TURN 2 U INC

Paving The Road To Success

aka The Last Mile   |   San Francisco, CA   |  https://www.thelastmile.org

Mission

The Last Mile (TLM) provides opportunities for personal and professional growth for justice-impacted individuals through education and technology training. Through prison education, transitional support and workforce reentry, TLM is disrupting the system of mass incarceration across the United States. In-classroom curricula and course material prepares students for meaningful employment in modern job roles including web development, software engineering, and audio and video production. Students cultivate personal and professional development in alignment with the technical education and with the support of TLM reentry staff, volunteers, and a community founded on shared lived experiences.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Sydney Heller

Chief Strategy Officer

Andrea Henkel

Main address

548 Market Street PMB 70892

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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EIN

46-2899930

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

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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?

TLM Web Development Program

The Last Mile's Web Development Program has two core courses, Web Development Fundamentals and MERN Development. The goal of the two courses is to provide a program participant with the fundamental tools, regardless of technical background, for an apprenticeship in the field of web development and coding.

The Web Development Fundamentals course includes basic front end education on HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, UX/UI Design and JavaScript, culminating in a capstone project. The MERN Development course builds upon this existing knowledge, which includes back end education on MongoDB, Express, React and Node for full stack development understanding. This course ends with competency projects and a thesis project.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

The Last Mile's Audio and Video Production Program currently consists of the Digital Audio Production curriculum, a 6 month course that provides the education, tools and resources for program participants to become audio engineers. This coursework includes in-depth understanding of the history, science and engineering of sound technology, fundamentals of sound and hearing, Avid Pro Tools education, conceptual understanding of recording equipment, and the fundamental tools for mixing sound. The coursework culminates in mixing projects and experimenting with sound from different industries, including media, marketing, and podcasting.

This coursework is made possible by collaborations with partners SiriusXM, Avid Technologies, LinkedIn Learning and the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Awards

Barron’s Celebrates Educational Inclusion 2021

Barron's

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Currently incarcerated individuals in men's, women's, and youth correctional facilities and returned citizens.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, 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?

    TLM created a TA Program within our Web Development Program, in part, to get formalized feedback directly from our beneficiaries not only on our curriculum, but also on our remote instruction and academic support student help desk offerings. To expand on that and to make an equal opportunity for program participants to provide feedback on all of our programming, we are implementing a survey platform within our secure network in order to survey our entire student base on the efficacy, satisfaction, and learning outcomes of our program. While this may not sound particularly involved, the security constraints of hosting a cloud-based platforms within correctional facilities is complex and nuanced.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    TLM strives to be inclusive of the voices being heard throughout all of our decision making. Many of the programs, initiatives and departments that exist within our organization are a result of building structures to ensure our program participants and returned citizens in our community have an avenue to freely provide feedback about our programming. A main focus of TLM is rehumanizing and revoicing those who have had their voice systemically taken away. Our relationship with our students and those post-release in our community continues to strengthen as we iterate on our programming, based directly on feedback from them. Roughly half of TLM full time staff have lived experience of incarceration and were participants in our program, including members of senior management.

  • 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 get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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TURN 2 U INC

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Redlitz

Transmedia Capital

MC Hammer

John Hamm

Beverly Parenti

Chris Redlitz

Sway Calloway

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? No
  • 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 02/14/2022

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, 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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.