Tacoma Community Boat Builders Inc

Enriching Lives Through Craftsmanship

aka Tacoma Boat Builders   |   TACOMA, WA   |  https://tacomaboatbuilders.org

Mission

Creating transformational opportunities for marginalized and underserved youth through boat building, woodworking, and positive mentorship.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Shannon Shea Ph.D

Main address

1120 E D ST

TACOMA, WA 98421 USA

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EIN

46-1724422

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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?

Mentorship Programming

TBB breaks down barriers that inhibit youth development; guides court-involved and other at-risk youths to develop skills, integrity, and confidence to be citizen- and work-ready; makes it possible for youths to experience belonging while learning and growing together; restores their sense of self-worth and value in the community.

The essential activity of TBB’s programming is to pair justice-involved youth with caring positive adults, who engage together in a learn-by-doing process. In this relationship, mutual reliance, self-esteem, efficacy, and a basis of trust are developed. Youth experience setting and achieving goals, and have self-made success through hands-on learning.

In the program, each young person develops an independent woodworking project and engages in restoring and building boats with their mentors. In pre-COVID, though we hope to return to this model post-COVID, our programs take place in a fully equipped 4,300-square-foot woodworking shop on the Port of Tacoma side of the Thea Foss Waterway. We have direct access to the waterway from the property, and many of our boats are in the water ready for on-the-water activities all year round.

During COVID, programming has taken place virtually. TBB has arranged for materials to be delivered to each participating youth’s location, and they have worked together with their mentors virtually to complete independent woodworking projects. This has an effect on the types of projects that can be offered for safety and accessibility reasons, but the model has continued to be effective in engaging youth. It has also had the positive byproduct of reducing some barriers of distance and lack of transportation for youth in certain areas of unincorporated

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Where we work

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Additionally, we provide a space for older folks, our volunteers, who make up a second population we serve.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Program staff noticed a gap in including youth participants' parents or guardians in the process of programming. Parents/Guardians not only like knowing what is going on, but they can be helpful in making programming accessibility more streamline and efficient because they know their child better than we do. Now, we make an effort to include the parents/guardians more, especially in the beginning steps of enrolling into programs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback has opened the doors for real conversations to meet each youth where they are at. We welcome the conversation for youth to not only advocate for their needs but to ensure them that we want to be held accountable for what we said we intend to do. Likewise, being open to hearing where our strengths and areas of growth lie in the eyes of our participants is valuable for future decision planning. The power hasn't shifted too much from our original intent: Youth comes first.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Tacoma Community Boat Builders Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

III Clifford Armstrong

The City of Tacoma

Paul Birkey

Marilyn Larkin

Colleen Carmean

Robert Mack

Janece Levien

Ken Lazarus

Clifford Armstrong

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/12/2021

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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 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.
  • 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.