Parentis Foundation

Guiding the Next Generation of Readers. Mentoring Future Leaders.

aka Parentis Foundation   |   LAGUNA HILLS, CA   |  www.parentisfoundation.org

Mission

Parentis Foundation seeks to address a major contributor to poverty -- the inability of children to read proficiently by the end of third grade. Through an intergenerational approach, we provide both older adults (age 50+) and children with the opportunity to enrich their lives, build self-confidence, and share a sense of purpose through literacy.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Mrs Janice L. Frechette

Main address

24012 CALLE DE LA PLATA #400

LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92653 USA

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Formerly known as

Parentis Health Foundation

EIN

81-1188544

NTEE code info

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Childhood illiteracy is a predictor of adult poverty: If a child is not reading proficiently by the fourth grade, they are four times more likely not to graduate high school. The Parentis Foundation’s flagship program, the Experience Corps Orange County (ECOC) is a direct literacy intervention program that utilizes an intergenerational mentorship model to target three key areas of focus: 1) Literacy Skill Building—literacy intervention focused on fluency, proficiency, and improving comprehension; 2) Social/Emotional Growth—mentorship between children and volunteers focused on building close, trusting relationships to help improve the children’s reading skills, while also building essential social and emotional skills; and 3) Improved Academic Success—significant gains in reading and increased self confidence that leads to better attendance, fewer disciplinary problems, and subsequently higher rates of academic engagement and 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?

Parentis Foundation Experience Corps OC

Experience Corps connects students with caring adult volunteers age 50 and older who provide an essential combination of training, life experience and commitment.  The program helps children read at grade level so that they have the opportunity to succees in school and in life.   Experience Corps Orange County (ECOC) is a WINNING COMBINATION: It's a win for the children, a win for volunteers, and a win for Orange County.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

AARP Foundation Experience Corps 2017

One OC Member 2017

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 students showing improvement in test scores

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

Children and youth, Multiracial people

Related Program

Parentis Foundation Experience Corps OC

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

(2020)Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parentis adapted the ECOC Intergenerational Literacy Intervention Program for virtual tutoring. 100% of services were provided online.

Number of hours of training

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

Seniors, Young adults

Related Program

Parentis Foundation Experience Corps OC

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Older Adults (50+) provide direct tutoring/mentoring services to at-risk youth in underserved communities.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Seniors, At-risk youth, Children and youth

Related Program

Parentis Foundation Experience Corps OC

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

By pairing kindergarten through third-grade children with highly trained volunteer tutors, we will improve the literacy skills of children at risk of not reading fluently by fourth grade, while providing meaningful opportunities for older adults who serve as literacy tutor/mentors in after-school youth organizations throughout Orange County.

As a result of the Intergenerational Literacy Intervention Program participation, Parentis anticipates the following indicators of success, as measured by annual pre- and post-program assessments:
1) Students: 60% of youth who were below grade level reading at the beginning of the year improved their reading accuracy performance by a half grade and 25% improved one full grade level or more. Furthermore, a youth's social-emotional indicator will show a 75% growth in each of the developmental levels.
2) Tutors: A minimum of 95% of our senior tutors will report they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students; that their participation in the program helped them stay physically and mentally active; and that the program increased their sense of purpose in life.
3) Program partners: Among our program partners, 100% will report our tutors have a moderate or strong influence on student reading and literacy performance, as well as the students’ social and emotional indicators, such as motivation, concentration, participation, or self-confidence.

Our impact on children
Literacy intervention focuses on fluency proficiency, accuracy and improving reading comprehension. Children and volunteers build a close, trusting relationship that helps improve the children's reading skills, and also builds essential social and emotional skills.
In yearly surveys, teachers report their students' show significant gains in reading skills increased confidence, better attendance, and fewer disciplinary problems.

Our impact on volunteers
Volunteer tutors age 50+ benefit from training and ongoing support that strengthens their natural mentoring abilities builds their confidence and fosters a sense of purpose that helps ensure their success as tutors – and the success of the children as readers.
Older adults who volunteer in the Experience Corps OC program for a significant number of hours each week reap important physical health, brain health, and community engagement outcomes as a result of their participation.

Our impact on the community
We are providing the essential support to ensure that children can read by the end of third grade and become productive members of society.
Nationally, over 2000 Experience Corps volunteers in 26 cities work in schools and after-school organizations in under-served districts that need support in helping students achieve mandated reading requirements.
WE ARE COMBATING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY!

AARP Foundation Experience Corps OC volunteers – people age 50 and older – help children in first through fifth grade learn to read and enhance social connection with older adults. We provide peer support, mentoring, coaching and ongoing training to help you be successful. Our tutors receive a minimum of 25 hours of pre, and continuing training to support reading tutoring skills, social-emotional learning techniques, and behavior management. We have also implemented a Lifelong Learner Series offering workshops and social engagements opportunities that continue to enrich the lives of our older adult volunteers.

The Experience Corps OC Intergenerational Literacy Intervention Program is an evidenced-based intervention program that measures student’s growth in words read per minute (a.k.a. oral reading fluency - ORF) and improved accuracy as an indicator of overall reading ability and academic success.

To assure the intended outcome for each student is achieved, we assess fluency and accuracy of students working with ECOC tutors at the beginning of year (BOY), mid-year (MOY), and end of year (EOY). Each student is assessed by our Literacy Specialist. Using the Reading A-Z pre- mid, and post-oral reading fluency assessment (ORF), we measure student’s words per minute (WPM) and accuracy. Fluency is measured by the number of words read correctly (WRC) in a grade-level passage in one minute. Accuracy is the percent of words read correctly out of the total number of words read. BOY Data provide the beginning level of fluency for each student; allow for grouping together similarly performing students; are used to create improvement targets for each student. MOY Data provide feedback on how much (or little) students are improving and inform small adjustments within the model for individual students. EOY Data provides the improvement outcomes. Additionally, Social/Emotional benchmarks are measured throughout the year to include ratings systems to track student's motivation, concentration, participation, and self-confidence. Growth in these four categories is also an indicator for a child's academic growth.

Nationally, AARP Foundation Experience Corps has been shown to improve the literacy rates of children, enrich the lives of older adult volunteers and strengthen schools in communities. In a single school year, students in K-3 rd grade who worked one-to-one with Experience Corps tutors achieved more than 60 percent greater gains in critical literacy skills than their peers who were not served by the program. Nearly 2,000 volunteers work in schools in under-served districts that need support in helping students achieve mandated reading requirements. Experience Corps operates in 22 program sites in select cities across the country.

Since the launch in October 2017, Experience Corps Orange County has recruited and trained more than 100 volunteers ages 50 and older. These dedicated volunteer tutors have provided over 20,000 hours of one to one literacy support to over 600 struggling readers at participating Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs, charter schools, and Title 1 supported elementary schools.

Experience Corps Orange County is school year literacy support program. Tutors become impactful mentors to their students during their reading sessions throughout the school year.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children 1st - 5th grade who are not meeting grade level reading proficiency. Families residing in under resourced communities in Orange County Teachers, Directors, School Administrators in after-school youth organizations, Title-1 funded elementary schools and charter schools. Adults ages 50 and older who serve as academic tutors and mentors

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

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

    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 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?

    To enhance the social engagement and desire for continued education, Parentis has created a series of learning webinars for our volunteers including weekly discussion groups that support health, wellness, mindfulness, and physical well-being. We have also launched a social book club designed to spark interaction that is intellectually engaging and helps avoid the onset of social isolation and depression among seniors. Based on feedback provided from our school based program partners, we expanded services to include students in 4th and 5th grade that are failing to reach grade level proficiencies and meet social emotional learning benchmarks.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    In 2021, Parentis Foundation received a net promotor score of 94 among volunteers stating that their experience as a mentor and tutor for the Experience Corps OC program provided them with meaningful and engaging experience keeping them both mentally and physically fulfilled. 100% of our program partners hosting our Experience Corps OC reading support program stated that they saw measurable improvement in their student's academic and social emotional development and would recommend our program be renewed for the coming school year. The parents/guardians of the students we served responded to our request for testimonials that the Reading Club provided their children with a connection to a grandparent figure that helped them find a love for reading and enjoyed working with their tutors.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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

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Parentis Foundation

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tarek El Nabli

Parentis Health

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr. John Lamirande

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Term: 2019 - 2023

Tarek El Nabli

Parentis Health CEO/Founder, Board President

Arda Kardjian

Parentis Health / Founding Board member

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data