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FRETS 4 VETS

Helping Vets Crush PTSD and End Soldier Suicide

Georgetown, DE   |  www.frets4vets.org

Mission

To provide music education to veterans with PTSD, depression and other mental health struggles in order to develop healthy coping skills. A yearly budget of $120,00 would service 4 chapters with a full student load. Currently we have a wait list of 517 since we only service what we have funds to do in succession.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder

Mr Isaiah Baker IV

Main address

300a Nancy St

Georgetown, DE 19947 USA

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EIN

81-4413375

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are trying to reduce the 22 average daily veteran and active duty military suicides from PTSD or depression.

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?

Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

Teaching musical instrument lessons to create a coping mechanism for PTSD and depression by creating a positive mental focus.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

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.

Students who shared they received a benefit from taking the program

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

Adults

Related Program

Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We assess at each lesson whether they are having a good week or a bad week with their mental health issues and compile that info at end of each student's course.

Student quantity who successfully completed program

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

Adults

Related Program

Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

total quantity of students served

Students who shared they did NOT receive a benefit from taking the program

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

Adults

Related Program

Instrument Instruction to create PTSD and Depression Coping Mechanism

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We assess at each lesson whether they are having a good week or a bad week with their mental health issues and compile that info at end of each student's course.

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 are trying to get the rate of 22 veteran and active duty military suicides to a lower number by creating a coping mechanism to direct their mind to a more positive and creative direction. Studies have shown that PTSD and depression can be lessened through counseling and though developing coping skills. We aim to help in the creation of those skill to be added to regular mental health counseling through third parties.

A veteran student with a valid dd-214 and a diagnosis of PTSD or Depression (and some physical limitations are also considered) is provided a loaner guitar and an instructor to provide 16 one on one classes provided at 1 hour per week. Every other week after their 4th lesson they will be invited (not a mandatory attendance) to bi-weekly jam session / group get together held at their location. The students are allowed 2 makeup days, if they can not attend for health or acts of mother nature those will not be counted. At the end of the 16 week course the student gets a diploma package that will include a brand new, handmade in the USA, electric guitar, lap steel or bass, depending on their lesson selection, that is theirs to keep. They will then be invited to continue to take lessons at a minor cost of $5 per week donation to the host venue to help with the maintaining of the space they are so graciously letting us use for this program. If a student surpasses a 32 week program they will be inducted into our Player Hall of Fame in which ever category they have chosen to learn to play in. They will also at that point be evaluated and offered the chance to teach what they have learned to a new flight of students. Students will also get an assessment once monthly to track the progression of their PTSD or depression to help with informational metrics and to help determine if they need to be referred to any mental health specialists to further their recovery.
Our program is specifically designed to help create a coping mechanism to help the student focus their mind in a positive direction instead of a self destructive path. We can not emphasize enough that we are not a medical program we are a supportive program and our program works best when a student is enrolled in some form of counseling or is seeing a medical professional on a regular basis. We embrace the drug free approach of counseling blended with our program as the best method in all but the most extreme cases.

We have a network of twenty four teachers for the program and a few mental health counselors / practices that we refer to if the student wishes to have professional counseling and are not already enrolled in such.

we have successfully accomplished our goals with the first set of students, but we have 492 on a wait list and it is growing daily. We haven't been able to help everyone due to a lack of funding.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • 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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FRETS 4 VETS

Board of directors
as of 04/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Isaiah Baker

Frets4Vets

Term: 2017 - 2047

Garth Miller

Frets4Vets

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/18/2023

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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.