ALIVE & FREE

Alive & Free...and Educated!

San Francisco, CA   |  www.stayaliveandfree.org

Mission

The mission of the Alive & Free is to keep young people alive and free, unharmed by violence and free from incarceration. To provide youth with opportunities and support to build positive lives and move into contributing roles in society. The club's core value is "The more you know, the more you owe." Since 1987, the founders developed and refined the "Alive & Free Prescription" which frames violence as a a disease and a public health approach to eliminating it.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Dr. Joseph Marshall Ph.D.

Main address

1060 Tennessee St Alive & Free

San Francisco, CA 94107 USA

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EIN

94-3171846

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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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?

Alive & Free Leadership Academy

The Alive & Free Leadership Academy teaches over 200 young people each year towards living positive lives and contributing to the greater good of society and away from paths that lead to violence and incarceration. The leadership academy also runs a college prep course, which has assisted over 262 individuals in graduating from college, 70 of those having obtained or are working on Master's, PhD's, MD's and JD's.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Street Soldiers is a vital part of Alive & Free’s work with young people. The show has been on the air every week for over twenty years, and each week more than forty calls are answered on the air. The callers are all ages and are from diverse backgrounds. Gang members, drug dealers, teen mothers, grandfathers, grandmothers and others in the community all call, seeking immediate solutions to their problems and someone to talk with.

There has been both empirical and anecdotal evidence that Street Soldiers has been instrumental in stopping violence. Many listeners have indicated that they have changed their way of thinking or acting as a result of listening to the show.

In 1997, the Street Soldiers Radio Show was syndicated and is now heard by approximately 300,000 listeners. Sinbad, Malik Yoba and Jada Pinkett-Smith are just a few of the many guests who have appeared on the show.

Additionally, Street Soldiers Outreach brings Alive & Free programming to 8,000 people each
year through presentations and workshops in schools, colleges, juvenile halls,
jails, government and community agencies, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Alive & Free National Consortium is a group of professionals and organizations dedicated to preventing violence by using and promoting the violence prevention model developed by Alive & Free/Omega Boys in San Francisco, California. Founded in October 2003, the Consortium was developed at the request of street soldiers across the country who felt the need for a formal organization that would support them as they combat violence in their communities. The mission of the Consortium is to keep young people alive (unharmed by violence) and free (from incarceration) by promoting the understanding and adoption of this model. The founder and President of the Consortium is Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. PhD, co-founder and Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SCHOOL ADOPTION PROGRAM provides school-based services to infuse the Alive & Free prescription into the schools’ culture to create violence-free learning environments. This includes training and assistance for staff, student groups, and school-wide activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

MacArthur Fellowship -- "Genius Grant" 1994

MacArthur Foundation

Fellowship 2004

Ashoka

Jefferson Award 2006

American Institute for Public Service

Use Your Life Award 2001

Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network

Essence Award 1994

Essence Magazine

Financials

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ALIVE & FREE

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Larry Chatmon

San Francisco Human Services Agency

Term: 2018 -

William Hobi

Merrill Lynch

Murrell Green

Merced College

Glenn Hunter

Domico Software

Joseph Marshall

Alive & Free/Omega Boys Club

Debra Gore-Mann

California Alumni Association at UC Berkeley

Denise Childs

E.P. Executive Press

Dion-Jay Brookter

Young Community Developers

Lynn Jones

Jeri Marshall

Lowell Davis

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? 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 6/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male

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