ACTION CENTER FOR EDUCATION & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INC

Far Rockaway, NY   |  www.theactioncenter.com

Mission

Making a positive impact on the lives and futures of children, youth, families and the communities we serve.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Aria Doe

Main address

1414 Wheatley St c/o Aria Doe

Far Rockaway, NY 11691 USA

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EIN

75-3014243

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Cornerstone Afterschool and OST

Cornerstone provides after-school and out-of-school-time programs for the children and families of the Ocean Bay Housing Development in Far Rockaway.

Cornerstone provides a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment that engages youth in projects and activities that will broaden their horizons, foster appreciation for diversity, develop leadership and social responsibility, increase youth health, and expose youth to careers and avocations that build on their strengths and interests.

Youth have opportunities to be involved in arts, sports, music, dance, computers, science clubs, health and fitness activities, social and global outreach, and to build personal leadership and responsibility.

Population(s) Served

Beginning three days after the storm, we were serving between 600 and 1000 residents daily for the first 4 months, and continue to serve 300-500 at each distribution well into April, distributing over 1,000 Pack-n-play cribs, 300 toddlers cribs and mattresses, 100 adult air mattresses, 10,000 blankets, 2,000 warm coats, 1,400 jackets, caps and gloves, 20 de- humidifiers, 1,000 heaters and numerous toiletry packages. Further, our relief efforts have included the distribution of over 60,000 hot-meals (aided by the Red Cross, food trucks and Occupy Sandy), 450,000 perishable and nonperishable food items and tons of bottled and jugged water.

The Action Center, which opened an onsite medical clinic manned by doctors from Mt. Sinai and some of the largest hospitals in NYC, was seeing residents who were bleeding from the nose and mouth and suffering from hypertension. At the height of our relief efforts the medical clinic was seeing 250 residents per week—26 of which were transported to the hospital and 3 of whom were in full cardiac arrest.

Further, the Action Center provides a free legal clinic to residents facing civil issues that were a direct result of Sandy with the assistance of the Urban Justice League, Legal Aid, and the Lawyers Guild. Other core programs include family and job/unemployment management services, mental health and family support services provided by Project Hope and Joel Kupferman a noted environmentalist involved in 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The overarching goal for the center is to provide ALL parents on the Rockaway Peninsula, particularly those residing in the most impoverished areas, with the opportunity to see their kids reach their fullest academic and social potential, becoming pearls—regardless of their divulging pathways. In the next 3 to 5 years, our goals are to continue our traditional youth programming while remaining an integral part of the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts that will bring about long-term recovery for the community and sustainability.

To effectively address the anchoring prongs of poverty, the Action Center's programs have been intricately designed to address the most prevalent community-assessed needs of Education, Feeding, and Empowerment.

For fifteen years, the Action Center has successfully operated educational after school programs and served as a center of community development. Ms. Doe, in her capacity as the Executive Director of The Action Center, has created a stellar track record in the Rockaway Community and enjoys the unwavering support of its community leaders.

Beginning the Action Center over 15 years ago, after watching the school system failing her own children and the community deteriorating even further, Aria cashed in her 401K and started the Action Center. She knows what it takes to run a nonprofit for the betterment of the Rockaway community. In addition to seeing the overall day-to-day operations of the center, Aria takes an active interest in the daily activities and programs offered by the Action Center; curtailing them to meet the most pressing community needs. Prior to her tenure, Ms. Doe was a Sr. Executive for American Express Inc. where she successfully managed budgets in access of 200 million dollars and a staff of 15. She twice received the American Express Chairman's Leadership award, an honor bestowed on less than 1% of their executive population. Over the past 11 years, Ms. Doe's fiscal management and that of the team she lead through a mired of non-profit work and affiliations has successfully managed budgets in excess of 1 million a year, including many grants. While under her direction, the Action Center has never received a negative fiscal or program review for any of the grants or contracts that was managed. The programs she had oversight of included the federally-funded PIRC program (1.5 million) State funded 21st CCLC programs (1.5million) and city-funded OST and Cornerstone programs (1.2 million, and 1.5 million, respectively). All Action Center Executive Staff and Management personal go through rigorous management and community training to ensure that all programs are executed utilizing the latest best practices and researched standards as well as hands on detailing and contacts.

Through our efforts to date, we are proud to have served on the front lines with support from the following: Governor Andrew Cuomo; Knicks Power Couple Tyson and Kimberly Chandler, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the NBA players association, Feed the Children, Save the Children, the Alec Baldwin Foundation and so many countless faceless, nameless others. Further, our partnerships with Mount Sinai Hospital and the Urban Justice Center, Project HOPE, and Horizons have all been integral in helping to service this center.

Traditional Program Impacts
- We serve an average of 5000 adults and 500 youth each year.
- Among our youth participants, their average graduation rate is 95% graduate high school.
- In our 15 year history, none of the youth in our programs have been arrested or shot and there was only a single teen pregnancy.
- We provide 25,000 meals a month to our base.
- In the last two years (2014-2015), we have helped hundreds of families rise out of poverty into self-sufficiency.

Each resident who is a part of base is also tracked through a card swipe system so that at any point we are aware of the tipping point keeping them within the relms of poverty. We are then able to get them the tailored resources they need to help them move up and off the lines of poverty. The tracking system also helps us to track when they have moved from the poverty threshold and is also able to record those who we've helped who come back to help others. On average 3% move off each quarter and 1/2 of that three percent come back to give back to the Action Center and help others to move forward


Sandy Relief Program Impacts
- 55,000 residents have been served in traditional youth programs and in our relief efforts
- Distributed over 1,000 Pack-n-play cribs, 300 toddlers cribs and mattresses, 100 adult air mattresses, 10,000 blankets, 2,000 warm coats, 1,400 jackets, caps and gloves, 20 de- humidifiers, 1,000 heaters and numerous toiletry packages.
- At the height of our relief efforts the medical clinic was seeing 250 residents per week—26 of which were transported to the hospital and 3 of whom were in full cardiac arrest.
Initial Sandy Response
- We were serving 600-1000 residents per day in meeting the basic, legal, and medical needs.
- Fought and won a shut- down order from the governor and remained open.

Financials

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ACTION CENTER FOR EDUCATION & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INC

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. John Beck


Board co-chair

Jamesetta Quiteh

Ayanna Fews

Lennox Jeffers

Ana Hercules

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