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FIGHTING BACK SANTA MARIA VALLEY

Fighting for our future one kid at a time

Santa Maria, CA   |  www.fbsmv.com

Mission

OUR MISSION: to partner with all members of the community to achieve resiliency against substance use, reductions in violence, and promote a healthy and safe environment for our youth and families.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mr. Edwin Weaver

Main address

201 S Miller St, Suite 107

Santa Maria, CA 93454 USA

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EIN

65-1234981

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FBSMV addressees the needs of promising youth and their families in Santa Maria California. The focus is on youth who have barriers to success including high Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's), complex trauma, substance abuse issues, untreated mental health, homelessness, being court involved. FBSMV partners with all members of the community to help these young people reach their goals.

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?

Check Connect & Respect

Check Connect & Respect is a truancy prevention program primarily focused on elementary and junior high students with a goal of encouraging students to understand the importance of staying in school and completing their education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Parent Project is an 8 to 10 week program targeted to help parents improve communication between themselves and their children, improve school attendance and performance, prevent or intervene in alcohol and/or drug use, prevent or intervene in gang involvement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Nurturing Parent classes are for parents with children ages 0-5. This 10 week course helps parents learn about brain development, encouragement, communication, and positive disciplinary actions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We offer various programs in the Santa Maria Valley to encourage positive interactions between students to stop bullying before it starts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As the TUPE Coordinator for Santa Barbara County, we assist the school districts and charter schools in developing capacity and building sustainability into their existing TUPE programs and activities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

One of our newest programs that targets high school students in foster care. Teaming up with the student and their shareholders to encourage school attendance, school involvement setting academic goals, and the overall achievement of high school graduation.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Drug test screenings are available in our office for a small fee. Encourages children to live a drug-free lifestyle, and offers further help for those who may need it.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Substance abusers

Community based effort to bring together multiple resources to assist families with attendance, truancy and behavior issues so that students will stay in school, attend school regularly and graduate.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

We

FBSMV staff develop strong relationships with promising youth and families in the community. It is these relationships that are the foundation to developing resiliency. FBSMV also use evidence based and evidence-informed programming to intervene and prevent self-destructive behaviors.

Currently, FBSMV has a staff of 31 full-time employees and 3 MSW interns delivering services primarily to Santa Maria Valley with some of the prevention programs extending throughout the county.

BSMV has made an impact in the lives of many families in the community.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Emilio Handall

Gudalupe Union School District

Term: 2022 -


Board co-chair

Robert Bush

Retired/Orcutt Union School District

Term: 2022 -

Robert Bush

Retired/Orcutt Union School District

Carrick Adam

Santa Barbara County Facilities

Alice Patino

City of Santa Maria

Holly Edds

Orcutt Union School District

Kevin Walthers

Allan Hancock College

Jude Eagan

Lawyer

Steven Funkhouser

Starry Sky Coffee

Matt Beecher

Santa Maria Bonita School District

Antonio Garcia

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Emilio Handall

Guadalupe Union School District

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/1/2022

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/01/2022

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.