Torch Foundation

EVERY TEEN MATTERS!

Woodland Hills , CA   |  www.TheTorchFoundation.org

Mission

Vision Statement The Torch Foundation’s vision is for all teens to be responsible, authentic, empowered, and confident leaders who create extraordinary results not only for themselves but also for their families and the world at large. Mission Statement Our mission is to provide transformational workshops that promote self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and leadership skills for our teens. By instilling compassion, confidence, and integrity in our youth, we are creating an ever-widening circle of leaders.

Notes from the nonprofit

Today, The Torch Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization created in 2002 in Los Angeles, California, and is run by a dedicated team of trainers, coaches, and volunteers, as well as its Board of Directors. We partner with donors, sponsors, and organizations, such as schools, youth centers, and religious or spiritual institutions, so that each training can be provided completely free of charge to teens. ​ By instilling compassion, confidence, and integrity in our youth, our goal is to create an ever-widening circle of leaders who create extraordinary results not only for themselves but also for their families and the world at large. The Torch Foundation’s vision is a world of empowered, responsible, and confident teens.

Ruling year info

2014

President & CEO

Mr. Carlton A Watson

Main address

2267 Ventura Blvd #629

Woodland Hills , CA 91364 USA

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EIN

95-4816158

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Public Foundations (T30)

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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?

Teens Transformational Workshops

The Torch Foundation offers transformational leadership workshops for teens, ages 13-17. The two-day workshops are tailored to the unique interests and needs of teens, and they provide a safe, engaging, and inspirational environment for profound self-discovery and growth.
​Through carefully guided exercises and activities, the teens will 1) discover their maximum potential; 2) identify the limiting beliefs and other obstacles that are stopping them from achieving their potential, and 3) learn effective ways to overcome those obstacles. The powerful tools and skills gained through this experience will allow the teens to transform their lives and create unlimited possibilities for themselves, their families, and the world.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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 training workshops

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Teens Transformational Workshops

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Completed Workshops = 88 since 2015 Total number of Teens completing = 2,795

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Teens Transformational Workshops

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Teens Completing Workshops since 2015 = 2795

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Teens Transformational Workshops

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Teens Transformational Workshops

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 Torch Foundation seeks to empower and transform the lives of teens. By instilling compassion, confidence, and integrity in our youth, our goal is to create an ever-widening circle of leaders who create extraordinary results not only for themselves but also for their families and the world at large.

The Torch Foundation offers transformational leadership workshops for teens, ages 13-17, at no cost. The two-day workshops are tailored to the unique interests and needs of teens, and they provide a safe, engaging, and inspirational environment for profound self-discovery and growth. The 2 days are followed by one month of coaching by phone, one month of weekly zoom meetings, and concluding with a graduation ceremony.

Through carefully guided exercises and activities, the teens will 1) discover their maximum potential; 2) identify the limiting beliefs and other obstacles that are stopping them from achieving their potential, and 3) learn effective ways to overcome those obstacles. The powerful tools and skills gained through this experience will allow the teens to transform their lives and create unlimited possibilities for themselves, their families, and the world.

Students are awarded full scholarships for their attendance at no cost to students. The normal cost would be $300 per student.

The Torch Foundation partners with donors, sponsors, and organizations such as schools, youth centers, and other community organizations, so that the workshops can be provided completely free of charge to teens. In the past, the workshops have been offered primarily in Southern California and Massachusetts. In response to COVID-19, our workshops are now virtual and available to anyone within any location, nationally or internationally.

The Torch Foundation has provided social-emotional intelligence training for Teens since 2002. To date, we have completed 93 workshops and 2,855 teens have completed. Over 800 individuals have volunteered to coach and support teens attending the workshops.

A total of 88 pre-and post-test pairs were analyzed. Participants ranged in age from 13 to 18, with a mean age of 14.3. Participants came from 19 different schools.

Outcomes
In general, participants reported positive experiences. Many stated that it was "powerful," "eye-opening," that it helped them get things off their chest, helped them gain friends, and handle their emotions. Some shared that they weren't expecting the level of emotional intensity (people crying and sharing emotions) that they experienced. Consistent in their reflections, the phrases "amazing" and "life-changing" were notable.

• Participants reported gaining support, feelings of freedom, relief, encouragement, new insights, and clarity.
• 100% of youth noted positive experiences gained from their participation in the Torch Training.

• Participants expressed having a greater understanding of how to be successful leaders.
• They also expressed gaining clarity for what it will take to create successful career paths.
• Participants expressed knowledge and comfort with how they can manage money in responsible ways.
• They experienced gaining the capacity to deal with their emotions instead of bottling them up.
• They were more prepared not to get stuck in past experiences or behavior choices.
• They were more ready to speak in front of groups of all sizes with greater comfort.
• Participants expressed having a better attitude and achieving a positive outlook for themselves and their lives.
• They expressed confidence in their abilities and confidence to be kinder with others and build stronger relationships in their families.

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?

    Teens age 13 to 18 in high school

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 changed several exercises in our curriculum protocol to be more inclusive. We made our registration process more accessible and transparent by updating our website.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We value teens and have always sought to include their voices in our decision making regarding programming and making adjustments to be aligned to what they are seeking.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Torch Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. DOUGLAS Carlson

Niloufer Pabla

Juliet White

Jane Wang Garzona

Darryl Warren

Michael Chiang

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.