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El Camino Creative Inc

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Albuquerque, NM   |  https://elcamino.io

Mission

Reentry after prison can be difficult for many formerly incarcerated individuals, especially those who have never lived on their own. Vocational training & educational workshops provide the formerly incarcerated with the tools necessary to become entrepreneurs. We give them an opportunity to learn a tech trade. We provide them with all the tools and EEOC guidelines to survive the hiring process. We work with rehab facilities, probation & parole, and the courts. Our message is clear. We want to raise awareness that if administered properly, a second chance will lower crime in our precious communities. By donating to our cause you will be making your community safer.

Notes from the nonprofit

Employment discrimination, specifically hiring discrimination, happens more than we care to even fathom. One of the biggest forms of hiring discrimination targets individuals with criminal histories. El Camino Creative Inc did an audit study where we sent out 10 overqualified ex-felon candidates to various jobs across Albuquerque, New Mexico. They all had 6 to 7 years since they were convicted, they were off paper, and were convicted of non-violent crimes. 8 out of 10 got interviews. 6 out of 10 were finalist. 6 out of 10 got the job. In Albuquerque, EEOC guidelines state that once a conditional offer has been made you must disclose your felonies. So, when they explained to their employer before signing the conditional offer of employment that they had a criminal history, 6 out of 10 had their offers rescinded. They are still jobless today despite being the best candidate.

Ruling year info

2022

Executive Director

Andres Flores

Co Principal Officer

Tabitha Langford

Main address

902 11th St NW Suite B

Albuquerque, NM 87102 USA

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EIN

88-2939675

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Vocational Certificate Program

El Camino Creative Inc works with Probation and Parole, our jail, MDC, our court system, and our communities. Our communities really benefit from this program. We provide the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated the opportunity to learn a vocational tech trade. We offer a certified certificate program in the following tech areas: web design, graphic design, and content creation. Additionally, regardless of which certificate one chooses, there is a mandatory entrepreneurship 101 program. This is where we address the issues of immediate employment and that the formerly incarcerated would benefit from being their own boss. The certification is three months long and upon graduation this demographic can start freelancing and or, depending on their experience, apply for some jobs. This program is free to anyone on probation or parole, was court ordered, or simply want to change your life for the better.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

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 formerly incarcerated who sign up for the certificate program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people

Related Program

Vocational Certificate Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Did they come on their own free will. Were they ordered by the State of New Mexico or did Probation and Parole send them.

Number of formerly incarcerated individuals that do not reoffend

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people

Related Program

Vocational Certificate Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The lower the recidivism rate the lower the crime rate. We need to find the answer to the most obvious question. Does providing a vocational tech skill reduce the recidivism rate? Yes it does.

Total number of incarcerations across clients

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

Vocational Certificate Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This accounts for the clients we help on a monthly basis. 98.9% of our clients have been incarcerated. We do help non-felons, but only when we have the time and staff to do so.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

The goal of El Camino Creative Inc is to lower the crime rate by investing in a solid reentry plan and process. Education. By providing the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated with a tech vocational trade, such as web design, graphic design, or content creation we have essentially switched focusses. The focus being on developing something tangible. Something that can’t be taken away. Our goal is to create a little bit of human capital in each person who is released form jail or prison. If done properly, this will significantly lower the recidivism rate and effectively destroy crime.

GOALS

1. Providing a vocational tech certificate to those non-violent individuals who can prove that they are ready.
2. To be a vital member of the reentry process
3. Develop a certified badge program that builds trust..


The alternative is jail, prison, or death.

To succeed as a felon, you need to have an enormous amount of grit. You need to be willing to get turned down, get thrown in the mud, have people tell you, "no". Then, with all that, you need to pick yourself up every time, dust yourself off, and go at it again.

In terms of strategies, the main way we are going to succeed is by having a small brick and mortar filled with the latest technology. Because of the demographic we serve, most of them will not have a computer. So, we need to provide them with technology.

Felons need so many tools to survive its simply laughable the way they get released from jail or prison and expect them to do good. That ain't gonna happen. One day. So, in the meantime, we need your donation.

We have big goals and little to zero funds to achieve what we want. Essentially you are investing in me, Andres a formerly incarcerated individual that beat the odds, knows how to maneuver the system, knows what’s broken and how to fix it. In order to understand this grant, you need to believe in the premise, and the premise is that through education and vocational training a formerly incarcerated individual can change their life around. With two much to lose, failure becomes obsolete.

When I was released after spending a year and a couple of months locked up, I had nothing but the clothes on my back. Without the support of my friends and amazing family I would have ended up reoffending. I was one of the lucky ones.

Our goal is to keep Albuquerque safe. The crime rate has risen to epic proportions. The only way we are going to reduce crime and keep our communities safe is to provide vocational and /or educational training, entrepreneurial courses, and consistency in addiction management and daily living skills.

The purpose of El Camino Creative Inc is to provide a solid foundation (which really need to begin in jails and prisons) for the formerly incarcerated to thrive on. Punishment will only go so far. It’s the continued punishment that forces the formerly incarcerated to reoffend. So. Why don’t we lessen the punishment after said individual completes everything and is officially out of the system. Give them something to lose and 8 out of 10 will choose the right path.

We have only just begun the quest for a safer community and a more equal hiring practice.

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?

    The individuals that are serviced by El Camino Creative Inc, are the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. Anyone on probation or parole, in rehab, or even ordered by the courts is welcome into the certificate program. For those getting Harvest Badges follow the same demographic. Reentry after prison can be difficult for many formerly incarcerated individuals, especially those who have never lived on their own. Vocational training & educational workshops provide the formerly incarcerated with the tools necessary to become entrepreneurs, get their certificates, and earn a living wage. By doing this, our communities will become safer, stronger, and much more aware of what is going on.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We received feedback that made us change the way we deliver our program inside of jails and prisons. When a prisoner gets transferred they can't continue our program. This is because we were only approved for one jail. So, all the state prisons are currently approving us. The two private prisons that we have in the state of New Mexico would never approve of us. Or anyone for that matter. Why would they? Private prisons want the formerly incarcerated to come back, because if they get rehabilitated then the private prison loses a client.

  • 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?

    Individuals want to be heard. They want to be seen. They want to know that their opinion matters. They don't want to be told how to feel or how they should be feeling. This demographic is highly intelligent. Unfortunately, the way the laws are, we might have to take a step back before we take a leap forward. Felons are the one of the most underrepresented, marginalized, and discriminated against, especially in the hiring process, groups in America today. Prisons and jails are massive entities. The knowledge based is tremendous. The feedback that we receive is almost used right then and there. Our peer support role is extremely important because most felons won't talk to anyone but a felon. They feel more comfortable in opening up with a fellow felon than anyone. We encourage feedback.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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El Camino Creative Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andres Flores

El Camino Creative Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2026


Board co-chair

Tabitha Langford

El Camino Creative Inc

Term: 2022 - 2026

John Maruffi

El Camino Creative inc

Krystal Michelette

El Camino Creative

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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2022

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/28/2022

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