YOUNG SCIENTISTS OF SC

Walterboro, SC   |  www.YoungScientistsofSC.org

Mission

The Young Scientists of SC promote and provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities and experiences to the school aged youth of the Lowcountry of SC in an effort to lift them out of poverty by setting them on a path to a rewarding career. Since this is a tight knit community, most people return home bringing their skills and experiences with them, and creating a high tech, high achieving workforce that will attract additional direly needed investment into the county.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Mr. James Carlisle

Main address

180 Shady Oaks Ln

Walterboro, SC 29488 USA

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EIN

83-2063448

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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

This area of South Carolina is rife with generational poverty exacerbated by poor education and few opportunities.

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?

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams

Each team attempts to solve problems and challenges through research, design, building, developing and programming of a LEGO Mindstorm Robot in worldwide competition. The team members are taught and then practice a core values system best embodied in the concept of Gracious Professionalism. Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Team America Rocketry Challenge is an annual American model rocketry competition for students in grades seven to 12 sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

To serve the population of student's whose families cannot afford field trip, we bring the STEM field trips to the students. One example of this is the South Carolina Aquarium Rovers who bring lessons and live animals to the school classrooms.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Fielded the first team in school year 2019-20. The FIRST Tech Challenge is an international middle/high school robotics competition that builds a build game-playing robot that weigh up to 60 pounds. All the value systems in place in LEGO League are also present in this competition.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Students propose questions and form hypothesis regarding the environment of near space. Then they employ an ultra high altitude weather balloon and student designed and built sensors to prove or disprove the hypothesis.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

We seek to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math experiences and opportunities for the underprivileged youth of the Lowcountry. We empower tomorrow's community leaders by supporting, inspiring, engaging, and educating each individual to reach their full potential.

We provide after-school programs such as Robotics, Coding, 3D Printing, and Model Rocketry to name a few, that engage our student's imagination, develop their skills, and prime their thirst for learning. We also provide scholarships to summer camps that further our goals with these Young Scientists.

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

    We serve the school-age youth of the South Carolina Lowcountry with particular emphasis on those living in poverty. They range in age from 9 to 19 years old. A little more than 50% are female and a little less than 60% are non-white.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Over the past 18 months, several of our "Young Scientists" mentioned the role of the arts in the life of many of the most successful people in the world. We changed our mission to include the arts and even instituted an annual poetry scholarship competition.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Taking feedback from our donors and clients provides them a voice as well as influence. It improves the Board's decisions and emboldens participation. We welcome the team effort.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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YOUNG SCIENTISTS OF SC

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. James Carlisle

Young Scientists of SC

Term: 2018 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs. Meredith Rynkiewicz

Young Scientists of SC

Term: 2018 - 2022

Linzey Fraser

Young Scientists of SC

Liza Catterton

Young Scientists of SC

Carlos Hamlin

Young Scientists of SC

Angel Parker

Young Scientists of SC

Amelia Bongiorno

Young Scientists of SC

Amari Hamilton

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 04/26/2021

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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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/26/2021

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.