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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Hello Family and Friends, I am very pleased that you chose to continue to support our efforts of demonstrating that positive youth development does reduce violence. More than achieving our mission and furthering our vision, I am deeply humbled by the way we impact the lives of youth and adult. 2015 overall was our best year yet; we did more with less, we furthered our reach to children in the community, and we strengthened our organization. Although our operating budget was $45,000, we were organizationally and programmatically able to accomplish everything we set out to do with about $35,000 in revenue and not a single paid staff member. Imagine what we could really do with the right financial investments in Lost Boyz. Last year we set out to host five teams, including expanding our program to girls with fast pitch softball, and sponsor ten youth leaders for a total of 85 kids; we ended up serving 66 youth. This year we added a second girls’ team and served over 90 youth from South Shore, mostly from generational families in the community. From a pedagogical perspective, that is huge. Our reach was even greater because of the multiplier effect – the children were inspired and in turn, our children had a positive impact on family members, friends, and people in and out of South Shore. I am proud of the hard work of all of our volunteers, youth, and parents. In the neighborhood, on the field, and everywhere else our members exhibited tremendous respect for others, appreciation for knowledge, and a stalwart demonstration of service to others. Next year, 2016, has me overly excited with expectations reaching the heavens. This year we want to serve even more kids, perform better on the field, provide greater augmentation of scholastic enrichment, and make “Lost Boyz” synonymous with the word SUCCESS. We have appreciated your commitment, dedication, and loyalty, and we look forward to having it again in this next year. Warm Regards,

LaVonté Stewart Sr. Lost Boyz Inc 2015 Annual Report

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ABOUT LOST BOYZ INC. Founded in September of 2008 by LaVonté Stewart Sr., Lost Boyz Inc. is a non-for-profit, grass-roots organization engaged in community development within Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Our organization services youth ages 4 to 17 through our various programs from February until August of every year. Our target population is focused primarily on ultra high-risk youth, incarcerated youth, alienated youth, low income youth, and abused youth. As a result of our efforts since 2008, over 220 children from the South Shore community and 32 children detained in the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) have stayed trouble free for a range of four to nine months while occupied with our athletic and youth leadership activities. Our organization originated in the South Shore neighborhood as a direct response to the need

OUR MISSION

OUR VISION

Lost Boyz Inc. mission is to de-

Lost Boyz Inc.’s vision for the future

crease violence, improve the social

is a renewed and continuous provi-

and emotional conditions, and pro-

sion of opportunities to participate

vide financial opportunities among

in organized little league for the

the youth in Chicago’s South Shore

South Shore neighborhood’s at

community. With baseball train-

risk youth and a fully developed

ing and competitive participation

youth-driven economic redevelop-

as our core driver, our mission is

ment program. As the result of an

achieved through high-intensity

“earn as you learn” approach, at

mentoring and support, interven-

risk youth would display improved

tion, and social entrepreneurship

social relations, scholastic aptitude,

business activities. We also in-

and trade skills development. This

corporate diversity and cultural

approach would promote econom-

cultivation, service learning, civic

ic reconstitution among younger

engagement, athletic and youth

generations of poor communities

employment. We use this combi-

by establishing several communi-

nation of programming and direct

ty-vested, youth driven venues to

interaction to positively and per-

attract new external revenue and

manently influence and impact the

revive non-residential consumer

lives of school age youth, resulting

activity through the provision of

in life-altering character develop-

quality service and product.

ment, positive behavior change, and improved decision making.

for the revitalization of organized youth baseball in the community. However, an organizational vision and mission greater than providing baseball developed as a result of the spike in adolescent violence, CPS student murders, increased criminal activity, police harassment, and other astonishing deteriorating social conditions of the youth in the community. Lost Boyz Inc 2015 Annual Report

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LOST BOYZ TEAM + HIGHLIGHTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS President & Chairman LaVonté Stewart Treasurer Jataun Martin

THIS YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS We were awarded the Springboard grant! As part of Chicago Community Trust, a Springboard grant is often awarded as part of a multi-year, long-term relationship intended to help the grantee enhance its organizational stability and expand its reach. We are so excited to start this partnership and cannot wait to expand our impact even further. Cook-Illinois Corporation donated a school bus!

Secretary

When Chicago Sun-Times reported Mary Mitchell wrote about our orga-

Jocelyn Vana

nization in the paper, we had no idea what joys the article would bring. In

Board Director Jordan Hadelman Board Director Robert Williams

YOUTH ATHLETIC COACHES

the article, LaVonté discussed the organization’s struggles to transport our youth to/from games when parental involvement began to decline; this particularly affects the older youth. Cook-Illinois read the article and decided to help out by donating a 70+ passenger size bus. We held our First Annual General Meeting! To end the year and let our supporters know just how well it went, we decided to host our first ever annual general meeting. During the meeting, we were honored to award Secretary of State Jesse White with our Humanitarian of the Year Award for his community involvement with youth

Lady Bolts & Lady Thunder

and baseball.

Brenda Scott, Caitlin Robinson, Lee Smith Patriots LaVonté Stewart Reds Russ Pfeifle Royals Daniel Kirk White Sox Cooper Thompson, Glen Ducharme

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WINTER CLINIC The biggest highlight was the

As an example of the impact of

WINTER CLINIC was

service learning / civic project in

this project, we became privy to an

very successful. With an

which we collaborated with the

incident that one of our teenage

average attendance of

Chicago Police Department 4th

participants had with local officers.

25 CHILDREN

District to address police brutality.

One young man was approached

In light of the heightened dis-

on a weekday evening by local

course concerning black males and

officers, and out of fear he took off

law enforcement and rising Black

running. When the officers caught

Lives Matter movement across the

him they asked him why he ran,

country, we set out to improve the

and his response was that “he was

relationships between our youth

afraid because of the Mike Brown

on any given day, youth

and their community police offi-

situation that happened in Fergu-

improved drastically across

cers. More than 5 officers from the

son”. The young man then began

various indicators including

4th district participated by showing

to explain that he was a ball player

SPEED, STRENGTH, BASEBALL KNOWLEDGE, DISCIPLINE, WORK ETHIC, AND SKILL.

up to have active and open dis-

with Lost Boyz and spoke about

cussions with our participants

the project with the police; he

about what was happening around

further mentioned that one of their

the nation. The children were

officer colleagues was one of his

able to comfortably express their

baseball coaches. When the offi-

deepest concerns and impressions,

cers were able to confirm his story

while yet entertaining different

they immediately service learning

approaches to responding to

created a major impact – we suc-

police through role playing and

cessfully improved the relationship

advising sessions with the police.

between our participants and the

All service learning projects must

local officers.

Participants spent over

10 HOURS

end with an action, and in this case the youth created a multimedia presentation to capture what they had learned and to express how they felt about it.

a week receiving tutoring and baseball training, and working on their service learning project.

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MVP SPRING TRAINING & SUMMER PROGRAM The second phase of the program is MVP Spring Training & Summer Program, which moves from indoors to outdoors for 12 -14 weeks of training and competitive play. Here, all players are assessed by a series of measures; new players are drafted by an interested team or lottery, and returning players are either traded or returned to their previous team. From April until August, each team plays approximately 30 games in competitive play and faces teams from the Chicagoland area. Additionally, players will again participate in Service Learning activities, but will also participate in fun outings, such as a trip to a White Sox game.

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TEAM STATISTICS ROYALS (AGES 4-7) END OF SEASON STATISTICS # of Youth Served

7 kids served

Royals Win/Loss/Tie Record

Everyone Wins!!

# of Hours Spent Practicing per Youth

12 Hours

Game Participation per Royal

8 Games/8 Hours

REDS (AGES 8-10) END OF SEASON STATISTICS # of Youth Served

14 kids served

Reds Win/Loss/Tie Record

20/8/1, Rosemoor 12U League Champions! (3-1 playoffs)

# of Hours Spent Practicing per Youth

100 Hours

Game Participation per Red

29 Games/58 Hours

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“THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLY EYE OPENING AND REWARDING EXPERIENCE WHERE I LEARNED AS MUCH ABOUT MYSELF AS I DID ABOUT THE KIDS AND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.” -COACH GLEN

PATRIOTS (AGES 8-12) END OF SEASON STATISTICS # of Youth Served

15 kids served

Patriots Win/Loss/Tie Record

3/17/1, (0-2 playoffs)

# of Hours Spent Practicing per Youth

100 Hours

Game Participation per Patriot

21 Games/42 Hours

WHITE SOX (AGES 13-17) END OF SEASON STATISTICS # of Youth Served

10 youth served

Yankees Win/Loss/Tie Record

1/10/0, (0-2 playoffs)

# of Hours Spent Practicing per Youth

30 Hours

Game Participation per Yankee

11 Games/22 Hours

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LADY THUNDER (AGES 11-14) END OF SEASON STATISTICS # of Youth Served

10 Youth served

Lady Thunder Win/Loss/Tie Record

0/10/0, No Playoffs

# of Hours Spent Practicing per Youth

72 Hours

Game Participation per Thunder

10 Games/20 Hours

LADY BOLTS (AGES 8-10) END OF SEASON STATISTICS # of Youth Served

10 Youth served

Lady Bolts Win/Loss/Tie Record

6/10/0, (0-2 playoffs)

# of Hours Spent Practicing per Youth

72 Hours

Game Participation per Bolt

16 Games/32 Hours

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FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR FY 2015 REVENUE…….……..……..……..……..……..……..…..……..……..……..………....……....…....…....…... $39,457 OPERATING EXPENSES……..……..……..….…..……..……..…...…..……..…..…..…..…...……..….........$26,438 YEAR-END SURPLUS……..……..……..…….…..…......…..……..……..……..……..……….…..……..…....$13,019

FY 2015 REVENUE OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 - SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2015 Program Income 4% Board Dues 7% Fundraising 8% Grants & Corporate Sponsorship 32% Individual Contributions 18% In-Kind gifts 31%

FY 2015 EXPENSES OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 - SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2015 Operating Expenses 3% Professional Services 2% Transporation 8% Administrative 1% Fundraising 6% In-Kind Gifts 46% Miscellaneous 1% MVP Spring and Summer Program 33%

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OUR PROGRAM SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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