Garden State Scholastic Esports

Using esports as a platform to help all students grow!

aka Garden State Esports   |   Toms River, NJ   |  http://www.gsesports.org

Mission

A nonprofit founded by teachers for students, the Garden State Esports mission is to create high-quality, student-centered experiences through scholastic esports by providing the learning, competition, and the inclusive community needed for ALL students to use esports as a platform to grow.

Ruling year info

2020

President

Chris Aviles

Vice President

Regina Schaffer

Main address

1417 Birmingham Ave

Toms River, NJ 08757 USA

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EIN

85-0529233

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

EPPIC

Our Esports Personal and Performance Improvement Curriculum (EPPIC) is our learning program designed to improve students social and emotional well being. Through gaming, students learn how to build healthy gaming habits and how to create and defend safe and inclusive spaces where gaming happens. Students are also empowered to understand digital culture and how best to remain safe and in control when interacting with others on the internet.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Health
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children of LGBTQ parents

CODEC is our Career and Technical Education (CTE) program where we help students and club advisors understand all the opportunites avaliable to them in the esports ecosystem. CODEC, a modular curriculum, has students fill the roles of the real-life jobs that they would find as part of professional esports organization, for their own scholastic esports team. Graphic design, journalism, video editing, event planning, and many more careers are avalible for students to try as part of 'the team behind the team' on their esports team.

Population(s) Served
Students
Teachers
Ethnic and racial groups
Adolescents
Preteens

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Our results

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Number of participants and stakeholders attending our monthly workshops.

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average number of participants per esports team

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to improve students' social and emotional well being, academic performance, and understanding of the career pathways available to them in the esports ecosystem by providing meaningful competition, learning events, and community of practice to socialize with.

Garden State Esports is working with stakeholders to empower them to use scholastic esports as platform to improve student learning outcomes. We provide the competition needed to help students improve their teamwork, leadership, and communication skills by running a free-to-join league. We have curriculums and partners that help us infuse career and technical education (CTE) as well as social and emotional learning (SEL) into our events and empower teachers to infuse CTE and SEL into their esports practices. We engage parents and school personnel to help them to understand the power of scholastic esports and help them build a robust esports program at their school or community organizations.

We have a dedicated team of GSE staff, classroom teachers, and industry partners who come together to use esports elevate all students. GSE isn’t our job, it’s our passion. Everyone at GSE is a full-time NJ educator. Together we have 200+ years combined teaching experience.

In a little over a year, we have scaled GSE to serve 130 school districts in NJ. That's over 20% of the state. As we continue to grow, we are looking to add 100 school districts a year as well as community organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. With over 3,000 active participants, GSE has the ability to reach a huge swath of NJ youth and the teachers and schools who support them in their learning.

Financials

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Garden State Scholastic Esports

Board of directors
as of 10/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laylah Bulman

NASEF

Gerald Solomon

NASEF

Organizational demographics

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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