Youth Development

KHUBA INTERNATIONAL

Providing all children avenues of access to high quality educational enrichment in STEM, Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship

aka KHUBA International   |   Ithaca, CA   |  www.khubainternational.org

Mission

Our mission is to support children and families in their goals to become amazing world citizens. We give families opportunities to deepen their sense of purpose together. Our programs started in Mendocino County, California and our work has grown to encompass children in the Caribbean and around the U.S.

Our aim is to motivate and inspire the next generation to be givers, to be builders of strong, connected communities, to serve one another and protect the environment.

Once children participate in our programs, they are given exciting opportunities to reconnect to their families and communities. By encouraging the youth to think outside of themselves, we broaden their perspectives and open up new horizons in truly productive and exhilarating ways.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Christa Alana Nunez

VP Community Outreach

Pete Gerardo Nunez

Main address

272 Enfield Falls Rd.

Ithaca, CA 14850 USA

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EIN

80-0931645

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community-Building

The Community Building program creates opportunities for young people to engage meaningfully in the human-populated environments in which they live and learn. Students are given assignments such as reading to younger children at the local library, organizing a neighborhood chess or hopscotch tournament, or hosting a town-wide youth talent show at the local high school gymnasium. Activities such as these give students a deeper sense of community-connection and make for a stronger, more vibrant local culture.

Population(s) Served
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget
$30,000

The Service to Others program builds valuable caring muscles in young people, allowing them to think beyond their own wants and needs, and helping them develop mindfulness around the needs of others around them. This program helps children build many valuable thoughtfulness and consideration skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Budget
$15,000

The Environmental Stewardship program provides opportunities for young people to protect and sustainably interact with their local outdoor environments as well as supports their understanding of larger, real-world environmental challenges and opportunities. Learning activities out-of-doors help engender a sense of personal responsibility for safeguarding local parks, beaches, creeks as well as the planet at-large for their good and that of future generations, as well assists in connecting young people with the joy and wisdom that comes with finding their place in the natural world.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Budget
$50,000

The Cultural Exchange program helps young people gain a deeper understanding of their own unique cultural heritage as well as those of other people. Students gain points in this program by availing themselves of opportunities to discuss their own culture and gain a deeper understanding of other cultures through sharing meals, conversation and in-depth study of various cultures. This program also enables young people to meet young people from other countries while travelling abroad with their families or through an exchange program. Language arts studies, dance, music, art, history and geography unique to the host country, are taught via partner organizations abroad. Through their work with people from other countries, children learn to identify positively with foreign cultures and gain a deeper understanding, comfortability and appreciation for people who are both similar to and different from themselves.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Budget
$50,000

The Personal Excellence program supports young people in their own personal goals, interests and passions. Whether a child loves to create art, is on a swim team, or is a science wiz, this program supports their growth and development in whatever interests they are pursuing. Coaches, mentors, and teachers are invited to write notes of encouragement and improvement vouchers that students submit for points in this program. The added support and encouragement that this program provides helps keep young people stay positively focused on pursuing and improving in their individual areas of interest.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Budget
$10,000

Where we work

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 youth who demonstrate that they have developed cultural competence

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

Children and youth (0-19 years),Indigenous people,Minorities

Related Program

Cultural Exchange

Context Notes

Through our Cultural Exchange Program's Haiti Pen Pal Project, forty-four U.S. children have participated in written, video and intercultural-sharing communication with a group of Haitian children.

Number of youth who demonstrate motivation to learn

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

K-12 (5-19 years),Indigenous people,People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Environmental Stewardship

Context Notes

Through our partnership with North Coast Opportunities' Gardens Project, children have eagerly learned sustainable agriculture practices and about diverse and healthy eating options.

Number of youth who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment

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

K-12 (5-19 years),At-risk youth,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Community-Building

Context Notes

1st and 2nd graders at a local charter school have studied, written about, created and discussed their plans to improve a local park space to bring physical exercise and play to their community.

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?

Our aim is to provide engaging avenues to support children's active involvement in the solutions to the world's most pressing problems. Through exploration and active study at home, in school and on trips abroad, our goal is to give young people support in gaining meaningful experiences that are infused with a deep appreciation and respect for nature and an understanding of how to live more environmentally and socially responsibly in the community. The children of today are tomorrow's world leaders. Our goal is to help today's children know what it is to do their part to protect theirs and others' environment and community. Our goal is to affect an increased level of peace, unity and mutual understanding on a global level via cross-cultural exchanges and the propagation of an attitude of habitual international service in all children worldwide.

We spend a lot of time in curriculum and program development.<br/><br/>We actively partner with like and supportive organizations locally, regionally and internationally to reduce duplicated efforts and to leverage opportunities for wider reach.<br/><br/>We provide an interesting digital component that is appealing to children and adults alike.<br/><br/>We market ourselves and actively fundraise to support our activities in an ongoing manner.<br/><br/>We partner with schools and local government agencies to leverage educational and civic networks.<br/><br/>We keep content, curriculum, events and programs fresh, relevant, fun, and targeted to the most pressing challenges.

We've got a knowledgeable, energetic board.<br/><br/>We have an engaged and hardworking leadership team.<br/><br/>We have a strong media plans and partnerships.<br/><br/>We are metrics-driven and can measure efficacy of our programs and activities, digitally, with ease.<br/><br/>We actively fundraise and involve partners in our core activities, winning their loyalty.

Digital engagement metrics via our online program portals.<br/><br/>Testimonials. <br/><br/>Active social media and blog conversations.<br/><br/>Local educational and government agency reporting on shared events and programs.<br/><br/>Online satisfaction surveys.

We are successfully growing at a rate of 10% monthly.<br/><br/>We are growing at a rate of 2 new programs per month.<br/><br/>We have 100% partner and school satisfaction in our surveys.<br/><br/>We have not yet built our Learning Farm facility and are actively developing funding sources to do that.

Financials

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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

Keywords

youth development; environmental stewardship; cultural exchange; community service; youth excellence; community-building; at-risk youth; youth in poverty