Fish Out of Water Career Development Center Inc

Derwood, MD   |  https://fo2w.org

Mission

Fish Out Of Water provides dynamic training and coaching to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in multiple settings to include academics, relationships, college and high demand employment sectors.

Ruling year info

2020

CEO/Co-Founder

Dr. Vanessa Cogdell Moore

Main address

7530 Weatherby Dr

Derwood, MD 20855 USA

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EIN

81-2824836

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Training (J22)

Rural (S32)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fish Out Of Water aims to address the needs of rural youth focusing on empowerment. FO2W utilizes a Positive Youth Development model. We believe youth are capable and strive to assist young person plan for and reach their full potential. We specifically seek to reduce participation in at-risk behaviors that often lead to outcomes to include unplanned teenage pregnancies, that can thwart their 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?

College Anchor Program

The College Anchor Program (CAP) is a great opportunity for the students and parents to learn the steps needed to successfully prepare and transition to college.

During scheduled workshops, families learn about steps needed to prepare for college and resources available within the community. Sessions are led by experienced counselors and staff from local universities and community colleges. Topics will focus on academic planning, goal setting, scholarships, campus visits, and financial aid. All high students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Through their support and private donations FO2W provides training and dorm trunks for high school seniors at reduced or no costs.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Parents

Anchors Up (AU) is a comprehensive teenage pregnancy prevention program that assist youth in charting a course to optimal wellness. The program strives to reduce rates of teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection (STIs), and existing disparities in rural North Carolina.

Anchors Up provides an evidence-based curriculum focusing on Sexual Risk Avoidance Education, Love Notes 3.0, in an After-School format. The program serves at least 600 middle and high school students (grades 6-12) annually.

Youth learn strategies for success, poverty prevention, healthy relationships, and goal setting while learning to resist risk behaviors to include sexual coercion & normalization, underage drinking, drug abuse and bullying.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Social and economic status
Sexual identity
Health
Religious groups

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 students enrolled

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

Age groups, At-risk youth, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Enrollment into CAP program

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.

We seek to empower youth in rural North Carolina providing them with skills needed to succeed in academics, college, work and relationships.

Our strategies include youth empowerment, individualized and group counseling, teaching relationship skills, college and workforce preparation, all enhanced by the development of peer learning communities.

FO2W has passionate staff, volunteers, and community partners. Funding from the DHHS and local organizations assist in funding our programs.

We have recently secured a federal grant that provides us with needed financial resources and research to support our program goals. We are currently serving one rural county and will continually seek support and resources to expand our reach.

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 your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    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 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?

    We have shifted our delivery model to virtual based on concerns related to COVID-19.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Fish Out of Water Career Development Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Derek Williams

Danford Groves

Caroline Sumpter

Gloria Carr

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2020

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.