THE EIGHT

Be the WE in Wellness

aka INOV8 Wellness Hub, STEP, W.I.N.D, H.I.W.A.Y, WE-Power, Entrepreneur8, YEAH. The Eight PLAN   |   La Quinta, CA   |  www.theeight.org

Mission

THE EIGHT, Inc., a community-driven, grassroots organization was founded in 2006 to address the health and wellness disparities among Riverside county’s most vulnerable populations--who often fall through the cracks of even traditional assistance programs. Our commitment is to "whole-wellness". We believe emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual wellness is key; we refer to it as the 8 Dimensions of Wellness. We envision a future where residents are healthy and successful and where our communities are safe and vibrant. We strive to meet and exceed expectations by engaging people and communities in developing innovative solutions to challenges.

Notes from the nonprofit

When compared with similar data collected by the United Health Foundation's recently released annual America's Health Rankings and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Assessment Resource Center reported that 17.4 percent of Coachella Valley residents were in fair and poor health, more than twice the statewide average of 8.1 percent. THE EIGHT is dedicated to preventing and controlling diseases and enhancing family health. THE EIGHT is dedicated to helping to prevent and control diseases, to provide self-sufficiency opportunities for organic learners, youth, and adults through creative entrepreneurship training, life skills, and basic essentials. Our past, present, and future success are stemmed from presenting the 8 Dimensions of Wellness to under-informed local and national community members so they may achieve wellness in all areas in ALL areas of their lives. We appreciate your in-kind & monetary support. Thank you. http://theeight.org

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Alicia Hollins

Co Principal Officer

Francheasca Roberson

Main address

78365 Hwy 111 Suite 208

La Quinta, CA 92253 USA

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EIN

65-1272843

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Poverty in the U.S. is often associated with deprivation, in areas including housing, employment, education, and mortality. Wellness is a lifelong journey toward optimal health. It is an ongoing process that involves personal time and commitment. Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. THE EIGHT help educate families, schools, and organizations in Riverside County on the direct connection between safety and wellness. The 8 Dimensions of Wellness is our form of value. (Occupational, Physical, Social, Spiritual, Financial, Environmental, Emotional and Intellectual) We offer services to youth, women, mature adults and people with “diverse-abilities; through innovative and strategic partnerships who invest in the health and well-being of people. The Eight thrives in organizational cultures that create space for new ideas and foster collaboration to help build a platform for total wellness which equates to long-term success.

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?

PLAN ADs-CHECK YOUR RISK CHALLENGE

We are in partnership with a provider of the CDC’s evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). COVID-19 has highlighted the disproportionate impact that preconditions like type 2 diabetes are having on the most vulnerable in our county and around the country. Approximately, 88 million American adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes, according to the CDC. Of those with prediabetes, more than 84% don't know they have it. Prediabetes puts Americans at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes, 15-30% of people with diagnosed borderline diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3-5 years.

Our mission is to increase diabetes awareness, especially in marginalized communities that are disproportionately affected by this preventable disease. Our purpose is to identify solutions – online education and support for those who recognize their risk and want to do something about it. To accomplish this, we bring awareness to the problem and provide a simple survey for your followers to quickly assess their risk and conveniently access evidenced-based, online programs conducted by certified professionals who are helping people reverse this potentially devastating condition. Quite often, these programs have state and federal support, so no one is left behind.

No one should have to suffer from this terrible disease, live with time-sapping, inconvenience of dialysis, struggle with blindness, or die from complications brought about by diabetes. Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes are reversible with simple, lifestyle changes to diet and exercise routine, and adoption of stress management. For maximum effectiveness, diabetes education must be coupled with techniques that minimize the challenge we often have to change lifestyle habits that are detrimental to our health and wellness.

We increase awareness of type 2 diabetes by inviting residents to take the diabetes risk test-both in-person and online. Residents at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes qualify for the year-long prediabetes program being offered via distance learning.

Our goal is to have 1,000,000 Americans determine their risk for developing type 2 diabetes using a one-minute survey on CheckYourRisk.org.

Funding for PLAN ADs/Check Your Risk will allow us to assist qualifying residents who do not have Medi-Cal, private insurance, or means of self-pay for the prediabetes program.

Population(s) Served

Healthy Infants, Women, Adults, and Youth (HIWAY)
HIWAY is a non-profit reuse program, which accepts donations from the local & national business community of reusable goods and materials (both new and slightly used) and redistribute these items FREE-Of-Charge to underserved families in the Inland Empire. HIWAY remains on the frontline responding to the emergency needs of families and individuals resulting from situational poverty. We offer help with referrals to traditional assistance program resources, assistance with how to apply for these resources. We also provide community resources online and advocate for people who need additional social services. These services are rendered to vulnerable populations in the region both in-person as well as via telephone and online teleconference.
HIWAY Community Outreach Events
1. Special Pop-up Preventive Health Screenings
2. Earthquake Readiness Training
3. Distribution of essentials; these essentials include food vouchers, individual duffel bags filled with toys, books, school supplies, clothing, personal toiletries, blankets, and non-surgical face masks, and other miscellaneous items for families experiencing a crisis.
4. Educational Workshops with an emphasis on wellness and safety for youth, parents, expectant mothers, schools, community organizations, and businesses.

Population(s) Served

INOV8 produces important resources for strengthening inter-group relations and promoting diversity, equity, and social inclusion by offering three (3) career tracks for youth and adults through vocational and educational training.
Track 1: Wellness 2 Work Project (W2W)
INOV8 Wellness 2 Work training opens the door to a career in health and wellness that youth may not be aware of. W2W students gain valuable work experience, personal growth, and the opportunity to serve others. Participants learn outside the classroom; job shadowing and hands-on exposure which are powerful learning tools for students interested in exploring a specific field.
W2W career options include entrepreneurship, wellness coaches, personal trainers, nutritional or health educators, and nutritional marketing. W2W curriculum also includes college tracks toward a degree in social work, health science, or behavioral science.
Track 2: Self-Taught Entrepreneur Project (STEP)
INOV8 Self-Taught Entrepreneur Project (STEP) offers creative entrepreneurship training designed to enrich the lives of local community members through multi-media, and creative art exhibition opportunities.
STEP helps to build self-esteem while uncapping the hidden talents of the organic learner and utilizing those talents to help individuals become self-sufficient.
Track 3: Youth Explore and Advance Hub (YEAH)
THE EIGHT-Youth Explore & Advisory Hub (YEAH) is established for the expressed purpose of giving a voice to minority youth. We especially encourage youth with learning disabilities to participate. YEAH offers opportunities to explore and participate in the INOV8 program development processes. Subsequently, by virtue of the committee in YEAH, leadership skills are developed and an awareness of social responsibilities is encouraged.
The benefits of INOV8:
1. Participants start new enterprises
2. Create employment opportunities
3. Entrepreneurship training the socio-psychological problems and delinquency that come from unemployment
4. Leadership skills
5. Promotes innovation and resilience
6. Promotes social and cultural identity
7. Allows disadvantaged youth and their legal guardian the ability to succeed regardless of their background
8. Revitalization of the local community
9. Entrepreneurship provides goods and services to the community
10. Consumers gain by increasing market competition
11. Gives youth, especially at-risk youth a sense of meaning and belonging

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Top-Rated Nonprofit Great Nonprofits 2018

Awards

Certificate of Recognition 2008

City of Palm Springs

Certificate of Recognition 2012

City of Coachella

Affiliations & memberships

Top-Rated Nonprofit Great Nonprofits 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

THE EIGHT, Inc. nonprofit organization "...where our primary responsibility is students’ economic well-being by changing Hobbies into lucrative careers..."

1. To help guide individuals on how to tackle a variety of issues within their own value system. Counseling and Support Groups dealing with issues such as independent living; bereavement & trauma; relationships; substance use & abuse and anger management. Recreational and cultural activities including access to creative arts.
2. To provide respectful, responsive, informed support for students to identify and achieve their academic and professional goals.
3. To provide Life Skills in order to sustain independence and to be able to give back to the communities in which they live.
4. To assist with basic essentials to help offset the financial demands and to help people who are falling through the cracks of traditional assistance programs.

1. Higher education through Vocation and Life application
2. Entrepreneurship by turning hobbies into lucrative careers
3. Rehabilitation for People living with Invisible learning disorders and mental health challenges (including Veterans)
4. Empowerment through Peer to Peer Support and mutual respect
5. Economic efficiency through collaboration and co-ops
6. Reciprocity through Mentorship, Experience, and Successes.
7. To Build Partnerships and Fuse Services in Support of a "Well" community.
8. Help motivate and celebrate Wellness Enthusiasts who help make wellness the "norm" throughout Riverside and Los Angeles Counties, Including those who offer Mentoring Services, peer to peer support, job mentors, independent living mentors, and guest mentors.

INOV8 TimeBank is an initiative of the THE EIGHT, runs on a simple concept: For each hour of service that members give, they earn an hour’s worth of alternative currency known as time dollars, which can be traded for services from other members.

For Example: For 16 years Judy Arendt made sure her 119-year-old Victorian row house in Allentown, Pa., was well maintained — ripping up carpets, stripping wallpaper and repairing ceiling cracks. But now Arendt, 61, is sidelined by osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and living on a small pension.

Arendt joined a timebank in Allentown, VA four years ago, earning time dollars by driving other members to medical appointments. When she recently needed housepainting done, she withdrew 36 hours of credits to hire a 12-member work crew for three hours.
At an estimated $15 an hour for labor, the job would have otherwise cost $540, Arendt says. Minus the time investment, the project “only cost me for the paint.”

Time banking is the brainchild of law professor Edgar Cahn, whose books Time Dollars and No More Throw-Away People describe how trading services — everything from haircuts and dance lessons to weatherization and health care — can strengthen communities.

About 270 time exchanges exist nationwide; memberships range from a few dozen toseveral thousand. Models vary, but all time banks rely on the collective power of members who deposit and withdraw hours from a central account, often managed with sophisticated software tools.

THE EIGHT found that, on average, the best student outcomes in terms of both degree-earning and reduced time to degree occurred when all four options for applying PLA credit are available to students. In other words, the greater the flexibility the student has for using the PLA credit, the better the academic outcomes.

THE EIGHT programs are Designed and delivered to address the areas of motivation, opportunity, and skills; with the main objective of encouraging more young people to start an entrepreneurial undertaking or venture and at the same time to improve young peoples’ general employability.

THE EIGHT offers Educational Workshops and Certifications with the emphasis on wellness and safety for youth, parents, expectant mothers, schools, community organizations, and businesses.

We have conducted over 500 special Pop-up Preventive Health Screenings and Earthquake Readiness Outreach Events for all Ages.

Our Distribution Outreach Events which offers basic essentials like food, clothing, shoes and miscellaneous items for over ten-thousand children, families, and individuals experiencing a crisis.


INOV8 TimeBank is a newly launched program for the Coachella Valley, although there are over 280 TimeBanks located nationwide. We are in the process of pulling together resources and partnerships to meet the workforce development needs of a diverse resident base and building the programs to a large enough size through collaboration among many organizations.
Bring TimeBank Ambassadors/Members together at regular social events
Encourage TB Members to request services. (Monthly Award for the member with a positive balance who has spent the most.)
Implement plans for sustainability through contributions of time energy and monetary support.

Form an INOV8 Career Advisory Committee and Conduct Focus Groups – Business, Education, Technology, Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Youth, Veterans, Parents.
Hire Staff to include 4 Full-time, 4-Part-Time and Implement the TimeBank tracking system (Community Weaver Software)
Develop an individual, tailor-made approach and Invest in research, benchmarking and testing.
Carry out detailed evaluations and impact assessments.

Financials

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THE EIGHT

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Francheasca Roberson

No Affiliation

Term: 2010 - 2012


Board co-chair

Alicia Hollins

No Affiliation

Term: 2012 - 2014

Francheasca Roberson

No Affiliation

Alicia Hollins

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Annette Aviles

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Marci Kenon

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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? 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