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LEARN TO BE FOUNDATION

 1268 N Lakeview Ave Suite 201
 Anaheim, CA 92807
[P] (714) 9260395
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http://www.learntobe.org
http://www.learntobe.org/donate
neeraj.kapoor@learntobe.org
Neeraj Kapoor
FOUNDED: 2008
INCORPORATED: 2008
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Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 26-1919770 --

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

If you google "online tutoring", dozens of results will appear from companies around the world, all charging somewhere between $30-50 per hour.
 
This effectively prices out lower income families whose children could benefit from these services.
 
But not anymore.
 
Learn To Be brings low-cost or free, 1-on-1, online tutoring to K-12 underserved youth around the nation. We work with homeless youth, foster youth and students of otherwise struggling families.
 
Students are paired with volunteer tutors comprised of high school students, college students and young professionals. The two meet 1-2 times per week in a virtual classroom to work on math, reading, writing or science. To date, we’ve hosted over 34,000 sessions and provided nearly 17,000 hours of tutoring.
 
We live in a society where the gap between rich and poor grows larger everyday. Closing this gap means providing more high quality opportunities for families who need it most.
 
We’re doing that at Learn To Be.
 
Learn To Be is fully sustained from the small hourly fees that some of our families contribute. Now we’re looking to scale our program to tens of thousands of students across the nation; to students like Elliott, who joined our program recently and whose mother had this to say:
 
“I do believe there is a direct connection between tutoring and his improvements. Not only did I get an email from his counselor but also from his math teacher. The teacher stated that my son is actually participating in class discussions and answering questions aloud. This is a 100% turn around. Thank you for starting a program like this, it’s been a long hard road for my son and his struggles are my struggles. So his triumphs bring me joy in ways I can’t explain. I’m so glad I found Learn To Be.”
 
We’re not offering any quick fixes or grand solutions. Just a push towards an ideal: Individualized attention for every student who needs it. 

Mission Statement

If you google "online tutoring", dozens of results will appear from companies around the world, all charging somewhere between $30-50 per hour.
 
This effectively prices out lower income families whose children could benefit from these services.
 
But not anymore.
 
Learn To Be brings low-cost or free, 1-on-1, online tutoring to K-12 underserved youth around the nation. We work with homeless youth, foster youth and students of otherwise struggling families.
 
Students are paired with volunteer tutors comprised of high school students, college students and young professionals. The two meet 1-2 times per week in a virtual classroom to work on math, reading, writing or science. To date, we’ve hosted over 34,000 sessions and provided nearly 17,000 hours of tutoring.
 
We live in a society where the gap between rich and poor grows larger everyday. Closing this gap means providing more high quality opportunities for families who need it most.
 
We’re doing that at Learn To Be.
 
Learn To Be is fully sustained from the small hourly fees that some of our families contribute. Now we’re looking to scale our program to tens of thousands of students across the nation; to students like Elliott, who joined our program recently and whose mother had this to say:
 
“I do believe there is a direct connection between tutoring and his improvements. Not only did I get an email from his counselor but also from his math teacher. The teacher stated that my son is actually participating in class discussions and answering questions aloud. This is a 100% turn around. Thank you for starting a program like this, it’s been a long hard road for my son and his struggles are my struggles. So his triumphs bring me joy in ways I can’t explain. I’m so glad I found Learn To Be.”
 
We’re not offering any quick fixes or grand solutions. Just a push towards an ideal: Individualized attention for every student who needs it. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $133,000.00
Projected Revenue $134,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1-on-1 Online Tutoring

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

If you google "online tutoring", dozens of results will appear from companies around the world, all charging somewhere between $30-50 per hour.
 
This effectively prices out lower income families whose children could benefit from these services.
 
But not anymore.
 
Learn To Be brings low-cost or free, 1-on-1, online tutoring to K-12 underserved youth around the nation. We work with homeless youth, foster youth and students of otherwise struggling families.
 
Students are paired with volunteer tutors comprised of high school students, college students and young professionals. The two meet 1-2 times per week in a virtual classroom to work on math, reading, writing or science. To date, we’ve hosted over 34,000 sessions and provided nearly 17,000 hours of tutoring.
 
We live in a society where the gap between rich and poor grows larger everyday. Closing this gap means providing more high quality opportunities for families who need it most.
 
We’re doing that at Learn To Be.
 
Learn To Be is fully sustained from the small hourly fees that some of our families contribute. Now we’re looking to scale our program to tens of thousands of students across the nation; to students like Elliott, who joined our program recently and whose mother had this to say:
 
“I do believe there is a direct connection between tutoring and his improvements. Not only did I get an email from his counselor but also from his math teacher. The teacher stated that my son is actually participating in class discussions and answering questions aloud. This is a 100% turn around. Thank you for starting a program like this, it’s been a long hard road for my son and his struggles are my struggles. So his triumphs bring me joy in ways I can’t explain. I’m so glad I found Learn To Be.”
 
We’re not offering any quick fixes or grand solutions. Just a push towards an ideal: Individualized attention for every student who needs it. 


Background Statement

When Learn To Be was founded in early 2009, it was founded on the premise of that every child deserves the opportunity to the academic support they deserve. And, more importantly, it was founded on the idea that that opportunity changes everything. That if we could pair students with passionate, dedicated tutors then these students could truly reach their full potential.

We saw the internet as the gateway to making this a reality.

The way it works is this: imagine you’re in high school and you have a question in algebra. You go home, log onto the Learn To Be website and type what you need help with. Within seconds, a text message and email request goes out to hundreds of tutors across the world; to college students, professionals and engineers - all 100% volunteers passionate about education and educational access.

Within 5 minutes, one of these tutors confirms the session. Tutor and student then meet in an interactive virtual classroom, where the two can talk to each other, see each other and share ideas on a huge blank canvas area.

And this not just a nice pictorial. Over 30,000 sessions have already happened in the past 6 years; we have inner city youth matched up with PhD’s from CalTech and Google employees working with struggling students from thousands of miles away. Over 8,000 students have utilized our on-demand services, receiving help from over 600 volunteer tutors.

But we didn’t stop there. We wanted to reach out to those students who couldn’t reach us; those that lack internet access and live in underserved communities. And so we partnered with 12 underperforming schools around the nations, tutoring struggling students setup in school computer labs.

We’ve also partnered with School On Wheels, a Los Angeles non-profit that provides academic resources to homeless students. With students using internet at homeless shelters, we’ve paired countless numbers of them with our tutors.

Learn To Be is not going to replace schools, that’s not our mission. Our mission is to supplement the amazing work being done by teachers during school hours. Our mission is to be that teacher outside of school hours. Our mission is to help students Learn To Be.

Join us in our mission to provide free, individualized access to high quality education for students everywhere.


Impact Statement

You can see a real time impact dashboard at https://learntobe.org/overview
 
This dashboard highlights a few key metrics:
  1. basic output data like how many sessions we've hosted and how many hours of tutoring Learn To Be tutors have provided
  2. percentage increases in exam scores and grades for families enrolled in Learn To Be tutoring
  3. circumstances of our families and students
  4. testimonials from families and tutors 

Needs Statement

We launched a new pay-what-you-can-IF-you-can model where parents can choose to contribute a small hourly fee for their tutoring (anywhere from $3/hour - $10/hour). 
 
From these small dollar fees collected, we are fully sustained as an organization. It costs about $250 per month to run Learn To Be. And we bring in about $500 per month currently. 
 
We are now at the position to scale our organization to thousands of families. In order to do that, we need one key thing:
a software engineer. 
 
Software engineers are expensive, especially those with expertise in the technology that we use to build the Learn To Be site (Ruby on Rails). 
 
But with 18-24 months of financial runway, we are confident we can generate enough revenue to support paying a software engineer. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

OTHER WAYS TO DONATEVenmo - Find us @learntobe on Vemno and donate easily and conveniently. $24 provides 8 hours of 1-on-1 tutoring for underserved youth. Click here to donate via Venmo: https://venmo.com/learntobe?txn=pay&amount=24 By Check - Please make checks payable to the Learn To Be Foundation and mail to 1268 N. Lakeview Ave., Suite 201, Anaheim, CA 92807To learn more about other ways to donate by credit card or by Paypal, please visit http://www.learntobe.org/donate WAYS TO VOLUNTEERTutors - We are always looking for passionate tutors looking to participate in 1-on-1, online tutoring with our students who are scattered across the nation. Please visit http://www.learntobe.org/become-a-tutor to learn more.Programmers - We are a education technology organization and are always looking for talented programmers to help us build the best online environment for students and tutors to connect on.  We use Ruby on Rails, jQuery, HTML, CSS, Postgres and Redis.  If you're interested, please contact neeraj.kapoor@learntobe.org to learn more!IN-KIND DONATIONSHeadsets - We try to provide our students (and tutors where possible) with headsets so that they are able to easily communicate with their students using audio capabilities.  But we are always looking for donations of headsets that we can distribute.Graphics Pen and Tablet - These USB powered devices are used as a writing device.  They work as follows: after plugging into the computer, when a students write on the tablet with the pen, whatever they write will appear on the computer in realtime in the virtual classroom whiteboard area.  These pens are so useful in helping simulate an in-person tutoring session. An example of a graphics tablet we love can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Intuos-Touch-Small-Tablet/dp/B00EN27U9U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442337629&sr=8-1&keywords=wacom+graphics+tablet. We are always looking for donations of these tablets for our students and tutors. 

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County

Nationwide - We have hosted tutoring sessions with students in every state in the United States. We have also helped students from families living in South Africa and Iraq as a (very) small pilot to test how well tutoring can be done internationally.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Science & Technology - Mathematics
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Programs


1-on-1 Online Tutoring

This is the core program offered by Learn To Be. Parents/teachers/guardians fill out an in-depth enrollment form describing the need of their K-12 student and why they qualify. If we think it is a good fit, we will accept the family into the Learn To Be tutoring program.
From here, we publish a student profile for on the Learn To Be website and we broadcast the need to our tutors. Once a tutor feels like their expertise matches with the student need, they can confirm the student and connect with the family via email.
The family and tutor work out the best day/time(s) for tutoring and on that scheduled day/time the two meet in the Learn To Be virtual classroom where they're able to work on whatever the student needs help with!
Budget  $3,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
How is the program tracked? 

1. All of our tutoring sessions are recorded for viewing by parents, students, teachers and Learn To Be administrators.
2. Built into our virtual classroom is a set of math exercises that tutors can assign to students in real-time. We collect data on the student for every problem assigned like how long it is taking them to input an answer and how many wrong answers they input before inputting a correct answer. We use this data and machine learning algorithms to assess whether they have mastered the concept in question. This is an independent way to evaluate the success of a single tutoring session and measure trends of multiple tutoring sessions for a given student.
3. Post session, we ask tutors and students to fill out a quick qualitative survey.
4. On the 15th of every month, we send an email to parents asking them to fill out a survey of whether students have seen score/grade improvements in school and if not, if there have been any other improvements that can be noted.
Our short term success is measured by exam score increases as well as qualitative responses to post-session surveys about student attitudes towards learning. Currently, students are seeing an 18% increase in exam scores as a result of tutoring. These exam score increases are seen, on average, after only 5 hours of tutoring. And over 95% of our students answered yes to the post-session question we ask of "Do you feel smarter after this tutoring session?". It's a bit of a silly question, we admit, but one that we enjoy looking at as a first order measure of success of a session. 
 
You can see more details of impact at https://learntobe.org/overview
Program Long-Term Success 
How is the program tracked? 
 
1. All of our tutoring sessions are recorded for viewing by parents, students, teachers and Learn To Be administrators.
 
2. Built into our virtual classroom is a set of math exercises that tutors can assign to students in real-time. We collect data on the student for every problem assigned like how long it is taking them to input an answer and how many wrong answers they input before inputting a correct answer. We use this data and machine learning algorithms to assess whether they have mastered the concept in question. This is an independent way to evaluate the success of a single tutoring session and measure trends of multiple tutoring sessions for a given student.
 
3. Post session, we ask tutors and students to fill out a quick qualitative survey.
 
4. On the 15th of every month, we send an email to parents asking them to fill out a survey of whether students have seen score/grade improvements in school and if not, if there have been any other improvements that can be noted.
 
Our long-term success as measured right now comes down to self-reported increases in grades. To date, we have seen over 1 letter grade improvement from students participating in our program. This letter grade occurs after only 15 hours of 1-on-1 tutoring.
 
You can see more details of impact at https://learntobe.org/overview 
Program Success Monitored By 

How is the program tracked?
1. All of our tutoring sessions are recorded for viewing by parents, students, teachers and Learn To Be administrators.
2. Built into our virtual classroom is a set of math exercises that tutors can assign to students in real-time. We collect data on the student for every problem assigned like how long it is taking them to input an answer and how many wrong answers they input before inputting a correct answer. We use this data and machine learning algorithms to assess whether they have mastered the concept in question. This is an independent way to evaluate the success of a single tutoring session and measure trends of multiple tutoring sessions for a given student.
3. Post session, we ask tutors and students to fill out a quick qualitative survey.
4. On the 15th of every month, we send an email to parents asking them to fill out a survey of whether students have seen score/grade improvements in school and if not, if there have been any other improvements that can be noted.
The post-session surveys and monthly surveys give us a chance to measure qualitative data (such as student attitude towards learning) as well as quantitative data (such as exam score increases and grade increases).  
Examples of Program Success 

A student named Brianna came to us with a 66% in her math class. On her most recent survey, her mother reported that her grade is up to a 92%! In addition, she had this to say about how Learn To Be has helped Brianna: "She feels more confident in learning her math skills. She knows she has someone who will be patient with her and help her if needed."

We also asked Brianna's mother if Learn To Be had helped her and she had this to say: "I feel confident in helping my child in all other subjects except math. So as a parent I am extremely relieved to have someone my daughter can get help from when needed. I also love the convenience and safety of tutoring from home." 
 
You can learn more about our impact at https://learntobe.org/overview 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Neeraj Kapoor
CEO Term Start Jan 2011
CEO Email neeraj.kapoor@learntobe.org
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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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 1
Number of Volunteers 1,501
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Stephen Chen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Learn To Be, Petnostics, Scanwell
Board Chair Term Jan 2010 - Jan 2016
Board Co-Chair Neeraj Kapoor
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Learn To Be
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2010 - Jan 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Brendan Chan Google Voting
Stephen Chen Scanwell 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: 3
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $134,500.00
Projected Expenses $133,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990EZ

2014 990EZ

2013 990EZ

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $230,100 $204,600 $267,250
Total Expenses $178,800 $195,300 $259,850

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$28,300 $15,000 $5,500
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $30,000 $6,180 $5,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $171,800 $182,000 $255,750
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $112,000 $129,000 $123,700
Administration Expense $56,800 $56,300 $125,750
Fundraising Expense $10,000 $10,000 $10,100
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.29 1.05 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 63% 66% 48%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 47% 96%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $51,300 $9,300 $7,400
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $51,300 $9,300 $7,400

Short Term Solvency

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

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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

Due in large part to the generosity of tech startups around the nation, Learn To Be has been able to leverage so many new technologies to facilitate the online tutoring experience for students and tutors. Startups like Slack, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, the Khan Academy and others have allowed us to run a very lean organization.

However, as a technology organization we do rely on our ability to build our web application in the most effective ways possible. We are constantly striving for a more user-friendly interface that will allow us and our partners to reach more students both here in the United States and abroad.

That being said, one of our largest frustrations is the inability to raise enough funds to hire a professional developer. Computer programmers now are commanding a very premium salary. For the specific technology that we use to build our website (Ruby on Rails), senior level developers typically make around $150,000 per year.

It is tough to hire the best talent and stay competitive as a non-profit when the asking price for programmers is so high.

However, we are looking at ways to generate revenue outside of grant funding in order to better sustain ourselves. Recently, we launched an Hour for Hour model with our tutoring. This involves a paid on-demand service for students who can afford to pay for tutoring. The idea that for every hour of purchased tutoring, we will donate an hour to a student in need.
 
We look forward to seeing how this model works out and also looking into other models of impact that will allow us to generate revenue, and ultimately help more underserved youth.

 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per Form 990 E-Zs and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are shown together under Foundations and Corporation Contributions.

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