Ascendtials

Tools that Advance

San Diego, CA   |  ascendtials.org

Mission

ASCENDtials is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit specializing in critical consciousness, by providing thoughtful holistic educative tools, resources, and training programs that prepare, are preventative, and instill and reinforce a deeper appreciation for self and community, a oneness that builds capacity, and environmental care. ASCENDtials wants to reveal the truth, bring awareness, represent ancient black thought on keeping in balance, and creating actionable change by using tools that will help liberate and transform individuals to secure real structural change. We deserve systems that support a complete human experience and representative of truth in nature and harmonizing for all.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Mika Marzette

Main address

505 W Broadway

San Diego, CA 92101 USA

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EIN

47-2451577

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

These days we are bombarded with courses that focus on improving our behavior, and for good reason, there are clear signs that our way of life is wreaking havoc and our bad behavior is consistently dehumanizing. From the death of many blacks at the hands of police, to protests demanding equal and civil rights, issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace, to voter suppression efforts, the pandemic, and severe climate issues, are all clear indications of a society in turmoil, and not in alignment with nature. Many will suggest that this is the simply nature of man and weather, to be destructive. Yet, I suggest this is the behavior of an ill-equipped, mis-educated, underdeveloped and an unevolved man not collectively conscious enough to transform from our current state of being. This is simply because man is in a constant state of oppression, and under a system that reinforces oppression. This state of oppression has a name that I’ve titled “Whiteness”.

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?

Women and Girls program

ASCENDtials supports the effort of developing women and girls as vital to dismantling structures that prevent social change. This group is vital to the overall success of fulfilling the feminine aspect and keeping in balance the laws of opposites. Women and girls are tasked understanding the signs and symbols in nature, embodying the qualities of the feminine element, with the responsibility of remaining calm, clear-headed, and in tune with (qualities of the feminine element) nature, nurturing and providing the sustenance for successful growth and development, to ensure the body, mind, and spirit are in balance, to ensure successful creation and growth of new ideas.

Our programming seeks to develop these women and girls such that they are balanced and aware of their nature and that they successfully embody this required balance with the masculine energy to ensure success of humanity. In keeping with the concept of balance, these women and girls will be

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status

Ascenditals is focused on creating an environmental program that promotes two objectives: bringing awareness to current U.S. farming systems and their role in depleting soil health and contributing to water pollution while utilizing educative tools to create a tree planting garden program that aims to address our individual contribution towards pollution practices through lower water consumption and improved soil quality that will decrease San Diego’s heat islands. Ascendtials’ mission aims to integrate initiatives/programs centered on building a more harmonizing connection with nature while bringing awareness to behaviors that perpetuate imbalance through environmental education and concern for farming practices that negatively impact the environment. Our program seeks to inspire conscious citizens to protect their local environment while developing their knowledge on sustainable farming systems that preserve California’s natural wildlife.

Population(s) Served

It is much more than merely doing poses that come from the walls of ancient Egyptian
tombs and temples. Kemetic Yoga is a social, cultural and political movement which
emerged out of the struggle for liberation of African people all over the world. We
invite all people to participate in this system of Yoga as a positive means of total self
development but it's underlying motive is the restoration and rejuvenation of the culture. A style of Yoga puts emphasis on alignment of the vertebral column of the spine. Many of the poses are triangular and mimic the geometrical configuration of the pyramid. Kemetic Yoga emphasizes the rejuvenation of the entire body and mind, not just the physical development of outer muscles and flexibility. Most importantly, Kemetic Yoga emphasizes control of the breath. The breath is the life force. Our primary source of energy is from the breath and not food. In Kemetic Yoga, we use the breath to “flow” through the movements from one posture to the next.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

It signifies a transition from a culture built around and promoting the privilege of being white to one that equally recognizes, the importance of the power of black bodies’ creative energy, transformative power, and skill to solve problems and dismantles oppressive systems that do not do the same.

Designing From Whiteness to Oneness™ is a curriculum to help learners understand, critically and consciously connect and engage in dialogue, through presentations, storytelling, bringing greater awareness to the five senses, including developing the third eye, using KOS (Knowledge of Self) tools, and framework to create a dialogical process of learning and knowing that motivates and reinforces change. Our goal is to empower black communities through the discovery and deep discussion of how things came to be, in terms of Anti-Black structures in place, that sustains the oppressor and oppressed status quo which continually dehumanizes and impedes progress.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Family relationships
Social and economic status

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 individuals in the target audience that expresses intent to adopt (or continue) desired behavior

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

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Designing From Whiteness to Oneness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric relates to 2 Healing Sessions and 7 Kemetic Yoga Sessions. The healing sessions had 40 -80 participants per session, the yoga- 8-17, the average being 72 participants per session.

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Designing From Whiteness to Oneness

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trainees successfully carrying out desired practices at least once to appropriate problems

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Designing From Whiteness to Oneness

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students registered for online courses

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Designing From Whiteness to Oneness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

Ascendtials plans to establish itself as an equity-minded organization positioned to uplift those that are affected by structures that support and perpetuate the oppressed/oppressor dichotomy. We want to instill proper methodologies that are scientific in nature, that reinforce behaviors that are in alignment with "Oneness", and promote principles of balance, equality, order, harmony, justice, and reciprocity. Our work entails providing educative tools that remind and reinforce these principles, that bring about humanity to all we come into contact with and serve.

Our goal is to make everyone aware of their participation in a system built to oppress and dehumanize, in hopes that we gain true solidarity, to affect immediate change in dismantling these systems. If we are truly human, then we cannot stand for our fellow man to be dehumanized, as it dehumanizes our person and affects our Self in a negative way. To be human is to be truly free and prosper. We see those that identify as “white” with the power to quickly empathize and respond in full support of giving the people what they want to thrive. We see “white” as offering the canvas for those not white to paint freely with your support, because it’s righteous as a human to do so. We also seek to specifically empower black communities, simply because they represent the anti-thesis of this narrative, and are the recipients of this dehumanizing force, accompanied other indigenous peoples, yet are the ones immediately required to lead the way in this fight, for the desire to simply be human.

Our efforts are to expand our offerings, reach and adapt to the new pandemic format of providing online and outdoor activities where possible. We've expanded our team to include development staff to provide versatility in our offerings and attract a wider audience. We are aiming to change the trajectory of self-development, to include nature at the heart of our work. More than ever, people need to understand their purpose for being on the Earth, and treat it with kindness, so that it might prosper and we too prosper. This is a major task, but we are determined to reach each one so that they might get their home in order and reflect the kind of principled beings in tune with all beings as we were designed to be.

We've engaged in work to bring greater awareness to our programming by hiring a Communications and Marketing Strategist, with the hope that increased engagement with our audience will improve greater understanding of our offerings, and increase our community reach and base.

We are also implementing programs that allow us to hone in on the audience and provide more customized programming to support the process of learning and knowing instantaneously and lasting. We have developed a curriculum that will be transportable on various platforms to allow for asynchronous learning available when you need and are able to do.

We are expanding our connections to organizations that have access to the audiences we need to focus on. We are engaging them by allowing them to participate in activities that provide this reinforcing behavior essential to change minds.

1. We have made additions to our team to help with the implementation of our strategy. We've hired a Development and Fund Manager, and a Communications and Marketing Strategist. These roles combined will help us tackle the issues and address our goals.

2. We've also increased our engagement with the community as a result of these hirings, which put us in a better position to address expansion. We've expanded our reach and increased the number of followers that we have on all of our social handles by 50-100%. This increased exposure will be very helpful in reaching interested participants in our programming.

3. We've also instituted a volunteer program so that we can reach more participants that will be able to participant in more reinforcing activities to achieve our mission. This has in turn, allowed us to increase potential donors to our database that we've been consistently building since our founding.

4. We constantly are utilizing our current partnerships and connections to aid us in gaining wider recognition. These partnerships with community organizations like Live Well San Diego, Downtown San Diego Partnership, UCSD Education Studies department, have allowed us to connect with more government workers, educators, students, and faculty. We hope to continue to leverage these partnerships to build our base and expand to other regions of the US.

With the addition of our team members, we have been able to conduct more events, reach more participants and engage in more partnerships, all in an effort to build brand awareness and expand those interested in our training programs.

We received our 501 (c) (3) certification in the Fall of 2020
We've increased potential donors by hiring a focused staff member to this end
We've conducted more events than the year before
We've expanded our programming into the health and wellness and environmental fronts

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve underserved populations. We serve those populations that have been disproportionately affected by structures in place that prevent change. We are focused on bring balance, harmony, reciprocity, justice and equality to all for a more human experience.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), 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 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 have adapted to the pandemic, by placing all of our programmings online. We've conducted our surveys in the same way. We ensure to have breakout rooms during our online sessions, we've increased our engagement on social media, and provide more opportunities for outdoor reinforcing activities so that our clients and participants in our programming can still feel connected to us and get the services they need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We believe this has improved our overall relationship with the people we serve. We believe it assists greatly in keeping us both accountable and keeping them engaged in our activities as this has allowed us to cater and customize disseminated resources

  • 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,

  • 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

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

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Ascendtials

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mika Marzette

ASCENDtials

Term: 2021 - 2014

Rachelle Suissa

Ascendtials

Mika Marzette

Ascendtials

Connie Marzette

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/19/2021

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.