SPIRIT NYS Inc

Rochester, NY   |  https://spiritnys.org/

Mission

Our mission is to support homeless teenagers who have no consistent parental support while they complete high school. We want to prevent them from dropping out of school and assist them in graduating.

Notes from the nonprofit

WE are an all volunteer organization which employs Best Practices. This allows us to ensure over 90% of funding goes to direct student aid.

Ruling year info

2021

Chairman of the board

John Thompson

Assistant chairperson of the board

Mary Thompson

Main address

P O Box 14817

Rochester, NY 14614 USA

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EIN

86-1566121

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

SPIRIT NYS

Homeless teenagers face huge barriers that impede their ability to finish high school. SPIRIT NYS provides financial stipends, mentoring, and advocacy for those students. Overall, SPIRIT NYS supports homeless teenagers to graduate and encourages them to pursue post-graduate endeavors such as vocational training or college enrollment.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth
Adolescents
Young adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Reduce high dropout rates by home insecure and parentally insecure high school students
Enable then to not only graduate but to have skills to enable them to pursue post high school training, either academic or vocational

Working with high schools, identify home insecure student who are highly likely to drop out, without intervention
Enroll the students in the SPIRITNYS program, which provides additional mentoring, a bi weekly cash stipend, and a trusted adult advocate. In order to be enrolled the student agrees to increase attendance and study to improves his grades and graduate.

WE are already working with three high schools in the Rochester NY area. WE utilize the schools to define the mentors and program coordinators, who identify the students, meet with them periodically as needed, and monitor their progress

We have put in place the systems and procedures necessary to operate this program. We utilize debit cards, which we fund twice a month to provide the financial stipends. We have developed and implemented all forms, including school and SPIRITNYS MOU's, a student contract form which spells out their responsibilities , progress reporting formats etc.
We have implemented all procedures necessary to maintain student's privacy in accordance with federal standards.
We are already working with three high schools in the Rochester NY area. We utilize the schools to define the mentors and program coordinators, people they deem capable, who identify the students, explain the program and the expectation to meet with them periodically as needed, and monitor their progress. If not progressing, the mentor works with the student to improve.
If student remains non compliant with their commitment to the program, they will be taken off the program either temporarily or permanently until their non compliance is resolved.

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

    Teens who are home insecure and lack strong parental guidance

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We provide basic educational supplies and backpacks. Based upon surveys we altered the makeup of these supplies to include additional items identified as needed by our cients

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our community partners,

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

    We work with mentors within the school system. It has improved their sense of satisfaction and empowerment. It provided additional motivation to both service providers and clients

  • 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 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

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SPIRIT NYS Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John Thompson


Board co-chair

Mary Thompson

Cheryl Young

Quinn O'Rourke

Teresa DeSanctis

Kim Thompson

Michael Thompson

Michelle McNeil

Ted Thompson

Amy Breitenborn

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/14/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.