Educate. Radiate. Elevate.

Closing equity gaps with quality education support

Mission

Educate. Radiate. Elevate.’s purpose is to strengthen the educational achievement of underserved K-12 students by providing them with high-quality instruction from experienced tutors who will assist them with academics, enrichment, and test prep as well as essential learning and life skills. The mission of Educate. Radiate. Elevate. is to minimize the disproportionate learning losses for low-income students of color and to provide economic, social, and emotional stability for the youth served, their families, and their community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Core Values Empathy. Our team empathizes with our students to build deeper connections, help us better understand what drives their behavior, and find strategies to help. Educational Equity. We know that all students can learn when given the opportunity, so we seek to ensure that our students have the support and resources they need to be successful. Cultural Responsiveness. We strive to learn from and relate respectfully with people of all cultural backgrounds by continually reflecting on our own backgrounds and behaviors, actively learning about our students’ cultures and communities, and adjusting our practices accordingly. Holistic Approach. We take a comprehensive approach to teaching by seeking to address the emotional, social, ethical, and academic needs of our students in an integrated learning format. Partnership. We understand that students’ opportunities for learning extend beyond classroom walls, and thus we strive to nourish meaningful connections with our students’ fam

Ruling year info

2021

Founder and President

Lindsey Mehgan Wander

Main address

4741 W Dickens Ave

Chicago, IL 60639 USA

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EIN

85-3926290

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The pandemic has highlighted the ongoing inequalities that have existed in America for decades. The Achievement Gap is being widened with school closures. Low-income students of color are among the hardest hit, resulting in long-term economic costs for local and national communities. Children in poverty and children of color often lack WiFi and electronic devices, have less access to remote learning, lower-quality instruction, less conducive learning environments, less home support, and lower engagement. Their families simply cannot afford to give constant parental academic supervision nor pay for outside academic assistance. These disproportionate learning losses for low-income students of color are compounding existing achievement gaps, leading many students to drop out. These issues of inequity will persist - unless organizations like ours work to bridge the gap.

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?

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Educate. Radiate. Elevate. is committed to equitable access to high-quality instruction for all youth.

Accepted students must:
Be in a grade K - 12
Reside in IL or TX
Identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC)
Be currently experiencing significant economic hardship
Demonstrate an active leadership role at home, in the classroom, at school, and/or in the local community
Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA for the past 2 years

Selected students will receive one term of instruction (18 hours of tutoring over 4 months) from our high-quality tutors who will focus on assisting the students with academics and test prep while also teaching them the underlying learning and life skills that will allow students to excel in all classes, in college, in their careers, and beyond. These include essential “soft skills” such as planning and prioritizing, time management, focus, creative problem solving, curiosity, innovation, advocacy, collaboration, and emotional intelligence.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who demonstrate critical thinking skills (e.g., reasoning, analysis)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use Soft Skills assessments developed by Pearson and self-reported by the student and their parent/guardian

Number of participants who are promoted to the next grade on time

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At the end of the Fall 2021 term, 2 students continued their school year and were promoted to the next grade level. At the end of the Spring 2020 term, 4 students were promoted

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We notify that families that on the third unexcused absence, the student is no longer permitted to participate in the program. This helps keep our attendance rate high.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We ask for volunteer feedback each month and require the families to complete a survey every 4 months. Everyone has reported satisfaction wit the program.

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We ask for volunteer feedback each month and require the families to complete a survey every 4 months. Everyone has reported satisfaction wit the program.

Number of students per teacher during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We provide high-quality one-on-one tutoring services.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We plan to increase the number of students we serve each year by at least 50%.

Number of students receiving homework help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Individual Tutoring for Underserved K-12 Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This data is collected with standards-aligned pre- and post-assessments completed by the student every 4 months.

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.

This nonprofit allows individuals and organizations to donate tax-deductible funds to sponsor students who have been nominated because of their dedication, achievement, and desire to learn. Their donations will provide the selected students with one term of instruction (18 hours of tutoring over 4 months) from our high-quality tutors, who will focus on assisting the students with academics and test prep while also teaching them the underlying learning and life skills that will allow students to excel in all classes, in college, in their careers, and beyond. These include essential “soft skills” such as planning and prioritizing, time management, focus, creative problem solving, curiosity, innovation, advocacy, collaboration, and emotional intelligence. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse and childhood poverty rates continue to rise, confronting educational inequities is necessary to enhance the wellbeing and progress of our society.

Prior to starting our program, all students complete grade-level appropriate online assessments to determine:
* Their current levels of mastery in the core subjects of Math and ELA
* Their present capacity for soft skills such as

Prior to their student starting our program, one parent/guardian and one teacher will complete a survey to detail their student’s current challenges and achievement levels.

Throughout the course of the program, tutors will regularly provide the students and their parents/guardians with feedback regarding the students’ progress.

Upon completion of each term of their program, these students complete a post-assessment to quantify their improvement and an exit survey to qualify their growth. Their parents/guardians and teachers also complete an exit survey to qualify the improvements they witnessed and their satisfaction with the program.

Approximately six months after the completion of the program, the students and their parents/guardians complete a review to assess how the students are progressing.

The Achievement Gap in the United States is widening, leaving countless students behind. There is a disproportionate number of for-profit tutoring companies versus nonprofit tutoring companies. The Founder of Educate. Radiate. Elevate. founded WorldWise Tutoring in 2015. It is her experience and expertise in running a successful tutoring company that is serving as the foundation for this nonprofit. Other for-profit tutoring companies can follow suit, founding separate nonprofit organizations to serve those who cannot afford their paid services.

Our tutors come from diverse backgrounds of identity and experience. They are all college-educated and experienced at teaching. All of our tutors participate in our “Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed Tutoring” class, which covers topics such as implicit bias, savior complex, trauma response, and racial consciousness. This course is interactive, relevant, meaningful, and concise. We also provide our tutors with easily accessible resources and ongoing support regarding these topics. Our strategies and course could serve as a model for other organizations working with the families of underserved communities.

Just formed in November 2020, Educate. Radiate. Elevate. has not yet started tutoring students. However, the Founder’s other company WorldWise Tutoring LLC, has been in business since 2015. Based on the results of a survey completed by WorldWise Tutoring LLC clients:
62.5% of families surveyed reported an improvement in the student’s “confidence”
58.3% of families surveyed reported an improvement in the student’s “independence”
50% of families surveyed reported an improvement in the student’s “planning and prioritizing abilities”
50% of families surveyed reported an improvement in the student’s “organizational abilities”
45.8% of families surveyed reported an improvement in the student’s “problem-solving abilities”
45.8% of families surveyed reported an improvement in the student’s “critical thinking abilities”

Middle School Students (according to 16 students who took the HSPT/ISEE between 2017-2020):
Average of 26.25% improvement in Writing & Language
Average of 29.26% improvement in Reading
Average of 28.62% improvement in Math

High School Students (according to 90 students who took the ACT/SAT between 2017-2020):
Average of 22.48 percentile improvement in Writing & Language
Average of 24.12 percentile improvement in Reading
Average of 21.04 percentile improvement in Math

Educate. Radiate. Elevate. will give pre- and post- assessments to students and their parents/guardians regarding the students’ ELA and Math mastery as well as capacity for Soft Skills. These results will be compiled and compared to track impact.

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?

    Low-income K-12 students of color who reside in Illinois and Texas

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, feedback after sessions from tutors, students, and parents,

  • 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 improve our tutoring program, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As a result of feedback, we are adding more local residents to our Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Asking for feedback has allowed us to make the necessary changes in the early stages of the nonprofit formation so as to ensure a strong foundation to support students for years to come.

  • 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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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Educate. Radiate. Elevate.

Board of directors
as of 09/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lindsey Wander

Educate. Radiate. Elevate.

Term: 2022 - 2021


Board co-chair

Michelle Sandoval-Rosario

Robert "Ramsey" Merritt

Lindsey Wander

Educate. Radiate. Elevate.

Michelle Sandoval-Rosario

Aleece Lowe

Viji Sripathi

Alnierys Venegas

Sonali Srivastava

Kevin McGahey

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/2/2021

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
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2021

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.