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.

Ruling year info


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


Mental health care


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

Doc Wayne addresses structural conditions which prevent youth from mental health services. Doc Wayne combats challenges around accessing mental health treatment by being a mobile service. Traditionally, Doc Wayne coaches travel to schools, community centers, or residential centers to provide services on-site. Our model operates as a direct reaction to a need vocalized by the communities we serve. Too often, the voices of underserved communities are drowned out by the assumptions of third parties, perpetuating a cycle of inequity and inequality. Doc Wayne puts the voices of our participants first to ensure mental health services match their needs. Our team relies on the positive relationships built between ourselves and each of our community partners, especially now while navigating the challenges they face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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?

Mental Health Services

Doc Wayne combats challenges around accessing mental health treatment by being a mobile service. Doc Wayne coaches travel to schools, community centers, or residential centers to provide services on-site. Using sport as a hook to engage youth in therapy results in a notably low "no-show" rate and high levels of interest from youth and families. All of Doc Wayne’s programming is guided by our innovative, proprietary curriculum: Creating Champions. Creating Champions layers clinical and social emotional learning goals onto an easy-to-grasp sports framework. The curriculum is derived from two therapeutic models: the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Framework and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). By combining these models with sport-based language and fun activities, Doc Wayne coaches engage youth who may not progress in traditional talk therapy.

Doc Wayne’s Chalk Talk® program reimagines group therapy by harnessing the power of team sports like soccer, basketball, and football. Through sport-based mental health therapy, children become resilient and thoughtful leaders. The accessible and innovative nature of Chalk Talk® has earned Doc Wayne several accolades, most recently including the 2019 CBH Innovation Award. Co-funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust, and the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH), the CBH Innovation Award is awarded to a non-profit organization in recognition of its effort to fill an unmet need or gap in the children’s behavioral health care delivery system through the creation of an innovative program or practice.

Our Therapeutic Mentoring (TM) program complements our Chalk Talk® program. Our team collaborates with the MassHealth Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) to provide this additional opportunity for students to improve their mental and behavioral health while building supportive relationships with trusted adults. Therapeutic Mentoring provides structured, one on one, strength-based support services for the purposes of addressing needs and building skills. This addition to Doc Wayne’s services is anticipated to be a transformative, engaging opportunity for the hundreds of young people in our communities who seek support.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned to Telehealth, virtual services. To date, our team has completed thousands of Telehealth sessions. We launched The Champions Network in July 2020, our virtual training program for youth development professionals working with youth around the globe. We envision licensing out the “Doc Wayne model” to fellow providers, educators, and professionals in hopes of strengthening our shared effort to support youth and families and professionalizing sport-based therapy.

Doc Wayne envisions a world where every child in need of mental health support has access to engaging, culturally competent, and consistent services. We recognize our innovative approach on mental health treatment is not the solution or the only solution for everyone, but we believe teamwork and shared learning is vital to propelling this sector forward. With these goals in mind, Doc Wayne is striving to make our sport-based approach available to more communities while also collaborating with other thought leaders and professionals to share resources and insight. Sport-based therapy has been shown to be just as effective as traditional outpatient therapy, and the skills promoted in our proprietary curriculum can be adapted to promote well-being in a variety of contexts.

Doc Wayne strives to be a “game changer” in the mental health sector by fulfilling an unmet need for widespread awareness, kindness, and the ability to leverage creative solutions, like sport, to tackle mental health concerns. By shifting the narrative surrounding mental health treatment, Doc Wayne strives to debunk the stigma associated with seeking support. Supporting the mental health of all youth and families is in the best interest of our society at large because it translates to positive social interactions and contributions. Children from minority populations are disproportionately affected by poverty, living in underfunded school districts and food deserts. Schools in these districts are notorious for being chronically understaffed with mental health professionals who are overworked and turning away children they cannot support due to a lack of capacity. The inconsistent access to proper mental health support amongst youth is a result of systemic conditions and policies which foster inequity. Doc Wayne strives to support school and community staff to fill in the holes these systems leave open.

Our team sees success as positive changes in youth behavior, such as youth beginning to use healthier coping skills, feeling confident to engage in sport and fitness, and becoming leaders in their school or community. An individualized treatment plan is designed for each youth based on their strengths, identified needs, and developmental stage. These plans are re-evaluated every 6 months, 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 from Doc Wayne. The input from families and community staff helps our coaches understand if the same behaviors presented in Doc Wayne sessions translate to life at home, school, or in the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Doc Wayne is currently updating our information on The Champions Network™ to better support professionals and organizations. Please contact us here for more information.

Doc Wayne created 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 sport in a therapeutic manner.

We launched our formal sport-based therapy certification program in 2021 to supplement the available trainings listed below.

The Champions Network™ features the following trainings:

Trauma-Informed Care
Mental Health 101 for Coaches & Sport-Based Youth Development Professionals
Creating Champions Level 1 (Coach & Clinician Track)
Coaching & Consultation on the Topics of Mental Health, Sport, Trauma-Informed Care, & Re-Entry to Play
Additional trainings available on supporting LGBTQ+ youth and Athletes of Color
More information about this new initiative is available upon request.

Population(s) Served

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 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.

""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 You don't need a Ph.D. in psychology to know that a lot of youth love sports. The big idea behind Doc Wayne Youth Services is that sport and therapy can be combined to heal and strengthen youth who struggle with mental illness, whether they're in residential treatment or living in the community. Doc Wayne works primarily with youth who suffer from a variety of mental health challenges, including victims of neglect, abuse, violent crime and sexual trafficking. We have powerful evidence that this approach works. 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 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." Root Cause named us its 2014 Social Innovator in the category of ""Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services."" In its award, Doc Wayne was cited for ""changing the way youth access mental health services by providing an innovative and researched approach."" We reached 600 kids last year with our two key programs. Our Chalk Talk groups are challenging the norm of traditional talk therapy and provide a clinical therapy outlet free of the restrictions of the clinician's office, where youth work towards treatment goals in a sports environment in which they are excited to participate.

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.

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  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Youth with mental health challenges and victims of complex trauma. Additionally, adults working with kids across the globe.

  • 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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.64 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.7 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $64,478 -$149,003 -$77,872 $20,892 $135,550
As % of expenses 10.6% -17.3% -8.0% 2.0% 12.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $64,478 -$154,003 -$88,723 $7,191 $124,849
As % of expenses 10.6% -17.8% -9.1% 0.7% 11.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $775,759 $796,700 $1,099,666 $946,883 $1,312,291
Total revenue, % change over prior year 138.6% 2.7% 38.0% -13.9% 38.6%
Program services revenue 21.6% 26.5% 27.9% 32.1% 16.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2%
Government grants 8.9% 0.1% 1.8% 4.0% 12.7%
All other grants and contributions 67.8% 73.4% 70.3% 63.8% 70.3%
Other revenue 1.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $606,531 $860,953 $968,782 $1,066,991 $1,089,324
Total expenses, % change over prior year 65.0% 41.9% 12.5% 10.1% 2.1%
Personnel 67.7% 79.1% 82.1% 75.1% 74.5%
Professional fees 15.1% 8.6% 3.6% 8.9% 6.0%
Occupancy 1.4% 1.3% 1.5% 1.2% 1.3%
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 15.8% 11.0% 12.8% 14.8% 18.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $606,531 $865,953 $979,633 $1,080,692 $1,100,025
One month of savings $50,544 $71,746 $80,732 $88,916 $90,777
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $5,000 $5,000 $834
Fixed asset additions $0 $30,000 $13,103 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $657,075 $967,699 $1,078,468 $1,174,608 $1,191,636

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 4.6 6.3 2.2 2.8 3.2
Months of cash and investments 4.6 6.3 2.2 2.8 3.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.8 1.1 -0.2 -0.1 1.4
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $234,678 $453,572 $175,536 $246,078 $293,599
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $74,490 $54,780 $227,917 $143,339 $113,594
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $8,250 $38,250 $51,353 $55,353 $47,103
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 34.6% 46.9% 68.3% 85.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.7% 45.3% 14.0% 38.6% 6.0%
Unrestricted net assets $244,134 $90,131 $1,408 $8,599 $133,448
Temporarily restricted net assets $151,250 $236,000 $426,993 $285,993 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $151,250 $236,000 $426,993 $285,993 $373,410
Total net assets $395,384 $326,131 $428,401 $294,592 $506,858

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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

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Board of directors
as of 01/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Shalini Kasida


Term: 2023 - 2026

Christopher Ernest


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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 12/16/2022

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


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Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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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.