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A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga

What's Your Next Step? You Decide.

aka A Step Ahead Chattanooga   |   Chattanooga, TN   |  http://www.astepaheadchattanooga.org

Mission

Remove barriers to contraception through education, outreach, and access to free birth control

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Mandy Cowley

Main address

PO Box 4212

Chattanooga, TN 37405 USA

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EIN

46-3740551

NTEE code info

Reproductive Health Care Facilities and Allied Services (E40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Health disparities can make the most effective birth control methods off limits for many. Women of color and those with lower education and socioeconomic status are at much greater risk of unintended pregnancy and the resulting adverse outcomes. To ensure that all women can get a step ahead, ASAC removes the barriers of knowledge, access, and cost.

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?

Free Birth Control

We believe contraception should be available to anyone who needs it. That’s why we offer FREE preventative birth control services to people living or going to school in our 18-county service area, which spans Southeast Tennessee (Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Meigs, McMinn, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie County), Northwest Georgia (Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield County), and Northeast Alabama (DeKalb and Jackson County).
Need a ride or assistance with transportation to your appointment? We take care of that too.

Population(s) Served
Young women
Older women

A Step Ahead Chattanooga offers a variety of free educational workshops for social service providers, clinic partners, community partners, parents, guardians, grandparents, youth, and adults.

Our workshops provide factual information about preventative birth control methods, healthy relationships, and overall reproductive well-being.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Preteens
Parents
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Clarence B. Jones Impact Award Winner 2020

Communications Network

Innovation in Action 2023

United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Affiliations & memberships

Clarence B. Jones Impact Award 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of clients served

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

Women and girls, LGBTQ people

Related Program

Free Birth Control

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers shown are the total in each given year and are not cumulative.

Number of volunteers

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

Women and girls, LGBTQ people

Related Program

Free Birth Control

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The total number of volunteers serving in a given year. The volunteer program and volunteer opportunities changed during/after the pandemic. We now have fewer volunteers who serve more hours.

Total number of classes offered

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

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Classes are offered through various partners and community organizations to educate the community on all forms of birth control.

Number of individuals reached through classes

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

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community outreach events

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

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of conversations at community outreach events

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

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Free Birth Control

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We provide long-term, reversible birth control (IUDs and implants) to any woman living in Southeast Tennessee who wants it. For free. These low-maintenance methods provide protection when a woman wants it and are fully reversible when she’s ready.

Access to birth control gives a woman the opportunity to complete an education, earn more money, have healthier pregnancies, take care of her children, and live life on her terms. ASAC aims to remove the barriers of knowledge, cost, and access so that every woman in our service area has these opportunities.

A Step Ahead Chattanooga provides education about and access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). These options are not only the most effective methods, but are fully reversible if and when a woman wants to start a family. Through education and outreach, we ensure that women know all of their birth control options and are able to decide which method is best for them. ASAC also provides free access to LARCs, covering not only the cost of the device, but any costs associated with the consultation and insertion of the device, including pregnancy and STD testing as needed. We even pay for transportation to appointments to reduce barriers to access! ASAC provides these services to any woman in our eleven county service area in southeast Tennessee, regardless of income or insurance status.

ASAC is overseen by a fifteen-member Board of Directors. A small, but knowledgeable staff of five (an Executive Director, Director of Development and Marketing, Education and Outreach Mager, Client and Volunteer Relations Coordinator, and Operations Support Specialist) oversees day-to-day operations, with additional assistance from consultants that we have engaged to help with everything from accounting to graphic design.

Over 85 trained volunteers serve as Community Ambassadors and Appointment Line volunteers. Appointment Line volunteers receive calls from clients on our appointment line, and after a brief series of intake questions, connect each client with one of our vetted medical provider partners to set up an appointment. Community Ambassadors engage their communities both online and in-person to help spread the word about ASAC's services.

A paid Community Outreach team, consisting of a diverse and highly trained group of young people from our community, attends community events and facilitates conversations about birth control. This team allows us not only to spread the word about the services that ASAC has to offer, but to educate the community on ALL methods of birth control.

ASAC is funded by primarily by individual donors, and by local and national foundation grants. As of 2020, ASAC has diversified our revenue streams to include earned income, which we expect to grow to become a significant part of our funding model.

A recent independent evaluation conducted by RTI International shows significant impacts since we began offering our services in 2014. In our first five years, our programs resulted in 387 fewer unintended pregnancies, 86 fewer induced abortions, and $4.5 million in healthcare savings alone. And that's just in our eleven county service area! The evaluation projects that in another five years, if just five percent of women in our service area switch from a short-acting reversible contraceptive (SARC) to a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), we can expect 790 fewer unintended pregnancies, 167 fewer induced abortions, and $8 million in healthcare savings.

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 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

  • 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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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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A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Emily Valdez

Language South

Term: 2022 - 2023

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 7/28/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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 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.