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Us Too Gymnastics

 25 Spectrum Pointe Drive, Suite 405
 Lake Forest, CA 92630
[P] (949) 716-1970
[F] --
[email protected]
Yamel Sanchez
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Organization DBA Us Too Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 20-1402429 00000



Mission StatementMORE »


Our mission is to help every teen and child feel comfortable in their own skin through the power of gymnastics. In our safe and ultimately fun environment, we aim to impart the necessary social skills to boost any child’s confidence and succeed in different public settings.   


Mission Statement


Our mission is to help every teen and child feel comfortable in their own skin through the power of gymnastics. In our safe and ultimately fun environment, we aim to impart the necessary social skills to boost any child’s confidence and succeed in different public settings.   


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $105,000.00
Projected Revenue $80,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Gymnastics program financial assistance
  • Gym Buddies

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement


Our mission is to help every teen and child feel comfortable in their own skin through the power of gymnastics. In our safe and ultimately fun environment, we aim to impart the necessary social skills to boost any child’s confidence and succeed in different public settings.   


Background Statement

Us Too Gymnastics was founded in 2004 by Dena Lusardi, whose son was diagnosed with Autism in 2003. Dena, who has a background in gymnastics instruction, understood that physical activity in a fun environment was important and that creating this environment would greatly benefit all children with special needs. That is why she established this unique gymnastics facility, which is the only facility in California that implements an individualized charting system that helps students with autism transition from one-on-one gymnastics instruction into mainstream programs.

Us Too Gymnastics is dedicated to serving and supporting families who have children with developmental disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our team’s main goal is to provide gymnastics classes and other recreational sports programs that encourage social interaction and promote a healthy lifestyle along with social skills, as well as self-esteem. The main objective of these classes is to help each child progress to the best of their ability and to gradually integrate them into mainstream programs. Making this transition successfully brings a great sense of accomplishment. Our team strives to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.

Impact Statement

In 2015, the gym transferred ownership.  Unfortunately during that year and 1st quarter of 2016, the gym lost about 75% of its student population due to mismanagement.  In April 2016, Yamel Sanchez, our current Executive Director,  took on the challenge of turning things around and bringing the gym back to its original mission.  2016 was the year to re-connect with those members who had left and re-build relationships.  Even though the gym has an established presence, the damage done in 2015 took its toll on funding and enrollment.  2016 continued to be the year of the 'challenge'.  As we approach the end of the 1st Quarter of 2017, the gym is still struggling to be fully sustainable.  However, even with these challenges, some of the accomplishments we are very proud of are:
-Gaining the trust of the special needs community
-Making sure our mission is clear and visible on every class we teach
-Maintaining the number of students we serve per month above 75.  During the summer months (peak months) we serve around 100 students and being able to maintain an average of 75/month is an accomplishment we feel very proud of. 
In 2018, our goal is to increase enrollment by expanding the services we offer.  We can proudly say we are offering: inclusive gymnastics and dance classes and a social skill class 'Gym Buddies' for children with autism.  
Our mission has extended to educating more people about autism and help create more awareness and acceptance.  

Needs Statement

Currently, Us Too gymnastics is facing spacing issues.  The gym is located in a very small facility allowing us to run only one class at a time therefore limiting our expansion. 

Another issue we face, is the growing market trying to service the special needs community. We are trying to maintain a steady enrollment flow but as students get older, their interests change.  The budget for our program is relatively low but we are still not 100% sustainable.  As a result of this changing market, Us Too has started to implement new programs such as a Social Skills class, a revamped work out class for our older students, an adaptive dance class and spring and summer camps. 

We are always looking for volunteers to help us reduce administration costs. 



CEO Statement

On my second year, as Executive Director, and a mother of six year old girl diagnosed with Autism, one of my main goals continues to be to make sure that every single student feels welcomed and loved, regardless of their disability.  I want students to know and feel we truly care about them and that the gym is a place for all of them.  
A new goal this year, is to educate families with typical children about autism and other disabilities and create more awareness and acceptance.  Acceptance is the key, as it is clear that our society still discriminates against individuals with disabilities.  

Board Chair Statement

Our organization sees the opppurtunities to help children/teenagers/young adults with special needs to better their abilities and notice the strenght that is inherent within each individual. Through out the years we have  worked on programing that fills in gaps in education and other recreational sports offered to the special needs communities.  We started this program from a dream and have taken the organization to a business that serves over 150  children, teenagers and young adults each year. 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Us Too Gymnastics accepts donations through paypal, mail, phone or stop by and give it to us in person and tour our facility.  We also appreciate volunteers to assist during class, paper donations that help keep our cost down (toilet paper, paper towels, and copy paper).  We are always looking for volunteers and board members that would like to help and make a difference. Other ways include providing a service for our organization, like taking pictures to update our website, assist with marketing campaigns, etc.,

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
Central Orange County
Us Too Gymnastics is located in Lake Forest in the 92630 zip code. We  also serve South Orange County (Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente). Other cities we serve include: Santa Ana, Irvine, Tustin, and Buena Park. In recent months we have enrolled students from the Westminster and Anaheim areas.

Organization Categories

  1. Recreation & Sports - Amateur Sports
  2. Youth Development -
  3. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Autism



Gymnastics program financial assistance

Us Too Gymnastics works with all kids, teenagers and young adults with its main focus being those with special needs. Our specially designed program works with students from severe to high functioning levels to help them transition into one of our mainstream gymnastics classes successfully. We are one of the few programs that works on integrating students with special needs into classes with their typical peers. While other programs may accept a child with special needs, they do not have the resources to work on each individual child's needs, such as behavioral, social and physical shortcomings. Because of our small student to teacher ratio, we are better equipped to handle these difficulties and work on them until they can be successful in a typical environment.
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Gymnastics
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the year: 75% of kids transitioned into typical classes, and 25% moved from one-on-ones into group classes.
Program Long-Term Success  Maintain consistent enrollment (100+ students per month) 
Program Success Monitored By 
Attendance and continuous enrollment are key in measuring the success of our program. 
Customer referrals too. Any referral we get, means we are doing a good job and fulfilling our mission. 
Examples of Program Success 
Facing a difficult year, in April of 2016, the number of students enrolled was down to 41 from 125+ in previous years.  We have successfully increased this number to an average of 75 students per month. 
In 2017, we were able to maintain an average of 75+ students per month.  Our goal for 2018 is to increase that number to 100+ students per month.  

Gym Buddies

An exercise based social skills class for children and teens on the Autism Spectrum and other disabilities who struggle with social interaction.  Children/teenagers participate in structured and supervised games, exercises, and fun obstacle courses while sharing space and equipment. Students also share age appropriate conversation, get to meet new friends, maintain friendships, offer support to each other and handle social situations. 
Budget  4,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success is seen/measured after a student has been enrolled in the program for at least three months (or 12 classes) and his/her behaviors improve and there is more tolerance to social situations in general (i.e. During play with peers, the student will be able to sit patiently and wait for his/her turn and will not have a meltdown if at the end of the game he/she does not win said game).  
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success would be to maintain steady enrollment for at least 6 months for all participants 
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by teacher observation during class and parents' feedback.  Another tool used is the students' willingness to participate in class every week (continuous enrollment). 
Examples of Program Success  A very common game played every week is 'hide and go seek'.  Each week, each participant gets to count and look for others and for children with autism counting out loud is hard.  Most students struggle at the beginning with this game, after 3-4 trials, students start to understand the rules of the game and start enjoying their participation.  Several skills are practiced in this game: ability to think of possible places where others are hiding, recognizing others' names and vocalizing such names and following directions as well.  For a typical child this and other games comes naturally, for a child with special needs it is a more complicated process. 


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Yamel Sanchez
CEO Term Start Apr 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Yamel Sanchez attended San Diego State University with a major in 'International Business'.  Although she had no experience in the nonprofit industry, she had worked as a Staff Accountant for several years.  She worked as a Manager for a Pharmaceutical Company for five years, and while working there, she implemented an entire accounting system, supervised the day to day operations and other employees and assisted the owner/CFO. 

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Anne Marie Lansburgh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair Yamel Sanchez
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Gladys Jimenez Community Volunteer Voting
Anne Marie Lansburgh Community Volunteer Voting
Rebeca Vasquez 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: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

With a new Board of Directors in place and with a more clear vision of where  this organization can do, I feel confident that we are going in the right direction to continue to spread awareness and increase tolerance for families with children with disabilities.  
As long as the gym remains open, at least in Orange County, there will always be a place for children/teenagers with disabilities and their families to find a recreational program and a community that understands what it's like to live with a disability. Staying in business does come with its challenges, such as funding and finding more people willing to donate and contribute to our mission.  We will continue to find ways to help our community and grow at the same time. 

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $80,000.00
Projected Expenses $105,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 990-EZ

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $89,503 $127,640 $104,567
Total Expenses $100,909 $120,852 $101,098

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $21,827
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $89,501 $127,640 $82,740
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2 -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $81,367 $120,852 $101,098
Administration Expense $19,542 -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.89 1.06 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue nan% nan% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $9,863 $11,291 $11,954
Current Assets $919 $1,663 $2,661
Long-Term Liabilities $2,904 -- --
Current Liabilities $7,074 -- $7,451
Total Net Assets $-115 $11,291 $4,503

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.13 inf 0.36

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 29% 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? --

CEO Comments

We are still unable to offer more scholarships to low income families due to sustainability.  We continue to offer one of the lowest prices for gymnastics classes around the area especially for services geared towards special needs families. 

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.


Other Documents

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