Friends of Suenos

aka Suenos   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  suenosgt.org

Mission

Sueños is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe space of empowerment, learning and collaboration for the children of street vendors in Antigua Guatemala through out-of-school-time education.

Ruling year info

2018

Founder and Executive Director

Katie Korsyn

Main address

508 West Allens Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19119 USA

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EIN

83-1995328

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Single Organization Support (S11)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sueños is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe space of empowerment, learning and collaboration for the children of street vendors in Antigua Guatemala through out-of-school-time (OST) education.

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?

Pequeños Soñadores (Little Dreamers)

An early childhood program based in Montessori for ages 3-6.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

An after school program for students ages 7-11 focused on reinforcing the basic skills students need to be successful in school in a culturally relevant and interactive environment

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A class for mothers focused on building a network of support for raising their children, as well as community between women and self-esteem

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

Where we work

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.

Our aim is to provide the educational, social and emotional tools for children to complete primary education and acquire a skill set to achieve economic autonomy, allowing them to achieve their goals and stopping the cycle of child labor.

Sueños provides extracurricular education to students of all ages and their parents through three, age-based student programs. To ensure success, we:

1. Encourage parents, particularly mothers, to take an active role in their child's education.

2. Provide students with the nutrition that they need to be successful.

3. Ensure that public schools are supporting our students in the best way.

Our professional staff in Guatemala is our greatest asset, including:
*Katie Korsyn, founder and director. Katie has a degree in international development from The George Washington University, and has a background in early childhood and primary ecucation. She has worked with Guatemala's Division Educativa as an Education Specialist and Teachers2Teachers-Global as Education Leadership Coordinator.
*Karla Yesenia Xinic Asij, a program facilitator. Karla is from Santo Domingo, Xenacoj. She is an elementary education teacher who has studied teaching pedagogy and educational administration at the Universidad San Carlos in Guatemala. She is a graduate of the three year program "Leaders in Mathematics" at Teachers2Teachers-Global.
*Andrea Talo, program facilitator. Andrea is a preschool teacher pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work in order to provide comprehensive childhood development.
*Silvia Chivalan, community facilitator. Silvia is a parent of three Sueños students and has completed the women's leadership program, Women in Action.
*Belmo Osorio, community facilitator. Belmo is a cousin or uncle to more than 10 Sueños students! Due to his family's financial situation, Belmo had to go to work at a young age and only complete first grade. He is proud to learn with his students.

We have built the program from a small group of children meeting at an outdoor plaza to a robust educational center with multiple classrooms to accommodate several groups at a time.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have added a daycare program for younger children at the request of the community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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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Friends of Suenos

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Amy Cohen

History Making Productions

Term: 2019 -


Board co-chair

Brent Gray

Ariel Johnson-Peredo

Ernst & Young

Sonia Reardon

University of Pennsylvania

Karen Cheney

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 10/27/2020

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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.