ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

Positive Programs for Youth

aka ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth   |   Chandler, AZ   |
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ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

EIN: 86-0761030


ICAN's mission is to provide free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident, and responsible members of the community.

Ruling year info



Mrs. Shelby Pedersen

Main address

650 E. Morelos St.

Chandler, AZ 85225 USA

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Subject area info

Out-of-school learning

Substance abuse prevention

Community improvement

Youth services

Youth mentoring

Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups

Low-income people


NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ICAN targets youth and families living in Chandler's most poverty-stricken communities; specifically zip code 85225. Over 115,000 residents call this area home including over 24,000 youth (age 5-18). Residents are predominately low-income and Hispanic. In certain neighborhoods, over 50% of households live below the poverty level (U.S. Census). Over 80% of ICAN families report poverty-level incomes and 90% of youth qualify for free/reduced meals.

Youth in 85225 face a multitude of risks. ICAN's 2015 Community Needs Assessment and the AZ Youth Survey data find that of 10 youth living in the area: 8 will likely turn to drugs/alcohol to cope, 4 will not graduate from high school, and 2 will be gang affiliated by age 12. Traditional childcare programs are too expensive and inadequately structured to meet these families' needs.

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?

Academic Success

Encourages greater performance in school, including better grades and completion of homework daily.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Knowledge and positive attitudes toward healthy eating, living, and nutrition – ICAN also provides a free, healthy snack and dinner for youth daily.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Developing a "toolbox" of skills for personal success: strong sense of self, building positive relationships, being a leader, planning/goal setting, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provides opportunities for family bonding, learning positive parenting skills, and family conflict-resolution techniques.

Population(s) Served

Building knowledge about, consequences of, and encourages positive life choices regarding substance abuse, gang/violence, bullying, and sex.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Knowledge of community issues related to youth and how to take action in their community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Participation in theme-based programs that interest youth: social studies, music, technology, art, science/STEM, structured play/sports, etc.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Afterschool Innovator Award 2009

MetLife Foundation

Outstanding Program 2009

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

Outstanding Quality Award 2020

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Net promoter score

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

Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor, Students, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Quarterly, we send out a parent satisfaction and feedback survey to measure program impact. Questions cover noticeable improvements, what ICAN does well, and how ICAN can provide better support.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

ICAN's mission is to provide free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident, and responsible members of our community.

To achieve this mission, ICAN targets its services and activities to meet specific risks facing youth in Chandler's Downtown Area and implements a multi-tiered strategy that comprehensively meets these needs for kids after school, in school, via family and parenting programs, and through community change efforts. ICAN seeks to improve youth academic and personal success by offering evidence-based programming that focuses on strengthening core social competencies that are proven effective in building resiliency or the capacity to adapt to change. The impact of resiliency building to equip at-risk youth to respond successfully to the challenges they face daily has been documented by Krovetz, M. (1999). "Fostering Resiliency," Benard, B. (1997). "Turning it around for all youth: from risk to resilience," and Benard, B. (1997). "Drawing forth resilience in all our youth."

The evidence-based programming provided by ICAN builds youth resiliency, so that skills gained and information learned can be used to actually overcome the daily challenges faced by ICAN youth, such as gang violence, drug use, choices about healthy living, and so forth. ICAN's comprehensive evaluation demonstrates the programs' successful impact in changing lives each year.

ICAN delivers measurable outcomes in the following areas, quantified by an independent evaluation firm:
*Meaningful Participation
*Productive Members of our Community
*Self-Confident Members of our Community
*Responsible Members of our Community
*Improved Grades & Homework Help Completion
*Meaningful Program Content
*Supportive & Caring Programming Climate

The goal of ICAN's programs is to provide youth with the core social, emotional, and cognitive competencies, proven effective to prevent substance abuse, gang violence, and other unhealthy lifestyle choices.

ICAN's Youth Development Programs teach the skills necessary to encourage pro-social behavior, prevent substance abuse and delinquency, develop life skills and leadership capacity, and enhance self-image and self-confidence in youth. The Academic Success Program features homework assistance and tutoring for all grade levels. Healthy Lifestyles promotes health and wellness by encouraging physical activity and healthy food choices for the prevention of diseases. Older youth attend Job Skills Development programming to prepare for success in the world of work. Through Community Education and Mobilization, ICAN trains youth, parents, and community stakeholders in effective advocacy and mobilization strategies that promote community norms that favor youth health and well-being. Finally, ICAN's Parenting and Family Programs extend learning opportunities to family members for reduced family conflict and increased bonding. ICAN provides transportation and free nutritious snacks during the school year and meals during intercessions and summer sessions to encourage attendance and retention.

ICAN has over 150 program partners to ensure the comprehensive needs of ICAN youth and families are met. 8 out of 10 youth in the areas ICAN serve live in extreme poverty, in households earning less than $25,000 annually for a family of four on average. While ICAN is dedicated to helping youth navigate the risks of the community, ICAN creates strong partners for referrals to help meet needs of families that exist outside the scope of ICAN's programs. For example, ICAN and Azcend, which is a local food bank and community resource center, have been partnering for over a decade for program sharing and resource referrals. ICAN also partners with Chandler Unified High School District to house Hill Academy at ICAN, an online high school that allows Chandler students at risk of dropping our or who have dropped out to receive their high school diplomas.

As further examples, ICAN partners with a host of organizations to provide the following: programming content (for example, Not my Kid, who provides lessons to our teen population about suicide prevention); volunteer engagement (for example, Chandler Gilbert Community College, for teens and adults completing service learning or internships); family resources (for example, Chandler Care Center, who provides dental, medical and behavioral health services at no charge to Chandler families); and resource partners (for example, Chandler Library, who might provide books to ICAN's programs).

ICAN recognizes that our services cannot meet the full extent of need that exists in every family. In fact, according to the Valley of the Sun United Way, a typical family reaching out for social services will need to work with an average of 7 agencies. ICAN attempts to make this referral process simple for families by maintaining strong ongoing partnerships in the local community.

In fiscal year 2013-2014, ICAN took extra care to define what high performance in our programs looks like. With help from our third party evaluator, we shaped a new comprehensive evaluation framework focused on four areas of performance:

• Meaningful Participation
o 81% of youth have attended at least 60% of program sessions, up from 58% during the previous period

• Productive Members of our Community
o 69% of youth, grades 6-12, report that they "spend more time volunteering or helping others in the community"
o 94% of parents report that because of ICAN's parenting programs, they engage in “activities to prevent under-age drinking & illegal drug use"
• Self-Confident Members of our Community
o 71% of ICAN youth report, coming to ICAN has helped me “do things I didn't think I could do before"
• Responsible Members of our Community
o 73% of ICAN youth, grades 6-12, report ICAN has helped them stay away from drugs, sex, tobacco & alcohol
o 71% of youth spend more time doing sports, exercising, are/or participating in recreational activities

• Improved Grades & Homework Help Completion
o 55% of ICAN youth report, ICAN has helped me to "improve my grades in school"
o 65% of ICAN youth report, ICAN has helped me to "spend more time doing my homework"

• Meaningful Content
o 96% of ICAN parents report "My child(ren) tell me they learn things at ICAN"
• Supportive & Caring Climate
o 86% of ICAN youth report "staff tells me when I do a good job"

Previously, ICAN had administered surveys in youth and family programs at the beginning, middle and end of each program session through an extensive pre- and post-test questionnaire. The challenges of the previous evaluation process became clear that concerns of fatigue, age-appropriateness and ability to match pre- and post-tests were an issue. As of fiscal year 2012-13 ICAN has simplified it's evaluation program considering given growth, maturation and future plans. The new evaluation framework guides ICAN's overall evaluation efforts, along with Parent & Youth Concept Keys and a one-page Dashboard Report to provide readable, easy access to ICAN's evaluation data.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 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 find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 ICAN Audit 2021-22 2019 ICAN
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 4.96 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 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

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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ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth’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 $180,362 $274,200 $415,651 $1,045,045 $1,185,536
As % of expenses 10.5% 15.8% 23.5% 59.4% 55.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $43,233 $138,979 $301,415 $930,809 $1,068,015
As % of expenses 2.3% 7.4% 16.0% 49.7% 47.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,876,562 $2,004,645 $2,196,561 $2,791,759 $3,730,734
Total revenue, % change over prior year -4.3% 6.8% 9.6% 27.1% 33.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 33.3% 32.4% 28.2% 16.4% 14.0%
All other grants and contributions 61.1% 62.1% 67.5% 80.8% 83.8%
Other revenue 5.6% 5.4% 4.2% 2.8% 2.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,716,954 $1,731,599 $1,766,324 $1,758,197 $2,119,054
Total expenses, % change over prior year -4.2% 0.9% 2.0% -0.5% 20.5%
Personnel 67.4% 64.2% 69.6% 69.7% 69.6%
Professional fees 5.3% 5.0% 3.0% 4.0% 7.4%
Occupancy 3.4% 3.7% 3.4% 3.2% 2.6%
Interest 0.4% 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 23.5% 26.6% 23.7% 22.7% 20.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,854,083 $1,866,820 $1,880,560 $1,872,433 $2,236,575
One month of savings $143,080 $144,300 $147,194 $146,516 $176,588
Debt principal payment $7,816 $4,397 $0 $218,296 $141,862
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,004,979 $2,015,517 $2,027,754 $2,237,245 $2,555,025

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.6 4.2 8.8 14.3 16.6
Months of cash and investments 2.7 4.3 9.0 14.5 19.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.7 4.6 8.7 14.4 17.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $371,680 $608,164 $1,299,091 $2,092,240 $2,934,875
Investments $17,368 $18,522 $27,190 $38,276 $451,727
Receivables $48,269 $79,632 $24,624 $28,531 $128,479
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,342,909 $4,342,909 $4,342,909 $4,342,909 $4,408,558
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 21.9% 25.0% 27.6% 30.3% 32.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.3% 5.2% 9.5% 4.3% 2.0%
Unrestricted net assets $3,628,790 $3,767,769 $4,069,184 $4,999,993 $6,068,008
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $16,254 $15,857 $359,621
Total net assets $3,628,790 $3,767,769 $4,085,438 $5,015,850 $6,427,629

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


Mrs. Shelby Pedersen

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Megan Mayhall

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/08/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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