STUDENTS OF SERVICE SOS
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STUDENTS OF SERVICE SOS
as of March 2023
as of March 13, 2023
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Mr. Amir Samandi
Amir Samandi is the Founder and Executive Director of Students of Service (SOS). Amir originally had the idea to create SOS in 2003 while he was working at the U.S. Department of State. He realized that through service and travel abroad, Americans could become better informed and engaged global citizens. It wasn't until 2014 that his idea could come to life! He had changed careers to become a public school teacher in a predominately low-income, Hispanic school in San Antonio, Texas. A student saw a picture of the Eiffel Tower on his desk and asked if she could go there and Amir realized that SOS needed to become a reality. He knew that kids like her needed opportunities to learn through service to others and travel abroad in a way that a classroom cannot teach.
Since then, SOS has performed thousands of hours of community service in San Antonio and abroad, in addition to having taken many students on trips abroad. Amir is married and has three sons.
Number of employees
Source: IRS Form 990
STUDENTS OF SERVICE SOSOfficers, directors, trustees, and key employees
SOURCE: IRS Form 990
There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.
STUDENTS OF SERVICE SOSBoard of directors
as of 02/24/2023
Board of directors data
Term: 2021 - 2023
St. Mary's University
Spurs Sports & Entertainment
City of San Antonio
Schriver & Carmona
Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes 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 oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No
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