KidSTREAM

Ventura County's Children's Museum

aka KidSTREAM Children's Museum   |   Camarillo, CA   |  www.kidstream.org

Mission

KidSTREAM will provide an engaging environment where kids explore, play, and discover; inspiring and empowering kids to become critical thinkers, innovators, and life long learners.

Notes from the nonprofit

Ventura County is currently the largest county in Southern California without a resource like a children's museum. The challenges that the past few years have brought about have widened the learning gaps between children who have access to learning opportunities, like those kidSTREAM can provide, and those who don't. It is our mission to create a place for children to explore, play, and discover; creating critical thinkers, innovators, and life-long learners. Even more, kidSTREAM is committed to increasing access for every child to have this valuable resource as an opportunity to light a spark for learning that can't be extinguished.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Michael Shanklin

President

Kristie Akl

Main address

3100 Ponderosa Drive

Camarillo, CA 93010 USA

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EIN

81-3055601

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ventura County is underserved in terms of hands-on informal education resources for our children. School funding for the arts, humanities, and science-based learning continue to decline. Childhood is life’s greatest opportunity for learning and building a foundation for a joyful, productive and fulfilling life. Today, children don't get nearly enough opportunities for hands-on, child-led exploratory play. Children’s museums not only provide that, but they also serve as a lesson for what we need to bring back to childhood, and what we need to limit. Psychologists have argued that children need balance in their lives.Young minds and bodies needs to explore without too many boundaries and too many suggestions without an overabundance of structure and critique. Therein is the genius of the children’s museum. There is intentional design to permit the spontaneous behavior that defines how young children should spend their time. kidSTREAM will fill this need for Ventura County.

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?

STEM Outreach

kidSTREAM Volunteers teach STEM-based outreach programming at schools and events throughout Ventura County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Hands-on activities for Children and Families

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Children's Museums 2018

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 community events or trainings held and attendance

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

STEM Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Outreach to children & families throughout Ventura County reached over 45,000 since incorporating, despite COVID challenges. kidSTREAM incorporated in 2016 and achieved 501(c)3 status Jan. 2017.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

STEM Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total children & families reached through STEM and Arts outreach exceeded 45,000 reached despite the challenges of pandemic closures. Outreach numbers have returned to higher than pre-COVID numbers.

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.

KidSTREAM will provide an engaging experience that will break down socioeconomic and other barriers between children and families, according to Dr. Jamshid Damooei, Economic Department Chair at California Lutheran University. While there are now more than 340 children’s museums in 23 countries around the world, and children’s museums represent the largest growth sector for museums, in the Ventura County region, children and families have little or no access to the unique experiences provided by children’s museum. The nearest options require, at minimum, an hour’s travel each way, and often much longer due to traffic or the need to utilize public transportation. Further, a children’s museum can serve as a community anchor. In fact, in determining America’s Best Cities, Businessweek placed the greatest weight on “leisure, amenities including density of museums, followed by educational metrics and economic metrics”.

Our vision is to create a regional, community-based resource that brings families together while empowering kids to become critical thinkers, innovators, and lifelong learners through play. Broad accessibility, cultural representation, innovation and interactive learning, and economic, community and ecological sustainability are our core values.

kidSTREAM currently has terms to purchase the former Camarillo library, which includes 2-acres of land on a community campus from the City of Camarillo. A successful capacity building campaign helped lay the foundation for the feasibility of the project. Currently, a capital campaign has been launched to fund the building purchase, renovation, and build-out of a world class, destination worthy resource for the Ventura County region. Additional fundraising efforts for endowments, combined with operating income will provide for the sustainability of ongoing operational expenses.

Two major goals for 2020 are to increase the raise of capital and to increase accessibility at kidSTREAM's site. Strategies in reaching the capital raise goal include increasing the board of directors in breadth and depth. Additionally, increasing the access to the site on a more consistent basis increases kidSTREAM's access to grant funding for both capacity building and capital. The increased accessibility to the site will allow for a more diverse audience, and part of this strategy is to increase accessibility through targeted, bilingual communications, as well as continuing to increase awareness of the mission and vision of kidSTREAM to all.

Over the past three years, kidSTREAM has part of the fabric of the community, in that

During the build out for the campaign, kidSTREAM's board of directors and a large group of volunteers have actively reached out to over 30,000 children and families throughout Ventura County with hands-on STREAM-based learning opportunities since incorporating and becoming a 501(c)(3) in 2016. Most of the outreach is away from the site, around the entire county, specifically targeting communities and populations with barriers to access. Part of this targeted strategy is committing to bilingual communication and offering admission to marginalized populations. Currently, the primary use of the site is to showcase kidSTREAM's vision, specifically to potential stakeholders. The site is also currently home to kidSTREAM's "STREAMing in the Park" programming, which highlights the letters in STREAM: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. Several community partners have been engaged in these events from the local parks district to Boys and Girls Clubs countywide.

Looking ahead at the coming years, kidSTREAM will continue to engage the community with targeted outreach, both on and off site, with the goal of increasing accessibility. Part of the implementation strategy for this is an increase in volunteer responsibilities and a decrease in requiring board presence. As the board grows in breadth and depth, the role of the director will shift to focus on fundraising and organizational governance, especially once paid staff are in place. The capital raised will go toward the build out of what will become a transformational hub for the children and families of Ventura County, helping retain and attract a viable workforce to our region and increasing the trajectory for those who call Ventura County home.

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?

    kidSTREAM serves the children and families of Ventura County through hands-on learning opportunities with the intent of reaching every child regardless of any barrier to access.

  • 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), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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?

    Much of the data we collect at kidSTREAM is to improve our programming. We hope to be an agency of change, so that a child leaves the museum transformed - inspired to learn more and aspiring to be something - we truly want to know how their experience at the children's museum impacted them. A lot of the questions have to do with their knowledge when entering compared to their knowledge/comfort with subject matter upon leaving. Most of the feedback we gather from parents and volunteers are around improving the overall experience for visitors and volunteers. These help shape what the museum will become when we expand our footprint.

  • 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?

    We have modified programming to be more inclusive and accessible as well as exhibit design to be safer and more accessible for every child and parent. We consider every interaction an opportunity to improve our approach to creating a more equitable environment for every child.

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

    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 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

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

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KidSTREAM

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kristie Akl

kidSTREAM

Term: 2016 - 2023


Board co-chair

Jessica Lavariega-Monforti

California State University Channel Islands

Term: 2019 - 2023

Yvette Bocz

Owner, Gardens by the Sea

Karen Allen

Pleasant Valley School District

Adele Hermann

PhD, Director Centers for Excellence

Joe Borchard

Executive, Ventura Coastal

Megan Cox

Physician, Internal and Lifestyle Medicine at Dignity Health

Jena Mehrotra

PhD, Principal, It's Behavioral

Holly Cole

County of Ventura

Michael Jump

County of Ventura, District Attorney's Office

Iris Ilao

Powell Financial Group

Jake Furlow

JP Morgan/Chase Bank

Chris Seal

Kite Biopharmaceutical

Jesus Romero

J&E Berries

Wendy Solis

Yardi Systems

Michelle Yee

Bank of America

Hillary McLoughlin

Amgen

Carina Morgan

NAVSEA

Megan Feister

Cal State Channel Islands

Denae Lassen

Start Up Kids

Shari Mogridge

Trade Desk

Bryan Yee

Amgen

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 ? 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 10/17/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-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

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/14/2022

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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 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.