Youth Transportation Organization

Delivering Oportinity

aka Yoots.org   |   San Rafael, CA   |  www.yoots.org

Mission

The Youth Transportation Organization (Yoots.org) is a 501(c)(3) organization focused solely on acquiring transportation from trusted third parties to distribute to non-profits and schools that serve underprivileged K-12 children in the United States.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are young. And we are quickly learning that our niche is both desperately needed by organizations and somewhat overlooked by funders.

The world of transportation has changed drastically in just the last year, and the opportunity to take advantage of this landscape is here.

We don't really think of ourselves as a transportation organization. We view ourselves as a last mile solution to help increase diversity and reach for organizations that help children across all sectors.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder, President

Craig Flax

Main address

57 Dominican Drive

San Rafael, CA 94901 USA

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EIN

81-3347726

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (O19)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Transportation is recognized as among the most difficult hurdles to equity for low income youth. Many youth serving organizations either spend up to half of their programming budget on transportation or have "given up" on helping youth get to them. Access to affordable, safe and reliable transportation continues to lag for those who need it most.

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?

Healthcare Transportation

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital's Pediatric clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Clinic that serves patients that are at or below the poverty line. Of the 36,000 appointments each year, there is a 30-40% "no-show" rate. Yoots helps by donating rides via Lyft/Uber for the patient and their parent.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Providing transportation logistics for our Non-Profit partners to increase their diversity and reach.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 organizations applying for grants

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Non-Profit Transportation

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2016 we have partnered with 8 non-profit organizations that we will work with in 2017.

Number of free participants on field trips

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Non-Profit Transportation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our growth in 2019 was powered by a partnership with Genentech. Their donated charters helped us serve over 2000 students. We also brokered trips for over 5000 students with Aim High.

Number of health outcomes improved

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Healthcare Transportation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Together with our pilot partner UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, we've changed the clinics within the hospital to better track our impacts. 2019 will see a large increase in improved outcomes.

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.

Yoots strives to offer under-served children access to the same amazing external education, athletic and arts programs that many children experience daily. Providing transportation solves a "last mile" problem. The healthcare, arts, outdoors and sports programs all exist, but getting youth to their appointments, games, opportunities is a constant battle. Our mission is to eliminate transportation as a barrier to equity for low income and underrepresented youth.

Yoots has partnered with San Fransisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to build a fund to offer free field trips to 400,000+ students per year.

Yoots has access to tech company employee charter buses (including driver, fuel and insurance) that we "rent" to our partners for only $250/day- saving our partners over $1000 per charter.

We have begun to build a fleet of passenger vans, for rent by non profit partners and title one schools for 75% off of market rates. We work with our partners to offer driver training for their staffs.

Lastly, we apply for grants that focus entirely on transportation costs, and distribute these funds to our non profit partners. We also handle the logistics of entire trips- finding, vetting and negotiating with transportation vendors for the best prices.

Yoots has been building our capacity since 2017. We have established relationships with a large number of transportation providers, as well as the school districts and non profit and community organizations that need access to them.

In 4 years, we have become the "go-to" nonprofit organization in facilitating transportation for low-income youth in the SF Bay Area.

In our discussions with leaders in the youth development space, transportation always seems to be one of the top barriers to getting kids engaged in even some of the most basic activities available to their peers. Yoots believes it is in the position to be a catalyst for finding the resources, the funding, and the legal structures for supplying affordable transportation to outdoor organizations serving under-served youth. We have created a vision, sustainable business model and a strategic to plan to deliver transportation solutions to life changing programs in the outdoors.

Since 2017 we have paid and arranged for transportation for thousands of youth. We have brought children hundreds of miles to their doctor appointments, partnered with the United Negro College Fund to transport over 100 students from around the US on their tour of tech companies in Silicon Valley. Helped dozens of organizations gain access to low priced transportation to explore the coast, the Redwoods, museums and much more.

Our newly formed partnership with BART is ready to bear fruit, as soon as the world is safe to re-open.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Youth Transportation Organization

Board of directors
as of 11/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

craig flax

Youth Transportation Organization

Term: 2017 - 2020

Edward Bennett

Williams & Connelly, LLP

Joe Lund

American Red Cross

Andrea Salvemini

UC Berkeley Executive Education

Chester Hertado

TradeWorks Management Services

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2020

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability