DINOMIGHTS

Hockey In The Hood

Minneapolis, MN   |  www.dinomights.com

Mission

The mission of DinoMights is to equip our urban youth to develop physical, academic, social and spiritual excellence. DinoMights builds long-term, transformational relationships with at-risk youth to help them develop the skills they need to succeed as adults. Using the game of hockey as an incentive and a means of connecting, our programs integrate social, emotional and academic learning to enable young people to achieve their potential. DinoMights helps students build healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy relationships with others, creating a foundation of opportunity for success in adulthood.

Notes from the nonprofit

DinoMights is committed to financial transparency. Over 80% of our expenses go directly to programming.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Scott Harman

Main address

3400 Park Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55407 USA

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EIN

41-1831084

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is an opportunity gap in our community for youth in urban areas. For us. we are trying to make sure that kids get the opportunities they need to grow up as self-assured, competent adults, that they gain skills for life. We use academic excellence, hockey, tutoring and a faith-based component. One specific thing we work on is a higher graduation rates in our area of the community. We have an 86% graduation rate among the students we serve over the course of our 25 years. We are also trying to help students overcome traditional urban ills like youth crime, gang violence, teen pregnancy, drug use, etc.

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?

Hockey Teams and Training

Youth hockey teams comprise the core of our programming. We offer teams for Mites, Squirts, PeeWees and Girls U10 levels, plus off-season training opportunities.

Population(s) Served

DinoMights offers weekly tutoring sessions for elementary, middle school and high school students during the school year.

Population(s) Served

Every summer, DinoMights offers our participants the opportunity to go to a summer camp focused on service and spiritual development.

Population(s) Served

The Seasonal Staff program provides high school and college-aged DinoMights participants the opportunity to learn job skills by directly serving the organization as part-time staff members.

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 high school seniors who graduate from high school on time

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Academic Tutoring

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We track any student that completes our highest level of competitive hockey, meaning PeeWees or U12. Students remaining in the neighborhood or involved in programs tracked. 86% since 1995 graduated.

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.

The vision is to see our urban youth grow to be self-assured competent adults that are able to make positive, healthy choices for themselves as assets in their community. One specific thing we work on is a higher graduation rates in our area of the community. We have an 86% graduation rate among the students we serve over the course of our 25 years. We are also trying to help students overcome traditional urban ills like youth crime, gang violence, teen pregnancy, drug use, etc. We want them to be community-minded and care about their neighbors and confident in their God-given value as humans.

Our strategy is that we use hockey as a unique and interesting recreational activity as a hook for and a venue for life development. Our students also receive academic tutoring and academic support, kindness and caring from adult mentors, and more. We have looked into social and emotional learning and we understand that whole-life youth development happen in all of the activities we do, like perseverance, grit and teamwork. They are learning how to be a better friend, a better listener, a critical thinker to name a few.

DinoMights' expertise is in urban youth work combined with ice hockey for the past 25 years. We have an experienced staff, some of whom were DinoMights as kids. We provide a service that is found no place else in the State of Minnesota.

The biggest accomplishment is that 86% of our kids have graduated from high school which is 30-40% higher in Minneapolis Public Schools over the same tie period. Reading assessment shows 90% or more made progress over the course of the year. Participant evaluations consistently show 90% satisfaction in all program areas. 2019-2020 are the first years for the social emotional tool, so we will know more on that soon. Over half of our staff members are alumni and so we have grown up indigeneous leaders. We opened a new site successfully in St. Paul in 2018 and we continue to make improvements to our outdoor rink, the Billy Lindsay Rink and hope to add refrigeration to that site within a year.

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

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

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently moved Middle School Tutoring to coincide with High School tutoring. In listening to our students we came to understand that the needs of middle school students were much more like those of our hight school students.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • 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

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

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DINOMIGHTS

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sue Gherity

Dan Phillips

RW Baird

Paula Holmes

Holmes Architectural Design

Dan Currell

Novus Law, LLC

Matt Quinn

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Greg Swirtz

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Joni Phiravanh

Twin Cities Orthopedic

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/10/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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