PLATINUM2024

703 Warriors

Transforming Lives, Building Unity.

Arlington, VA

Mission

703 Warriors transforms youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds into resilient leaders of character, leveling the playing field for a brighter future.

Notes from the nonprofit

Every kid deserves an equal opportunity to thrive. We are warriors battling together as a family to do what we can to include the excluded.

Ruling year info

2024

Principal Officer

Anees Merzi

Main address

3311 20th St N

Arlington, VA 22207 USA

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EIN

93-4761605

NTEE code info

Soccer Clubs/Leagues (N64)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

703 Warriors addresses the pressing need for accessible and affordable youth development opportunities, particularly among underserved communities where approximately 40% of children are unable to participate in extracurricular activities due to financial constraints or transportation barriers. Additionally, statistics show that 1 in 3 children lack a role model in their lives, highlighting the critical need for mentorship and guidance. Travel soccer, often inaccessible due to its high costs averaging around $3,000 per year, further exacerbates these inequalities. In response to these challenges, 703 Warriors strives to provide inclusive programs that empower children with essential life skills and competitive soccer opportunities, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

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?

Youth Development Community Events

The 703 Warriors offer a comprehensive youth development program that utilizes soccer as a catalyst for positive change. Our programming is designed to engage and empower youth from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Here are key aspects of our programming:

1. Accessible Coaching and Mentorship: We provide accessible coaching and mentorship to kids aged 8-12.

2. Life Skills Development: Our goal is to equip participants with the tools they need to navigate various challenges in life.

3. Physical Activity and Well-being: We believe in the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

4. Substance Awareness Training: Ensure that youth gain valuable knowledge about making healthy choices.

5. Community Engagement: This includes community outreach, partnerships with local organizations, and collaboration with schools and community centers.

6. Inclusivity and Diversity: Our programming is committed to inclusivity and diversity.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth

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 returning volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Percentage of volunteers that still actively support us today in one of our two programs

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Goal #1
Specific: Expand the number of children participating in 703 Warriors soccer programs by 25% within the next year.
Measurable: Track the number of new participants enrolled in soccer programs through registration data.
Achievable: Collaborate with local community organizations and schools to identify and reach out to underserved populations.
Relevant: Aligns with our mission of providing inclusive soccer opportunities.
Time-bound: Achieve the 25% increase in participation within the next 12 months.

Goal #2
Specific: Organize at least two showcase events per year where talented young athletes can demonstrate their skills to scouts and larger clubs.
Measurable: Track the number of participants scouted or recruited by larger clubs following showcase events.
Achievable: Secure partnerships with local clubs and scouts to facilitate talent identification and recruitment.
Relevant: Supports our goal of providing opportunities for advancement in the sport.
Time-bound: Host the showcase events biannually, with the first event scheduled within the next six months.

Goal #3
Specific: Implement a comprehensive life skills curriculum covering topics such as peer pressure, online safety, and financial literacy within the next school year.
Measurable: Evaluate participant knowledge and skill development through pre- and post-program assessments.
Achievable: Recruit qualified instructors and volunteers to facilitate workship sessions.
Relevant: Addresses the holistic development needs of participants beyond athletic training.
Time-bound: Launch the life skills curriculum by the start of the next academic year, with ongoing sessions scheduled throughout the year.

Goal #4
Specific: Establish a scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to children from low-income families, enabling their participation in soccer programs.
Measurable: Track the number of scholarship recipients and their level of participation in program activities.
Achievable: Secure funding through grants, donations, and fundraising efforts to support the scholarship fund.
Relevant: Ensures that financial barriers do not prevent children from accessing soccer opportunities.
Time-bound: Award the first round of scholarships before the start of the next soccer season.

Goal #5
Specific: Implement a mentorship program pairing experienced coaches and volunteers with participants to provide ongoing support and guidance.
Measurable: Monitor participant progress in personal development areas such as confidence and resilience.
Achievable: Recruit and train mentors from within our network of volunteers and partners.
Relevant: Supports participants in developing important life skills and coping mechanisms.
Time-bound: Launch the mentorship program within the next three months, with regular mentor-mentee meetings scheduled throughout the year.

1. Promote Physical and Mental Health
+ Offer regular physical activity through soccer programs, promoting fitness and overall well-being among participants.
+ Integrate mental health awareness and support into youth development curriculum, addressing issues such as stress management and resilience building.
+ Collaborate with local health organizations to provide access to resources and workshops on nutrition, exercise, and mental health.

2. Address Socioeconomic Disparities
+ Implement scholarship programs to ensure access to soccer programs for children from low-income families, reducing barriers to participation.
+ Offer basic financial literacy workshops and resources to empower participants and their families to make informed financial decisions.
+ Provide mentorship and career development opportunities to support the socio-economic mobility of participants, fostering long-term success beyond sports.

3. Promote Inclusivity and Diversity
+ Implement policies and practices to ensure inclusivity and diversity within the organization, including recruiting diverse staff and volunteers and creating a welcoming environment for all participants.
+ Provide sensitivity training to staff and volunteers to address unconscious bias and promote cultural competence.
+ Partner with local community organizations and schools to reach underserved populations and ensure representation from diverse backgrounds in program participation.

4. Forge Strategic Partnerships
+ Collaborate with local schools, community centers, and government agencies to expand program reach and impact, leveraging existing networks and resources.
+ Form partnerships with healthcare providers, social service organizations, and businesses to offer holistic support services to participants and their families.
+ Engage with other youth development organizations and sports clubs to share best practices, resources, and opportunities for collaboration, amplifying collective impact.

5. Advocate for Policy Change:
+ Advocate for policies and initiatives at the local and national levels that support youth development, health promotion, and social inclusion, addressing systemic barriers and inequalities.
+ Participate in advocacy campaigns and community initiatives aimed at reducing disparities in access to sports, education, and healthcare.
Use the our platform to raise awareness about social justice issues and advocate for positive change within the community.

703 Warriors possess a range of capabilities crucial for effectively meeting our organizational objectives:

Expertise in Youth Development:
Our team is composed of seasoned professionals with backgrounds in youth development, education, and sports coaching. This diverse expertise ensures that our programs are of the highest quality and address the comprehensive needs of our participants.

Community Partnerships:
We have forged strong partnerships with local schools, community centers, and nonprofit organizations. These collaborations enable us to extend our reach within the community and tap into additional resources and support to enhance our programs.

Volunteer Engagement:
With a dedicated volunteer base of 21 individuals, we have the necessary manpower to execute our programs and events efficiently. This volunteer support not only keeps our operational costs low but also fosters a sense of community ownership and involvement.

Innovative Programming:
703 Warriors is committed to innovation in our programming. We continually explore new approaches and best practices in youth development, sports coaching, and community engagement to ensure that our offerings remain relevant and impactful.

Financial Stewardship:
As a newly established nonprofit organization, we prioritize financial responsibility and transparency. We diligently manage our resources to maximize impact, ensuring that every dollar is allocated effectively to support our mission.

Adaptability:
We have demonstrated our ability to adapt to changing circumstances and challenges. Through ongoing feedback and evaluation, we continuously refine our approach to better meet the evolving needs of our participants and communities.

703 Warriors has made significant strides in its mission to empower youth and foster resilience within our community. Since our inception just four months ago, we have successfully mentored over 200 kids, providing them with valuable life skills and guidance. Additionally, we have organized two impactful youth development events, offering innovative programming designed to meet the diverse needs of our participants.

Our approach to youth development events has proven to be effective in delivering high-quality programming within a short timeframe. By partnering with local nonprofits and leveraging community resources, we have maximized our impact while keeping costs low. For example, our partnership with the county has enabled us to secure venue reservations at minimal cost, allowing us to allocate resources directly towards supporting the kids we serve.

Looking ahead, our focus remains on expanding our reach and enhancing the quality of our programming. We are committed to continuing our partnerships with local organizations and exploring new avenues for collaboration. Through our dedication to financial stewardship and volunteer-driven operations, we aim to ensure that every dollar is invested in providing meaningful experiences and opportunities for the youth in our community.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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703 Warriors

Board of directors
as of 04/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dania Merzi

Hasan Ghaleb

Faezeh Raei

Jinane Bentaouet

Marcus Hilton

Jordan Gardiner

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/5/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/05/2024

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 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 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 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.