Soldiers To Sidelines

Military Makes Great Coaches!

aka Soldiers To Sidelines   |   Lewes, DE   |  https://soldierstosidelines.org

Mission

The Mission and Vision: Soldiers to Sidelines is a non profit organization whose mission is two-fold: 1) Develop our military leaders to become excellent coaches. 2) Integrate them into youth sports so they may inspire, motivate and encourage young athletes to succeed in sports and life. We service all branches of the military, active duty, retired, and wounded, ill or injured. Currently, we develop Soldier-Coaches to work in football and lacrosse in the Washington DC area, but plan to expand to all sports in multiple cities throughout the United States.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Harrison Bernstein

Main address

17461 Taramino Pl

Lewes, DE 19958 USA

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EIN

46-5638383

NTEE code info

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Soldiers to Sidelines aims to solve two problems: 1) Service members, veterans, and military spouses struggle to find purpose, meaning and fulfillment in the workforce and community. Often this leads to depression, isolation, and suicide in severe cases. 2) Kids quit playing sports and forfeit an opportunity to develop valuable life skills to become outstanding members of society. The quality of sports coaching for youth, high school, is lacking in inspiration, motivation, character, and overall coaching mastery.

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?

Soldiers to Sidelines Football Coaching Certification Seminar

The program is a 4 day certification seminar that
culminates with a free youth football skills clinic as a practicum. The objectives covered in the seminar are as follows:
INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE PARTICPANTS TO WANT TO MASTER THE ART OF COACHING
CREATE AND FOSTER STRONG BONDS BETWEEN ALL PARTICIPANTS
LEARN THE STS COACHING ETHOS
REFLECT ON PAST EXPEREIENCES WITH GOOD AND BAD LEADERS
LEARN HOW TO CONTROL OUR REPSONSE TO OTHERS’ BEHAVIOR TO PRODUCE A DESIRE OUTCOME
INTROSPECT ON HOW OTHERS’ BEHAVIOR AFFECT THEM
THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT HOW THEIR ACTIONS AFFECT OTHERS
TEACH LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE POWER OF INFLUENCE
TEACH HOW TO COMMUNICATE AND BEHAVE AS A LEADER TO CREATE INTENTIONAL POSITIVE OUTCOMES
TEACH X’S AND O’S THROUGH A THEORETICAL APPROACH
GENERATE ENTHUSIASM TO STUDY DEEPER INTO X’S AND O’S
PRESENT ALL MATERIAL IN A CLEAR AND EGANGING EXPERIENCE THAT IS SURE TO RESONATE FOR FUTURE DECADES
PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

This 4 Day Seminar certifies coaches to be proficient in coaching lacrosse which culminates in free youth lacrosse skills clinic. The objectives covered in the seminar are as follows:
INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE PARTICPANTS TO WANT TO MASTER THE ART OF COACHING
CREATE AND FOSTER STRONG BONDS BETWEEN ALL PARTICIPANTS
LEARN THE STS COACHING ETHOS
REFLECT ON PAST EXPEREIENCES WITH GOOD AND BAD LEADERS
LEARN HOW TO CONTROL OUR REPSONSE TO OTHERS’ BEHAVIOR TO PRODUCE A DESIRE OUTCOME
INTROSPECT ON HOW OTHERS’ BEHAVIOR AFFECT THEM
THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT HOW THEIR ACTIONS AFFECT OTHERS
TEACH LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE POWER OF INFLUENCE
TEACH HOW TO COMMUNICATE AND BEHAVE AS A LEADER TO CREATE INTENTIONAL POSITIVE OUTCOMES
TEACH X’S AND O’S THROUGH A THEORETICAL APPROACH
GENERATE ENTHUSIASM TO STUDY DEEPER INTO X’S AND O’S
PRESENT ALL MATERIAL IN A CLEAR AND EGANGING EXPERIENCE THAT IS SURE TO RESONATE FOR FUTURE DECADES
PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

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.

Number of one-on-one coaching sessions

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

Veterans, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service members, veterans, and military spouses actively coaching athletes

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

Veterans, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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

Veterans, Military personnel

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Children and youth, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

-10 Virtual Coaching Certification Webinars
(2 FB, 2LX, 2SP, 2BB, 1 WC, 3 New Sports)
-Certify 500 New Soldier Coaches per Year to become character-based sports coaches
-Build the best virtual learning platform for coaching and leadership in the country
-24 Webinars- Episodic Social Media Shows to drive engagement and awareness
-Ambassador Program (25+ Ambassadors Nationwide)- Fellowship events, Outreach, Community Sports Clinics
-Membership Development Program Grow to 500+
-24 Live Coaching Events per Year
-Provide Coaching Stipends to Soldier Coaches who participate in our Membership development Program. The amount of each Stipend will based on how many continuing education units earned.

Raise funds through diversified channels to include individual giving, corporates sponsorships, special events, and memberships. These funds will support 4 primary services to our constituents:

1) Virtual coaching certification seminars: We employ directors for each sport who provide curriculum content, guest coaches, and awareness for each seminar.

2) Continued education opportunities: We employ a Director of Education who is responsible for creating curriculum content, managing each Soldier Coach's educational progress, and collaborating with each Sports Director.

3) Coaching job placement services: Our sport directors leverage their relationships and contacts within each sport to help our Soldiers Coaches advance in their coaching practice.

4) Live coaching events: We employ a National Ambassador Director who is responsible for leveraging the human capital of our volunteer ambassadors to plan and execute coaching events throughout the country.

We are able to grow in awareness, Soldier Coach stewardship, and revenue generation through strategic partnerships that leverage mutual assets and connections. Such strategic partners include the USO, Team RWB, and Wounded Warrior Project.

We create sponsorship opportunities for companies that align with our mission and promote their initiatives. Sponsorship opportunities include our coaching seminars, webinars, podcast, and live events.



Our organization is capable of meeting our goals because we have hired the best in the business with expertise in the following disciplines:

Communications and Marketing
Community Relations
Customer Service
Event Planning
Coaching
Learning Technology
Human Performance
Graphic Design
Teaching
Strategic Organization and Planning
Fundraising

We have grown to host 9 virtual coaching certification seminars
We have certified 519 Soldier Coaches and growing
We have expanded to offer our services to military spouses
We have increased the number of our strategic partnerships
We have created a sponsored webinar series to provide free education to Soldier Coaches
88% of our Soldier Coaches are currently coaching and 12% plan to coach in the future
Our Soldier Coaches report that they feel 90% better about themselves after completing our seminars because they coach others.
Our Soldier Coaches operate n 43 different states and 6 countries abroad
Our Soldier Coaches have positively impacted over 26,000 athletes and growing through coaching sports

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?

    We serve Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses from every branch of the United States Military.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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?

    We recently hosted an exclusively women's coaching certification seminar to allow for a more comfortable learning experience for the female military coach.

  • 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?

    We have created an easy and more fun user experience for our constituents. We have also been able to create very specific content to the wishes of constituents.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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?

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

Financials

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Operations

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Soldiers To Sidelines

Board of directors
as of 05/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Harrison Bernstein

Soldiers To Sidelines

Mike Miller

NFL Players Benefits Association

Rusty Wright

Truist Bank

Scott Urick

Georgetown Preparatory School

John O'Grady

Raytheon

Harrison Bernstein

Soldiers To Sidelines

Marnie Schneider

Game Day in the USA

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 5/4/2022

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/26/2021

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.