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Save Our Youth

 2045 Meyer Place, Bldg E
 Costa Mesa, CA 92627
[P] (949) 548-3255
[F] (949) 548-3255
[email protected]
Carolyn Spivak
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Organization DBA SOY
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0585600 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

SOY's mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space for teens to find hope, to nourish a sense of self and an ability to grow, and to develop interests and skills to become productive members of society, through a variety of after school programs including academics, tutoring, college guidance, college scholarships, dance, arts & music, health & fitness and self empowerment, which help provide a bridge to college and beyond.

Mission Statement

SOY's mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space for teens to find hope, to nourish a sense of self and an ability to grow, and to develop interests and skills to become productive members of society, through a variety of after school programs including academics, tutoring, college guidance, college scholarships, dance, arts & music, health & fitness and self empowerment, which help provide a bridge to college and beyond.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $476,868.00
Projected Revenue $476,756.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic Program—Tutoring & College Prep
  • SOY Girls
  • Art & Music
  • Health & Fitness, Sports & Dance
  • SOY Scholarship Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

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Mission Statement

SOY's mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space for teens to find hope, to nourish a sense of self and an ability to grow, and to develop interests and skills to become productive members of society, through a variety of after school programs including academics, tutoring, college guidance, college scholarships, dance, arts & music, health & fitness and self empowerment, which help provide a bridge to college and beyond.

Background Statement

Save Our Youth (SOY) is a youth empowerment teen center serving the low income Westside community of Costa Mesa. SOY was founded in 1993 by concerned mothers who were losing sons and daughters to a growing culture of gang violence, in collaboration with concerned community and civic leaders. We operate in the after school hours from 4-8pm and serve youth in grades 7– 12 in the Newport Mesa Unified School District. Our programming includes: an academic program which includes tutoring, mentoring, preparing college applications, SAT prep, college trips and scholarships for college; a community health and fitness program including classes in nutrition, spin, yoga, cross-fit, running and exercise classes among others; a female empowerment program (SOY Girls) with classes on teen dating, healthy relationships, with collaboration with Human Options and Girls Inc.; sports teams including soccer and basketball; recreational and educational field trips to museums, sporting events, plays, art galleries, amusement parks, etc.; monthly hikes to local mountains and San Gabriel and other mountains; social activities for students to find friends and to "belong"; arts and music program including classes in piano, guitar, bass, drums, singing, song writing, DJing and drawing, painting, mural painting and crafts. We also provide summer camps and activities all summer long including swimming at the city pool or YMCA, basketball, soccer and exercise classes, a place to hang out and shoot pool, a place to catch up on their studies, a book club, SAT prep and surf and sail camp. We are also taking 68 kids to the Wrightwood YMCA Camp Elk for a week paid for by donors.
SOY has a very dedicated, working and volunteer board who meet mostly and guide the organization through volunteering, mentoring, bringing in other volunteers and donors to support the organization. The organization is still going strong after 26 years as a community based center because of the support of the community. One of the current Costa Mesa City Council Persons is an alumnus of SOY, a scholarship recipient of SOY and just graduated from UCI and became the youngest City Councilperson and the first Latino to hold a Council position in Costa Mesa. Manuel Chavez talks about how SOY believed in him and without SOY he wouldn't have applied to college. SOY is a place where students are empowered to be the best that they can be. It is a place where students feel comfortable to drop in and hang out or receive tutoring or find friends. With the dangerous level of mental health issues and of students not feeling as if they belong, SOY provides a haven for students to  fit in and to be accepted. SOY board members and community leaders and donors also believe in providing SOY the resources to help level the playing field for all students, especially the most marginalized in our society and the poorest students among us.
Most of the students that come to SOY are living under the poverty line and have to work to help their parents pay rent or to provide for their necessities. They will be first generation college students when they graduate from high school and go to college with the help and support from SOY's academic coordinator and SOY's scholarships which allows them to go to the college of their dreams without worrying about how to pay for it.
 SOY is a special place, a teen center where teens actually want to come and a place that is thriving thanks to the volunteers and support of the community that surrounds it.

Impact Statement

Past Year Accomplishments
1. SOY raised almost $300,000 from donors, grants, foundations, and fundraisers--a 30% increase from the previous year.
2. SOY successfully moved to a new, larger facility and increased its participation from students, volunteers, donors and community partners, including taking over 90 teens to camp for the first time for a few days in February and a week in July all paid for by donors and the OC YMCA. 
3. SOY provided outstanding college preparedness for our students, including college trips to for juniors, visiting all of the UCs and state colleges and provided $190,000 in scholarships to our seniors in our academic program. Our SOY students are attending great colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley, Cal Poly Pomona, UCI, UCSB, UCSD, UCM, UCD, Chapman, Vanguard, CSULB, CSUF and Chico State University among others.
4.  SOY constantly collaborates with other agencies, nonprofits, businesses and city organizations for programming and community events, including YMCA (basketball, soccer league, Camp Elk & free pool in the summer), OC Hiking Club (monthly hikes with students), Vans (Art & Imagination Workshops), Volcom (Summer Surf Camp), City of Costa Mesa (Arts in the Park and Concerts in the Park, Downtown Rec. Center pool and gym), OCC (Summer Sailing Camp)
Current Year Goals:
1. Raise at least $400,000 for SOY's next year, entering our 27th year of operations, enabling the organization to grow and expand its programs.
2. Create long-term giving to our scholarship program for SOY's 2019 graduates as well as graduates in the next 6 classes to come, who are often the first in their families to go to college
3. Build on SOY's collaborations with other agencies, nonprofits, businesses, school district and city organizations for programming and community events to support our teens.
3. Obtain more volunteers to Support the Arts & Music Program and the Fitness program. SOY needs volunteers to teach piano, drums or guitar as well as art classes, including painting and sculpture. SOY needs teachers for spin, pilates, cross-fit and yoga.

Needs Statement

1. Increase Funding for operational expenses, including management
2. Increase Funding for Student Scholarships (at least by $100,000)
3. Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator/Grant Writer
4. Funding to hire additional staff to help with programming
5. Volunteer tutors (Math & Science) / Volunteer fitness instructors      
    (aerobics & zumba)

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

Save Our Youth celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year. The Board believes in SOY's mission and the community has responded by seeing the great work that we do sending first generation students off to college well prepared for their future and with scholarships to pay for college, as well as providing a safe place for them to grow and thrive, enriching their lives with extra-curricular activities that they would not be able to afford on their own, thus, our donors have supported us happily. Thanks to the hard work of our board and our partners, we raised the most we have every raised in 2018/2019 from private donors, foundations and grants since we lost our funding from our wonderful philanthropist and private donor in 2011, who personally supported us for so many years. We have now hired new employees and are well on our way to getting back to our larger staff with more programming.
It is the students, however, that are our greatest asset. They come willing to give, to learn and be empowered as they grow into wonderful individuals. When I hear their stories of living with 2 or 3 families in a small apartment and not having a place to study, of having to work to help their parents pay rent, and yet still manage to get good grades and with the support of SOY apply and get accepted into excellent universities, I know our time is well spent. 
SOY stands out among nonprofits in the area because we not only empower underprivileged teens in the Newport-Mesa area to excel in many ways, but we truly care about improving their lives and leveling the playing field for our teens.  We want them to be able to have the same opportunities that their peers do from other schools and neighborhoods. We don't just offer one thing, but rather we provide a space where students can come and study, receive tutoring and college counseling, take a fitness class or play on a sports team, learn to play a new instrument or take a dance or art class, go on a hiking trip, participate with other SOY members in community service activities, and empowerment programs. Most importantly, SOY is a place to go after school where they have space to grow and belong. SOY truly is a family. 
There are not a lot of places for junior high and high school teens to go after school hours, and because of our placement in a neighborhood that was once riddled by gangs, our students now have a place to go to help them succeed in life and to go off to a good college or university. I am proud that we have kept our scholarship program strong and we are continuing to grow the number of foundations and donors that have made long-term commitments to provide scholarships to our teens. Last year we gave out $190,000 in scholarships to our students to go off to some of the best colleges and universities in California. 
We moved into our new facility 3 years ago, after 23 years in the same building. We didn't know what would happen, if we would still have the students, the donors and the support of the community, but we are still thriving and our doors are still open and hundreds of kids are still coming to SOY and are benefiting from our programs. We celebrated our 11th Annual FIESTA in May of 2019 and raised more money than we did in our 25th Anniversary year because of the hard work of our staff and volunteer board and the faith that the community has in what we are doing. We hope that many new people will join us as we look forward to the future of changing lives and empowering the incredible youth of the Westside of Costa Mesa.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

As a non-profit organization, we rely heavily on the help of kind volunteers like you. Besides monetary donations, we are in great need of volunteers to help support our programs at our center, including: tutors for our academic center (mainly in math, science and AP classes); college counselors to help with college applications and test prep; music instructors that can teach piano, drums, guitar and/or bass; personal trainers/instructors that can help in our health & fitness program and our fully equipped gym; art teachers that can provide art workshops; dance instructors to help with our dance team; and people with specific talents that would like to teach workshops or classes for our students (like yoga, print making, photography, webdesign, etc... ) SOY values all the help volunteers provide! We are a charitable non-profit organization fully funded by donations from donors like you.On behalf of the Board of Directors, the staff here at Save Our Youth and the community we serve, we would like to thank you in advance for your donation. Your contribution assists us in helping our teenagers from our local schools and community to reach their potential and live productive lives.Donations to support our programs or the scholarship fund can be made directly through our website or our mailing address.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County

SOY serves students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, primarily those that live on the Westside of Costa Mesa from Estancia, Costa Mesa, Early College and Newport Harbor High Schools, also serves Ensign, TeWinkle and Costa Mesa Intermediate Schools 

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  2. Education - Educational Services
  3. Recreation & Sports - Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities



Academic Program—Tutoring & College Prep

Our academic program is one of our most popular programs and has a unique scholarship component. (See scholarship program.) Our focus is to encourage students to apply for and attend four-year universities. In order to accomplish this we start with students in 7th grade and work with them until thy are seniors in high school.
This program helps students of lower economic background receive the same benefits for free as students with higher economic means pay for, including advanced tutoring in AP classes from expert tutors, college counseling, SAT test prep, assistance filling out college apps and personal statements as well as an opportunity to visit college campuses and UCs in their junior year.  
We also provide tutoring in most subject areas including English, History, Spanish, Calculus and most math classes. Some students come to the academic center for a place to do their homework and receive free internet access, since they often do not have that at home.
Budget  $60,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Tutorial Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
For students participating in our program, 98% will graduate high school. Most will do better on their AP exams and tests, and they will be able to complete their college applications on time which allows them the opportunity to apply for a spot at a top university.
Program Long-Term Success 
For students participating in our academic program, 99% will enroll in an institute of higher learning. Most will enter a college or university of their choice and be the first in their family to do so. This program is helping students of lower economic background receive the same benefits for free as students with higher economic status pay for, like college counseling, tutoring, SAT prep, and college tours, which allows them to compete for placement in the same top universities and colleges. Long term, this changes their life and once they graduate, they have the opportunity to go on to graduate work, which many of our SOY graduates have done.
Program Success Monitored By 
Students attend our center weekly and submit their grades on a monthly bases. In addition, seniors meet with our SOY college mentor or program coordinator bi-monthly. Our academic coordinator checks with the students and make sure that they are on track with their A-G requirements to get into a UC; she checks to see that they are doing well in their classes; and she lines up individual tutors for them in difficult academic classes like AP Chemistry or Physics
Examples of Program Success 
All of our graduates from the SOY academic program last year entered a college, junior college or university. 85% entered a four year school, and 15% entered a junior college. We have over 400 kids that have graduated from the SOY academic program over the last 10 years with a third of them entering UCs, including Cal, UCLA, UCI, UCSB, UCSD, UCSC, UCR, UCM. Another 40% entered four year universities, including CSULB, CSUF, CSUSF, CSULA, CSUSD among others, and the rest of the students entered OCC and other junior colleges.

SOY Girls

For years the SOY Girls Program has been an integral part of our centers programming. Our adolescent girls are a demographic that faces many challenges, from bullying at school to pressures to conform to the ideal that being super thin determines your beauty. Many of these girls seek attention that they do not receive at home or in school. For this and many other reasons, the girls program was created. 

 The SOY Girls Program is designed to give support to teenagers relating to issues prevalent in a woman’s life. We have a goal of offering a comfortable atmosphere in which participants can receive information relating to teen issues such as: nutrition and health, leadership and communication, academic achievement and educational goals, pregnancy prevention and STD’s, information on relationships, dating, alcohol and drug abuse, rape prevention, life issues and etc. These issues are discussed in a responsible manner through workshops, presentations, guest speakers and field trips. Being a part of this program is important because programs such as this are not very common. The SOY Girls program is here to assist young women to reach their fullest potential!  We collaborate with local organizations like Girls Inc, Camp Fire USA and Love & Art that assist us with our mission.

Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Females Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of the program, girls will have a higher level of motivation and self esteem. Most will also participate in the SOY academic program and all of the students participate in one of the other programs at SOY, increasing their self esteem and health and fitness through the dance and fitness programs, art and music and by going on numerous field trips.
Program Long-Term Success 
Adolescent girls completing the program will learn valuable information relating to teen issues such as: nutrition and health, leadership and communication, academic achievement and educational goals, pregnancy prevention and STD’s, information on relationships, dating, alcohol and drug abuse, rape prevention, life issues and etc.
Program Success Monitored By 
Girls take a pre and post test.
The girls also share their experiences throughout the program and comments on the healthy changes in their lives. They participate in weekly discussions and share in small groups and they demonstrate their strengths and growth through art, dance, music  and writing.
Examples of Program Success 
" SOY Girls, to me, was a memorable experience that enabled me to make new friends and build a stronger character. The time I spent in SOY girls was always refreshing and exciting. We learned so many important things and I always felt comfortable to discuss my issues. I will never forget the warm ambiance in every meeting."
Isa Ahuatzi
There has been a dramatic drop in teen pregnancy in our area due to the education provided by our and other programs in the area.
We collaborate with Girls Inc. and they also provide classes to our SOY girls. Most of our girls graduate from high school and go on to college.

Art & Music

SOY has a very strong arts and music component that allows students to explore their artist side after school in a caring environment. This arts & music program was added to our programming in 2006 and includes art workshops, mural paintings, seasonal art projects, vocal and instrumental music classes and participation in community arts and music events. Volunteer teachers teach students the basics of painting, drawing and mural painting, learn how to play an instruments, with classes in piano, drums, guitar or base, and/or get coached vocally. These classes are free to the students. Many SOY students also created their own SOY band and they practice in the large music room at SOY. Students play and perform at our talent show and also at our music and poetry recitals. We also have a professional DJ on staff that teaches students DJ lessons and in turn the students show their acquired skills at our community events and youth dances. 

Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of students in the program learn the basics of reading music and how to play a particular instrument if they are in the music program. 100% of the students learn to use their artistic talent through painting in murals and large paintings to be be exhibited at the city and community events.
Program Long-Term Success 
Students learn art skills and/or learn how to play an instrument. They become proficient in their art and perform in front of groups at recitals, concerts and community events. This allows them to gain a life-long skill without having to pay for years of private lessons. They also learn how to be part of a band as many individual musician join and jam together and perform at events including the Orange County Fair.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success is measured by student progress and ability to perform in various shows, such as our annual talent show and the OC Fair. Students also perform at their own local high school shows and events, like the battle of the band, and also at city community events through the arts and cultural events.
Examples of Program Success 
Students have performed and played at various events throughout their local areas. The SOY band won the Battle of the Bands at Newport Harbor High School and many students have perform in videos and DJ events around the county. Art students display their work at city hall and art shows.The SOY arts and music program has also been a part of the arts and cultural events at the City of Costa Mesa, like the arts in the park program, and the SOY Band also has performed at Early College High School and the Orange County Fair.

Health & Fitness, Sports & Dance

SOY provides a variety of recreational activities to promote the health and well being of all of our teens. Not only do we have sports and workout programs, but we also provide spin classes, dance and yoga for our students. Our large facility allows numerous types of activities, fitness classes, both indoors and outside on the basketball and soccer courts. The health and fitness program also assesses the fitness needs of our students, plans work out routines and conducts nutrition workshops. We also have hiking trips monthly with the OC Hiking Club to state parks, and we have surf, sail, swim and camps in the summer as well as a week at Camp Elk.  SOY also has a thriving dance program with jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Our dance instructors are SOY alumni and UCI dance students. The students practice throughout the year and then perform at dance recitals, the SOY Talent Show, the OC Fair, and their own SOY Dance Show.  
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
Students learn about nutrition and become more active. 
Program Long-Term Success 
Students in the program live a healthier life style.
Program Success Monitored By 
Success is monitored by weight loss and improved strength and flexibility. Pre and post test are conducted.
Examples of Program Success 
Participants have learned how to read food labels.
Participants have a healthier life style.
Participants lose weight.

SOY Scholarship Program

SOY offers scholarships for college to students in their Academic program. Since 1997, SOY's Scholarship Program has been fully funded by private donors and private foundations. Over these past 20 years, SOY has provided over $3.2 million in scholarships to students from low-economic means. Many started participating in the academic program since 7th grade and upon graduation from high school are eligible for scholarships. Over 400 students have received scholarships from SOY over the years, with an average of $140,000 given out per year to the graduating class, with 2010 being the highest year with $438,000 in scholarships.
For its 2019 graduates,  SOY gave out $190,000 in scholarships and would like to give out $250,000 for next year's seniors. The recipients of these SOY scholarships are SOY students from Newport Mesa Unified School District's high schools. Currently there are SOY alumni who have received scholarships at most UC's including CAL and UCI, and most Cal States, including Cal Poly SLO.
Budget  $200,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  So many students today cannot attend four year colleges or universities because of the costs. By providing a scholarship for them, they can see that people believe in them, that it is possible to succeed and to go to college. Many students also go to a community college, because it is close to home, so SOY formed a collaboration with OCC this year to help students enroll and to receive free books, counseling and a scholarship from SOY once they transfer to a four year university.
Program Long-Term Success  Over 400 graduating with scholarships and attending college and going on to graduate school.
Program Success Monitored By  Actual students in college, once they enroll they receive their scholarship. The staff keeps in touch with the students and has student alumni give guided tours of their campus to new SOY students that arrive on a tour with SOY.
Examples of Program Success  Students at every UC, including currently 7 at Cal, 2 at UCLA, 9 at UCI, 3 at UCSB, 1 at UCSC, 3 at UCM, 2 at UCD, and 1 at UCSD. Over the years there have been hundreds of alumni at UCs and Cal States across the state.  


CEO/Executive Director Carolyn Spivak
CEO Term Start May 2019
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Carolyn Spivak has been hired to serve as SOY's executive director. She has over 25 years of experience managing programs, events, staff and volunteers in the human services and non-profit sector.

She was the Director of Community Engagement and Walk Operations for Susan G. Komen (managing 1600 volunteers) and she worked with Susan G. Komen Orange County for 5 years. She also worked with HIV/AIDS of Orange County and the national organization for 6 years.

She also worked for 15 years managing adolescent support services including youth housing, unemployment, education, training, health, advocacy, safety, legal rights, culture, and recreation in Australia.

She also has vast experience working with the Latino community, including recruiting Spanish speaking volunteers to assist Komen with their Latina Breast Health Initiative, reaching out with information and free mobile mammography for under-served Spanish speaking women.

Her experience includes human resources management, community engagement, project coordination, budget management, grant writing, program design/implementation/evaluation, event planning, logistics and management, fundraising, policy development, volunteer and staff recruitment and management, public relations and communication utilizing social media, and professional public speaking and writing. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Silvia Rosales, Acting ED w/Board Member May 2017 May 2019
Penelope Agosta Aug 2016 May 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Silvia Rosales Operations Manager
 Silvia has worked at SOY as the Academic coordinator for 10 years and the Operations Manager for 4 years/ Acting ED for 3 years. She runs all the operations of the center, in charge of staff and volunteers and runs all the college tours and other special trips.  
BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from UCI
Minor in Education
Has worked in the education field for 12+ years.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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SOY collaborates with many organizations, including, but not limited to Girls Inc., YMCA,  LoveArt&, OC Hiking Club, UCI, Newport Mesa Unified School District, City of Costa Mesa, St. Simon & Jude Catholic Church and Youth Employment Services, St. Andrews, and other churches. SOY also collaborates with many businesses who share volunteers and provide in-kind donations, especially Volcom, Vans and Taco Mesa all of Costa Mesa.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 65
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ivan Calderon
Board Chair Company Affiliation CEO, Taco Rosa, Taco Mesa
Board Chair Term Aug 2018 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Chair Ivan Calderon Taco Rosa, Taco Mesa Voting
Treasurer Cesar Cappellini Bell Foundtry Voting
Mary Cappellini Educational Consultant & Author --
Johanna Curgus Amusement Park, Inc. Voting
Gerry Demarsico Retired Engineer --
Bobby Lovell Clinical Psychologist --
Fred Macias VP, Matrix Medical Solutions --
Secretary Don Maher Retired Aerospace Engineer --
Jose Sanchez SOY Alumni, Trainer, UCI --
Bob Sterling Avid Teacher, Estancia High School --
Adriana Suarez-Desmond Attorney, Skikos, Crawford & Skikos --
Michael Valdez Woodruff, Spradlin, Smart Voting
Vicki Wadman Community Volunteer 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: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 90%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Personnel


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $476,756.00
Projected Expenses $476,868.00
Form 990s

2018 Form 990

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $480,349 $361,505 $326,935
Total Expenses $417,503 $314,691 $336,589

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$152,833 $152,439 $167,782
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $21 $25 $37
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $327,495 $209,041 $159,116
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $359,722 $261,661 $283,864
Administration Expense $47,870 $45,325 $44,636
Fundraising Expense $9,911 $45,325 $8,089
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.15 1.15 0.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 83% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 13% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $434,738 $371,892 $325,078
Current Assets $434,738 $371,892 $325,078
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $434,738 $371,892 $325,078

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

We have been very prosperous the last few years. We weren't sure what would happen when we lost our major donor in 2012, but we have continued to thrive and get back up to our 5 person staff. We had a long-term anonymous donor who provided us with a large revenue stream, including money specifically designated for scholarships. Over a seventeen year period we gave out over $2.5 million in scholarships. In 2011 alone, we gave out over $438,000 in scholarships to SOY students due to his generosity. In 2012 we received the last donations from him and our income stream dropped dramatically. As a very generous philanthropist to many organizations over the years, he explained that we were the last of his nonprofits to receive funding. In 2013 and 2014 without his funding we still gave out over $209,000 in scholarships, even though our operating budget was cut dramatically. We have stayed afloat through frugal ways, a streamlined budget, and continual support from our other donors, with no major drop in services or programs to the students we serve. In 2017 we hoped to give out $100,000 in scholarships, which we were able to do. Our two annual fundraisers, grants and donations from donors throughout the year have helped us provide needed services and still give out college scholarships to the teens that we serve.
Since then, we gave out  $190,000 in scholarships in this year alone. We have come back from a state where we weren't sure where our donors would come from to having all of our funding from private donors and private foundations who see the good that we are doing in the community and want to help. We went down to 1 part time and 1 full time employee when we lost our funding, and today we have 3 full time staff members and 2 part time staff. 

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.


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