Growing Thinkers, Problem-Solvers & Leaders

aka SGAP Leaders   |   Rockville, MD   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 47-4118138


SGAP Leaders empowers underserved teens to become agents of change in their communities and beyond by thinking critically, applying STEM, and championing social justice. Our programming provides opportunities for motivated underserved students to develop leadership and critical 21st century skills needed for college and career readiness. We are committed to rolling out our climate change and climate action curriculum to our students and schools from 2022-2026. Honing these 21st century skills for our youth is the cornerstone of our programming. The more we develop our students’ ability to think critically, problem solve creatively and lead empathetically, the more successful our students will become.

Notes from the nonprofit

We established our non-profit status in 2016. During the prior years, we functioned as a community outreach organization focused on 7th -12th grade students. We received funding from TD Bank Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo, Constellation Energy E2, FirstEnergy, and Picatinny Arsenal. We have impacted 5,287 students in 80 schools and school districts in MD, VA, NJ, NY and Washington DC. Due to the Pandemic, we had to cancel most of our programs in 2020 and some of 2021. We pivoted to an online version of our programming for our students in 2021 and offered both in-person and online in 2022. In Q1 of 2022, the executive director was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer and completed her cancer treatment in August 2023. During that time, the board decided to pause all new programming and focus on smaller projects and the earned income strategy/implementation plan. Hence, our programs and budget reflect the temporary change.

Ruling year info



Michele Joseph

Main address

15800 Crabbs Branch Way Suite 300

Rockville, MD 20855 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Educational management

Education services

Environmental justice

Climate change

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Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups

Social and economic status


NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A study conducted by the National Science Foundation found that students from underrepresented minority groups, including African American and Latino students, face barriers such as limited access to STEM resources and a lack of role models, leading to lower participation and achievement in STEM fields (source: NSF, 2020). This inequity not only perpetuates social and economic disparities but also hinders the overall progress and innovation of our society. Additionally, there is a pressing need to address the urgent challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. The effects of climate change are already being felt worldwide, disproportionately impacting marginalized communities. The United Nations reports that climate change exacerbates poverty, increases food insecurity, and threatens access to clean water and sanitation, particularly in developing countries (source: UN, 2020). However, educational systems often lack comprehensive & effective climate change education.

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?

Encouragement Project (nationally)

Teens submit letters, drawings, poems and short stories. SGAP Leaders vets, then shares with residents of local nursing homes and assisted living centers who have been isolated or negatively affected by the Pandemic. We have received over a1000 submissions for over 500 teens who have earned 20,000 hours of community service. We brokered relationships with 23 different nursing homes.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of Asian descent

One-day engaging workshop where youth creatively grapple with wicked problems. Workshop allows students in mixed-school groups of (4-6) to experience the process of design thinking as a tool to resolve human-centered challenges. The process engages students’ creativity and curiosity as they adopt the design mindset, and connects students with an unique method of interpreting problems. Four workshops per academic year. (40 students per session).

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

Two-year curriculum which encompasses the THINK DESIGN Workshop & Sustainability Challenge. Curriculum focuses on climate change - energy. Target 9th -10th graders.

Each session weaves in the theme of the 2030 sustainable development goals as defined by the United Nations. Student leaders selected the SGAP theme, develop the objectives, identify the audience and determine how best to convey their message to each group. They also design the day-of-activities and the expected outcome of the student experience. In the process, each student acquires team building skills, leadership skills, and keen presentation skills. Notwithstanding, they also have fun!
Each face to face session includes an interactive component which fosters leadership, team spirit, and community outreach.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

SGAP Leaders SPEAK series provides an opportunity and forum for dynamic speakers to share relevant topics with a younger generation. Speakers may be subject matter experts, Alumni or supporters. Topics vary based on interests of the middle and high school students.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work


Small Business Award - Finalist 2023


Affiliations & memberships

SOAR Incubator Graduate 2021

Nonprofit Village Incubator 2020

MOCO Black Collective - Amber Fellow Graduate 2023




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 students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Leadership Series

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Climate Change Curriculum & Sustainability Challenge is an important primer, sparking interest & building foundational knowledge that allows students to more effectively engage w/ climate change info.

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.

SGAP Leaders is committed to empowering underserved teens through a range of impactful programs designed to cultivate critical skills, promote STEM education, and foster social justice advocacy. Our programs provide students with opportunities to engage in real- world experiences, develop leadership abilities, and address pressing issues in their communities. Through innovative workshops and partnerships, we inspire and equip young change makers to
create a positive impact in their lives and beyond.

Our goal is to graduate 10,000 teens from our 2 year leadership series program by 2030. In order to do so, we must strengthen and align our curriculum and programs, develop systems to streamline and automate our processes, identify and secure board members with the skills to propel us forward, and secure funding to build capacity.

Goals in year One:
Identify, secure and onboard 3 board members by 2024
Identify, secure $100,000 for capacity building (1 part time employee) by 2024
Improve our Sustainability Challenge program (Picatinny Arsenal case study) - to prepare for earned income strategy implementation by 2024

Since our inception, SGAP Leaders has always incorporated the SDGs into the fabric of our programming as well as into the values of our organization. For instance, our 4-6 week Climate Clinic and Sustainability Challenge aligns with the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (#13, #11, #7 SDG’s); as such, it is designed to engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills, as well as an awareness of global social and sustainability issues. We do the same with our THINK DESIGN for Social Impact program whereby our teens grapple with teen suicide and mental health challenges using design thinking (#3, #10 SDG's). We firmly believe that our teens need to think globally and act locally.

We have an extensive breath of volunteers (22) who have dedicated over 6000 hours to develop, beta test and measure the effects of our climate change curriculum. We have strong relationships with higher education and over 80 middle and high schools that have hosted, co-developed programs, or participated in our programs over the years.

Recently we have secured a principal and a bank manager to join our Board of Advisors and Board of Directors. We have developed a strong relationship with the externship programs affiliated with Johns Hopkins University and Paragon One. Our 8 college and high school externs and interns conduct research and help us to develop and execute our programs.

We have employed a recent high school graduate to work with us as our volunteer assistant during his gap-year before college. He is one of 250 members state-wide who are participating in the Service Year Option (the State of Maryland provides his stipend for the year).

To date, we have impacted 5,287 teens in 80 different schools. We have created, and beta tested (twice) our climate change curriculum and climate clinics, and we have secured one new board members and one new advisor who fill two of the critical skill-gaps on both of the boards. We completed over $140,000 in grant applications.

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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 0.22 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.2 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of STUDENT GLOBAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,514 $1,567 $338 $34,704 -$37,686
As % of expenses 8.0% 4.9% 0.6% 91.5% -74.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,514 $1,567 $338 $34,704 -$37,686
As % of expenses 8.0% 4.9% 0.6% 91.5% -74.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $20,329 $33,870 $53,634 $260,482 $125,444
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 66.6% 58.4% 385.7% -51.8%
Program services revenue 23.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 76.8% 100.0% 53.4% 27.9% 9.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 46.6% 72.1% 90.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $18,815 $32,303 $53,296 $37,945 $50,615
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 71.7% 65.0% -28.8% 33.4%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 38.9% 16.9% 2.3% 0.0% 48.3%
Occupancy 5.3% 0.7% 0.0% 4.2% 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 55.8% 82.4% 97.7% 95.8% 48.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $18,815 $32,303 $53,296 $37,945 $50,615
One month of savings $1,568 $2,692 $4,441 $3,162 $4,218
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $20,383 $34,995 $57,737 $41,107 $54,833

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 1.1 0.8 12.1 1.2
Months of cash and investments 1.0 1.1 0.8 12.1 1.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.0 1.1 0.8 12.1 0.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,514 $3,081 $3,419 $38,123 $5,231
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 91.6%
Unrestricted net assets $1,514 $3,081 $3,419 $38,123 $437
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,514 $3,081 $3,419 $38,123 $437

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


Michele Joseph

I am the chief executive officer of SGAP Leaders and president of NEXT GENERATION, INC. Over the years, I have honed exceptional coaching and relationship development skills, and I thrive in an environment that utilizes my superpower: galvanize a team around a shared vision and goal to achieve extraordinary outcomes. As a visionary, I cultivate fruitful relationships to grow a mission-focused organization. I am the first generation Trinidadian-American and attained my MBA in strategy and marketing from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and my BSc in Biology/Environmental Sciences from Catholic University of America. I was the team lead for Net Impact while attending Georgetown University. I have taught entrepreneurship to promising high school students at the WEB Dubois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. I serve as an Advisory Board member for the Wheaton Sustainable Innovation Zone, and a Board member for Nonprofit Montgomery.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 11/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Dr. Jill Foster

Anthony Koltenuk

Stephanie Stinson

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/20/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/22/2023

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  • 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.