Human Services

Bravo Programs of America Inc

Education is their way out.

Harrison Township, MI

Mission

Bravo Programs of America awards scholarships and book stipends to young adults, aged 18 through 24, who are or were in the Foster Care System and are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary education program.

Ruling Year

2014

President/Founder

Ms Ellen M Lysik

Main Address

34432 Jefferson A4

Harrison Township, MI 48045 USA

Keywords

Scholarships, foster youth 18-24, mentoring, STEM

EIN

46-2088518

 Number

7437260217

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2016.
Register now

Social Media

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Education leads to higher income potential and improved well-being. Yet it is well documented that foster youth are at increased risk of poor educational outcomes. So instead of looking forward to better job prospects and employability, foster youth are more likely than their non-foster peers to become involved with the criminal justice system, have or father a child, or experience homeless – all by age 21. They are much less likely to graduate from college – only 3% do. It wasn’t their misstep or bad decision that put foster kids in this position, yet they are the ones paying the price. Bravo Programs of America (BPA) views post-secondary education as an essential part of a foster youth’s path to success, and we aim to support them in reaching their educational goals.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Scholarship Program

Mentor Program

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How many Bravo Scholarships have been awarded?

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students

Related program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total number of scholarships or book stipends awarded in the year

How many Bravo scholarships went to previous scholarship recipients?

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students

Related program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Bylaws were changed in 2016 to allow repeat scholarship awards, increasing the odds that Bravo students cross the graduation finish line.

% of scholarships awarded to students enrolled in a STEM program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students

Related program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

What is the average value of the tuition/books award given to an applicant?

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Students

Related program

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

BPA was founded to help former foster care youth, aged 18 through 24, achieve their post-secondary education goals.

Our primary strategy is to award scholarships and book stipends to eligible students who are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution and have good academic standing. Secondarily, we run a mentor program to help ensure our students get the support they need to stay in school and graduate.

We work closely with social workers at universities, community colleges, and other foster care related nonprofits for student referrals. We rely on fundraisers, solicitations, grants, and donations from companies and private individuals to fund our scholarship program. We solicit volunteers from the community to staff our mentor program.

We track student graduation status through their respective educational programs.

Since 2014, Bravo Programs of America has been fundraising and awarding scholarships to deserving foster youth. As of the end of 2019 we have awarded in excess of $155k in scholarships and book stipends to 42 students. The following summarizes where these young adults stand in reaching their educational goal: - 4 have attained their Associates Degree or Technical Certification. - 14 have earned their Bachelors Degree. Of these, 2 are currently pursuing a Masters Degree. - 14 are on track to attain their Bachelors Degree by age 26. - 4 have dropped out of school or did not graduate by age 26. - 6 are those we have lost touch with and their graduation status is unknow. We are proud of these results. Nationally, about 3% of foster care alumni earn a 4 year degree by age 26. To date, 33% of our students have, and 35% more are on track to do so! We are fiscally responsible. We are an all volunteer organization, and direct 97% of all monies raised to our students. And 86% of monies awarded to date have gone to students who have reached their educational goals or are on track to do so. Of course, we would like this number to be 100%, and this is part of the reason we have recently added a mentoring program to our service offerings. Through our mentor program we strive to ensure our students get the support they need to stay in school and graduate. We also know that college isn't for everybody. In 2019 we established a partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors of South East Michigan, who will work with us to provide 2 scholarships a year to the South East Michigan Construction Academy.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We updated our workshop approach based on input from our students

External Reviews

Financials

Bravo Programs of America Inc

Need more info on this nonprofit?

Need more info on this nonprofit?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2016
  • A Pro report is also available for this organization.

See what's included

Operations

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

Need more info?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2016
  • A Pro report is also available for this organization.

See what's included

Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

No

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

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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/10/2020

Leadership

No data

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data