FY 2020 Annual Report A
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Executive Director's Corner In 2016, we started with an idea of creating an afterschool residential program for marginalized young women. Since then, our program has turned into a community. In the last four years, we have worked with parents, scholars, teachers and community partners to build a safe and structured space where girls in high school can thrive academically and socialemotionally to become the leaders of Trenton. With the support and help of our board, we have run three programs with 26 participants, raised over $450,000 in cash and inkind donations, and built a
diverse team of four full-time and two part-time staff, supported by interns and volunteers. And we are just getting started.Through our scholars, we have seen first hand that when women come together, we are so powerful. Together, we move communities forward. Thank you for believing in us and for standing alongside us as we continue to build HomeWorks with empathy and intentionality. Thanks,
About HomeWorks HomeWorks Trenton is a free, after-school residential program for marginalized high school girls. From Sunday evenings to Friday mornings, our scholars live in the HomeWorks house and are transported to and from their public schools. Every afternoon, scholars engage in activities focused on academics, cultural life skills, women empowerment, and civic engagement. They then eat a family-style meal and stay overnight in our dorm with two full-time staff members. Specifically in Trenton, New Jersey, HomeWorks aims to work alongside our scholars to disrupt the narrative that Black and Latinx* girls’ lives are defined by the cyclical effects of systemic injustice. We accomplish this by providing a space to explore and reclaim power over their experiences, cultures and identities, and fostering a community of young women dedicated to breaking down social injustices in their home communities and beyond.
MISSION HomeWorks inspires and equips young women from marginalized communities to achieve their potential and positively transform the world around them by providing a supportive and educational residential environment.
VISION Communities of young women around the world breaking down educational and gender barriers to social justice.
VALUES Community Empathy Intentionality
HomeWorks’ daily activities support our scholars’ growth and selfexploration. Tutors lead scholars through a daily academic block geared towards academic enrichment, skill development, and goal setting. Our staff, professional volunteers, and counselors lead scholars through daily female empowerment and life skills workshops about racism, sexism, bullying, and more.
HomeWorks’ core values of community, empathy, and intentionality center our scholars’ voices and experiences throughout our program. Our immersive residential model fosters deep connections between each scholar, inviting them to find sisterhood, practice vulnerability, and grow together.
To date, HomeWorks Trenton has hosted a total of 26 scholars across two summer pilots and the first semester program.
empathy, grit, compassion, confidence, and more. Throughout the summer,
In the summer of 2017, HomeWorks Trenton launched a four-week residential pilot program for five scholars. Upon completion of the program, all scholars reported higher Multidimensional Students’ Satisfaction with Life Scale (MSSLS) and Children’s Perceived Competence Scale (CPCS) scores in both self-confidence and perceived ability to grow intellectually. Over the following year, we saw our scholars take on leadership roles in their communities. In the summer of 2018, HomeWorks Trenton doubled its enrollment to ten scholars. All three eligible scholars from the 2017 pilot program returned. Additionally, we hired two residential staff members and increased the number of schools we partnered with from one to five, increasing
HomeWorks is a place for me to speak up about not only being a girl but also being a black girl. - Darae, HomeWorks Scholar diversity of perspectives, personalities, and cultures in our HomeWorks Trenton community. Under the guidance of Dr. Angela Duckworth’s lab, we designed pre- and postassessments that measured our students’ growth in character development, including self-control, psychological safety, life satisfaction, perceived stress,
we found that all ten scholars grew in these areas, most notably in psychological safety and confidence. We concluded our 2019 Semester Scholars Boarding Program with 11 middle and high school scholars, some of whom participated in the summer programs. The chronic absenteeism rate for 2019 scholars was 0%, as compared with 36% for Trenton high schoolers. Using metrics from Angela Duckworth’s lab, we measured scholars’ socialemotional growth with cognitive perceptions, self control, and perceived stress as well as academic growth with literary analysis, focus, and organization. We plan to launch our first year-long program for 10 scholars in September 2020. Our goal is to enroll 10 more ninth grade girls each year. After four years, we will reach capacity at 40 girls - 10 per grade and graduating class.
Client Growth YEAR AFTER YEAR
We have seen continuous growth in the number of scholars we have served and the number of immediate family members. This is a testament to our capacity building efforts and support from donors and partners. 100
Quincy, a returning
HomeWorks Scholar, wants to uplift her community:
I will build a safe space for teens and carry and pass on the things that I have learned. I want to
see my community grow just as I did.
Our Scholars WILL RULE THE WORLD
Financial Overview FY 2020*
TOTAL REVENUE Corporate Contributions 1.1%
Individual Contributions 40.1%
Foundation Grants 38.9%
TOTAL EXPENSES General & Admin 14.9%
*July 2019 - June 2020
Capacity Building ANNUAL BUDGET GROWTH
CY 2017 - $56,236
CY 2018 - $80,384
FY 2019 - $111,675
FY 2020 - $247,910
In the early months of 2020, our team redistributed the following resources: grocery gift cards equivalent to 544 meals, counseling sessions, access to computers for 24 Trenton students and family members, care packages for each scholar, virtual reunion sessions and a Trap Aerobics dance class. HomeWorks recognizes that families will experience turbulence and instability during the after-math of COVID-19. The continuity of our HomeWorks program will provide our scholars necessities such as housing, meals, and transportation to school. Our safe, socio-emotionally engaging community, equipped with volunteer counselors, culturally responsive programming, and academic support, will support young students’ mental well-being.
$0 is what HomeWorks Scholars pay to participate and board.
$99K 122% was received from individual donors
budget growth from FY 2019 to FY 2020
Our Team HELPING YOUNG WOMEN THRIVE
Natalie Tung, Co-Founder and Executive Director Nandini Singh, Operations and Fundraising Mgr. Erica Hundley, House-Mom Youtee Wheagar, AmeriCorp Bonner, House-Sister Tom Wilcox, Transportation Tamika Clemons, Transportation
Board of Trustees SUPPORTING OUR GROWTH
Kris Schulte, Board Chair Marci Vandiver, Vice Chair and Secretary Mike Caputo, Treasurer Dana Harris Gillian Reeder William Stone Brenaea Fairchild, Board Emeritus and Co-Founder
THANK YOU FINANCIAL SUPPORT Anonymous Foundation Bonner Foundation and AmeriCorps Borden Perlman James Kearney Foundation Nassau Presbyterian Church NJM Insurance Group Smith Family Foundation TRESemmé and Vital Voice
IN-KIND SUPPORT Arm in Arm Centurion HomeFront McCarter Theatre Mercer County Park Commission Princeton Garden Theatre Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton University Keller Center Princeton University Pace Center Princeton University Entrepreneurship Council Probono Partnership Redd Pen Media Video Production Rescue Mission Sustainable Fare TDI Connect The Barn at Gravity Hill The Lawrenceville School Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Withum Womanspace
HOMEWORKS 174 NASSAU STREET, BOX #196 PRINCETON, NJ 08542 (609) 414-7907