Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

One World. One Team.

aka Doc Wayne   |   Boston, MA   |
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Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

EIN: 27-4216064


Doc Wayne's mission is to provide access to brighter futures for youth around the world and strengthen the field of mental health by using revolutionary sport-based therapy and clinical initiatives.

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Principal Officer

Mr. David S Cohen

Main address

418 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215 USA

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Formerly known as

Doc Wayne Athletic League Charitable Trust

Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc.



Subject area info



Youth services

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Young adults

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For many youths and families, the choice to engage with mental health services is complicated by mistrust of care systems amongst individuals in low-income communities. Concerns come from the lack of training on practicing in the context of poverty and implicit biases held by providers - which can unfortunately lead to the separation of family members, over medicating, or unnecessary hospitalizations. These concerns and levels of mistrust are heightened in communities of color because cultural differences are not properly represented amongst providers. Utilizing sport breaks down many of the stigmas associated with therapy, allowing youth to feel more comfortable as they engage with mental health services. Doc Wayne hopes that for the youth in our program, they build a positive relationship to mental health which encourages them to continue choosing therapy when they may need it throughout their lives.

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?

Individual Therapy

Doc Wayne's clinicians offer weekly mental health therapy services for families in our local community. Our team creates individualized treatment plans that are designed for each youth based on their strengths, identified needs, and developmental stage. These plans are continually evaluated, giving coaches and families a chance to determine if goals need to be adjusted, treatment needs to be altered, or the child has successfully mastered their goals and can be discharged. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have begun offering Telehealth, virtual services. To date, our team has completed thousands of Telehealth sessions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with psychosocial disabilities

Doc Wayne launched The Champions Network® with the vision of making sport-based mental health services accessible to all youth by empowering coaches, clinicians, and teachers to utilize sports in a therapeutic manner. It aims to professionalize sport-based therapy, extending Doc Wayne’s reach across the globe, to support families facing mental health challenges. Our team provides partners with trainings that derive from the skills and lessons Doc Wayne has learned over years of delivering sport-based therapy to youth with acute trauma histories. Movement-based sessions develop awareness around youth mental health and equip participants with the practical skills to implement their knowledge. Our Champions Network® trainings were born out of a growing interest in our approach, and since its launch, we have trained over 250 individuals who work with youth in a sports or educational setting. We have reached clients in 25 different countries who have served over 500,000 youth worldwide.

Population(s) Served

​​Chalk Talk®, Doc Wayne's sport-based group therapy program, engages youth by harnessing the power of sport. Using a theoretical curriculum which incorporates social-emotional learning and life skills, we offer traditional outpatient therapy reimagined through the lens of sport. Once or twice a week for 45 minutes, our coaches run in-person group therapy in schools for over 350 youth in need of additional mental health support. Our attendance has been consistently well above the national average for group therapy services, and our clients overwhelmingly voice their satisfaction with the program.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

According to the Journal of School Health, “recess quality, rather than time and access, is associated with positive social and emotional health outcomes” and is “characterized by a safe play environment, adequate amounts of play equipment, supportive and engaged adults, student autonomy, and low-levels of disruptive conflict. Thus, for recess to support the social-emotional development needs of students, it may be necessary to consider recess as part of a holistic strategy for child development.”  

Doc Wayne launched Therapeutic Recess to provide students with structure, programming, and oversight during the school day. Through this program, students strengthen their ability to recognize, communicate, and manage difficult emotions while at recess. Our clinicians also help them develop prosocial skills and strengthen their ability to independently manage conflicts with peers. Finally, we work to ensure that students develop trusting relationships with coaches and recess staff.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Doc Wayne's individual therapy program, newly rebranded as our "Community Clinic," provides outpatient therapy for youth and families experiencing a wide variety of symptoms from depression or anxiety to substance misuse to family communication challenges. Our team of trained clinicians utilizes a variety of traditional and innovative techniques to ensure that our clients receive the best care possible. It is our priority to match our clients with a therapist that helps them achieve their desired goals. We specialize in treating the impact of trauma and work to ensure that our clients have the support needed to live their most fulfilling life. Our team creates individualized treatment plans designed for each client based on their strengths and identified needs. These plans are continually evaluated, giving coaches and families a chance to determine if goals need to be adjusted, treatment needs to be altered, or clients have successfully achieved their goals and can be discharged.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Substance abusers

Where we work


2010 Advancement Award 2010

The Boston Club

Nominated for social inclusion 2012


MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community MVP 2012

Major League Soccer

2014 Social Innovator - Breaking Down Barriers To Effective Mental Health Services 2014

Root Cause - Social Innovation Forum

1 of 7 Hottest New Non-Profits in New England 2014

TUGG - Technology Underwriting Greater Good

Innovator of the Year 2014

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers

Sports Award as an Influential leader and model for others making communities healthier through sports 2015

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Pioneer for Children's Well-Being 2016

Ashoka Changemakers

Winner of global Sport for Health Award 2016

Beyond Sport

Inspiration Award 2016

Margaret Stewart Lindsay Trust

CBH Innovation Winner 2019

CBH Innovation Award

Affiliations & memberships

Children’s League of Massachusetts 2010

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers 2010

Metrowest Nonprofit Network 2013

Associated Grant Makers 2017

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award 2016

Beyond Sport, Sport for Health Award Winner 2016

Children's Behavioral Health Innovation Award 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These numbers relate to Doc Wayne's direct service recipients and do not include youth reached through our indirect services.

Number of youth and families for whom the treatment and support plan is implemented as specified by the therapist

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These numbers relate to students directly served through Chalk Talk Group Therapy

Number of children served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Through all of our services, we reached more than half a million kids last year including over 2,500 through direct programming.

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.

Data from the 2012 MetroWest Adolescent Survey indicate that 28-29% of high school youth survey report feeling "very" stressed in the past 30 days, and that 13% have talked to a parent or other adult outside of school about feeling sad or hopeless, or having thoughts about hurting themselves in the past 12 months. The report notes that, "Levels of suicidality are concerning across the region and state, with more than one in seven youth both in MetroWest and in Massachusetts reporting that they seriously considered suicide in the past year." Younger children, such as the 6-13 age group targeted by our Chalk Talk® group therapy program can benefit from early intervention - though it can be very challenging to engage young people in conventional "talk therapy." Doc Wayne Youth Services works primarily with youth who suffer from a variety of mental health challenges and may have been victims of neglect, abuse, violent crime or sexual trafficking. Overall, one in five children under the age of 19 suffers from a mental illness that impairs how they function at home, at school, and with peers, but only 20-34% receive treatment. While Massachusetts has the nation's highest rates of children screened for behavioral health issues, doctors and advocates interviewed on the subject in late 2013 by the Boston Globe reported that many of these children and youth were not receiving appropriate treatment. Obstacles included stigma, transportation, language barriers and reluctance to engage in treatment. Our two-year goal is to: (a) reduce the number of youth and collaborative partners on our wait list (b) build the organizational capacity of Doc Wayne to continue to grow our third-party reimbursement and state contracts.

Doc Wayne's curriculum is designed for youth with mental health needs who are not served best, or at all, through traditional talk therapy services due to cultural stigma or insufficient insurance. Doc Wayne runs four community-based services; group therapy, individual therapy, and Therapeutic Recess, all guided by our proprietary curriculum, Creating Champions®, which layers clinical and social emotional learning goals onto an easy-to-grasp sports framework. Our curriculum is derived from two therapeutic models: the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Our approach overcomes barriers to health and wellness by embracing sport to combat clinical stigma and holding sessions in partners' gyms to ensure equitable access.

Doc Wayne is well positioned to address these challenges with the combination of therapy and sport. There are a number of significant barriers to services and limited resources available for people with mental health needs, but Doc Wayne has an established service model that can reach youth at this time of greatest need. We are trusted by city and state level agencies as a partner that brings a professional and cost-effective service. Our national and international reputation is growing and we are becoming increasingly in-demand by organizations around the world.

"If you were to walk into one of Doc Wayne's weekly Chalk Talk® sessions, you would see a group of energetic youth using a makeshift gym to play sports. It could be any rec league or a gym class, and yet beneath the surface, there's much more at play. This group of kids playing sports is, in fact, a group therapy session; there are clinicians and coaches and basketball is only a tool." - Root Cause, Meet Doc Wayne Youth Services, a 2014 Social Innovator

From humble beginnings serving just one group, Doc Wayne has rapidly expanded to now serve over 2,500 youth each week with a variety of direct service programs including Chalk Talk® Group Therapy, Therapeutic Recess, and Individual Therapy. Each year, we are continuing to expand the reach of our Champions Network® training platform and pursuing partnerships in a wide range of geographic regions. We have now delivered our services in 5 different languages across 24 countries. Our challenge as an organization is to bring our services to scale, expanding the reach and quality of our direct services, and creating a world-leading capability building arm that can help us affect the lives of millions of young people. To do so, we require additional staffing, supervision, and resources to make sure that we have the correct assets in place. In our direct service work we are making mental health services accessible, we are advocating for space and pioneering new approaches and ways of connecting with young people, and trying to equip adults who work with kids with stronger and more useful tools to assist children in need.

A peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Family Violence (2013), found that the Doc Wayne sports therapy program "had a significant positive impact on behavior and mental health." The principal investigator for the study noted that Doc Wayne "stands with few peers nationwide which can demonstrate such significant impacts with this population." Doc Wayne is a small organization, but our capacity for impact is being increasingly recognized. In 2016, we were winners of the global Sport for Health award from London's Beyond Sport. In 2015, we were selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as the winner of their Sports Award, given to an organization that is an "Influential Leader and Model for Others Making Communities Healthier Through Sports." The Social Innovation Forum named us its 2014 Social Innovator in the category of "Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services." In total, we reached more than half a million kids last year through our indirect and direct services.

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 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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


Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11.60 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$77,872 $20,892 $135,550 $137,868 $309,945
As % of expenses -8.0% 2.0% 12.4% 9.5% 13.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$88,723 $7,191 $124,849 $132,179 $306,268
As % of expenses -9.1% 0.7% 11.3% 9.1% 13.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,099,666 $946,883 $1,312,291 $2,243,484 $2,083,391
Total revenue, % change over prior year 38.0% -13.9% 38.6% 71.0% -7.1%
Program services revenue 27.9% 32.1% 16.8% 13.3% 13.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.7%
Government grants 1.8% 4.0% 12.7% 7.9% 15.2%
All other grants and contributions 70.3% 63.8% 70.3% 78.6% 70.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% -0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $968,782 $1,066,991 $1,089,324 $1,447,428 $2,282,592
Total expenses, % change over prior year 12.5% 10.1% 2.1% 32.9% 57.7%
Personnel 82.1% 75.1% 74.5% 76.7% 73.5%
Professional fees 3.6% 8.9% 6.0% 13.8% 15.4%
Occupancy 1.5% 1.2% 1.3% 0.6% 3.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.8% 14.8% 18.2% 8.9% 8.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $979,633 $1,080,692 $1,100,025 $1,453,117 $2,286,269
One month of savings $80,732 $88,916 $90,777 $120,619 $190,216
Debt principal payment $5,000 $5,000 $834 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $13,103 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,078,468 $1,174,608 $1,191,636 $1,573,736 $2,476,485

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.2 2.8 3.2 5.7 0.4
Months of cash and investments 2.2 2.8 3.2 10.0 3.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.2 -0.1 1.4 2.2 3.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $175,536 $246,078 $293,599 $690,935 $73,204
Investments $0 $0 $0 $511,275 $637,866
Receivables $227,917 $143,339 $113,594 $64,603 $165,148
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $51,353 $55,353 $47,103 $52,134 $52,134
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 46.9% 68.3% 85.5% 88.1% 95.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.0% 38.6% 6.0% 3.4% 7.2%
Unrestricted net assets $1,408 $8,599 $133,448 $265,627 $571,895
Temporarily restricted net assets $426,993 $285,993 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $426,993 $285,993 $373,410 $1,042,873 $436,683
Total net assets $428,401 $294,592 $506,858 $1,308,500 $1,008,578

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Mr. David S Cohen

David is managing and overseeing the Doc Wayne operation while exploring ways to broaden the organizations reach to more youth on a national and global scale. In his career of over 25 years in the business and non-profit sectors, he has specialized in developing new business, building partner relationships, while sharpening organizational outreach. David is a former college soccer player that has been deeply involved in sports-based youth development since 2008. Under David's leadership, Doc Wayne was selected as the winner of the global Sport for Health Award from London's Beyond Sport. They have also been recognized as a Pioneer by the Ashoka Changemakers for Children's Well-Being. Additionally the organization was named the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award winner as an Influential Leader and Model For Others Making Communities Healthier Through Sport. David has a BS from Babson College and an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Shalini Kasida


Term: 2023 - 2026

Christopher Ernest

Pozerski Hatch & Company

David Cohen

Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Craig Gordon

Communities for People

Joseph Leavey

Retired (CFP)

Avi Dines


Shalini Kasida


Kevin Schneider

The Bulfinch Group

Sadé Callwood

Commonwealth Psychology Associates

Katharine Grover


Alisha Greenberg


Yvonne Castañeda

Boston College School of Social Work

Tref Borden

Non-profit Consultant

Frank Coulom

Morgan Stanley

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/1/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/20/2020

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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.