Educational Institutions

Affirming YOUth Foundation, Inc.

aka Affirming Youth   |   Miami, FL   |  www.AffirmingYouth.org

Mission

To empower youth to transform their lives through psychological, emotional, academic and social practices.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Mr. Jonathan Spikes

Main address

150 NW 79 Street Suite 342

Miami, FL 33150 USA

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EIN

45-4821954

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Affirming Youth programming is designed to engage youth and their families in the evidence-based, culturally responsive assessment and treatment for traumatic stress and associated mental health symptoms. Building meaningful partnerships that create mutuality among children, families, caregivers, and professionals at an individual and organizational level. Addressing the intersections of trauma with culture, history, race, gender, location, and language, acknowledge the compounding impact of structural inequity, and are responsive to the unique needs of diverse communities

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?

Affirming Youth Leadership Program

Cross-disciplinary, emotional intelligence program that increases knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits in critical thinking, self-initiative, and group collaboration.

This is achieved through a national curriculum that encompasses 21st Century knowledge and skills dispositions in National Health Education and Social Studies standards as well as soft job training skills.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$100,000

Let’s Talk it OUT is a conflict resolution program geared towards the adolescent population to help youth monitor, understand, and manage their stress, anger, and other difficult emotions. The objective is to teach them proactive strategies to navigate and resolve disputes to circumvent verbal and/or physical aggression and to support pro-social skills. This program is designed to enrich existing conflict resolution, anger management, communication skills, anti-violence, and other essential anti-bullying initiatives. Program Objectives Learn to identify and label challenging emotions such as frustration, anger, and distress Discover ways to effectively communicate anger and other negative feelings Gain skills in constructive problem solving (using ‘rationale’ rather than ‘emotion’ mind) Ultimately, Let’s Talk it OUT strives to break the chain of violence too often resorted to by youth by recognizing that education and constructive action are among the best vaccines for violence. By learning to recognize the steps of conflict and processing them before reacting, de-escalation techniques help diffuse the intensity of negative emotions and build emotion regulation; that is, conflict does not necessarily need to be equated with negativity, since, if managed in a productive way, it can actually safeguard individuals in a potentially dangerous situation while building character and confidence through appropriate, assertive communication.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Budget
$100,000

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 students showing improvement in test scores

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

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Difference in pre-test/post-test Child Adolescent Trauma Screen and Strength Difficulty Questionnaire

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

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

At-risk youth

Related Program

Let's Talk It Out

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students who reported increased skills, knowledge and ability to recognize emotions and use them appropriately.

Number of students who value social harmony

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

At-risk youth

Related Program

Let's Talk It Out

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students who increased skills, changed attitudes; or changed values from pre/post test.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The goals of our interventions are to reduce the incidence of violence through health and wellness services to trauma-impacted youth; lower rates of aggression and violent behavior by assisting youth to develop emotional self-awareness and control, positive social skills, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and aspiration for positive academic and social outcomes; provide intensive wraparound services that address environmental factors, family and daily living; and implement a community-based platform to improve positive youth and family outcomes while preventing violence, delinquency, and victimization through a continuum of care.

Building meaningful partnerships that create mutuality among children, families, caregivers, and professionals at an individual and organizational level. Addressing the intersections of trauma with culture, history, race, gender, location, and language, acknowledge the compounding impact of structural inequity, and are responsive to the unique needs of diverse communities

Affirming Youth Foundation, Inc is led by a Board of Directors and Executive Director with corporate systems of internal controls in place that is based on a framework of regular financial information, administrative procedures, and corporate governance. Affirming Youth Foundation, Inc uses a systems approach, including an annual budgeting stem with progress reviewed, approved and monitored by the board, regular reviews of periodic financial and outcome reports to measure performance against forecasts, and clearly defined internal audit control features to ensure contract compliance with all state and federal funding requirements. Affirming Youth operates using a team-based management approach in which staff works collaboratively to provide services. The team consists of Social Workers (licensed clinical, master or bachelor certified social workers), Public Health Specialist (bachelor of public health or senior/graduate-level interns from Florida International University – Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work), Community Involvement Specialist (non-credential community member with an awareness of issues impacting youth and families), Partnership Manager (administrative staff to coordinate programs, manage data, and connect resources to PROJECT SEEDS - HEALS), and Administrative Assistant/Office Manager (manage office operations)

Pre and Post data assessments. <br/>• Personal Skills to enhance school, community and civic engagement<br/>• Learn strategies of expression through Rhetoric and Composition<br/>• Positive emotional/psychological well-being - (a measure of self-efficacy)<br/>• Adult/Parent/Guardian/Community Trust (a measure of adult relationships)<br/>• Social Acceptance (a measure of peer relationships)<br/>• Self-perception of academic abilities (a measure of academic self-efficacy – academic attitude)<br/>• Increase in school attendance (a measure of academic self-efficacy – academic behavior)<br/>• Positive perception of school and future (measure of self-efficacy – academic enrichment)<br/>• Positive self-image and group image (measure of self-efficacy - exposure <br/>• Increase Self-efficacy (increase confidence and competence – measure of Amplify and core essentials)<br/>• Increase college and career readiness/preparation<br/>• Improved life outcomes (social, academic, and economic success)

Affirming Youth Foundation, Inc. - has demonstrated success with a proven track record of meeting/exceeding contracted performance outcomes in behavioral health and direct service contracts without corrective action plans or contract terminations. As a growing agency with staff, services, and clients, Affirming Youth Foundation, Inc., provides high quality services that demonstrate a positive impact in Miami’s urban core by working with the trauma-impacted, poverty-stricken, and under-resourced communities such as Liberty City, Overtown, and Little Haiti. In 2017, Affirming Youth expanded services to include targeted programs for youth between the ages of five (5) and eleven (11) years old and caregivers inclusive of biological and nonbiological. As an agency, Affirming Youth has uniquely positioned itself to address the effects of trauma and the importance of intervening early with urban minority adolescents across inner-city ecological domains. Affirming Youth Foundation, Inc. is committed to service and positive youth development by creating a safe space that is engaging and responsive to varying needs of youth to ensure an optimal learning environment for all to be mentally well and physically healthy.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Affirming YOUth Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Tangier Scott

Miami-Dade County

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Peter Ortega

Keller Williams Realty

Term: 2016 - 2018

Terrell Forney

WPLG/Channel 10

Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall

Miami Dade County Public Schools

Allison Haigler-Aristide

Miami-Dade County Transit

Clinton Neilly, III

Miami Dade County Public Schools

Maurice Fuller

Memorial Healthcare

Josh Ward

11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/03/2020

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/03/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Keywords

psycho-social education