2018 TLNYC Annual Report

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TOMORROW’S LEADERS NYC

370 Fountain Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11208 Phone: 347.304.0863 E-mail: info@tlnyc.org

ANNUAL REPORT 2017-2018


A YEAR FILLED WITH

GROWTH 2017 - 2018 WAS A YEAR OF TREMENDOUS GROWTH. FROM CREATING MORE SUCCESS STORIES TO WITNESSING THE SUCCESS OF MANY OF OUR STUDENT LEADERS, WE ARE EXCITED TO PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN OUR STUDENT’S SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT. TO CLOSEOUT, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE TLNYC STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS FOR HELPING OUR LEADERS REACH THEIR FULL ACADEMIC POTENTIAL. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK JAMES BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL AND FORSYTH SATELLITE ACADEMY FOR ALLOWING US TO EXPAND OUR SERVICES TO SUPPORT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. AS WE TELL OUR STUDENTS, “FAILURE WILL NOT OVERTAKE YOU IF MY DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED IS STRONG ENOUGH.” TO OUR PAST AND PRESENT LEADERS, CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR GREATNESS. YOUR DREAMS AND GOALS ARE ONE A+ AWAY. TO THE SUPPORTERS OF OUR LEADERS, LEADERSHIP IS TRULY ABOUT USING YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND BACKGROUND TO HELP OTHERS FIND THEIR VOICE TO CONTINUE TO SHINE. NEVER STOP BEING GREAT. WITH THOUGHTS OF LEADERSHIP,

OLUWATOYIN AYANFODUN FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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CONTENTS A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF

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PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

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OUR MISSION

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OUR PROGRAM

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PROGRAM IMPACT

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SUCCESS STORIES

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INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT IMPACT

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FINANCIALS

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SUPPORTERS

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Board of Directors Oluwatoyin Ayanfodun

Founder and Executive Director, Tomorrow’s Leaders NYC

Oluwatoyin, a 2015 Echoing Green fellow, founded Tomorrow’s Leaders NYC December 2011 after realizing there were very few services for over-age middle school students. Toyin holds a Bachalor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Temple University. He also holds a certification in Nonprofit Management from Medgar Evers College.

Marques E. Zak, Board Chair

Northeast Region Finance Director, Frito-Lay North America

Marques is a Finance Director for the Northeast Region of Frito-Lay North America. In this role, he partners with the regional sales team to drive volume, profit, and share growth by managing trade investments and execution across key grocery, mass merchandising, and club customers. Marques holds an MBA from Cornell University and is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Oritse Uku, Treasurer

VP Cybersecurity Global Threat Analysis, Citi

With an extensive background in financial services and military intelligence, Oritse is a cybersecurity leader, a veteran, a bestselling author, and a public speaker. Serving in South Korea, Germany, and Afghanistan, Oritse holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Business Administration from Boston College. Oritse also holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Kesha Brown, Secretary

Founder and President, Brown Resumes

From public speaking and corporate responsibility to founding a Human Resources (HR) Firm, Kesha is a 10+ year HR career professional. Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Pace University, Kesha has strong proficiency in recruitment, organizational development, employee relations, compliance, benefits administration, and payroll.

Keron Allen, Board Member

Community Coordinator, Community Board 5

Keron is a passionate community leader and member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated that holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from Utica College. From promoting positive change in the community to building community coalitions, Keron works daily to advocate for all areas of East New York including, but not limited to, Cypress, Spring Creek, and Highland Park.

Youth Advocates

Sonicha Exxantus Kevin Cepero

Program Staff

Jericka Ruiz Erika Herrera

Roosevelt Jeffrey J’Kaira Collins

Omefa Prass, High School Success Specialist Oluwatobi Ayanfodun, Marketing Consultant Julius Jones, Operations and Development Consultant

Simone Solomon


2017-2018

SPOTLIGHT THE LEADERS BALL

TLNYC celebrated 6-years of service by taking time to dance to the soothing beats of DJ Tunez while honoring various leaders in and around New York City. Award recipients included various leaders including Alison Overseth, Executive Director of Partnerships for Afterschool Education and Shalima McCants, President of NYULYP. Special thanks to BAM for hosting our ball.

TLNYC FEATURED ON ABC 7

TLNYC was featured on Here and Now; an ABC7NY show that is dedicated to covering the latest issues, trends and news stories impacting the local black community. Interviewed by host Sandra Bookman, TLNYC Executive Director Toyin Ayanfodun and Alumnus Demoni Wallace talked candidly about overage students and their journey to becoming leaders and finding success.

ACTRESS DONSHEA HOPKINS STOPS BY

Known for her role on the hit show “Power,� Actress, Singer, and Dancer, Donshea Hopkins performed a few of her hits and keynoted the inaugural #TLNYCLeaderTalk; an initiative that introduces students to different types of leaders in the community. Reminding students that hard work and dedication helps future leaders reach their dreams, Donshea eloquently fielded questions about her motivations, passions, career, and personal mantra.


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OUR MISSION

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To help over-age middle school students overcome social, emotional, and academic challenges to become positive and productive leaders of their community.

WHAT WE DO Provide free support services during and after school that helps improve enrolled students course grades, leadership, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills throughout middle school all the way to their successful completion of high school. OUR VISION To work with our students from middle school through their successful completion of high school.

OUR GOALS • Help enrolled students increase their interpersonal, critical thinking, leadership,

self-awareness, and academic skills;

• Transform students into advocates, role models, entrepreneurs, high school graduates, and

agents of change around the world;

• Guide each student towards the support they need to become college and career ready.


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TOMORROW LEADERS PROGRAMS WORK IN PROGRESS is an academic support program that provides tutoring and homework assistance each Monday through Friday for 2-hours per day. Saturday tutoring is available by request. ALL FOR ONE is a family advocacy and support program where TLNYC Staff serve as liaisons between the schools and families of our students. This program also includes family outings, parent workshops, and home visits. GUIDE THE YOUTH is a mentoring program that provides one-on-one or group meetings that pair students with volunteer mentors. The goal is to help each student develop interpersonal, critical thinking, and leadership skills through authentic relationships. CAREER DAY is a vocational prep program that gives students the opportunity to explore various career fields through workshops, job site visits, field trips, and hands-on projects with career professionals. Y.E.L. (Youth Empowerment Lessons) is a health and wellness program that consists of health and life skills classes, peer group sessions, and guest speaker appearances. Lessons topics include etiquette, currents events, world cultures, and the entertainment industry. TLNYC GIVES BACK is a program where students are given the opportunity to have a positive impact in their community through community service projects. Projects include, but are not limited to, working with Meals on Wheels and participating in neighborhood cleanups. TLNYC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT is a basketball tournament created to foster communityto-school involvement, decrease youth arrest/crimes during the hours of 3 pm and 7 pm while helping improve school attendance for middle school youth in participating schools.


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2017 - 2018 PROGRAM IMPACT 100% OF ALL STUDENTS

EXCELLED TO THE NEXT GRADE LEVEL

27%

70%

OF ALL STUDENTS MAINTAINED A 70 OF HIGHER GRADE POINT AVERAGE

73%

OUT OF THE 113 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 2017-2018, 31 WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND 82 WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

60% OF THE ENROLLED BOYS

IMPROVED THEIR OVERALL GRADE POINT AVERAGE

70%

OF THE ENROLLED GIRLS IMPROVED THEIR OVERALL GRADE POINT AVERAGE


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SUCCESS STORIES ARIEL MILLER

Ariel was a 15-year-old eighth-grader when she enrolled in Tomorrow’s Leaders NYC. Held back two times prior, Ariel had no desire to complete middle school or move towards high school. Destined to take control of her future and surpass her regular 68 overall Grade Point Average, Ariel met with her TLNYC Youth Advocate regularly. Through hard work and dedication, Ariel improved her attendance, successfully completed middle school, and graduated from high school in only 3-years. She is currently enrolled at New York City College of Technology, where she is working to become a full-time photographer.

AUSTIN KETY

When Austin started with with TLNYC, he was a 15-year-old seventh-grader. Held back three times due to academic and behavioral issues, Austin struggled emotionally and socially and was disengaged from his academics. Since focusing on schoolwork was a challenge, Austin barely passed his classes with grades of 65s and 70s. With support from TLNYC, Austin’s school attendance and grades dramatically improved. This improvement helped him skip the 8th grade and enter high school the following year. Graduating high school with an 85% GPA, Austin received the honor of being the class Valedictorian and currently attends BMCC College, where he is an Arts Major.

ODESSA FORBES

At 13-years-old, Odessa found herself migrating with her family from Jamaica to the United States. While enrolling in school, she was placed in sixth grade despite her age and education background. Frazzled and confused, Odessa joined Tomorrow’s Leaders and received the support services needed to successfully transition. By the end of her first year, Odessa finished the sixth grade with an 85 Grade Point Average and was promoted to the 7th grade, where her GPA increased to a 95. As she continued along her leadership journey, Odessa was recognized as a leader and role model and was inducted into the Junior National Honors Society.


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INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT IMPACT The TLNYC Invitational Tournament has had three (3) impactful seasons between Spring 2016 and Fall/Winter 2017 - 2018:

PURPOSE Created to help improve school attendance for middle school youth in participating schools, the TLNYC Invitational Basketball Tournament was also created to: • Foster an environment dedicated to teamwork and positivity through mentorship • Decrease youth arrest/crimes during the hours of 3 pm and 7 pm • Boost community-to-school engagement with a particular focus on involving families in school activity

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS • Eagles Academy for Young Men

• M.S. 61 - Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell

• Frederick Douglass Academy

• Mott Hall Bridges Academy

• I.S. 218 - James P. Sinnott

• P.S. 282 - Park Slope

• I.S. 292 - Margaret S Douglas

• P.S. 284 - Sports, Art, and Technology

• I.S. 383 - Philippa Schuyler

• P.S./I.S. 323

• Invictus Prep Charter School

• Satellite West

• Liberty Avenue Middle School

• Spring Creek Community School

• M.S. 126 - John Ericsson

IMPACT • Improved in-school attendance from players who attended participating schools • Had an average attendance of 300 young people between the ages of 11-17 who either attended or participated in the games, subsequently limiting idle afterschool time which has historically lead to risky/questionable behavior(s) • Increased community-to-school involvement by having parents, community members, and leaders attend or volunteer at the games • Activated community involvement through in-kind donations from several organizations including the Brooklyn Nets who provided free game tickets aimed at incentivizing players with good attendance, behavior, and grades.


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FINANCIALS Foundations and Corporations $162,500

17-18

revenue

Program $91,600 Individual $12,839 Total: $266,939

Program $140,790 Administrative $105,545 Basketball $7,954 Total: $254,289

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expenses


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TOMORROW LEADERS SUPPORTERS

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY Foresyth Satellite Academy I.S. 218 - James P. Sinnott I.S. 292 - Margaret S Douglas James Baldwin High School M.S. 22 - Jordan L Mott New Directions Secondary School

Bank of America Foundation Fidelity Pepsico Foundation Pinkerton Foundation Rite Aid Foundation Wellmet Group

_____________________________________ Abounagala, Karim Acevedo, Michael Albert, Lisa Alexander, Shacaria Allen, Tenicia Alleyne, Keron Ashcraft, Lauren Ayanfodun, Oluwatofunmi Ayanfodun, Oluwatoyin Bores, Alex Briganti, Henry Brown, Candace Brown, Kesha Brown, Mauvette Buffone, Steve Burston, Otto Cambridge, Omar Campbell, Aaron Campbell, Aaron Carr, Melanie Cepero, Kevin Chiasson, Michele Creations, Ja Cuffy, Gilbertson Daniels, Michael Dennis, Michael Drakes, Patrick Edmund, Yotanda Elias, Melissa Exantus, Sonic Fasushi, Olutosin Feller, Michael & Sarah Fischer, Andrew Fleurival, Jean Foundation, Represented Freckz, K Graham, Kattie Hamilton, Judy-Ann Heriveaux, Hashley Heywood, Denicia Hood, Anita Hytmiah, Kaylynn

Irizarry, Courdelle Jacques, Donald Jagganath, Meena James, Gary John, Sherwin Johnson, Christine Kearney, Tanya Klaves, Brianna Laurent, Jemima Lawrence, Cliff Lewis-Allen, Quardean Maloney, Ryan Martybloom, Laya Mason-Brown, Nicole Mccants, Shalima McKie, Rashawn Morris, Jamar Morris, Nina Nasseri, Raha Newell, Charece Nortilas, Edline Ojedapo, Oluwaumi Okon, Abiodun Overseth, Alison Owoseni, Kemi Payne, Brett Perkins, Tonya Powell, Peter-Gaye Prass, Omefa Redway, Kameil Redway, Stacy-Ann Resumes, Brown Rodgers, Dahlia Rodriguez, Noee Ruiz, Jericka Russell, Kimberly Ryan, Quinton Shields, Brittani Terrel, Jason Thomas, Eric Thompson, Tiffany Tifa, Luisonna

Tolson, Whitney & Susan Toole, Catrina Uku, Oritse Williams, Amy Williams, Shauna Wilton, Michele Wright, Nigel Wright, Thomas Zak, Marques Zapata, Isabel


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