Bravo Programs of America Inc

Education is their way out.

Harrison Township, MI   |  www.bravoprograms.org

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 info

2014

President/Founder

Ms Ellen M Lysik

Main address

34432 Jefferson A4

Harrison Township, MI 48045 USA

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EIN

46-2088518

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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

Scholarship Program

Bravo Programs of America's primary focus is awarding scholarships/Books etc. to aged out foster youth. We are confident without question that every semester we provide a student with educational skills we bring them closer to their career goals without the burden of student debt.

Population(s) Served

The primary goal of our mentor program is to help ensure our students get the support they need to stay in school and graduate. We will do this by providing one-on-one support to our students, giving them access to subject matter experts to help them solve problems, and offering educational workshops to help build social and professional skills and establish a sense of community.

Population(s) Served

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.

How many Bravo Scholarships have been awarded?

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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?

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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?

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

Scholarship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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

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?

    Paper surveys,

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

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We updated our workshop approach based on input from our students

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Bravo Programs of America Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Ellen Lysik

President/Founder

Term: 2014 -

Gerald Filipek

Filipek & Co. LLC

Julie Miller

Career Strong Solutions LLC

Cristina Williams

Leslie Tire

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? No
  • 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? 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

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

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