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Bye Foundation

Black Youth Empowerment

aka BYE Institute   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  https://byeinstitute.org/

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Bye Foundation

EIN: 93-2060080


Mission

Our mission is to empower BIPOC and underserved youth and their families by providing an avenue for training and resources allowing them to: address social inequalities, establish anti-racist practices and policies, abolish barriers to education and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, utilize restorative justice practices to address conflict, increase personal, mental, social, and financial well-being, and promote communal development. Through this work, we hope to radically shift the paradigm for valuing Black and Brown communities and livelihood through the reduction of disenfranchisement and the promotion of Black/Brown enterprise and prosperity.

Ruling year info

2023

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Tracey Ward

Main address

PO Box 37955

Cincinnati, OH 45222 USA

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EIN

93-2060080

Subject area info

Education

Health

Community and economic development

Human services

Youth organizing

Population served info

LGBTQ people

Heterosexuals

Women and girls

Men and boys

Families

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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-N.

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Our programs

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Empact Fellowship

Empact Definition – Empowerment in Action; Through our programs, youth are not only receiving tools and learning to use them, but they are empowered with a sense of meaning, belonging, and purpose. This provides them with the room to be innovative and develop new ways to impact their communities.

Over a 20-month period, Empact Fellows are given the opportunity to address problems and assess needs within their schools and learn more about their communities and organizations working to improve the livelihood of people of color through two tracks:

Community Building Track – Students will focus on their schools and communities.
Restorative Justice Track – Students will focus on their schools and the justice system. Students who have experienced disciplinary action within schools or the justice system are encouraged to apply.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People of Latin American descent

Our health and wellness programs promote personal responsibility, healthy relationships, and improved quality of life while destigmatizing mental health services and decreasing instances of substance abuse. Through these services individuals may benefit from a decrease in anxiety, depression, and aggression while also being able to recognize opportunities for growth, introspection, self-awareness, and autonomy.

We have partnered with BetterHelp to bring free and reduced therapy to the students and families who seek our services. By doing so we allow them access to confidential care in a format they feel most comfortable with no matter where they are in life.

We also offer Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), Peer Support Group, Mental Health First Aid, and Teen Mental Health First Aid which helps to increase awareness and support among the youth we serve and their peers which intensifies our impact.

Population(s) Served

BYE Remote Food Pantry utilizes local grocery pick-up services to assist families in need and address food insecurity. By providing families with a confidential means to access resources we ensure they retain some autonomy and reduce stigma related to seeking assistance.

Population(s) Served

Our scholarship and travel stipend programs help fund students’ continued education and growth and reduce the cost or burden of education for them and their families. Students should not be limited to only their surroundings and BYE wants to make it possible for them to attend camps, conferences, or college tours/visits as they consider all the options for their future. We hope to reduce the debt students might incur pursuing secondary education and promote a positive foundation for financial stability.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Leadership Council for Nonprofits 2023

Financials

Bye Foundation

Operations

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

Documents
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Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Tracey Ward

Tracey Ward is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BYE Institute. She is a Cincinnati Native and alumna of Cincinnati Public Schools who grew up in the West End. Most recently she has served as the Associate Director of Enrollment and Student Support of Hebrew Union College, Manager for TNTP, and an Adjunct for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Serving as President of North Avondale Montessori’s Local School Decision Making Committee, a Board Member for the Henry Johnson Center and Academy, Vice President/Youth and Education Chair of Roselawn Community Council, and a member of the Education Law Association, she is passionate about education reform and assessing and abolishing barriers to make opportunities accessible to everyone. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a M.A. in Educational Psychology from Ball State University.

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Bye Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board co-chair

Ania Cosby

Ignite Philanthropy

Term: 2026 - 2023


Board co-chair

Kemeisha Lockhart

Century 21

Term: 2023 - 2026

Kemeisha Lockhart

Century 21

Patricia Hensley

Hebrew Union College

Kahvah Whittaker

Cincinnati Public Radio

Ania Cosby

Ignite Philanthropy

Tracey Ward

BYE Institute

Kelvin Jeremy

BYE Institute

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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