalized youth in Oaxaca City, Mexico by giving them access to an education. With boards in Mexico and the United States and a broad international base of financial donors and volunteers, we provide nutritious meals, medical care, public school tuition, school uniforms, and extracurricular academic support to over 600 children. Our center in Oaxaca City serves as a place of learning and support for the children we serve. We believe that every child has a right to an education and we support the rights of Indigenous youth to an education that is culturally appropriate.

Notes from the Nonprofit

OSCGR is currently working to actively recruit and build diversity in its board seeking talent that will sustain our provision of educational opportunities for the poorest children in Oaxaca.

Ruling Year



William David Slaymaker

Main Address

Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, INC. P.O. Box 2219

Benton, AR 72018 USA


Children, Education, Medical, Food





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Lack of access to education for poor indigenous children in Oaxaca City Mexico and surroundings.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots (OSCGR)

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of children who have access to education

Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Related program

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots (OSCGR)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context notes

640 per year is the capacity of our organization. At times, as the demand is so great we exceed this and have gone as high as 692, however we try to hold at 640 as our resources are finite.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots (OSCGR) is the US funding source for the Mexican organization, Centro de Esperanza Infantil (CEI). Our primary goal is to establish a reliable source of operating funds for CEI. Secondary goals are to increase our cash reserve and establish an emergency fund for CEI. In the future, we hope to expand services to reflect the changing demographics and living circumstances of the children and families served by CEI. For example, we hope to establish a transportation fund to provide services to families living in the colonias (Neighborhoods) surrounding CEI who are unable to access services at the downtown center.

We are looking to expand our funding sources, especially in writing grants. We are also exploring additional fundraising projects, including an online craft store, volunteer travel, and the creation additional levels of donor support.

Our all-volunteer board has a broad background of expertise and resources in a variety of areas, including marketing, fundraising, and business, in addition to a passion for improving the lives of the poorest children in Oaxaca. Virtually all board members have a long history of involvement with OSCGR/CEI and the organization has a solid track record of supporting the operations of OSCGR. Recent enhancements in financial transparency and donor communication reflect an ongoing commitment to the support and expansion of services for CEI.

Our financial reports will reflect steady improvement in fundraising sufficient to meet the operational and emergency needs of CEI, along with careful control of expenses. We also monitor the number of children served, number of meals served, as well as other services provided such as tutoring. The Board of Directors of OSCGR meets jointly with the Mexican Board of Directors of CEI annually to review financial projections and expenses, conduct planning sessions, tour the facilities, visit the homes of the children, review graduation and promotion results, and assess upcoming challenges and opportunities.

We are very proud of improvements in our financial transparency and the technological communication between the US and Mexican organizations. We now have a state of the art facility in Oaxaca, which includes a much used computer center. Our students come to the center for computer classes as well as help with their homework. We also have a continuing program of volunteers who offer our children services that our small paid staff would not be able to facilitate. We now serve over 600 children and young adults in our growing program. Every year we have a larger percentage of young adults entering higher education and graduating with advanced degrees. The most pressing challenge is to address how to make sure our sponsorships and other fundraising efforts keep pace with the increasing costs of educating the children.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders.

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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2019

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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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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.