Sunset Spark, Inc.

Engineering a disaster for the status quo.

Brooklyn, NY   |  https://www.sunsetspark.org

Mission

Sunset Spark helps new Americans learn creative tech and science skills to advance their educational, cultural, social, and economic opportunities. We do our work in Sunset Park, a working class neighborhood in Brooklyn with tens of thousands of immigrant families from Latin America, the Middle East, and China. This mission is primarily accomplished through boutique, high-quality courses for babies, kids, adults, and families on a wide variety of topics, like computer science and engineering, robotics, and neuroscience. Our programs come from a united joy for technology and education in our community, inspired by our own diverse backgrounds and the hardworking immigrant families we serve.

Ruling year info

2016

Co-Director

Yadira Hadlett

Co-Director

Gaelen Hadlett

Main address

P.O. Box 320145

Brooklyn, NY 11232 USA

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EIN

45-4683418

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Computer Science (U41)

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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?

Creative Technology Classes

We teach a variety of 6-12 week courses for K-8 students to learn creative technology subjects, such as robotics and video game design. Each course has a different focus, but all courses cover concepts in computer science and coding. We have robotics and coding courses for all grade levels.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Immigrants and migrants

We provide professional development to public school teachers on computer science and computational thinking subjects. We teach teachers how to build robots, write code, and think like a computer scientist in the day-to-day activities. We also partner with NYC DOE's Computer Science for All initiative to bring our curriculum and training to teachers across the entire city. Our curriculum, trainings, and videos reach hundreds of teachers every year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We have unique programs that teach parents skills they can use with their children at home. In these programs, parents learn the science behind best practices for learning math, science, and literacy. We teach parents neuroscience, computer science, and 3d design so that they can be more empowered to create fun and educational enrichment activities for their children.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Immigrants and migrants

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 teachers trained

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

Computer Science Teacher Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students enrolled

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Creative Technology Classes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After speaking with families about their remote learning experiences with public schools, we began providing free in-person tech support for devices to help get kids online and into classes.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Sunset Spark, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gaelen Hadlett

Laura Espinoza

Visión Futuro

Ann Marie Conway

Kaylan Sobel

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? 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/17/2021

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/18/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.