HomeWorks FY 2021 Annual Report

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FY 2021

Annual Report Navigating a Virtual Landscape



Executive Director's Corner Over the last year, we saw how COVID-19 disproportionately affected our community in Trenton, creating wider economic and education gaps for our scholars and families. We witnessed racial violence through the horrific murders of George Floyd, Ma'Khia Bryant, Breonna Taylor, Adam Toledo, Tony McDade and more. These events are a harrowing reminder of the traumatic consequences of racial, gender and economic injustice. At HomeWorks, our parents, team and community came together to continue fighting for equity and justice. Together, despite all the challenges brought on by COVID-19, we ran an in-person year-long adapted program, with transportation, daily and weekend meals, assistance with virtual schooling, workshops focused on mental health, college access, voting rights and more. In both our scholar workshops and staff meetings, we continue to push for more thoughtful and nuanced conversations on race and injustice. Despite everything, our scholars inspire us to push forward. This year, we partnered with the Give Something Back Foundation to provide full-ride college scholarships for scholars who will have a 3.0 GPA by their junior year. Together, we are working to build a more equitable, empathetic, and sustainable world.


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


College Scholarships for Scholars In April 2021, we were very excited to announce our partnership with the Give Something Back Foundation. Give Back is a national non-profit that provides full-ride college scholarships to students who have faced adversity and heightened social risks such as economic hardship, foster care, or the incarceration of a parent. Many Give Back scholars are first generation college students who come from families living below the poverty line.

Six of our rising freshman, sophomore, and junior scholars who will have GPAs of 3.0 or higher by their junior year have secured four-year scholarships from Give Back to seven select colleges in New Jersey! Room and board, as well as on-going mentoring, are included with the scholarships. By uplifting and academically motivating participants, Give Back ensures they have the tools and support needed to succeed in college. Through this partnership, HomeWorks is able to continue supporting its scholars long after they graduate from the program. We are very proud of our scholars!


HomeWorks During COVID-19 HomeWorks has adapted what was to be our first academic year-long program to run from 8am to 5pm every weekday for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide a safe space where HomeWorks scholars attend their virtual schooling, then participate in our in-person HomeWorks programming. Scholars also receive individual packaged lunches. These necessities have become even more critical during the pandemic and will continue to be after, as our HomeWorks families regain their emotional and economic footing. Our pandemic programming (September 2020 to June 2021) has included: 2,000 healthy lunches Approximately 255 Weekend Meals for families. Approximately 200 days of virtual schooling support, complete with twice-daily transportation to our current Trenton location 180 hours of programming on cultural life skills and women empowerment Weekly fitness and wellness workshops HomeWorks has been able to provide our scholars with a stable routine despite the unprecedented disruption from COVID-19.


HomeWorks During COVID-19 Despite the challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, HomeWorks has made it a priority to continue to provide safe, enriching programming activities for its scholars, including weekly poetry workshops and critical discussions centered around the experiences of women of color, as well as field trips to local landmarks such as the Princeton Blairstown Center, The Rink skating area, Terhune Orchard Farm, and Grounds for Sculpture. Other weekly programs included safe dating sessions with WomansSpace, in which scholars learned how to identify attitudes and behaviors associated with dating violence through skits and meaningful conversations, college success workshops that aimed to help the scholars explore their options beyond high school, and holistic wellness sessions dedicated to mental health, meditation, and self-love. Yoga sessions, hands-on art classes, and Brave Enterprise programming, which focused on 100 teaching the scholars how to set achievable goals, tell personal 75 stories, and acknowledge and overcome fears, were all big hits. HomeWorks also celebrated Holi as a group and participated in 69 50 the 99 Products and The Reinvention lab sneaker competition. None of the successes of 2020 would have been possible without the collaboration of our parents and community partners. Using the lessons learned from this past year, HomeWorks hopes to continue to provide support and joy to its scholars and families through a safe in-person residential program.

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CLIENT GROWTH


Financial Overview FY 2021*

TOTAL REVENUE: $644,828 Awards 2.8% Corporate Contributions 16.6%

Foundation Grants 47.5% Individual Contributions 22.3%

In-Kind 10.8%

Other 0.1%

TOTAL EXPENSES:$273,048 Fundraising 1.9%

General & Admin 10%

Programming 88.1%

*July 2020 - June 2021


Growing, Growing, Growing - A Look at the Numbers

46% All Scholars ranked in the top 46% of their 600+ student classes

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100% Scholars report HomeWorks is an intentional and empathetic community

Scholars were in the top 5% of their classes by rank

93%

2.8

Average scholar school attendance rate comparison to 70% in Trenton

Average GPA for In-Person Scholars

Budget We continue to see year over year budget growth. FY 2021 ended in a net surplus as we prepare to launch our campaign for the acquisition of an organizational headquarters and boarding house location. ANNUAL BUDGET GROWTH

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CY 2018 - $80,384 FY 2019 - $111,675

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FY 2020 - $247,910 100,000

FY 2021 - $273,048 0 12 02

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Our Team Natalie Tung, Co-Founder and Executive Director Nandini Singh, Development and Program Manager Erica Hundley, House-Mom Ariana Love, NJ AmeriCorp Bonner Program Assistant/House-Sister Serina Montero, NJ AmeriCorp Bonner Program Assistant/House-Sister Tyasia Robinson-Hilliard, Transportation Tamika Clemons, Transportation


Board of Trustees Kris Schulte, Board Chair Marci Vandiver, Vice President and Secretary Mike Caputo, Treasurer Dana Harris Gillian Reeder William Stone Brenaea Fairchild, Board Emeritus and Co-Founder


A Year of Connections


Thank You Financial Support

In-Kind Support

Anonymous Foundation A.M.P. Business Interiors, Inc. Amazon Smile Anonymous Barclays and Echoing Green Aramark Bonner Foundation Bonner Foundation Bristol Myers Squibb Comcast Foundation Church & Dwight Desiree Atkins Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation Grounds for Sculpture Corbih Corbin Charitable Fund Helen Hennessey Dandelion Wishes Inayah Bashir Ford Foundation Individual Volunteers Geraldine Dodge Foundation Polygence Get Thru Charitable Foundation Snackpack Hollister Confidence Fund Sustainable Fare International School Services The Lawrenceville School JP Morgan Chase Tran Kim-Senior Lawrenceville School Withum Accounting McMaster Carr Womanspace Microsoft Youtee Wheagar NJM Princeton Area Community Fund Princeton Area Community Fund for Women & Girls Sixteen Thirty Fund Smith Family Foundation Spanx Vital Voices & TRESemmé Wayfair


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