Human Services

Children 4 Tomorrow

Restoring Minds ~ Building Futures

Houston, TX   |  www.children4tomorrow.org

Mission

Our mission is to create a professional collaborative atmosphere of community awareness and nurturing support for children to thrive and grow in a mentally, emotionally healthy environment.

Notes from the nonprofit

Children 4 Tomorrow is the first organization that has created a pilot program to assess, diagnosis and treat conflict families with parental cut off situations otherwise known as "parental alienation in the world. The organization has people from all over the world calling and inquiring about the program. The organization has been propositioned to place the program in many other states and counties. The organization is asking for financial advocacy to move forward with this endeavor.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Ms. Dwilene Smith Lindsey

Co Principal Officer

Miss Brooke Lindsey

Main address

2600 South Loop West Suite 170

Houston, TX 77054 USA

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EIN

80-0500733

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Family Services (P40)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Meeting challenges of children and families through the provision of counseling and legal services for children, educational classes for adults and expert educational training for professionals is the priority of this organization.
Since 2009, Children 4 Tomorrow assists the community in delivering solid approaches to solving problems. In practical terms, the depth and extent of the needs continue to be too large to fund on its own. It seeks stakeholders that assist in meeting varied needs. Like, stakeholders that provides funds to assist in classes for indigent adults and children. Materials, trainers and supplies to provide effective classes are costly. Counseling and legal fees for low-income families are costly, especially when there is such a need. Budgets consisting of training the trainers, research, materials and supplies, consultants, and overhead can run in the thousands of dollars to support a pilot program. This is beyond the ability of the organization to support

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?

Restoring Minds, Building Futures

Children 4 Tomorrow offers a program to combat the physiological underdevelopment of children who fail to grow into healthy adults. Children 4 Tomorrow offers mentally and emotionally abused children an opportunity to make a dramatic change in their lives through professional and legal counseling. The program is designed to be most assessable to children at risk of losing the skills needed to interact with others, such as problem-solving and communication. The nurturing of these skills is critical in stopping the development of other serious behavior problems such as mental illness, problems with drugs and teenage parenthood. The goal of the program is to identify children who are going through mental and emotional abuse and offer a positive support system to ease the transition to adulthood and avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$30,000

The LEAP program educates individuals on emotional abuse and restoring skills to enhance a child's future. The LEAP Program is developed especially for parents going trough divorces, teachers, professionals and any adult that is interested in learning about emotional abuse in children. The goal for this program is to train individuals in a general understanding of emotional child abuse. Individuals learn how to battle the effects of the abuse, lean how to help a child in an abusive situation and regain personal hope to see a brighter future. Both adults and children will benefit from participating in the program. Nurturing these skills is essential in reducing or eliminating the development of other serious behavioral problems. Children 4 Tomorrow recognizes the consequences of emotional abuse at different ages and developmental stages. This 4 course program presents a certificate of completion at the end of the course suitable for submission to the Harris county Family Law Court. This course series is also eligible for professional development and continuing education units.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Budget
$68,605

The LEAP JR program raises awareness, increases knowledge and provides tools and techniques for youth to combat emotional abuse. The course implements surveys to confirm raised awareness and increased knowledge. Children 4 Tomorrow meets the need for youth through the LEAP JR program, a comprehensive emotional abuse training. The course trains youth to understand and recognize emotional abuse, to balance emotions and articulate feelings, and to utilize information and resources that promote emotional health.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$17,190

Learning Emotional Abuse Program for educators (LEAP-E) This course highlights the basics of emotional abuse and its signs, symptoms, survival skills and its consequence in children and parents. It provides an overview of actions, responses, and possible consequences of emotional abuse. This course does not refer to the specifics of psychiatry, but focuses on the general elements that an educator should be aware of in order to understand the components of emotional abuse, its effects and possible consequences in students and parents. This course highlights the parental revelations and cultural responses to emotional abuse as well as de-escalation techniques for educators. It provides an overview of responsibilities, learned behaviors, cultural responses, and possible actions of emotional abuse. It focuses on the general elements that an educator should be aware of in order to understand the components of emotional abuse, its effects and skills. The objective of the course is to raise awareness and increase knowledge. The course series is also eligible for professional development (PDU) and continuing education unites (CEU). The course is accredited through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). – Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Budget
$10,000

A Key Solution Program to Protect Children, Support Parents, Heal Families with Trained Professionals in Multi-disciplinary Interventions. This program identifies the problem of the family and gives a solution to stop it through assessment, diagnosis and treatment

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Families
Budget
$177,750

Where we work

Accreditations

Texas Education Association (TEA) 2017

Awards

Guiding Star Award 2014

Parents of Public Schools of Houston

Leadership Award of Rising Star 2017

NonProfit Pro

Participate 2018

NORP (Nonprofit Organization Research Panel)

article of the organization featured September issue 2017

Voyage Houston Magazine

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Restoring Minds, Building Futures

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tools and Metrics are measured utilizing a therapeutic approach that meet the Association of Play Therapy (APT). Designed to determine if the child can communicate and express emotions and feelings.

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

LEAP-JR.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

LEAP JR curriculum have demonstrated proven evidence of success. The raised awareness and increased knowledge about emotional abuse is proven through the metric measuring evaluations, where 97%

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Children 4 Tomorrow's principal goals are to mirror the mission of the organization; TO CREATE A PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIVE ATMOSPHERE OF COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN TO THRIVE AND GROW IN A MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT by:<br/>- Train and certify mental health professionals and amicus attorney's with expert knowledge of the Attachment Base - Parental Alienation through the 2018 Pilot Program. <br/>- Incorporate the AB-PA Pilot Program within the courts for High-Conflict Families. <br/>- Increase the number of children receiving sponsorships for counseling through the Rebuild ~ Restore program<br/>- Increase awareness of emotional child abuse (psychological Child Abuse) throughout the community by way of social media, media, events and the 2018 Pilot Program <br/>- Increase LEAP course participants through the legal sector<br/>- Increase sponsorships funding for the multi-faceted programs<br/>- Grow the size of the organizations staff and volunteers<br/>- Increase the subscription of the JOT Program (Journaling On Time)

• To improve & reduce the cycle of emotional abuse through LEAP - will monitor participant's surveys, comments and class tests. <br/>• Increase knowledge by accommodating the Spanish-Speaking population. Translate materials, video, audio, brochures and certificates translated from English to Spanish - by grant writing, donations and volunteerism.<br/>• To serve and enhance the number of participants involved different entities of the legal sector. To adequately serve low social-economic, through additional financial support by grants and fundraisers.<br/>• To grow low social-economic children to gain counseling will seek grants, donors, corporations benefactors, and fundraisers, seek sustainable sponsors.<br/>• Children 4 Tomorrow implements long-range public relations through social media by means of volunteers, board and staff.<br/>• A staff salary for a full-time Executive Director of Operation and Programs and a Executive Director of Fiscal Affairs and Programs by the end of December (2016). By means of increased classes, grants, sponsorships.<br/>• To grow the organization C4T must gain loyal and dedicated volunteers through Houston Volunteers, word of mouth, social media. In order to gain passionate staff C4T must obtain a salary budget and accomplish the assessment funds through increased classes, grants and sponsorships or a sustainable sponsor.<br/>• To increase the subscription of the JOT Program (Journaling on Time) create and develop marketing material, social mediate, legal and court system

The Children 4 Tomorrow is capably to meet the goals need mainly through the multifaceted programs mirroring the mission of the organization which is raising awareness and increasing knowledge of emotional abuse. The programs educate adults and children to recognize the indicators and observable behaviors of emotional abuse. The courses also provide skills, tools, and techniques to combat emotional abuse in the family structure. The JOT program supports non-adversarial communiqué options through a secure archived online portal.

Effectiveness for LEAP and LEAP JR courses is measured for participants utilizing a standard statistical analysis technique. The common research design to determine if participants raised awareness and increased knowledge is the 2-group pretest/posttest design with one dependent variable. Participants are randomly assigned to a group. The score is the dependent variable and is measured on an interval scale, and the difference score is the posttest minus the pretest. A statistical random sample of participants revealed that the raised awareness and knowledge of emotional abuse increased by 83%. Children 4 Tomorrow focuses on maintaining the individual score increase of at least 80% for each participant. <br/>Effectiveness for LEAP is also measured according to case resolution in the Harris County Family Law Court system. C4T receives parent participants by court order of the judges in the Family Law court. Parents with long-standing or difficult cases are ordered by the judge to complete the course. The certificate of completion is submitted to the court and case resolution is determined shortly thereafter. The Children 4 Tomorrow goal is to improve high conflict case resolution in the courts within 90 days of participant completion of the LEAP course. <br/>Effectiveness for the JOT program is measured by the number and kind of communiqués that are entered through the secure portal system. Individuals may permit others to view communiqués and provide private comments. All communiqués are archived for future use.<br/>Children 4 Tomorrow meets the psychology and legal need of children through the Restoring Minds ~ Building Futures Program which provides financial support for counseling services and legal assistance. The counseling service raises awareness about emotional abuse, establishes coping skills for emotional abuse and develops trust through effective communication techniques. The legal assistance provides law-related referrals and resources; and contributes a portion of fees for amicus legal assistance

Through this process, we found that there is widespread support for Children 4 Tomorrow's role as an advocate and leading voice for the community; as a trusted resource for timely, accurate, information, training and capacity-building expertise; and as a leader in the community of Houston, Texas. We also found that in order to fulfill the vision articulated by our stakeholders, board and staff during the planning process, Children 4 Tomorrow must strengthen our own capacity and intensify our communications efforts, in order to build on past accomplishments and foster an external environment favorable for the community to thrive.<br/><br/>RESTORING MINDS ~ BUILDING FUTURES – Program provides financial support for counseling services and legal assistance for children suffering through emotional abuse. The program provided full time counseling for 17 children.<br/>LEAP – Children 4 Tomorrow conducts, maintains, and promotes the Learning Emotional Abuse Program (LEAP), a comprehensive 4-course curriculum with support resources for adults. This focused training approach engages adults by increasing the awareness of emotional abuse and encourages adults to participate in collective family healing. The goal of LEAP is to train parents to understand, recognize and eliminate the indicators and observable behaviors of emotional child abuse. LEAP Program served 136 participants.<br/>LEAP JR – Course that trains youth to understand and recognize emotional abuse, to balance emotions and articulate feelings, and to utilize information and resources that promote emotional health. The Houston Chief of Police sponsored its Youth Police Advisory Council of 36 participant members to take the course.<br/>JOT (Journaling On Time) - Personal online program that provides a private journaling component for adults with time/date stamped documentation log.<br/>Future Program: LEAP-E – specialized intervention curriculum program that enlightens educators and professionals by providing tools and techniques to recognize and combat emotional abuse.<br/>Accreditation:<br/>• CLE Provider<br/>State Bar of Texas – Accreditation of CLE Activity of Continuing Legal Education for judges and attorneys.<br/>• CPE Provider<br/>Texas Education Agency (TEA) – Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider<br/>for educators for K-12, staff and counselors.<br/>• CEU Provider<br/>Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – Continuing Education Unit (CEU) <br/>for Social Workers, LMFT, LPC<br/>Awards & Interviews:<br/>Parents of Public Schools – Recognized in 2012, 2014 <br/>I Heart Radio 100.7 FM – The Mercy House Show Interview 2014, 2016<br/>KPFT Houston Radio 90.1- Houston Community Radio 2014<br/>NonProfit PRO- Winner of the 2017 Leadership Award of Rising Star<br/>NORP (Nonprofit Organization Research Panel) Member/participate – Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies<br/>Voyage Houston Magazine- article of the organization featured September issue 2017<br/>Channel 2 KPRC – TV interview with Khambrel Marshall, Newsmakers November 2017

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: sms text surveys, electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, it is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    With our new CFAT program which was a pilot program, we made changes in showing the community and the people we serve, that we are not bias and the organization wants to protect the children in the middle through Transparency and being Neutral – no interest in blaming or vilifying either parent • Our goal at all times is to focus on the best interest of the child • Data driven diagnostics and assessments • We treat each parent with respect and courtesy from beginning to the end of assessment and treatment • And we are Trauma informed

Financials

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Operations

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

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Children 4 Tomorrow

Board of directors
as of 1/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Gipson

Professional Baseball/Houston Astros (Retired)/Voting

Term: 2010 - 2018

Dwilene Lindsey

Greek Essentials & Things - Co-Owner

Brooke Lindsey

Murray Resources

Renee' Windsor

Greek Essentials & Things - Co-Owner

Charles Gipson

Retired Houston Astros

Tandra Winston

EPEnergy - Senior Oil & Gas Measurement Analysis

Brinda Smith

Sungard Higher Education - IT Technical Specialist/Analysis Consultant

Jackie Medina

Adam Green

G3

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 ? No
  • 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 01/02/2020

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
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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