Student Athletes for Educational Opportunities (SAFEO), Inc.

Student Athletes, Superior Mind Superior Body

aka SAFEO Inc.   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.safeo.org

Mission

The core of SAFEO’s mission is to prepare student athletes academically for the rigors of college–level work; to work with them to enhance their athletic skills; and to equip them with important information about the college experience, including viable college options, the application process, standardized test requirements, test taking skills, available financial aid, time management, study skills and student and professional responsibilities. Among SAFEO’s goals are to expose young athletes, parents and other community members to athletics as a means to build character, to build a team approach to community responsibilities, and to secure a college education.  SAFEO also introduces young people to the many diverse career opportunities available in the sports industry.

Ruling year info

2017

President and CEO

Mr. J. Laffeyette Carter

Director of Prams and Youth Services

Jason Rashard Carter Mr.

Main address

1509 Crestline, Rd

Silver Spring, MD 20904 USA

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EIN

52-2273834

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The aim of SAFEO is to address the educational, career, health and athletic needs faced by low income, at risk inner city student athletes ages; 10-21 who reside in Washington DC and Brooklyn New York. For decades the stigma of being viewed as a "dumb jock has been attached to this group; that they aren't equipped with the academic skill sets to go to college.

Th goal of the SAFEO is to address these problems by providing them with the tools they are lacking through youth development programs geared towards increasing SAT, ACT scores , graduation rates and preparing them for the rigors of college level work and sports excellence.

We also educate them on the harsh realities that 1 out of every 10,000 college athletes makes it into the pros and to learn to balance sports and education.

Lastly, we work to address their lack of knowledge about fitness, healthy living habits, sports related concussion and building personal character with a consciousness for community .

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?

I Promise Concussion Awareness Campaign

Each year, school-related contact sports cause about four million concussions. Kids playing football, soccer, basketball and ice hockey are the most likely to end up in the emergency room (ER) as a result of such brain injuries. Children aged 11 to14 are the most susceptible to head injuries, on and off the field, because they are most likely to take ill-considered risks,

The I Promise program is directed to young, inner city athletes and their parents, coaches, and teachers, largely minorities who are typically the last to be informed about the occurrence or repercussions of the aftermath of a concussion. Our aim is to insure that this groups is provided important awareness and preventive information that can mitigate or avert the serious effects a concussion can have, not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in their daily living activities. Special efforts will be made to provide materials in other languages so that community residents, whose primary language is other than English, are well-informed. Thus far we've registered over 3,000 student athletes, parents, coaches and other community residence to take the I Promise pledge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

This is an ongoing effort that involves several years of action. In January 2010, SAFEO launched the "Get Up, Get Involved, Healthy Living” pilot to Students at four DC public schools high schools (grades 9th-12th) to address the childhood obesity epidemic in the District of Columbia which according to the Trust For America’s Health Journal ranks # 9 out of ten states with a percentage of obese and overweight children (ages 10-17) at or above 30%. SAFEO began the initiative with three grants from the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust: one to expose youth to the food industry, directing them to professions where they can have an impact on food quality; another to engage them in a food, fitness, and health care community mapping project where they identified health-conscious, cost-effective products and services available to them and their families; the last to put them on a regimen of physical exercise for weight loss, toning, and illness prevention. SAFEO also hosted a major community-wide Get Up, Get Involved, Healthy Living Festival on the campus of Howard University. This event included a Walk for Life marathon as well as presentations, booths, and taste tests of healthy, holistic foods; live fitness challenges and exercise stations; holistic and natural medicine solutions; and culminated with an exciting Celebrity Basketball game. SAFEO has raised public awareness by using local, high school, college and professional athletes such as Washington Mystics stars Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey who appeared in television public service announcements (PSA’s). The PSAs aired on ESPN, Comcast Sportsnet, WUSA 9 news, Fox news and other local networks.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The " Giving Back, Making an Impact" initiative is a volunteer based component of our organization where we enlist student, parents, coaches and company employees to volunteer for a number of our programs and services, in an effort to do good for the betterment of the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

USA Boxing 2017

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 youth who volunteer/participate in community service

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

Adolescents, Families, Parents

Related Program

I Promise Concussion Awareness Campaign

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide volunteers for the Wash Redskins to work concession areas during home games. Students 16 and older receive SSL hours. The group receive a % of the food and beverage to support our charity.

Number of health education trainings conducted

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

Adolescents, Parents, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

I Promise Concussion Awareness Campaign

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The I Promise campaign does outreach in DC & NY since 2011, by getting athletes, parents and coaches to take a pledge and agree to speak up.Students are trained to serve as awareness ambassadors.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed/maintained healthy eating habits

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

Children and youth, Adolescents, Families

Related Program

Student Athlete for Life Initiative

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

To address childhood obesity rate in DC we've launch " Student Athlete for Life. A fitness and nutrition program that teach youth and families on body weight workouts and nutrition education.

Average parent/caretaker rating of child/youth functioning and coping skills

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

Families

Related Program

" Giving Back, Making an Impact"

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Parents playing an important role by being involved in our volunteer opportunities. They help students cope with their physical, emotional and psychological adjustment while in a working setting.

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.

SAFEO aim to increase its enrollment to 30% by the year 2020 by enlisting participants in three of our most cornerstone programs. For 18 years our "ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM" has been one of Washington DC's premier services for its resources for after school tutoring, SAT/ ACT prep, college referrals, contacts for college coached and athletic directors college tours, financial aid and scholarship opportunities. These services are taken advantage of by both student athletes and their parent. From 2015-2017 over 1500 youth and families registered.

Since the launching of our " I PROMISE" CONCUSSION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN in 2011, we have enlisted over 3,000 student athletes, parents, coaches and teachers agreeing to take the I Promise pledge; promising to speak up if a concussion has occurred.

The mission of the campaign is directed to inner city athletes, largely minorities, who typically are the last to be informed about the repercussions of concussion. In impoverished neighborhoods where athletic accomplishment is in most cases is the only possible route to college, studies show far more concussions occur than in affluent areas. Kids are willing to take risks so that they can continue to play. And for a lot of these student athletes, they don't have another future planned. Sports are it.

The campaign has experienced enormous success, by hosting awareness conferences, record breaking pledges and conducting monthly community outreach efforts. Our goal in 2017-18 is to secure funding and work with our partner at INOVA Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic to provide free baseline cognitive testing to 5,000 middle and high school student athletes in DC.

Baseline testing is mandatory for sports participation and is an important element to an athletes profile. It's a cognitive assessment that evaluates areas of brain function; which includes: memory, concentration, processing speed, language, and reasoning capabilities. However, the price points for these assessments can range from $40 to $350 which often times is too expensive for the population we serve.

Our "GIVING BACK MAKING AN IMPACT" program focuses on community service impact and receiving community service hours. From 2013 to present SAFEO has partnered with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation where we provide volunteers ages 16 and older to serve as customer service reps for each Redskins home game at FedEx stadium. Their duties range from inventory, food prep, food service, health department reports, customer service, cooks, runners and cashiers.

In 2013 we first enlisted 280 volunteers. From 2014-2016 our roster grew at a yearly rate of 700 repeat and new volunteers. These outcomes resulted in an increase participation of parents, coaches and corporate supporters, and a stunning accumulation of over 10.000 community service hours for our students. Our goal for the 2017-18 NFL season is to register 800 new and repeat volunteers.

To engage "state-of-society" programs and projects that are compelling to young athletes and address specifically what they want to know and what they need to know, based on research-driven findings, as well as constant inter-communications with community-wide leaders, the youth themselves, current, former college and professional athletes and the community at-large.

For the remainder of 2017-through 2018 our strategy will also be to conduct a survey with 100% of our new and returning participants between 16-17 years of age; including their parents which will have a high concentration of questions geard towards the benefits they've received by joining SAFEO.

The organization's capabilities for doing this is to continue to increase the number of volunteer staffing. Our staff are of the highest cailber and credentials; we partner with local school systems, Department of Recreation, governmental and private sector partners and corporate partners like Nike to effect increased program effectiveness.

Our leadership, although 95% are volunteer is stable, with a ever increasing outreach to the community at large. We take a student -to-student approach where the majority of them are college athletes from local college and universities such as Howard university, the university of Maryland , and Georgetown just to list a few.

In 2016 we maintained a college student athlete/ student ratio of 5 for every 30. An account of our parent/ students, resulted in a 10/45 ratio. With the ability to maintain the ratio in moving forward for the years to come it will ensure that our organization will have the capability to meet our goals.

We have launched and successfully engaged a number of youth development programs on a "shoe string" budget over the years, yet the main constraint is consistent and sufficient funding.

Our programs target a population that few have been able to successfully engage in meaningful and sustainable life-changing activities - they are not single year focused, but instead, life-long directed, and as such, we require sustainable funding streams and not project-based funding, to be able to maintain our efforts over the long haul.

What's next? We plan to continue to update our GuideStar page to highlight our willingness to be transparent, the good work we do and demonstrate accountability with the hopes that foundation and donors will take notice and provide us the funding needed to sustain our programs and services.

Financials

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Student Athletes for Educational Opportunities (SAFEO), Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. J. Laffeyette Carter

SAFEO, Inc.

Term: 1990 -

Cynthia Belton

FEMA

Jason Carter

Everest College

Adelle Dodson

NFL Players Association

P.K. Martin

Potomac Valley AAU

Joan Peterson

George Washington University Hospital

Kamran Tavakol

Howard University Professor

Joan Peterson

AIG

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No