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Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies

 1621 Bullard Lane
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 544-1316
[F] (714) 544-4167
www.aissfoundation.com
[email protected]
Debbie Wells
FOUNDED: 1997
INCORPORATED: 1997
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0734877 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies' (AISS) mission is to help economically disadvantaged high school students gain a university education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In 1998 Paul Riordan, after 30 years in education with the Santa Ana Unified School District, decided it was time to retire and pursue a lifelong vision, helping kids achieve a better tomorrow. His true passion came to fruition when he worked with school officials and business leaders to design a program allowing low income students an opportunity for higher education in STEM fields. In 2001 AISS was born. AISS concentrates this effort with students from six high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District.

AISS operates a comprehensive two year program over the course of the students' junior and senior years of high school. AISS offers 20 to 24 young economically disadvantaged scholars the competitive tools to gain entry into the most prestigious universities in the country where they will study science, technology, engineering and math academic paths.

AISS' current and past scholars represent the top 10% academically in their schools. Most are from economically disadvantaged homes in Santa Ana and are the first in their families to attend universities. Historically the scholars have been overwhelmingly Hispanic (98%) and female (85%).

AISS' program focuses on three major areas: STEM Career Awareness and College Readiness (SAT/ACT preparations, university and scholarship research, advance math tutoring/critical thinking and writing), Life Skills/Cultural Capital (leadership, time management, manners, presentations, business ethics, and networking).

Mission Statement

The Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies' (AISS) mission is to help economically disadvantaged high school students gain a university education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In 1998 Paul Riordan, after 30 years in education with the Santa Ana Unified School District, decided it was time to retire and pursue a lifelong vision, helping kids achieve a better tomorrow. His true passion came to fruition when he worked with school officials and business leaders to design a program allowing low income students an opportunity for higher education in STEM fields. In 2001 AISS was born. AISS concentrates this effort with students from six high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District.

AISS operates a comprehensive two year program over the course of the students' junior and senior years of high school. AISS offers 20 to 24 young economically disadvantaged scholars the competitive tools to gain entry into the most prestigious universities in the country where they will study science, technology, engineering and math academic paths.

AISS' current and past scholars represent the top 10% academically in their schools. Most are from economically disadvantaged homes in Santa Ana and are the first in their families to attend universities. Historically the scholars have been overwhelmingly Hispanic (98%) and female (85%).

AISS' program focuses on three major areas: STEM Career Awareness and College Readiness (SAT/ACT preparations, university and scholarship research, advance math tutoring/critical thinking and writing), Life Skills/Cultural Capital (leadership, time management, manners, presentations, business ethics, and networking).

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $185,000.00
Projected Revenue $185,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • AISS College Readiness STEM Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies' (AISS) mission is to help economically disadvantaged high school students gain a university education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In 1998 Paul Riordan, after 30 years in education with the Santa Ana Unified School District, decided it was time to retire and pursue a lifelong vision, helping kids achieve a better tomorrow. His true passion came to fruition when he worked with school officials and business leaders to design a program allowing low income students an opportunity for higher education in STEM fields. In 2001 AISS was born. AISS concentrates this effort with students from six high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District.

AISS operates a comprehensive two year program over the course of the students' junior and senior years of high school. AISS offers 20 to 24 young economically disadvantaged scholars the competitive tools to gain entry into the most prestigious universities in the country where they will study science, technology, engineering and math academic paths.

AISS' current and past scholars represent the top 10% academically in their schools. Most are from economically disadvantaged homes in Santa Ana and are the first in their families to attend universities. Historically the scholars have been overwhelmingly Hispanic (98%) and female (85%).

AISS' program focuses on three major areas: STEM Career Awareness and College Readiness (SAT/ACT preparations, university and scholarship research, advance math tutoring/critical thinking and writing), Life Skills/Cultural Capital (leadership, time management, manners, presentations, business ethics, and networking).

Background Statement

AISS' mission was inspired by a vision to help students gain an understanding of theory and its application of real world technology. AISS is committed to helping to break the cycle of untapped potential, under-employment, early parenthood, financial struggle and unmet dreams that these students could face in their futures.

AISS was founded by retired Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) educator and administrator, Paul Riordan. He was inspired by a gifted student who had dropped out of high school in order to support his family when the student's father passed away. Paul was instrumental in helping the student find a better paying part-time job so he could stay in school. That student not only graduated, he went to law school and became a lawyer. Paul, motivated by the impact he had on the student's life, set a plan in motion that involved successfully collaborating with the SAUSD, strategic community partners and industry businesses.

Impact Statement

AISS' top accomplishments from the past year:
1. AISS' most rewarding accomplishment this year was the continuation of its 100% success rate with having all students graduate on time and get accepted into a quality university. This year, there were 159 acceptance letters from 53 universities. One student received the Gates-Millennium scholarship, which funds the student's, Osvaldo Arambulo, education through his PhD and another student received the Heide Scholarship, which funds the student's, Jose de la Torre, bachelor's degree. ed in the Orange County Register. On August 5th, printed on the front page, the article "Retired educator changes lives with tiny nonprofit", which was a two page article and on August 8th, a second article was printed "AISS Names New Class". AISS' strategic plan includes bringing more awareness to its nonprofit so this was a major accomplishment.
2. AISS had it's first fundraiser on April 21st, "Bridging the Gap".
3. The development of the Fund Development and the Marketing Committees.
4. Implementation of the AISS' STEM mentor and Protégé sub-programs. These are small programs with the potential of growth over the next year. Currently we have about 10 STEM professionals as volunteers interested in or actively mentoring student scholars.
5. AISS also received funding to produce their first promotional video.
 
AISS' top goals for the current year:
1. Bring more awareness to AISS' program with the purpose of bringing interest in additional funding as well as expansion.
2. Seek out additional revenue sources, such as through small fundraising opportunities.
3. Develop donor database and individual donor program.
4. Recruit more office operations volunteers to increase resources for website maintenance, marketing, fund development and office administration.
5. Continue developing marketing and fund development committees.
 

Needs Statement

AISS' top 5 most pressing needs are:
1. Resources: AISS would like to fund a part-time program manager and volunteer manager position at $20,000 annually each. AISS is also looking for funding
2. Laptop computers: AISS provides laptops to students during their senior year of high school. AISS provides high functioning laptops that can handle the large science and math applications that students will use in high school and college.
3. Volunteer program. AISS is working with more volunteers and needs help developing a more structured volunteer program to handle one-time or occasional volunteers, as well as continual volunteers, such as STEM guest speakers and facilitators.
4. Website Administrator and Web Master. AISS seeks funding to hire a part-time website administrator or web master at $40 an hour or $10,000 a year.
5. Parent Committee. AISS would like to form a volunteer parent committee to support AISS and the students.

CEO Statement

AISS operates a comprehensive two year program that offers economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to change their lives as well as the lives of the people around them. Most students will be the first to attend college in their families. These students are focused and determined to make a better life for them and their families.
 
AISS' methodology involves giving students the tools they need to apply to a prestigious university or college along with the financial support necessary to take AP/SAT/ACT and apply to at least 10 universities and colleges.
 
AISS' program is so important to students like our scholars because it not only brings STEM career awareness options to students, it also gets the students ready for college by developing a educational business plan in addition to training students on the necessary 21st century skills, such as personal presentation, communication and interpersonal. 
 
AISS ultimate goal is to not only prepare students for college, but to also prepare them for life. Student scholars spend on average 183 academic hours in AISS annually in 50 -60 workshops receiving guidance from staff and guest speakers and facilitators who share their personal, education and professional experiences with the students. They also learn how to network and communicate verbally as well as in writing.
 
AISS is successful because it spends the necessary time to bring STEM professionals into the classroom and expose them to career options they wouldn't have ordinarily known about and AISS also helps students learn what their strengths are then match them to careers that compliments their interests and talents.
 

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

You can support AISS by donating on-line at our website, mailing in check, providing in-kind donations, volunteering as a guest speaker, a host for a site visit, a math or science tutor, review students' papers or helping out in the back office operations, such as website design and blogging, volunteer management, as a marketing or fund development committee member.

Geographic Area Served

West Orange County
Central Orange County
AISS mainly supports students in the city of Santa Ana.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Student Services
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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Programs


AISS College Readiness STEM Program

The AISS program is an after-school college to career readiness STEM program that provides services to 20 to 25 high school students over a two-year period, which begins with the summer prior to their junior year. The first year of the program focuses on STEM career awareness and the second year concentrates on college readiness. Both years also contain workshops on life skills training, SAT/ACT prep (grammar, writing and advanced math), personal and professional presentation skills, and site visits to partners' facilities.

In collaboration with the principals, higher-education counselors and the math and science teachers, qualified students are identified and encouraged to apply for program consideration during their sophomore year of high school. To qualify, students must have an interest in math and science, a 3.5 GPA, qualify for Federal free lunch programs and obtain a letter of recommendation from their math or science teacher. Students are recruited from Santa Ana high schools.
Budget  $185,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  AISS expected outcomes for the Class of 2015 is no less than what the previous classes have accomplished with 100% success of on-time graduation, acceptance into a college or university, some form of financial aid and an educational business plan for each student. Outcomes will also including 100% of students participating in over 60 workshops annually, 100% increase in college readiness knowledge and survival skills, and a significant improvement in student communication and social skills. Through parent meetings and involvement, AISS also expects an increase in parent and community support.
Program Long-Term Success  AISS' expectation is that 100% of students will graduate on time with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive acceptance into a college or university. . Then , then attend and graduate from a college or university.
Program Success Monitored By  • Primary measurement tools for the desired outcomes will be pre- and post-college readiness surveys administered to participating high school students in the AISS Program.
• To measure students' knowledge and awareness level of applied science, technology, engineering and math, AISS will use student surveys and feedback forms. Both the Likert-scale questions and open-ended reflection questions will be used.
• AISS tracks pertinent questions on the survey, and additionally, will track the expected increase in the number of student applicants for colleges and college scholarships where STEM programs are the predominant field of choice.

• To determine students' academic college readiness, formal tools such as, standardize test scores, students' GPA and class ranking will also be tracked and evaluated. Students will be required to do writing exercises during each class, which will include essays and thank you notes for guest speakers.
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Debbie Wells
CEO Term Start June 2009
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Deborah Wells, AISS’ Executive Director, is responsible for the day-to-day operations and direction of the program, including fund development. Ms. Wells is uniquely qualified for this position, with over Eleven years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Deborah currently serves as a mentor and board member for Career Beginnings Mentoring Program (CBMP), which is one of the programs that collaborates with AISS on planned events. Deborah formerly worked as a program associate for [email protected] and as a program specialist for KidWorks. She is also affiliated with Girls Inc.’s auxiliary group, Women for Girls. Ms. Wells holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Technology Management with an extensive management background along with a passion for guiding the educational and personal development of young people.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Taylor Thompson
Board Chair Company Affiliation UBS
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mike Estrada Prominent Escrow Voting
Donald Gilchrist Retired Voting
Olivio Gomez Clarity Capital Partners NonVoting
Zeke Hernandez LULAC Santa Ana Voting
Ute Leonard Take Shape For Life Voting
Luis Mier Signature Bail Bonds Voting
Carlos Muniz OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Voting
Dmitriy Pastarnak Edwards Lifesciences NonVoting
Linda Purtill University of Redlands-South Coast Metro Voting
Sean Ramirez Tera Engineering Voting
Paul Riordan AISS Voting
Craig Schlothan Edwards Lifesciences Voting
Taylor Thompson UBS Financial Services, Inc. - The Thompson Katzaroff Group Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Marketing
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $155,444 $148,434 $115,693
Total Expenses $138,507 $140,993 $113,196

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$121,322 $135,942 $84,255
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $132 $171 $308
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $33,990 $12,321 $31,130
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $86,453 $99,640 $68,302
Administration Expense $16,795 $16,607 $15,302
Fundraising Expense $35,259 $24,746 $29,592
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.12 1.05 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 62% 71% 60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 23% 17% 26%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $226,191 $209,254 $201,814
Current Assets $226,191 $209,254 $201,814
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $226,191 $209,254 $201,814

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

AISS had their first audit for 2012 and previously received auditor's financial statement letters; the password is the Tax Id No.
 
Because AISS is a small organization, subsequent Accountant's Financial Positions Letters signed by the account firm, have been performed in lieu of full audits.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


Other Documents

AISS Business Roundtable Meeting (2015)

AISS Class of 2015 Acceptance Letters (2015)

No Other Documents currently available.