Sloane Stephens Foundation Inc

aka SSF   |   Fresno, CA   |  sloanestephensfoundation.org

Mission

The Sloane Stephens Foundation’s primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for youth, through exposure to tennis as a basis for life-long learning, and healthy lifestyle choices. Through nationally recognized after school curricula, college preparatory programs and exciting Next Gen tennis, the Sloane Stephens Foundation offers underserved students the additional tools necessary to achieve in and out of the classroom. The Foundation’s vision is to: • Assist in developing a constructive future for young people by providing educational opportunities and encouraging healthy lifestyles, proper nutrition, and participation in physical fitness activities • Cultivate a new generation of tennis players • Empower children around the world, to dream big and achieve, on and off the court

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Sybil Smith

Main address

3161 W Kearney Blvd

Fresno, CA 93706 USA

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EIN

36-4760242

NTEE code info

Tennis and Racquet Sports Clubs/Leagues (N66)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Afterschool programs provide a lifeline for families and communities across the nation, providing a safe and supervised space for kids to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors (After School Alliance, 2012). However, the community we serve Compton California, where the student population is 96% African-American and Latino, after- school programs face severe demand, lack of funding and limited or no student options for activities. The children served by our free afterschool programs are from economically disadvantaged households (86% Free and Reduced Lunch), are a high needs population and after school programs in our area are least likely to receive the funding required to sustain quality after school care. Our students need affordable, quality after school programming giving them access to quality programs focused on healthy lifestyles positive behavior intervention support and increased knowledge about exercise and nutrition.

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?

Love, Love Compton

Love, Love Compton takes tennis into schools with rackets, tennis balls, and portable nets. We transform elementary school playgrounds and parking lots into a world of opportunity.
The goal of Love, Love Compton is to:
1. Grow the sport of tennis in children ages 5-12 years old throughout Compton Unified School District
2. Create afterschool safe haven space, educational and life-skill opportunities for elementary and middle school-students (3-5pm).
3. Create NJTL competition teams for grades 3-8.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

STAR brings recess to life with structured tennis play and physical activity. We partner with elementary schools throughout the school year to teach, model, and empower a sustainable tennis at recess program.
The STAR team spends two days each week at each school leading, modeling, and empowering teachers and students to create a fun, inclusive, structured recess for all students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

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 students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of our students receive individualized feedback and support.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

The mission of the Sloane Stephens Foundation is to enhance (IMPROVE) the quality of life for youth, through exposure to tennis as a basis for life-long learning and healthy lifestyle choices. Through nationally recognized after school curricula, college preparatory programs and exciting Net Generation tennis, the Sloane Stephens Foundation offers underserved students the additional tools necessary to achieve in and out of the classroom.

Our goals are to accomplish the following:
• Empower children around the world to dream big and achieve, on and off the tennis court.
• Promote positive behaviors and attitudes on school community by modeling the qualities of good character and implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.
• Healthy lifestyles and proper nutrition will be positively promoted by each staff member and volunteer
• Students will develop physical literacy in an organized physical fitness activities in a safe, positive environment
• Cultivate a new generation of tennis players

Our strategies to accomplish our organizations mission are:

• Empower children around the world to dream big and achieve, on and off the tennis court
• Promote positive behaviors and attitudes on school community by modeling the qualities of good character and implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports
• Positively promote healthy lifestyles and proper nutrition through staff members and volunteers
• Develop physical literacy through organized physical fitness activities in a safe, positive environment
• Cultivate a new generation of tennis players

In 2018, The Sloane Stephens Foundation concluded the most successful year in its short life span, supporting more than 2000 children at 19 schools via an introduction to tennis and the benefits the sport provides, both on and off the court. Teachers from Compton Unified School District are tutors and coaches within our program. In addition, SSF has an incredibly committed team of instructors who are either certified by the US Professional Tennis Association or have a minimum of 5 years of experience playing competitively or teaching tennis. Every instructor is required to complete the National Safe Sport registration to ensure the safety of children and each instructor is trained in PBIS to ensure alignment and continuity with CUSD and our joint effort to build positive school climates.

With our partners at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) we have lined 27 mini tennis courts on blacktops throughout the school district ensuring each school has an on-site location for play. Our team of instructors spend 120 hours weekly on Compton school campuses teaching the fundamentals of tennis and building a positive school community.

The Sloane Stephens Foundation established Love, Love Compton in 2014 in collaboration with Compton Unified School District. Love, Love Compton is a remarkable embrace of an entire urban school system providing intensive district wide collective of programs including STARS, Summer Tennis Camp, Leadership Academy, and SAT/PSAT tutoring. Instructors provide nets, racquets and balls to transform school playgrounds into a world of opportunity. We have supported more than 4000 students through out Southern California with our fitness and academic programs.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve students of the Compton Unified School District, their families and caretakers, and CUSD educators and administrators. These constituents are crucial members of our feedback loop and we incorporate their suggestions and experiences to constantly improve our programs so that they can best serve our community.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), In-person conversations,

  • 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?

    During Covid-19, our students and parents shared their desire to have more programming focused on mindfulness and meditation given all of the emotional duress and uncertainties that the pandemic brought. We ramped up this facet of our educational programming during our virtual summer camp and are continuing to use it.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

    We hope that it fosters an inclusive environment where everyone feels that their voices are heard and input is valuable.

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Operations

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Sloane Stephens Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sloane Stephens

Tennis4sloane, Inc

Term: 2013 -

Ronald Smith

Sterling and Smith Funeral Homes

Sybil Smith

Tennis4Sloane, Inc

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/15/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.