VISION TO LEARN

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.visiontolearn.org

Mission

We provide free eye exams and glasses to kids in low-income communities.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Ms. Ann Hollister

Main address

12100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1275

Los Angeles, CA 90025 USA

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EIN

45-3457853

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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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?

Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Kids

Vision To Learn solves a problem affecting as many as 2 million children nationwide who lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Kids in low-income communities and minorities are disproportionately affected.

The problem is one of access as most of the kids, for a host of reasons, do not get to a doctor. Vision To Learn solves the problem by bringing the clinic to the kids at schools and community organizations and providing eye exams and glasses free of charge. Vision To Learn has accomplished a great deal since it was started two years ago in Los Angeles and plans to use that experience to serve as a model for the rest of the nation. A few highlights:

· Vision To Learn has screened over 1,400,000 kids in 13 states, provided over 270,000 with eye exams and more than 215,000 with free glasses,
· Vision To Learn serves the needs of the hardest-to-reach kids in poverty-stricken, urban communities,
· UCLA research shows the direct impact VTL has on education outcomes—grades improve by 8% for kids helped by VTL,
· UCLA research also shows VTL helps improve the learning environment for the entire classroom and school.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

The Pacesetter Award 2014

The Campaign For Grade- Level Reading

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of children who received prescription eyeglasses

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Kids

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All children prescribed glasses by Vision To Learn receive a free , brand new pair of prescription glasses. They choose their own frame. Lost or broken glasses are replaced - free - within one year.

Number of children provided an eye exam.

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Kids

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Vision To Learn provides nondilated eye exams to every student who fails a vision screening at targeted low-income schools.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Five program objectives
1. Serve Children in low-income communities throughout the Nation.
2. Continue to provide quality vision care
3. Ensure program remains cost effective through paperless system management and meeting target examinations
4. Continue research on impact of Vision To Learn on a child's academic performance and success in life.
5. Build Vision To Learn's brand throughout Los Angeles so that access to our clinics remains possible
6. Build additional partnerships so that Vision To Learn reaches as many children as possible

Vision To Learn is a non-profit organization founded in 2012, to solve a problem affecting as many as 1.5 million children nationwide who lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Kids in low-income communities and minorities are disproportionately affected.
The problem is one of access as most of the kids, for a host of reasons, do not get to a doctor. Vision To Learn solves the problem by bringing the clinic to the kids at schools and community organizations and providing eye exams and glasses free of charge.

In order to achieve Vision To Learn's goal of providing vision care to the 1.5 million children nationwide who lack the glasses they need to see the board, read book study math or participate in class, Vision To Learn utilizes mobile clinics to bring the doctors where most kids can be found every day - in schools. These clinics allow us to meet the needs of kids in rural, Northern California communities as well as kids in urban areas, such as Los Angeles and Oakland and in the "hardest to reach" neighborhoods. Vision To Learn has expanded from serving one school district, Los Angeles Unified School District, to providing services to over two dozen school districts in three short years.
Since our inception in 2012, Vision To Learn has visited more than 1,300 schools and 130 youth organizations, examined over 38,000 students and provided over 29,000 children with free glasses.

In two short years, Vision To Learn has visited more than 1,300 schools, 130 organizations, examined over 38,000 students, and provided over 29,000 children with free glasses. Vision To Learn's exams have additionally identified other eye issues in children, such as amblyopia, diabetes, or motor skills deficiencies caused by vision impairment, resulting in over 3,500 children being referred to medical experts. While we are proud of having served over 38,000 students, it's a small fraction to the number of children nationwide who have similarly critical needs. School districts have requested our services at a rate that far out paces what we are able to provide.

In the three short years we have been in operation, Vision To Learn has expanded the program throughout Los Angeles, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Long Beach, San Jose, Compton, San Francisco, LAUSD, Delaware, and Hawaii to meet the demand for vision services by school districts.

Financials

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VISION TO LEARN

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Virginia Beutner


Board co-chair

Mr. Mickey Kantor

Steven Abraham

Don Attore

Glenna Avila

Arnie Berghoff

Greg Boyle

Patrick Butler

Ned Colletti

Lemuel Daniels

David Fleming

Antonia Hernández

Mickey Kantor

Reginald Love

Kerman Maddox

Veronica Melvin

Molly Munger

Timothy Noonan

Octavio Pescador

Richard Riordan

Jan Sobel

Tom Soto

Leandro Tyberg

Tyrone Washington

Glenville March

Cynthia Watts

Denita Willoughby

Jake Winebaum

Gaye Williams

Virginia Beutner

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? 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? No
  • 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