Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots, Inc.

Give children pesos on the street and you feed them for a day. Give them an education and feed them for life!

aka OSCGR   |   Benton, AR   |  www.oaxacastreetchildren.org


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 and university tuition, school uniforms, and extracurricular academic support to nearly 700 children and young adults. 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

Significant grant funding has been received to open a second center in Xoxocotlán where many of our constituents live. The building has been, located and staffed and we are in the early stages of operations at this new center.

Ruling year info



W. David David Slaymaker

Main address

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

Benton, AR 72018 USA

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NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Our programs

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

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots (OSCGR)

OSCGR assists the poorest of children in Oaxaca City, Mexico and surroundings fulfill their dream of an education. These costs are covered by donations and individual child sponsorships. Participation in the OSCGR program is selective and based on need. Our services include payment of school inscription fees, school uniforms, tutoring, a meals program offering breakfast and lunch, social services, limited medical and dental services, social services, English lessons, use of a computer lab, and much, much more.

Population(s) Served
Children and 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 children who have access to education

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

Children and youth, Adolescents, Young adults

Related Program

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots (OSCGR)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

With the ongoing pandemic and economic collapse in Oaxaca many children have left school and are seeking work. We plan to address this with new services in 2022.

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.

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 seek to expand our funding sources through publicly, grant funding, fundraising projects, electronic media, volunteer travel opportunities, 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, journalism, technology, fundraising, and business; as well as a passion for improving the lives of the poorest children in Oaxaca. All board members have a history of involvement with OSCGR/CEI, a solid track record of supporting our operations, and an ongoing commitment to the support and expansion of our services.

We are 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 nearly 700 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 participating children and young adults in our program.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children, young adults, and their families who live in poverty in Oaxaca City Mexico and surroundings. The majority of those we serve are from indigenous groups such as Mixtec, Triqui, and Zapotec.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The pandemic continues to cause significant disruption in our services. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic Student learning has often been on-line. We work with our families to provide resources for on-line education while schools are closed. This includes providing devices when needed, assisting in paying for data to attend classes, etc. Further support is provided by our ongoing tutoring program. A google forms survey send via What'sApp was used to select one out of two possible locations for our new center. The final selection was based on our constituents preference.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The needs of those we serve have driven the program's evolution over the years. For instance, initially our goal was to empower our students to attend school through 6th grade. That situation has change and the need for access to higher education has increased. At this point over 100 of our students have graduated from university.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,


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Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

President W. David Slaymaker

No Affilliation

Term: 2024 - 2020

Marilyn Horn

Vice President

John Tyler

Board Member

Tim Porter

Board Member

Marla Jensen

Board Member

Quinn Campbell


Nancy Hatcher

Board Member

Colleen Meinman

Board Member

Gloria Garcia

Board Secretary

W. David Slaymaker


Ken Lorenze

Board Member

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? Yes
  • 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 5/21/2022

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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.