Dojo of Exceptional Wellness, Inc.

Wellness & Martial Arts, Budo is for Life

aka DEWINC   |   Doral, FL   |  http://www.DEWINC.org

Mission

Our mission is to promote a safe, peaceful and welcoming environment to the Special Needs community for the personal empowerment, self-expression and inner strength development through the instruction of Martial Arts. We believe and have witnessed that as we impart martial arts instruction and its benefits become evident, first hand, they transcend to the practitioner's daily routines, improving their quality of life.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Mr. Francisco Santander

Main address

11267 NW 58 Ter

Doral, FL 33178 USA

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EIN

82-3724454

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

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

Our communities are comprised by ALL of us. The Special Needs population in our communities makes up in excess of 10% of the people you see around you every day. In case it’s not common knowledge, special needs conditions DO NOT EXPIRE. Yes, more than 1 out of 10 of the individuals you see daily live with the lifelong reality of a special needs condition that challenges their daily routines and, inevitably, affects their quality of life. Showing participants first hand, skills and positive experiences, educating them, in pursuit of their inner strength, self-empowerment and self-confidence is derived from training in traditional Martial Arts. Our goal is to provide for the Special Needs and General Population, between the ages of 9 to 99, a setting for Wellness, Education and overall Improvement of their Quality of Life through the many transformative benefits of becoming a practitioner of traditional Martial Arts.

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?

DEW Wellness & Martial Arts

Dojo of Exceptional Wellness, Inc. promotes a safe, peaceful and welcoming environment to the Special Needs community for the personal empowerment, self-expression and inner strength development through the instruction of Martial Arts.

We aim to offer a dojo, a place where Martial Arts are taught, at a safe, familiar and convenient location; provide an exceptional experience while we address the practitioners' state of wellness, the quality or state of being healthy in body, mind and spirit, especially as a result of deliberate efforts such as Martial Arts classes.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DEW’s Mission is to educate youth, adult and senior participants, promoting a safe, peaceful and welcoming environment for self-expression, inner strength, self-confidence and self empowerment development through the instruction of Martial Arts to the Special Needs Community, We believe, as we impart martial arts instruction and its benefits become evident first hand, these benefits will transcend to our participants' daily routines, their family and community relationships, improving their quality of life.

DEW's W&MA Program imbues its participants with self-confidence, inner strength and self empowerment in pursuit of an improved quality of life. To determine the outcomes, DEW periodically measures three (3) metrics; namely, DURATION, FREQUENCY and TRANSITION.

In cooperation with Board Certified mental health and educational professionals, DEW has devised a system to develop metrics through the periodical assessment of its participants in the practice of traditional karate-do. We measure three (3) aspects that are key to the development of our participants' core goals of self empowerment, inner strength and self-confidence.

- Duration Metric outcome is objectively measured in time units of minutes:seconds, when participants are in meditation during class and this measurement is tracked at various times during the W&MA Program session.
- Frequency Metric outcome is objectively measured as a percentage, when participants are training in the repetition of combinations, technique movements demonstrated by the Martial Arts instructor.
- Transition Metric outcome is objectively measured as a percentage, when participants remain engaged throughout every one of the seven (7) segments of the class: Line-up, Meditate, Stretch, Karate, Stretch, Meditate, Dismissal. The stage (1-7) when engagement is broken is taken as a percentage of the entire class.

The Special Needs community in our area comprises in excess of 10%, according to the Department of Labor and Statistics (dol.gov). Most individuals with special needs already receive therapies on a weekly basis. Adding a traditional martial arts program to their existing regimen of therapies can only assist them in reaching their goals faster, meeting and overcoming daily challenges successfully. When an instructor focuses on YOUR child, sibling, parent or relative’s special needs there is no doubt the results are immediate. Focus, concentration, balance, tone, awareness, self regulation, core strength, reduced anxiety, and spatial awareness are just a few of the benefits your child, adult or senior will receive at the right martial arts school or dojo. Providing repetition of same location, same faces, same class agenda (see our YouTube video library) and knowing what to expect are all part of the recipe. With continuous structure, discipline and fun exercises, even the individual with multi-sensory issues almost immediately rises to the occasion, peeks to see the other side of the veil.

DEWINC plans its business strategy around three pillars, namely, Fundraising, Scale, Growth.

Regarding FUNDRAISING, DEWINC will adopt or expand the following activities:
- Top Goals: Identify/Apply Grants, secure Sponsorship agreements, Profile Donor Base
- Events: promotional, networking
- Target: Profile Donor Base, sponsorship agreements
- Demographics: Philathropists, local, Influencers, Grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs
- Tracking: Press Releases / Testimonials / Sponsorship Agreements / Donations / achievements

Regarding SCALE, DEWINC will adopt the following activities:
- Hire DEW personnel - Salary/Hourly
- Implement DEW W&MA Program training Curriculum for staff/contractors
- W&MA Program Training for martial artists (≥3º dan Okinawan Karate-do)
- W&MA Training for ESE/ABA professionals
- Potential W&MA Locations Road Show: Municipalities, universities, schools, private communities, individual lessons
- W&MA Program Deployments: city parks, Community centers

Regarding GROWTH, DEWINC will adopt or expand the following activities:
- Fundraising Events: dinners, Donation Boxes
- Speaking engagements: Mental health/ABA Groups, PTAs, Autism Support Groups, ESE Teachers
- Social Media: FB Live & create events, Podcasts, YouTube Live
- Traditional Media: Newspaper, Radio, Local TV stations
- Special Needs Schools
- Grant Writing

Dojo of Exceptional Wellness' (DEW), offers martial arts instruction as a therapeutic tool, as described by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (arttherapy.dadeschools.net) for individuals, age seven or older, in the Autism Spectrum or other Special Needs.

The Wellness & Martial Arts (W&MA) Program, however, is NOT just a Martial Arts class. We incorporate the appropriate number of mental health professionals, from our collaboration with the Step Ahead Program in Hialeah and the Best Behavioral Solutions corporation in Doral, (FL Certified ESE Teachers, Board Certified Behavioral Technicians) in accordance with the applicable ratio to the amount of students in a class (1:6, 1:8, etc.). Our goal is ensuring the proper monitoring, safety and management of the participants' conditions as they may manifest themselves during the course of the W&MA Program sessions.

FROM STEP AHEAD PROGRAM MANAGER REPORT TO THEIR MAIN FUNDER: The Children's Trust
"Healthy Bodies and Strong Minds, Step Ahead Success Story 2018-2019.
Step Ahead began this 2018-2019 school year with excitement as we embarked on the beginning of our new five year grant cycle. With our student recruitment up, our seasoned team returning intact and our community partners all working together, you could feel the positive energy in the air.
Last summer Step Ahead added a no contact Karate Class, partnering with the Dojo of Exceptional Wellness, under the leadership of Sensei Francisco Santander, a fifth degree black belt Dojo Master. The pilot Wellness and Martial Arts Program was such a success, we incorporated the class every Friday afternoon for our After School Program. The goal is to promote inner strength, improved body coordination and mental focus. Increased self-confidence and personal empowerment soon follow. Dojo Master, Sensei Francisco is dedicated to the principle that each person can derive inner and outer strength and wholeness of spirit through the basic elements of the martial arts and a healthy lifestyle."

DEW’s mission is to empower participants, promoting a safe, peaceful and welcoming environment for self-expression, inner strength and self-confidence development through the instruction of Martial Arts to the Special Needs Community, DEW believes, as we impart martial arts instruction and its benefits become evident first hand, these benefits will transcend to our participants' daily routines, their family and community relationships, improving their quality of life.
We have serviced, on a volunteer basis, in excess of one hundred twenty (120) participants in our Wellness & Martial Arts (W&MA) Program in the City of Hialeah’s Step Ahead initiative at the South Florida Autism Charter School. DEW began with a Pilot program during June-July 2018 and subsequently remained during the 2018-2019 School Year, as volunteers upon request from the faculty, with a weekly W&MA Program from August 24, 2018 to May 31, 2019. DEW’s STEP AHEAD W&MA Team brought ELEVEN (11) GOLD MEDALS from the 2019 Miami Karate Open that took place in Miami, FL on May 25th. During Q2 2019 DEW also began operations of a second W&MA Program at the Legacy Park Community Center in the City of Doral. Our goal is to offer the W&MA Program throughout Miami-Dade County, to begin with. The Special Needs communities in our area comprise in excess of 10% of the general population, according to the Department of Labor and Statistics (dol.gov). DEW is governed by a three member Executive Board of Directors.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    DEWINC®'s Wellness & Martial Arts programs provide for the Special Needs and General Population, between the ages of 9 to 99, a setting for Wellness, Education and overall Improvement of their Quality of Life through the many transformative benefits of becoming a practitioner of traditional Martial Arts. Either under the challenges of Special Needs, like Autism, Down syndrome, etc., or to address the benefits of motion for aging in better health, DEWINC® operates four distinct programs in two Municipalities within Miami-Dade County in Florida; whereby we address the Quality of Life needs for these different demographics.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Testimonials,

  • 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 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?

    Kindly, recall how ALL in-person instruction was asked to STOP in Spring 2020. This had negative effects on the population we were serving, limiting or interrupting access to some if not most essential mental health therapeutic services. We were swamped with requests to figure out a way to continue and avoid relapse for the kids who had, so far, had such a positive response to our W&MA Program. Well, without the start of our W&MA Online Program, many participants would have had no outlet to express themselves in a safe, healthy and positive way. DEWINC grew its slate of classes via the Zoom platform and have not looked back at a more pivotal moment, so far.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, 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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Dojo of Exceptional Wellness, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Francisco Santander

Dojo of Exceptional Wellness, Inc.

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Francisco SANTANDER

Dojo of Exceptional Wellness, Inc.

Term: 2017 -

Arturo Mayoral

NextGear Capital

Andrew Carrillo

Barnett Capital Advisors

Francisco Santander

DEWINC®

Board leadership practices

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2022

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/24/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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.