BRIGHT LIGHT VOLUNTEERS INTERNATIONAL

Make the world a brighter place!

aka Bright Light Volunteers, Bright Light, BLV   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.brightlightvolunteers.org

Mission

The mission of Bright Light Volunteers is to make the world a brighter place by offering educational service programs that foster the development of global leaders and citizens.

Ruling year info

2014

Co-Executive Director

Ms. Catherine Greenberg

Co-Executive Director

Professor Stacie Freeman

Main address

9540 Garland Road, Ste 381, Box 116

Dallas, TX 75218 USA

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EIN

46-3545935

NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need we address is two-fold. First, we address students', particularly Title I students', access to global learning experiences. Second, we address the needs of each underdeveloped community we serve. The world needs educated, compassionate world citizens to meet global challenges that we face.

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?

Virtual Global Service Learning & Citizenship Program

Program participants improve their understanding and critical thinking about global issues and the interconnectedness of different countries and populations. They become familiar with UN Global Goals and develop an understanding of how their involvement and service supports the development of a more peaceful and sustainable world. With guidance from UNESCO global citizenship education, the GSLC course equips participants with the broad knowledge and functional skills necessary to become culturally competent, global citizens and leaders. Via the online course, participants will also interact with BLV’s partners across the world and engage in a virtual service project with members of our host communities.

- Earn a Certificate for Global Citizenship

- Obtain knowledge and understanding of local, national and/or global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations

- Develop awareness of one’s own personal reactions to those from different cultures (personal biases, beliefs, attitudes)

- Act effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful, just and equitable world.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students
Teachers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

GreatNonprofits Top Rated Nonprofit 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Economic impact of global service programs

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

Young adults, Preteens, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is measured in USD.

College acceptance rate for student participants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is measured in percentage.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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

Young adults

Related Program

Virtual Global Service Learning & Citizenship Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This includes full and partial scholarships.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is measured in USD.

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.

The goal is to provide safe, quality international service abroad programs that foster the development of global leaders and world citizens. By providing educational international service abroad to students, we create citizens who will continue to make the world a brighter place.

With the help of our University partner, students are enrolled in a college course, at a discounted tuition. This course prepares students by introducing them to the country's history, culture, and unique challenges. By taking part in this online course, we are reinforcing why it is so important that education, as well as first-hand knowledge, is the key to solving the world's problems. During their service program, students are guided by a local citizen. They take part in structured learning, as well as impromptu teaching moments as they serve. The students fulfill whatever service opportunity the community needs at the time. Some of the service initiatives our students have taken part in recently are beach plastic clean-up, farming, teaching, building and renovating school facilities, installing drinking wells, health clinics, and environmental conservation.

All of our program coordinators have many years' experience in traveling abroad and global service. We follow best practices through extensive research and strategic planning. Our University partner is fully accredited with a Global Studies department.

Since 2014, we have had over 600 volunteers serve abroad with us, most of them students. All of our students currently have a 100% college acceptance rate. Many of our students have pursued careers in international service, such as international law and global economics.

Financials

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Operations

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

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BRIGHT LIGHT VOLUNTEERS INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Amy Besnard


Board co-chair

Mr. Scott Jennings

Amy Besnard

Scott Jennings

Margaret McMillan

Sharon Parker-Thomas

Alexander VanDewark

Alma Garcia

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/01/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability