Educate America Right Now Inc

aka EARN   |   Port Chester, NY   |  www.educateamericarightnow.org

Mission

Educate America Right Now (EARN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit encouraging academic excellence in adults returning to school for their first college degree. We provide merit-based financial and motivational support for hardworking adult students. We currently serve Westchester, NY and are expanding into Suffolk County on Long Island, NY.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

David Keith

Main address

PO BOX 765

Port Chester, NY 10573 USA

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EIN

46-4831434

NTEE code info

Community/Junior College (B41)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The American workforce needs to become more educated in order to be competitive. Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce predicted that by 2020 up to 64% of jobs in the United States would require successful candidates to have earned at least an Associate Degree. Therefore, one of our greatest undeveloped assets is the large group of adults returning to college to complete their first degree. These folks want the chance to better their own lives and the lives of their families. Non-traditional learners often make outstanding hires because they bring a rich array of life experience into the workplace. However, adults returning to school also face unique financial and family challenges and responsibilities. Because of this, a large number fail to complete their first degree. At EARN, we bring the help that these students need to become outstanding college graduates!

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?

EARN Grant

Merit-based Grants and active community support for hardworking adult college students. We currently serve students in Westchester County, NY and are expanding into Suffolk County on Long Island, NY.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Educate America Right Now, Inc. (EARN) supports these hardworking adults who are returning to college to obtain their first degree, in a manner consistent with academic excellence and personal responsibility.

EARN provides a multitiered solution to help hardworking adults graduate with the high grades and sound work ethic that all of the best employers want. We provide an academic merit-based grant model combined with enthusiastic academic support and a group forum, each these geared to the unique challenges faced by adult students returning to school.

EARN is a small 501(c)3 education charity that offers a uniquely personalized service model. Between them, EARN's Board members bring a lifetime of entrepreneurial expertise, a deep understanding of business and scientific research, 44 years of combined teaching and administrative experience in top-ranked New York State school districts, and professional experience in areas as diverse as pharmaceutical drug safety and quality control, utilities data analysis, secondary school leadership, and science research education. EARN has worked in alliance with Westchester Community College in NY since 2014 and hopes to expand to include Suffolk Community College on Long Island in 2021. EARN currently has five EARN Grant Scholars and over a dozen qualified students who have submitted applications to become EARN Grant Scholars as funds become available.

EARN helped one our first Grant Scholars to leave a shelter while completing his first degree with honors. Another student was a police officer and father who's son was reluctant to go to college. He wanted to show his son the value of a college degree. With the support of EARN, he graduated with excellent grades and is now pursuing a four year degree in law. A current Grant Scholar who lost her father before she discovered the value of education is now completing her degree with just under a 4.0 GPA in order to honor her deceased father's belief in the power of college. Still another Grant Scholar has overcome a lifetime of socioeconomic adversity and is now on her way to becoming a certified counselor. A construction injury had sidelined the ability to work for one of our Scholars, who returned to school to find a way to a new life. He graduated in June of 2019 after earning a 4.0 in calculus and physics and discovering a passion for engineering! Every adult student brings a personal story worth honoring. EARN is looking for increased donor support and corporate assistance, so that we can expand and service the large number of applicants that we are now receiving.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are completing our first phone/Zoom interview with clients to inform the Board about the perceptions of the clients that we serve, with the goal of completion by December 31st 2020.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Educate America Right Now Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Keith

Jess Schust

Richard Rudden

David Keith

Christina Wyman

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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 10/22/2020

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.