SUMMER OF SERVICE SOS

Learn. Serve. Explore.

aka SOS   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.sossanantonio.org

Mission

Summer of Service (SOS) is dedicated to education through service and travel by providing students with the opportunity to learn abroad in order to better their own communities and serve back home. We see a world in which all young people - no matter their background - believe in their power to make a positive difference in their communities.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Mr. Amir Samandi

Main address

Po Box 780674

San Antonio, TX 78278 USA

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EIN

47-2212526

NTEE code info

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mission: Summer of Service (SOS) is dedicated to education through service and travel by providing students with the opportunity to learn abroad in order to better their own communities and serve back home. Vision: We see a world in which all young people - no matter their background - believe in their power to make a positive difference in their communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOS Serve Program

SOS organizes and leads students ages 12-18 through monthly community service opportunities throughout San Antonio. Students are encouraged to learn empathy for those we serve and gain a deeper understanding of the needs of our community.

The Serve program promotes youth empowerment and socially-conscious entrepreneurship through local community engagement. The program has two arms: ‘Community Action’ and ‘Make It Happen.’ SOS staff coordinate and lead ‘Serve’ service projects at San Antonio-area nonprofits. The ‘Make It Happen’ initiative is student-driven; students submit their community service ideas to SOS serve staff, then either partner with local nonprofits or lead independent efforts to see their ideas come to life.

Population(s) Served

Through travel abroad, students learn more about the world around them, and about themselves. In the process, students return inspired to give back and make their own community better and become actively engaged global citizens. The Explore program broadens horizons and exposes young people to new ideas and opportunities through international trips with accompanying customized curriculum. Since 2014, we have led 12 groups of students on trips to locations, including: Peru, Greece, China, Belize and Australia.

Population(s) Served

Our Learn program engages local educators to create curriculum that aligns with what students are learning in the classroom and through their experiential learning, both with local volunteering and travel abroad with SOS.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Summer of Service (SOS) was founded in 2014 on the belief that bringing young people from all parts of San Antonio together to engage in local service projects and international travel will:
stoke ongoing passion in young people for service and civic engagement,
create “global citizens” by supplementing formal education in civics, world cultures and geography,
build geographically diverse networks of young people and
expand the cultural capital of disadvantaged students by exposing them to travel and more advantaged peers.

Our service delivery model has two active pillars: Serve and Explore.

The Serve program promotes local community engagement through volunteering. This includes student service projects coordinated by our all-volunteer staff and projects entirely designed and led by students (called Make It Happen projects). Since our inception, SOS has facilitated nearly 17,000 hours of community service, engaging 950 middle- and high-school students in nearly 800 unique service opportunities. Service project partners include the SA River Foundation, SAMM Ministries, and the SA Food Bank.

The Explore program broadens horizons through international trips with accompanying customized curriculum. Since 2014, we have led over 250 students on trips to locations like Peru, Greece, China, and Australia. This includes 50 students from underrepresented communities who participated via scholarship. Our long-term goal is a 50/50 mix of scholarship and full-paying student attendees.

As an all-volunteer run organization, SOS is founded and sustained by participatory, community-based decision making. A host of dedicated volunteer leaders from different fields- including education, tech, banking, international relations- collaborate with trip partners from across the world to create meaningful experiences for young people traveling internationally and serving locally. SOS leaders rely on feedback from on-the-ground community members to shape activities, lesson plans and itineraries.

Local nonprofit staff play a key role in shaping the service projects students engage with in our community. SOS leaders rely on their input to match students’ skills and interests with meaningful service projects. In addition, Make It Happen projects are completely student-driven, beginning with the initial project idea and continuing through project execution.

Currently we aim to provide at least 10 students with demonstrable financial need with scholarships to attend Explore trips each year. Our long-term goal is for Explore trips to be a 50/50 mix of scholarship and full-paying participants; at current service levels, this will translate to our providing an additional 15 underserved students a year the opportunity to go on a horizon-expanding study abroad trip.

Young people must record at least 15 hours of pre-trip service with SOS through our Serve program to be eligible for a trip. In addition to tracking these hours, we track how many students continue serving our community beyond the trip. Currently almost 70% of SOS students exceed minimum requirements by continuing to serve locally following their trips, exceeding our 50% target.

Financials

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Operations

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SUMMER OF SERVICE SOS

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Col. Tim Farrell

Raul Valencia

Frost Bank

Erica Salinas

Frost Bank

Sherry Mathews

Jackson Walker

Amir Samandi

SAISD

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 10/21/2020

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Leadership

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