Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument

aka Friends of the Mariana Trench   |   SAIPAN, MP   |  www.friendsmarianatrench.org

Mission

As guardians and advocates, the Friends of the Mariana Trench strive to inspire and influence ocean stewardship in the region by providing opportunities for the world, our community, and especially the youth to learn about ocean conservation and the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument.

Ruling year info

2018

Chairman/Treasurer

Mr. Ignacio V. "Ike" Cabrera

Vice Chair/Secretary

Dr. Larisa Ford

Main address

PMB 162 PPP Box 10,000

SAIPAN, MP 96950 USA

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EIN

66-0896909

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our community is struggling to hold on to its natural, traditional conservation values. Less that 2% of natural science-degree holders in our community are indigenous community members, and less than .01% of the total population are employed in science related occupations. Academically, science in the CNMI Public School System (PSS) is struggling to meet student needs. Only 28% of CNMI 6th grade students are meeting national standards for science in the PSS compared with national average of 47%. In 2017, 667 out of 695 total enrolled 6th grade students participated in the ACT Aspire Test. A full 52% of these were categorized as “need support”. Additionally, the percentage increases as they progress into high school. The Marianas Trench Marine National Monument has been poorly administered since its declaration in 2009. 12 years later there is no management plan, no direct federal presence in our community and management council as prescribed by law.

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?

Project HOPE: Healthy Oceans & People Empowerment

Project HOPE (Healthy Ocean & People Empowerment) is an educational collaboration between PSS sixth-graders, NMC ENRO college students, and community elders. Funded by a grant from the Administration of Native Americans (ANA), Project HOPE strives to improve CNMI sixth-graders’ ACT Aspire test scores by offering them a free ocean science program uniquely tailored to their needs; by incorporating local elders’ ocean expertise into a Western science curriculum, the program acts as a bridge between traditional culture and modern conservation science. In the long term, we hope to see this initiative foster interest in conservation careers among CNMI youth, ultimately leading to the development of 30 more local conservation professionals by 2030.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Friends of the Mariana Trench is focused on ocean conservation. Our long term vision is that we would see 30 new ocean science students at our local college and that we would help the local college re-establish its marine science program by 2030. Moreover as these students graduate, they will make better informed stakeholders and decision makers. And new economic paradigms may arise with new a policy direction.

Additionally, we serve as guardians and advocates for compelling the federal government to follow through on its mandates.

Project HOPE - Healthy Oceans & People Empowerment: Project HOPE (Healthy Ocean & People Empowerment) is an educational collaboration between PSS sixth-graders, NMC ENRO college students, and community elders. Funded by a grant from the Administration of Native Americans (ANA), Project HOPE strives to improve CNMI sixth-graders’ ACT Aspire test scores by offering them a free ocean science program uniquely tailored to their needs; by incorporating local elders’ ocean expertise into a Western science curriculum, the program acts as a bridge between traditional culture and modern conservation science. In the long term, we hope to see this initiative foster interest in conservation careers among CNMI youth, ultimately leading to the development of 30 more local conservation professionals by 2030.

Coastal and Ocean Sustainability for the Mariana Islands Community (COSMIC) Hub: The Hub will aim to transform our community’s reactive and sporadic approach to proactive and comprehensive by addressing research, planning and policy development supporting sustainable management of our ocean resources. Incorporating citizen participation in determining current societal needs, using science advancements and closing data gaps, our research will build local capacity to study, assess and plan coastal management efforts to balance current, multiple ocean and coastal uses with conservation. Findings will serve further research as well as regional resource management, policy and law to integrate solutions into Mariana Islands governance frameworks. Key for health and sustainability, our community will be empowered to make informed decisions by maximizing their voices based on science, technology, and traditional knowledge and cultural systems.

Mariana Trench Marine National Monument Management Plan: Maintain vigilance in monitoring information and actions taken by the federal government. Convey information to our local community. Strategy with the local government to compel the federal government towards action.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    General feed back indicated a necessity to improve our web and social media presence for a more enhanced community engagement experience. As a result, we hired a media strategist and web developer to create a website and a social media strategy. Additionally, we are looking at how to use applications such as Guidestar to be more transparent.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument

Board of directors
as of 3/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Sheila Babauta


Board co-chair

Mr. Franco Santos

Larisa Ford

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/26/2020

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
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/26/2020

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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 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.