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Counteract International (formerly Orphan Helpers)

We believe that every youth has a future worth fighting for.

aka OH   |   Newport News, VA   |  https://counteract.org

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Mission

The mission of Counteract International is to transform the lives of incarcerated youth across Central America.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Mr. Greg Harris

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Mr. Ron Goodman

Main address

727 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Suite D

Newport News, VA 23601 USA

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EIN

54-1995429

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Christian (X20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Abandoned and incarcerated youth in Central America face despair and hopelessness. They have been traumatized by the poverty, crime, violence, and addictions they have witnessed in their early lives. They now are at vulnerable stage in life – either be hardened by the those experience or be determined to overcome them. These youth need a caring adult in their life to provide them with hope and opportunity.

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?

Success Academy

Counteract International works in government-run juvenile correctional centers across El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Inside these centers, teachers lead Success Academies where they teach leadership, life skills, spiritual growth, and vocational skills, Upon release from the centers, Academy graduates are assisted in their transition by Success Coaches.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
At-risk youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) 2023

Accord Network 2023

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 people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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

At-risk youth, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of baptisms inside the juvenile detention centers.

Number of program graduates

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

At-risk youth, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Success Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth who graduated from the Success Academy program inside the juvenile detention and protection centers.

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.

Counteract International seeks to serve the physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs of abandoned and incarcerated youth by effectively partnering with individuals, churches, businesses, governments, and other organizations. We aim to: 1) reduce the youth recidivism rate by working with youth to prevent them from re-offending; 2) secure employment and education opportunities for youth through partnerships with the business community; 3) recruit churches to provide Christian community to youth once they are released from the detention and protections centers.

The Counteract International plan of intervention is centered on the following 4S Strategy:

SEEK. Counteract sends workers into government-run juvenile detention centers each day to connect with youth who have been forgotten or who have lost their way. We shower them with love when others have not. We share with them a hope and a future. This step involves: Connecting daily with youth living in government institutions; Sharing with them the hope of a better future; Identifying at-risk youth who desire to change their lives; Improving youths' physical surroundings in government-run centers.

SERVE. For those youth who respond to the offer, Counteract serves them on a deeper level. We walk alongside them in the centers to give them educational training, emotional healing, and spiritual hope. This step involves: Establishing Success Academies within the government-run centers to delivering structured, specialized youth leadership training; Moving youth into a right relationship with God, themselves, others, and their community; Providing basic education tutoring, job skills training, and service opportunities; Recruiting volunteers from churches to serve as teachers and mentors; Guiding youth in developing a life plan to assist them in identifying and pursuing their purpose.

SURROUND. While seeking and serving the youth are huge steps, the work of Counteract does not end there. Counteract International understands youth face significant obstacles and challenges once they leave the centers. Once youth have completed the Success Academy program within the centers, Counteract continues working with those youth receptive to change. Counteract assists the youth in fulfilling their action plan through mentorship, guidance, and even temporary financial assistance. This step involves: Working with committed youth as they leave the centers; Assigning a Success Coach to assist youth with transition back into society; Mapping community resources and opportunities that will help youth pursue their plans; Connecting youth with local churches and volunteer mentors who will meet regularly with youth; Assisting at-risk youth with temporary financial aid to help them with their new start.

SUCCEED. Our prayer is that all youth who have dedicated themselves to pursuing God's plan for their lives will succeed. We want to see them at school, on a job, off drugs, in a church, out of trouble, with a family. That is why we monitor results to mark the progress of youth and to make sure we are as effective as possible. This step involves: Monitoring results by tracking each youth's progress; Demonstrating the program's effectiveness through statistics on recidivism, job retention, and church involvement; Keeping youth connected through Counteract's Alumni Network.

With more than 22 years of experience in Central America, Counteract International has sustained interventions in the lives of youth across Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. We have helped hundreds of young people find hope and purpose where previously there was only hopelessness and despair. Along the way, we have earned the respect of the government social services department with whom we have partnered, with the judges who place the children in government care that we serve, and the respect of the youth themselves.

In fact, the Honduras Supreme Court issued a report in September 2014 applauding Counteract's impact on the lives of youth, in spite of the deplorable living conditions in the nation's four juvenile justice centers:

It will be required that minors receive some form of education, whether formal or informal. Orphan Helpers is declared a subject matter expert in the fields of reinsertion and rehabilitation, both educational and spiritual, and can stay in the juvenile detention centers as they deem convenient, regardless of the administration that is ruling the center."

In 2024, Counteract International has celebrated more than 1,700 youth to complete the Success Academy program. As youth graduate and are released back to the community, we work to find employment and education opportunities for them. More than 400 youth across El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are receiving follow-up services. More than 500 have also been baptized.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

Counteract International (formerly Orphan Helpers)
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Operations

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

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Counteract International (formerly Orphan Helpers)

Board of directors
as of 04/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dave Dunlevy

Founder of D. A. Dunlevy

Term: 2018 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. Mike Torrech

Retired CEO of American Maritime Holdings

Term: 2018 - 2024

Mike Torrech

David Phillips

David Dunlevy

D. A. Dunlevy

Joe Renaud

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Peter Manthei

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Phil Catron

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Alejandro Paredes

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 4/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/15/2022

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.