Children International HQ

Bringing people together to end poverty for good.

Kansas City, MO   |  www.children.org

Mission

At Children International, we connect people around the world in the fight to end poverty. Working together, we invest in the lives of children and youth, build the healthy environments they need to thrive, and empower them to create lasting change in their lives and communities.

Ruling year info

1971

President and CEO

Ms. Susana Eshleman

Main address

2000 E. Red Bridge Road

Kansas City, MO 64131 USA

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EIN

44-6005794

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One billion children worldwide are living in poverty, and without assistance they face a difficult battle to escape the generational cycle of poverty.

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?

Nutritional Monitoring and Rehabilitation

Sponsored children who are moderately or severely undernourished are enrolled in a feeding program to facilitate rapid improvements in health and nutritional status. Parents and other caregivers are enrolled in a nutrition education program and receive instruction on the nutritional value of locally available foods, low cost meal preparation and prevention of malnutrition through proper care of sick children. Children will stay in the program for at least two months or until they have maintained at risk or normal weight.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Empowerment programs for children and youth are designed to teach life skills and social responsibility. CI partners with Aflatoun (Child Savings International) to implement its social and financial education program. The age-appropriate curriculum focuses on the development of pertinent life skills, the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, social responsibility and community service, and civic education. Sport for Development: Children and youth develop life skills and healthy behaviors by participating in physical activity, sport and play (including but not limited to soccer, basketball, volleyball, Zumba, running, Judo, Ping Pong and Chess). It also provides ample scenarios which coaches can build upon to teach life skills like, teamwork, problem solving and communication.Leadership Training provides children and youth with a hands-on learning experience so that they can practice important life skills, including interpersonal communication, public speaking, teamwork, problem analysis and decision making, conflict resolution and resource management. Participants learn the meaning of leadership and how to identify and strengthen leadership qualities in themselves and in their peers. Youth trainees also investigate and evaluate community problems and then identify possible solutions, and analyze the resources required to implement those solutions. The culminating activity for the youth participants is the implementation of a small-scale community service activity. Youth Councils:  Participants elect other youth to represent them, promote their interests and implement community-improvement projects. Arts programming helps children and youth develop life skills and protective behaviors through a variety of art forms including music, dance, theater, and painting. The art classes develop cognitive and psycho-motor skills in the participants while specific activities and teaching moments support the development of essential life skills such as communication, teamwork, and self-esteem. The program also instills core values such as dedication, perseverance, discipline and respect.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Children International ensures access to basic medical services for the entire sponsored population. This is accomplished through direct provision of services within CI's community centers or through coordination with public and private partners when possible. Services include free exams, free basic medicines and supplies, free and low-cost referral services for children and youth requiring specialized care and financial support to families during medical emergencies. CI also seeks to increase demand by building awareness around the importance of using health services when needed, this may include educational sessions, home visits, support in signing up for insurance plans or advice on availing their rights to health care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This program is designed to help children and youth overcome barriers to school enrollment and completion (for pre-school, primary and secondary school). Beneficiaries receive material assistance items that are most needed in their local context in order to attend school. The most common types of material support given include: school supplies, school fees, uniforms, textbooks, transportation fees and financial aid (which could be used for any school-related expenses). In some locations, all school-going children and youth receive some type of benefit while in other locations, school-related benefits are given to selected beneficiaries based on level of need. The specific types of benefits given and the value of the benefits given vary by location. In addition to the material assistance, agency staff and volunteers may conduct follow-up visits to verify children’s school status and provide guidance to families for children who are not in school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Children International provides dental care to children and youth through free cleanings, fluoride treatment, sealants, and restorative care and extractions. Most of the field locations use the Basic Screening Survey (BSS) methodology which was developed by ASTDD and has been used in CI's University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) for several years. This methodology includes two steps: first children are assessed by a basic screening survey to determine their need for care, next children are prioritized for exams to receive a treatment plan. The treatment plan is carried out by CI clinics or through referrals from CI. This ensures that children and youth receive early treatment when needed instead of waiting for people to come in once the damage has worsened. Programs will often include educational components and activities that create demand for the services, because visiting the dentist is not a very habitual practice.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Scholarship program is designed to assist youth with enrollment and completion of secondary school. Youth are required to apply for the scholarships and typically must meet certain requirements in order to maintain the scholarship, such as minimum grades, completion of the academic year and in some cases, volunteer service hours. Preference is given to youth who meet certain criteria such as: Is a minority, indigenous or a member of another economically or socially disadvantaged population; Is female in a country where girls face additional barriers over boys in acquiring an education; Is an “out-of-school” youth, who has left school prematurely to pursue employment; Has a large number of siblings or is a member of a single-parent household; Achieves high academic scores according to local standards;

Exhibits exemplary leadership skills and/or a tendency toward positive community involvement, either within or outside of the sponsorship program; Alongside the provision of the scholarships, staff members engage with the youth and their parents to help increase parental support and involvement in their children’s education. The value of the scholarships vary by location and are renewable.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This program is designed to provide participants with basic computer literacy and internet navigation skills. The majority of participants in the courses are youth ages 12 and older; however, some locations do offer the program to children as young as 8. Participants receive hands-on instruction in the use of basic applications and computer programs such as: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Email; Internet Navigation; and Internet Safety and Security. Some locations also provide advanced instruction on the use of computers and technology for business, marketing, employment and entrepreneurship. Through a partnership with Intel, Children International is using an Intel-developed curriculum in the computer skills courses that can be adapted to the context and need of each location. In addition to the formal computer skills program, all sponsored children and youth have access to the computer centers for learning and school-related activities, such as online research, homework and digital literacy and numeracy programs.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Children International currently implements the ESL program in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The program targets youth who have completed secondary school and wish to use English as their primary skill to enter the job market. The ESL program is designed to help youth improve their English comprehension, speaking, reading and writing, with the goal of increasing their marketable skills for employment.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

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 clients who report that services/supports are available when needed, even in a crisis

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health Care

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

percentage of individuals for whom basic health services (primary medical care, primary dental care and medicines) are available with acceptable hours of service and distance

Percentage of sponsored individuals using health services (primary health care services, dental services, medicines) when needing it.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of all sponsored individuals who have achieved minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

achieved minimum proficiency standards identified for their age/grade level in reading and mathematics excluding those who are not enrolled in school

In 2017, 91.5% of children and youth completing a tutoring program increased their profiency in math.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational Support

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals completing tutoring program with increased proficiency in math.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of scholarships awarded for primary and secondary school, representing an increase of 335 percent over 2016. With 98 percent of those completing their school year.

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.

Our goal is to eradicate poverty in the life of every child and person we meet. We connect people all over the world, facilitating strong relationships and partnerships across socioeconomic and cultural boundaries. Because we believe everyone shares the basic human right: to live free from poverty for good.

Children International focuses on four key program areas: health, education, empowerment and employment, which are all interconnected and essential to breaking the cycle of poverty. Our health programs focus on two important things: 1) developing healthy habits and 2) connecting kids with services when they need help. For education, we are focused on helping kids complete secondary schools using a wide range of tools to make it happen: providing school fees, uniforms, supplies, tutoring and scholarships. Our empowerment programs build leadership, teamwork and other life skills that are essential to breaking the cycle of poverty and encouraging kids to make a positive impact on their own communities. And lastly, our employment programs help teens develop workplace and technical skills. Young adults can earn scholarships for college or vocational training or participate in career readiness programs where they can practice mock interviews and create résumés.

Additionally, we recognize that each child's circumstances differ depending on their age, where they live and their own individual circumstances. Because of that, we have contextualized our programs so that they best meet the needs of the children in our program.

In partnership with our supporters, we offer a data-driven, long-term and holistic program designed to end poverty for the children and youth we serve. We establish roots where we work, building safe community centers and trusted teams that focus on learning, leadership and growth. Children and youth who graduate from our program develop comprehensive educational, social and leadership skills, enabling them to alter the course of their lives and impact their communities.

Children International has 67 community centers in 10 countries around the world. These community centers are where most of our programming takes place. We have a team of dedicated, in-country staff who oversee the day-to-day operations of each center and the programming that takes place. Not to mention, we also have a team of 9,000 volunteers around the world who believe passionately in Children International's mission and help us deliver our programs and services.

In 2015, CI conducted a biennial survey of a random sample of CI sponsored children, youth and young adults at each agency in order to gather outcomes data related to health, education, empowerment, and employability from sponsored children, youth and young adults. This survey was designed to provide both biennial point estimates (i.e., a cross-sectional or cohort sequential design implemented every two years) as well as longitudinal data regarding a subsample of children, youth and young adults. The survey will also be used to compare outcomes among children, youth, and young adults participating in CI's programming with those of non-participating children, youth, and young adults.

In 2017, Children International completed its second survey with results being compiled now.

Financials

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

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Children International

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brad Cloverdyke

Retired/American Century Invenstments

Term: 2019 - 2022

Susana Eshleman

President & CEO of Children International

David Cacioppo

President of Emfluence, Inc.

Tara Frank

Owner Tara Jaye Frank Co.

Liderman Duin

Owner, Bluepoint2

Brad Cloverdyke

Retired

Steve Berger

Partner, A.T. Kearney

Aviva Ajmera

CEO, SolveKC

Roland Paanakker

Principal, Paanakker & Co.

Adam Newsome

CEO, Lazer Spot

Marvin Irby

CFO, National Restaurant Association

Ena Williams Koschel

COO, Casey's General Stores

Tara Frank

President and CEO of TJF Career Modeling LLC

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, 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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