Educational Institutions

VISION TO LEARN

Los Angeles, CA

Mission

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

Ruling Year

2012

President

Ms. Ann Hollister

Main Address

11611 San Vicente Blvd Ste 500

Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA

Keywords

vision services, students, mobile clinics

EIN

45-3457853

 Number

6573596874

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Kids

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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.

The indicators of our organization's success are based on the following:
1. The number of glasses provided to children in low-income communities across the nation.
2. UCLA research which tracks Vision To Learn's program both qualitatively and quantitatively.

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.

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VISION TO LEARN

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No