CORSTONE

Development Starts Inside.

aka CorStone   |   Baltimore, MD   |  http://www.corstone.org

Mission

CorStone develops and provides personal resilience programs to improve well-being for youth worldwide, focusing on adolescent girls as critical change-agents in their communities. We believe that cultivating personal resilience is a foundational step in helping youth to thrive—one which is often missing in development programs worldwide. Our evidence-based programs impact three interdependent factors in wellbeing: emotional health, physical health, and education.

Ruling year info

1977

Principal Officer

Mr. Steve Leventhal

Chief Project Officer

Ms. Katherine Sachs Leventhal

Main address

8 Market Place Suite 300

Baltimore, MD 21202 USA

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EIN

94-2393629

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research in higher-income countries confirms that improving resilience, or the ability to bounce back and grow from challenges or crises, consistently predicts positive mental and physical health and education outcomes for youth facing significant risks. Resilience may be built through the development of internal and social assets such as self-esteem, self-awareness, coping skills, communication skills, interpersonal relationships, and decision-making skills. Programs that empower young people with the resilience to bounce back and grow from challenges could be transformative, particularly in low and middle income country (LMIC) settings. In fact, research suggests that resilience training is foundational (“core”) to many other outcomes, including education, emotional and physical health, gender equity, and vocation. However, to date, resilience training is rarely conducted in an evidence-based manner or strategically scaled at high quality in LMICs.

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?

Girls First - KGBV

Resilience-based empowerment program for marginalized, at-risk adolescent girls living in residential 'KGBV' schools in rural Bihar, India.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

International Positive Psychology Association 2019

International Positive Psychology Association

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

CorStone’s vision is for evidence-based, high quality resilience training to be integrated into development efforts worldwide, particularly for populations most in-need (youth and young women in LMICs). Though numerous development policies and programs have been created for these populations, filling in the critical missing link of resilience could mark a new phase in the evolution of such efforts, amplifying and accelerating improvements across many major development goals, including education, health, and livelihood.

Our Role
CorStone is uniquely placed to ‘lead the charge,’ steering and guiding the field towards the realization of this vision. Over the past decade, CorStone has worked with over 70,000 marginalized youth and young women in five Indian states and two Kenyan counties, employing resilience-based training to improve their mental, emotional and social wellbeing. We have worked successfully in both remote rural villages and densely populated urban slums, conducting both school and community-based programs. Throughout this time, we have built a hard-earned reputation for integrity, rigor, and commitment among our beneficiaries and NGO, government, academic and funding partners.

CorStone’s evidence-based resilience programs work from the ‘inside out’ - employing a strength-based approach to target the internal and social assets that youth need to overcome challenges and thrive. Research shows that CorStone’s resilience programs improve mental, emotional, social, physical, and educational wellbeing in a host of diverse, marginalized populations.

Our flagship programs, Youth First and Girls First, provide an evidence-based approach to impact the positive life trajectories of adolescent youth. Each provides an integrated, school-based, resilience and adolescent health training program to improve mental and physical health, school performance and engagement, self-advocacy, social skills and relationships. Students attend facilitated peer support groups led by trained schoolteachers during the school day for one hour each week. Youth First is provided for both girls and boys; Girls First is provided in girls-only settings.

Since 2009, CorStone has taken a multi-phased process to evidence building, in which we design interventions, test their feasibility and acceptability, establish effectiveness through rigorous trials, refine their scalability, and transfer technical capacity to scale. Most recently, in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, we have entered into a partnership with the Education Ministry, Bihar, to commence a ‘demonstration model’ for technical transfer and scale-up in over 1,100 schools, with the intention to eventually transfer capacity and capability to the government to scale to over 26,000 schools across Bihar. We have also conducted some of the world’s first and largest studies of resilience interventions in LMIC populations. These activities have filled key evidence gaps surrounding resilience in LMICs.

Over the next three years, CorStone will achieve three key objectives:
● Objective 1: Continue to build evidence about resilience innovations, effects and scalability in LMICs via a strategic mix of rigorous impact evaluations and scale-up trials and demonstration models.
● Objective 2: Create, package, and provide easily-adapted and replicable programming of our Youth First and Girls First resilience training programs by a select group of trained and certified NGO partners in 3-5 additional countries.
● Objective 3: Build awareness of resilience opportunity and evidence among key stakeholders by providing thought leadership via focused dissemination efforts and hosted convenings.

Our senior leadership, management team scientific advisory board in the US and India includes renowned international experts in resilience, adolescent health, girls education, mental and social well-being, impact evaluation, and scale-up.

- Conducted some of the world's first and largest studies of resilience interventions in LMIC populations, with findings published in several scientific journals.
- Increased the visibility of resilience-based approaches among communities, governmental agencies, NGOs and funders.
- Nearly 100,000 marginalized youth in India and Kenya have received CorStone resilience training to date, with well-documented impacts on mental, social and physical wellbeing; education; and prevention of early marriage.
- Signed agreements with the Education Ministry, Bihar, to begin scale-up of our resilience programs to over 26,000 schools / 2.6 million adolescents, via technical transfer and build-up of training and monitoring capacity of the government.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

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

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    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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CORSTONE

Board of directors
as of 10/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Seema Kumar

Johnson & Johnson

Term: 2020 - 2022

Dan Lynch

No Affiliation

Tom Green

No Affiliation

Gunjan Kedia

US Bank

Joel Yanowitz

The Cascade Group

Elizabeth Creel

John Snow Inc.

Elizabeth Garner

Agile Therapeutics

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2021

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without 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 without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/13/2021

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Data
  • 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 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 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.