Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, Inc.

Serving the children of the DC Metropolitan Area

Washington, DC   |  www.a2ifoundation.org

Mission

Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, Inc. has been working hard with the help of our members and volunteers to provide education assistance and social action opportunities to youth who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Our work is dedicated to funding and delivering charitable services, and we strive to inspire and improve the lives of children who need our support.

Notes from the nonprofit

Facebook Non-Profit Verification - 03/06/17

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director & Chairman

Glen Yonkers, Jr.

Main address

PO Box 21792

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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EIN

81-3352678

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mentoring is often one component of a program that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.

Benefits for youth:

Increased high school graduation rates
Lower high school dropout rates
Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
Better attitude about school
Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved behavior, both at home and at school
Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
Improved interpersonal skills
Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use

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?

High School Debate Tournament

The High School Debate Tournament is part of a one-day full immersion experience where area high schools students have the opportunity to interact with professionals from the DC area and network with their peers from surrounding schools. This experience offers these students the opportunity to engage with other participants to improve their public speaking skills as well as learn tips for academic success. Each year a new topic is decided upon for teams throughout the Washington DC Metro area to debate on by siding with the affirmative side or the negative side.

The Debate Tournament is instrumental in engaging several dozen high school students from over seventeen DC Metro Area schools. The tournament isheld round robin style and consists of four rounds of intense academic debating. Stipend awards to our tournament team winners, best speakers and coaches. This experience is significant in providing youth an opportunity to continue pursuing excellence throughout their academic endeavors.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The High School Talent Hunt Program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Performances exist in the fields of Vocal Rendition, Drama Theater, Instrument Performance, and Dance. Winners are awarded monetary stipends.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Annual Toy Drive occurs during the Winter Holiday season in which a local Elementary School is "adopted". This adopted Elementary School usually consists of a majority of children that are not fortunate enough to experience receiving presents during the holiday season. Ages and Genders are documented by the school leadership and we purchase toys for the entire grade (3rd Grade for example).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

One of the major areas of emphasis for the A2I Foundation is The DC Rhinos Program. The Black Rhinoceros, often colloquially abbreviated Rhino, is a species native to Africa which is critically endangered. The name DC Rhinos is derived from the intention of the program to have a positive impact on the alarming shortage of self sufficient, upwardly mobile African American men in society. The program was created to instill and reinforce the skills, character, and self motivation that young men need to transform from childhood to manhood. The Black Rhinos Mentoring Program provides a framework for these young men to actualize their dreams through positive reinforcement and enrichment activities and programs to help them develop and retain a "Can Do!" attitude.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

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 mentors recruited

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

Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

DC Rhinos Mentorship Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of mentoring

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

Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

DC Rhinos Mentorship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, Inc. has been working hard with the help of our members and volunteers to provide education assistance and social action opportunities to youth who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Our work is dedicated to funding and delivering charitable services, and we strive to inspire and improve the lives of children who need our support.

Our organization has several strategies to ensure optimal success. To protect our infrastructure, we remain selective in choosing board members with demonstrated success in multiple disciplines, including medicine, business, education, and engineering. We also developed an aggressive marketing, social media, and fundraising plan to ensure that we remain visible to the community that we remain visible to our community, donors, and media partners.

Regarding capabilities, our organization has a marketing team dedicated to showcasing our footprints in the Washington, D.C. community. Collectively, A2I's Board of Directors have more than 60 years of organizational leadership experience and are well suited to meet fundraising goals.

This year, we completed our first Talent Hunt competition as a 501c3 Non-Profit organization. We were able to award stipends to winning participants through our recent donors and we're so grateful to our supporters. We plan to begin a legacy throughout the Washington, DC metro area with this event as a jump start to each year!

Financials

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Operations

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

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Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Glen Yonkers, Jr.

Cory Rudolph

Brandon Dickerson

Billy Holcombe

Willie Williams, Jr.

Uri Robinson

Ilandus Swinson

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 ? 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 12/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/10/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • 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.