ENVENTU CORP

Pipeline to Professions

Washington, DC   |  www.enventu.org

Mission

EnventU is a workforce development program that creates a pipeline to professions™ in the event industry for high school students. Through various career tracks and training, we give industry experts the opportunity to help cultivate the next generation of event professionals through hands-on learning experiences both inside and out of the classroom. Our focus is reaching young people at a critical stage in their lives where personal and professional development must be cultivated and encouraged to ensure productivity in society.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Latoya Lewis

Main address

1725 I Street, NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

47-4388831

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Training (J22)

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

EnventU was created to reach young people at an important stage in their lives where personal and professional development must be cultivated and encouraged to ensure productivity in society. An institutional hurdle which directly impacts our target audience is the gripping effects of poverty and the challenges that youth from low-income families' experience. Addressing the effects of poverty is key to unlocking opportunities and closing the achievement gap experienced locally within and adjacent to the District. Investing in workforce development programs, such as EnventU, that go beyond classroom instruction is a proven way to increase attendance, raise grades and test scores, and reduce behavioral problems within the local youth demographic. Expansion of these non-traditional supports is critical to removing barriers to learning and revealing the full potential of young people living in at-risk communities.

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?

Classroom Learning

Workforce development via career training featuring over (50) custom interactive lessons across (4) distinct career tracks that highlight professions in the event industry. These include Meeting and Event Planning, Catering, Floral, and Audiovisual/Lighting.

Population(s) Served

Student-led event staffing and production services that illustrate the successful comprehension of curriculum and skills learned.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

EnventU evaluates our success by our ability to achieve The Four C's which outline our program goals and define our impact. They are as follows:

Goal 1: Creating real-world educational experiences for EnventU participants

Goal 2: Connect students to paid job opportunities

Goal 3: Cultivate opportunities for long-term employment

Goal 4: Certified qualified students with professional credentials

Leveraging framework from best practices in youth development locally, along with our own operating experience, EnventU’s workforce development programs involves numerous components shown to successfully engage youth from a variety of circumstances including youth that are residing within marginalized communities, disconnected, at-risk, in danger of entering the juvenile justice system, and/or with no plan towards post-secondary success:

• Asset-based approach - EnventU staff works with youth to identify their individual capacities and establishes expectations for success. EnventU staff utilizes the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recommended motivational interviewing techniques to help youth identify their individual capacities.

• Wrap-around supports – youth, particularly ones residing in marginalized communities, often have an array of complex barriers that compete with their ability to participate in intensive programming. EnventU continuously evaluates organizations in the local community experienced in navigating youth through barriers often mitigating personal and professional success to make referrals to on behalf of youth experiencing these adverse situations.

• Developing meaningful relationships and a sense of community - EnventU maintains small group settings and cohorts to allow participants to develop strong, supportive relationships with staff and other participants. Additionally, each youth will have opportunities and access to live events industry experts who will act as positive role models and provide them with insight on how to grow into a successful individual, both within the industry and outside of the industry.

• Authentic and hands-on active learning - EnventU implements highly interactive learning strategies that simulate “real-world” experiences in the workplace. Examples of our active learning menu include on-the-job opportunities, job shadowing visits, field trips, and volunteer opportunities.

• Maintaining a skilled and experienced staff – EnventU possesses a professional development plan that has staff participate in a variety of professional development trainings, seminars, and conferences throughout the year to ensure they possess the skill set necessary to move our participants towards positive outcomes.

• Structured programs and services – EnventU’s programs have a consistent schedule of activities. Youth will receive an orientation at program commencement to ensure that they have a clear understanding of program elements and expectations.

• Establishing high expectations – EnventU’s program fosters feelings of responsibility and accountability by challenging youth to utilize the skills they develop.

• Implementing a thoughtful exit strategy - Youth successfully completing the EnventU program receive a document transition plan and consultation.

Led by an engaged and diverse Board of Directors and leadership staff, the EnventU team has long-standing experience in a variety of sectors including nonprofit development and leadership, entrepreneurship, education, youth development, and the live events industry. The EnventU team also includes subject matter experts for each of our program training tracks with 70 years of collective experience in the live events industry. For all of our team, the D.C. area is not only where we work, but also live, making the mission of EnventU to support local young people in need resonate even deeper for each of us. For us, supporting youth in marginalized communities also means we’re supporting individuals we call neighbors and friends within the communities we call home.

In terms of experience working with District youth and within the neighborhoods they reside, EnventU’s ability begins with our team, as a majority of our programmatic staff consists of a majority of professionals that were born and raised within and around the District. Their unique experience of being a youth in the District themselves has provided EnventU with tremendous insight on how to mold our program to one that is relevant to and resonates with young people throughout the city. This is evident via a significant concentration of our work and partnerships occurring in the District’s most at-risk wards, 7 & 8.

In terms of operating and management experience, EnventU is led by Latoya Lewis, a life-long live events professional experienced in overseeing day-to-day operations including budget oversight, data collection, and program reporting. Lewis began her career at Universal Music Group (UMG), where she oversaw and purchased over $1M in media ad buys and advertising campaigns for some of the biggest names in music entertainment. She also coordinated third-party event opportunities for UMG artists valued at more than $700,000, often requiring a variety of operating and financial management skills she continues to possess to this day. After a successful tenure with UMG, Lewis enrolled in the Masters of Tourism Administration program at The George Washington University. Upon completion in 2010, her talents were sought by the nationally recognized special events firm, Events by Andre Wells (EAW). After seven years with EAW, Lewis decided to pursue full-time a long-held passion to create a program high school students could engage in to be introduced to the live events industry. In 2015, Lewis launched EnventU where she remains as Chief Executive Officer.

As a crucial function of our business model, EnventU taps into industry relationships and partners with socially responsible organizations to create impactful learning experiences and give real-world opportunities to our students. Since inception, over (150) program participants have executed and/or staffed upwards of (30) first-class events, including corporate holiday parties, trade shows, professional conferences, and a 3,500-attendee Christian rock concert. Additionally, EnventU has facilitated paid-employment opportunities for (28) students with (5) students experiencing long-term jobs.

|| METRICS
As each semester ends, EnventU surveys program participants to gauge curriculum success and areas of improvement. These metrics play a critical role in program development and have been instrumental to stay directly connected to our students, their thoughts, and what
outcomes they would like to experience.

o 75% of students EXPANDED their career interests
o 85% of students LIKELY to recommend EnventU to a friend
o 84% of students found activities ENGAGING and relative to curriculum

|| WHAT STUDENTS SAY
o “EnventU allowed me to experience something different than what I had planned.” --Devoshia, Age 15
o “EnventU taught me teamwork and how to follow directions; skills I can carry for the rest of my life.” -- Porche, Age 15
o “I would definitely sign­up for EnventU again!” -- Shanya, Age 16
o “EnventU surprised me because there were a lot of opportunities and it made me realize people actually do care.” -- Tre’Shore, Age 16
o "The hands-on experiences, the ability to meet new people and to network with high-end industry professionals was excellent. I learned how to plan events…how to lead people. I learned that I am good at event planning” --Deranique, Age 17

|| RECOGNITION AWARDS
o Connect Corporate-40 Under 40, April, 2018
o Commercial Integrator-40 Under 40, Class of 2017, August 2017
o BizBash Hall of Fame-Rising Star Award, June 2017
o MeetingsNet Top 25 Changemaker, June 2017
o Washington Business Journal, Executive Profile, May 2017

Financials

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ENVENTU CORP

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Adler

BizBash Media

Term: 2017 - 2019

William Homan

Design Cuisine

Nancy Shaffer

Bravo! Events by Design

Jenee Padmore

The Mark and Brenda Moore and Family Foundation

Stuart Levy

George Washington University

Marissa Sams

Marissa Sams Events

Edna Ezzell

Accenture

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/23/2020

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
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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/23/2020

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 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 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.