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Calibrate

Pasadena, CA   |  https://calibrate.earth

Mission

WE CALIBRATE: WE TRANSFORM AND ELEVATE THE LIVES OF TOMORROW'S LEADERS FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, PARTICULARLY THE DESCENDANTS OF AMERICAN SLAVERY, BY PROVIDING SPACES WHERE THEY EXPERIENCE THEIR BEST SELVES, FEEL VALUED FOR THE POTENTIAL THEY BRING TO THE WORLD, AND PREPARE TO REINVEST THEIR TIME AND TALENTS BACK INTO SOCIETY.

Notes from the nonprofit

Calibrate provide a virtuous cycle of intergenerational impact via SEL development, training, and mentorship, whereby community members lead our programs and reinvest in their communities. When Calibrate® started programming in August 2019, we were a team of 3 serving 2 locations and 125 youth. As of 2023, we are a team of 80 serving 1,478 youth, K-college at 15 locations in Los Angeles County’s under-resourced zip codes. 95% of Calibrate’s staff and 63% of our board share lived experience with youth and young adults we serve. Calibrate achieves its mission through Connections® and Training. Connections is a data-driven SEL program that has been studied by UCLA and the RAND Corporation. 100% of participants report multiple gains (e.g., emotional self-regulation, empathy, listening and communication skills, confidence) that generalize across their lives and support them in critical choice moments, e.g., finishing high school and/or college.

Ruling year info

2022

Principal Officer

Marcie Gilbert

Main address

298 Pleasant St

Pasadena, CA 91101 USA

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EIN

83-1431668

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Connections®

Connections is a data-driven SEL program that has been studied by UCLA and the RAND Corporation. Connections uses a structured process designed to create a protective space, so that participants can listen and speak from their hearts. Sitting in a circle, participants are guided by prompts that elicit imagination, reflection, and critical thinking. Connections empowers youth to respond to the needs of our time with compassion, integrity, and confidence in their own gifts. Connections develops the emotional intelligence, social skills, sense of purpose, perseverance, resilience, and growth mindset that are more of a determinant of success than GPA.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls
LGBTQ people
Men and boys
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

pLAymaker 2022

Los Angeles Rams

Affiliations & memberships

Los Angeles Rams pLAymaker 2022

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services 2023

Children's Institute, Watts Campus 2023

Watts Gang Task Force 2023

College Corps / California Volunteers 2023

Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles 2023

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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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Calibrate

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Richard Robinson

Blue Shield

Term: 2018 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. De'Anthoney Jenkins

Entrepreneur / Self-Employed, Business

Term: 2023 - 2026

Charletta Johnson

Urban Odyssey Tours

Greg Kriegler

Amazon

Kobie Conner

Netflix

Toya Holiday

Campbell Hall School

Gary Calderone

Self-Employed, CPA / Consultant, Music Publishing

Daniele Johnson

State Bank of India California

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 2/1/2024

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
Female, 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: 09/08/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.