Right Moves for Youth, Inc.

Building better lives through extraordinary relationships!

aka RMFY   |   Charlotte, NC   |  http://www.rightmovesforyouth.org

Mission

Right Moves for Youth’s mission is to provide resources and guidance to help students graduate high school with a plan for their future success. Research shows that when youth are supported, they thrive and become healthy adults who contribute to society. With that said, RMFY is a school-based, youth development and student support program focused on helping teens develop the skills to succeed in school and life. Using a group counseling model, RMFY helps students come to school, do the right things, strengthen social skills, and get ready for college and the workforce. In our program, students grow together and build positive relationships to excel academically, socially and emotionally!

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Sabrina N. Gilchrist

Main address

2211 Executive Street Ste E

Charlotte, NC 28208 USA

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EIN

56-1834718

NTEE code info

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

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As identified by the City of Charlotte Opportunity Task Force, many schools in CMS are lacking in resources and support services to ensure positive outcomes for all their students. This lessening of social mobility also comes with factors that inhibit the development of social and emotional learning. RMFY is committed to serve as many of these schools as possible to provide these students with an opportunity to make a better life for all, by focusing on promoting group work and community-building efforts to combat many of these inhibiting factors.

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?

Primary Program

RMFY bases its curriculum around a psycho-educational form of group facilitation to achieve our goals. Through consistency, empathy, and a safe environment, we help students grow together; with a group counseling model they develop strong communication skills, with accountability to each other. We seek to empower youth through the acquirement of new skills, building a peer support group that encourages everyone to be their best selves, and developing a road map that will help guide students through high school graduation into whatever they choose to do next. We measure the success of our program in several ways, including academic performance (did the majority of students improve or maintain their grades), absenteeism (did the majority of students improve or maintain their attendance), and promotion (did the majority of students pass into the next grade?). Furthermore, we measure student’s social emotional growth using formal and reputable assessments.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

The Ambassadors Program is an adjunct, youth leadership program that works with a sub-group of RMFY students who have shown marked acquisition of the life skills emphasized in the regular RMFY group meetings, and who are ready to put those skills into action through intentional, youth-driven, youth-led initiatives. Emphasizing communication, problem-solving, leadership, and vocational development and career exploration, the RMFY Ambassadors Program includes increased educational exposure through training, field trips, and service learning throughout the year. These activities will support students as they continue to practice their newly acquired and enhanced skills. This empowers students to be effective leaders both in and out of school, and creates a myriad of opportunities for community engagement.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Through generous donations and partnerships, Right Moves has given our students the opportunities to immerse themselves in activities and experiences they may not otherwise enjoy. From seeing productions of Phantom of the Opera at Charlotte’s local Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to participating in events with the Charlotte Hornets, we set out to show our students that Charlotte has a lot.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

RMFY makes a commitment to bring as many of our students as possible on tours of local state universities, giving students the opportunity to explore post-graduation options. Many of these tours are guided by RMFY alumni who are able to make a connection with our students.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

March Madness is offered around the same time that the college tournament occurs (mid-February through late-March), and is available to any RMFY student that is in good academic standing. In addition to forming basketball teams at each school, students can also make cheerleading and step teams that do an exhibition at the final day of the tournament. This program is offered as a reward to our students and a way to incentivize them to show up to school and do their best.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

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.

RMFY’s vision is one of reducing the barriers to social mobility while promoting positive youth development, accomplished by providing resources and teaching skills that increase the odds of getting into – and succeeding – in college and/or the workforce. We accomplish this by focusing on five key areas of youth development: school accountability, life skills development, civic engagement and community service, college and career readiness, and leadership development.

RMFY seeks to achieve its vision in multiple ways. The first of these is an emphasis on our unique model of service delivery. Whereas many educational and mentoring agencies focus on individual mentoring, RMFY is patterned after group counseling theories and techniques. This enables us to leverage the power of positive group dynamics while imparting life skills-based knowledge focused on the needs identified through our outcome measurements. In addition, students are given positive reinforcement through incentivize programs, leveraging the resources of RMFY in a way that galvanizes positive behavior in the community and school. Finally, RMFY keeps track of its vision through a three year strategic plan which identifies mid-term goals and objectives; this plan is reviewed quarterly by our Board of Directors and Executive-level staff members to ensure fidelity in RMFY’s actions.

We are able to accomplish our strategies through several avenues. One of these is regular staff training and modeling. Our organization is run by licensed therapists who successfully incorporate their education into the development of a program which leverages positive peer pressure, training specialists to deliver this program successfully along the way. In addition to trained specialists, RMFY also partners with community members to supplement the facilitation of our program. RMFY’s origin as an offshoot program started by a local community leader and a local law enforcement officer has put it in the unique position to collaborate equally with local law enforcement agencies, corporate partners, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and community members. Finally, RMFY generates funding from a multitude of sources. We are a United Way agency, and also receive funding from individual donations, grants, and fundraisers.

Since 2012, RMFY’s strategic plan has guided our staff and stakeholders on a journey to enrich our group-based model of life-skill instruction, developing and implementing an online database to compile best practices, increase continuity, and assist in the overall communication of our mission and vision. In addition, RMFY refined staff roles designed to solidify organizational infrastructure.

Going forward, RMFY will continue to expand our student impact, expand our outreach efforts with focused marketing campaigns on social media, and continue to refine our internal workings by establishing succession plans for our Director and staff members. We will also explore staff recruitment, and continue the training and cultivation of current staff members to improve each individual’s capabilities. We will also increase our base of Law Enforcement volunteers and Community Mentors, while adding 72 community volunteers that assist with special events and support functions.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Right Moves for Youth, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ethan Smith

City of Charlotte

Term: 2022 - 2024

Chief Deputy Rodney Collins

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Sgt. Crystal Figaro

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Caity Donovan

Red Ventures

Dr. James Freeman

Johnson C. Smith University

Stephanie Daniel

Shumaker Law

Kevin Knight

PWC

Brian Maxwell

PWC

Tanya Karpeh

Crystal Dunham

Brighthouse Financial

Lt. Stephen Flatt

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Ethan Smith

City of Charlotte

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 7/13/2022

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
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/13/2022

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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 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 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.