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U S Chess Center Foundation

We teach kids to think; they learn a skill for life!

aka U.S. Chess Center   |   Washington, DC   |  https://chessctr.org

Mission

The U.S. Chess Center promotes self-confidence, social skills, and academic success for all (by teaching chess).

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Mr. Christopher McCleary

President

Mr. David Mehler

Main address

P.O. Box 9797

Washington, DC 20016 USA

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EIN

52-1758423

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The U.S. Chess Center teaches chess to children and teens as a means of improving their academic and social skills.

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?

In School Chess Program

The U.S. Chess Center sends chess teachers to schools in order to teach chess in the classroom during the day.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

The U.S. Chess Center facilitates after school chess clubs by providing chess teachers and organizing the club with the parent teacher organization (P.T.O.)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The U.S. Chess Center organizes week long chess day camps where the students are immersed in chess.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Chess Kids is a structured program to learn and play chess for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. All children from absolute beginners to advanced players are welcome. The Chess Kids program divides the children by age and ability to keep the children engaged and so that none are intimidated. Our teacher to student ratio is very low, typically less than 1:10. Those who know the rules play games and receive lessons about the strategy of chess. Those who are learning the rules receive even more attention. Children have the opportunity to play with others from all the schools in the region, not just their own, gaining a wider pool of competitors and friends.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Sunday Chess focuses on students in grades 7 through 12 to give them experience playing in national tournaments such as the National High School Championships and playing against international students. Students receive instruction in large groups, small groups and individually.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The U.S. Chess Center offers online classes for elementary school students (grades 1-6) in two 15-week sessions each year. The fall session of chess classes runs from October through January and the spring session of classes runs from February through May.

Our online classes are live and interactive with a nationally certified chess coach; we do not use videos. We stratify students by ability so that everyone is challenged but nobody is mystified. Lessons are designed to help students develop confidence without boring them, and students are encouraged to share their ideas and questions with their group. Our teachers observe and listen to the students to ensure that nobody is left behind.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Chess-In-Education Committee Award for Outstanding Youth Che 1996

US Chess Federation

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.

Our goals include:

Improving academic skills.
Increasing children’s attention spans.
Teaching young people that they have control over much of their environment, so that the decisions that they make will have consequences in the future, even if not all of those consequences are immediately apparent.
Bringing together students from a wide range of backgrounds in a safe, fun setting.
Increasing students’ self-confidence.
Awakening an interest in learning and achievement in students of all ages.
Improving the resiliency of youths so that they avoid negative temptations.

The U.S. Chess Center teaches chess to students as a means of improving their academic and social skills.

The U.S. Chess Center’s teaching methods are fun and effective. Our nationally certified chess teachers help students become creative, enjoy learning, and pursue their passions. We emphasize problem-solving over memorization; as our students learn to think independently, they achieve success and develop well-earned senses of accomplishment.

Since 1992, we have taught chess to almost 40,000 schoolchildren representing more than one hundred fifty schools in the National Capital Area. In 2012, the U.S. Chess Center received the National U.S. Chess Federation Scholastic Service Award. In 2017, the Center was honored with a Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition from Representative Jamie Raskin for our high-quality programs on the occasion of our 25th anniversary.

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.

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Financials

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Operations

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

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U S Chess Center Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Mehler

U.S. Chess Center Foundation

Derrick L. Cogburn

Leonard Haynes

David Mehler

Anthony Priest

Vicki Bullock

Christopher Donald

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data