Redefiners World Languages

ReDefining Language Learning...For a Brighter Future!

TAMPA, FL   |  www.redefinerswl.org

Mission

ReDefiners aims to equip and empower individuals in the U.S. to be multilingual global citizens.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Chantelle Daniels

Main address

8056 N. 56th St.

TAMPA, FL 33617 USA

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EIN

81-1352382

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ReDefiners World Languages aims to mitigate gaps in access to skill development opportunities that lead to increased academic success, financial stability, workforce development and intercultural competence.

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?

Multilingual Achievers Program

The Multilingual Achievers Program (MAP) is a multi-year in-person education based service for K-3rd grade students. The program has been created with a collaborative approach to expand and enhance Out-of-School-Time programs currently operating throughout Hillsborough county, in partnership with community organizations, to provide universal access to educational support.
As an evidence-informed program, it includes two major activities: individualized academic tutoring and small group language classes (English, Spanish, Mandarin & Arabic). Participants are engaged in personalized sessions driven by diagnostic data that provides real-time analytics on progress towards benchmarks. To increase accessibility to this educational support, tutoring is provided through in-home services to select communities.
Participants engage in small group language and cultural enrichment classes that utilize the communicative framework designed to promote measurable proficiency in the target language.

Population(s) Served
Children
Low-income people
Immigrants
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent

This is a 4-week In-Person program open to K-5 grade students (ages 6-11) at the beginner-immediate level of Spanish. Those accepted will be among 20 students engaging in an immersive Spanish program with 120 hours of language and cultural enrichment that incorporates digital technology, including green screen technology and virtually transport to Puerto Rico & Mexico. Participants will also build literacy skills, avoid the “summer slide,” and prepare to be global citizens.

Eligibility (Income-based rates):
Must qualify & receive Free/Reduced school meals. Medicaid Eligibility.
Reside in 33612, 33613 or 33617 Zipcodes
New Program Participant

After-Care Available: Fee not included in Income-Based Pricing Discounts & must be pre-registered on a weekly basis)
Transportation: No Pick-up Available; located on the HART Bus line; bus passes available upon request.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent

The Academic Tutoring program is an intervention program designed to ensure children are academically on level by the 3rd grade. Through in-home personalized support to families ReDefiners provides personalized 1:1 academic tutoring to children who have children who have been deemed at-risk of not meeting grade level requirements. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap in academic performance by providing strategies and resources to engage parents/caregivers while boosting confidence within students. Tutors are bilingual in English and one of the following languages: Spanish/Arabic/Swahili.

​Who:
Children from low-moderate household income households, non-native English speaking households

​Indicator: Eligible for Free/Reduced School Lunch; Medicaid Eligibility; demographic data supplied by parent/caregiver through registration

Target Zip Codes: 33612, 33613, 33617

Context: In-Person Programs

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants
Children
Working poor

The Live Virtual Program is a fee-based language education program for learners across the United States and Globally. The program is a remote learning program with live synchronous group sessions designed to promote community, cultural competence and multilingualism. Through a series of progressive course offerings, students develop communication skills to help meet their goals, whether academic, personal or professional.

Available languages of study include: Arabic, English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

​Test Prep Courses for learners who wish to study or work in an English speaking country include the IELTS and TOEFL test preparation courses. Program features include:

Meet weekly face-to-face with your teacher and classmates in a virtual classroom in highly interactive, immersive and engaging sessions that are designed get students speaking quickly

Each class session is 60 minutes long (but feels much shorter) with lesson content available for review along with fun practice activities to reinforce learning between live sessions

Get FREE access to meet 1:1 with your teacher during Virtual Office Hours for extra support

Who:

​Children ages 5-11, adults, non-heritage & heritage learners, multi-level proficiency, any income level

Target Areas: Global

​Context: Live Virtual Program

Population(s) Served
Children
Adults
Immigrants
Academics
Families

The Multilingual Citizens program offers in-person language courses aimed at developing skills critical to today’s workforce and enhancing opportunities for family connectedness through intergenerational courses. Adult and youth courses in English and Spanish are held throughout Hillsborough County at the Children’s Board Family Resource Centers.

The Multilingual Citizens Program is an evidenced-informed comprehensive in-person education program providing educational support for adults, parents/caregivers, youth, and school aged children while also enhancing opportunities to foster and develop social skills within families and communities throughout Hillsborough county.

The program is inclusive of 6 distinct courses:

1. Intro to A1 General English for adults (contracted service 8-hour course)

2. A1 General English Course (full 72 hour course)

3. B1 General English Conversation Workshop

4. Spanish Conversation Workshop for adults

5. Let’s Learn Spanish -intergenerational

Population(s) Served
Children
Low-income people
Working poor
Children
Low-income people
Working poor
Immigrants and migrants
Family relationships

In partnership with Simply Health Care, ReDefiners World Languages provides groceries and essential items to low-moderate income individuals in Hillsborough county with a distribution occurring on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the organization's community center, 8056 N. 56th St., Tampa, FL 33617. This program and service to the community serves at least 200 families monthly.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Caregivers
Extremely poor people
Working poor
Immigrants and migrants

In partnership with WestShore Plaza, ReDefiners World Languages hosts the annual Multicultural Fest on the first Saturday of November to celebrating diversity through the arts in Tampa, Florida.
Event attendees travel the world through the beauty of music and dance with ReDefiners World Languages. The event is a day to celebrate cultural diversity through music and colorful entertainment from around the world, including Arabian Belly Dancing, an African Fashion show, youth talent competition and so much more!
Attendees are able to shop & discover local vendors for one of a kind gifts, taste magnificent food while small business owners and representatives from corporations are able to connect with local residents.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships

In partnership with WestShore Plaza, ReDefiners World Languages' host the annual Black Heritage Expo on the last Saturday of February in Black History month. The event is a day to celebrate culture through music, dance, dramatic reenactments, and to encourage positive development through workshops on healthy living and self-care.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
Families
Parents

Where we work

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.

2022 Overarching goals:
1. Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services
2. Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core
3. Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical)

Ultimately, ReDefiners aims to promote social change, create equity in educational opportunities, and provide a competitive advantage for youth and adults.

Goals:
1. To Promote Higher Academic Achievement among K-5 students
Literacy Development
Learning across subjects (Social Studies, Language Arts, Science)
Confidence Boosting
Increased use of more areas of the brain

2. To increase the Social-Cultural Development of K-5 Students
Increased self-awareness
Greater empathy for people and situations
Develop a global citizen mindset and value for cultural diversity and community service

3. To expand access to Increased Career Opportunities and Employability for all participants
Confidently learn to communicate with diverse people & cultures
Gain leadership & language skills to fill high demand jobs for qualified bilingual candidates
Expand career options locally and internationally


1. Goal: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services
Strategies:
To increase the number of program partners nationally by 20% (what is the specific number?)
To serve a total of 600 students across all programs.
To expand the Multilingual Citizens Program (MCP) to serve over 480 individuals annually
Launch Introduction to Languages Workshop with support from Florida Humanities Council to drive enrollment in core programs
Increase enrollment in Arabic and Mandarin by refining marketing efforts to appeal to heritage learners in languages other than English

2. Goal: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core
Strategies:
Define our core programs based upon evidence from program evaluation efforts: with clear staff structures, progression plan and identify at least two major funders for each core program outside of the Children’s Board
Develop content specific language courses for adult learners (business, travel...)
Develop Self-Paced Onboard Content in Canvas
Priority:
Academic Tutor
MCP
Spanish LIT
Global Explorers
STARTALK
Finalize Year 1 of the Language Achievers Curriculum by December 31, 2022
Finalize Spanish LIT Curriculum Development for Cycle 2 of Global Explorers Curriculum


3. Goal: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical)
Strategies:
To invest in organizational capacity and sustainability through strategic fund development initiatives outside of core programming to increase organizational reserves by 10% annually
Launch Virtual Store to sell Multilingual Advocacy Merchandise to contribute towards 10% annual cash reserve
Hire an LVP program director and a Spanish Lead Teacher across all programs at at least a .5 FTE
Hire a Content Designer to support the finalization of the Language Achievers Curriculum
Hire a part-time Finance Director by the end of 2nd Quarter


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?

    ReDefiners serves primarily serves children in grades K-5th grade and adults from low-moderate income households from underserved communities.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2021, feedback from community partners through and participant families through various channels (site visits, feedback forms, conversations) highlighted a need to strengthen internal and external communication practices. As a result, the leadership team immediately devised a strategic plan to ensure external communication is streamlined and transparent, published messaging has been reviewed and refined and internal communication is being strengthened through the implementation of a centralized database with access controls for all volunteers and staff members.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Redefiners World Languages

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clay Andreen

Fair Square Financial

Term: 2021 - 2022

Teresa Johns

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Marcin Wedlarski

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Jeremiah Johnson

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Kun Shi

University of South Florida

Melisa Pedrso

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Irina Rumyantseva

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Kris Pita

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Roland Jean Charles

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Caroll Mirabaltovar

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Vyoma Patel

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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 02/25/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/25/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.