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TILLYS LIFE CENTER

 17 Pasteur
 Irvine, CA 92618
[P] (949) 2463067
[F] --
www.tillyslifecenter.org
[email protected]
Monica Utley
FOUNDED: 2012
INCORPORATED: 2012
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Organization DBA Tilly's Life Center
TLC
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 45-5468732 --

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Tilly's Life Center (TLC) is a youth-focused, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable foundation aimed at empowering all teens with a positive mindset and enabling them to effectively cope with crisis, adversity and tough decisions. Our mission is to inspire today's youth to reach their full potential as productive, kind, happy, and responsible individuals.
The Tilly's Life Center (TLC) program empowers teens by teaching life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion, and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Using experiential learning, including journal writing, open discussions, and activities, our classes promote self -discovery and cover relevant topics in a safe and caring environment.
 

Mission Statement

Tilly's Life Center (TLC) is a youth-focused, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable foundation aimed at empowering all teens with a positive mindset and enabling them to effectively cope with crisis, adversity and tough decisions. Our mission is to inspire today's youth to reach their full potential as productive, kind, happy, and responsible individuals.
The Tilly's Life Center (TLC) program empowers teens by teaching life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion, and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Using experiential learning, including journal writing, open discussions, and activities, our classes promote self -discovery and cover relevant topics in a safe and caring environment.
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,906,908.00
Projected Revenue $2,050,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • I Am Me

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Tilly's Life Center (TLC) is a youth-focused, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable foundation aimed at empowering all teens with a positive mindset and enabling them to effectively cope with crisis, adversity and tough decisions. Our mission is to inspire today's youth to reach their full potential as productive, kind, happy, and responsible individuals.
The Tilly's Life Center (TLC) program empowers teens by teaching life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion, and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Using experiential learning, including journal writing, open discussions, and activities, our classes promote self -discovery and cover relevant topics in a safe and caring environment.
 

Background Statement

Tilly Levine, Founder of Tilly's Life Center (TLC) and Co-Founder of Tillys Retail Chain has always been a driving force in Tillys philanthropic efforts. Through her intimate involvement in various charities, she realized that although there is important work being done, there was a missing link – a need to change teens’ attitudes. Tilly wondered, “With so many empowerment programs and workshops for adults, why isn't anyone providing these life tools to teens?” In 2012, she set out to develop the “I Am Me” empowerment program helping teens overcome their own adversity and crisis through positive thinking. TLC teaches effective life tools that enable teens the confidence and self -esteem they need to take responsibility for themselves – ultimately giving them the power to make positive changes in their own lives. (Truly the “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day/Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat forever” philosophy.)


Impact Statement

Tilly’s

In 2018, Tilly’s Life Center served more than 1500 teens, within 23 facilities, including 11 high schools, 1 university, 2 after-school programs and 9 partner organizations, resulting in 85 cohorts total.  

 
Our goals for 2019 include the following: 

  • Build a $5 million endowment
  • Continue to collaborate with educators and legislators to further implement Social Emotional Learning programs into the state’s required K-12 curriculum
  • Implement our Professional Development Social Emotional Learning Certificate program for teachers interested in embedding our curriculum into their classroom
  • Expand our partnerships with mental health workers and agencies throughout Orange County in order to help reduce mental health issues, teen suicide, life-altering poor decision-making amongst adolescents

 

Needs Statement

  • Donate monetarily or provide school supplies, swag or auction items for classes and events
  • Sponsor an event or purchase a table alongside major corporate partners
  • Expand your company’s corporate matching gifts program to employees or customers
  • Provide service and/or materials to support our classrooms and outreach
  • Sponsor an afterschool, hospital, clinic, juvenile hall, non-profit, government, or school program

 


CEO Statement

Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) is a social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum-based program that develops students by fostering a healthy combination of soft skills, emotional intelligence, and coping methodologies. We teach the essential skills that help youth understand and deal with their emotions, thoughts, mood, and behavior as well as address any warning signs long before a potential crisis ensues. TLC takes a proactive and preventative approach to the growing mental health concerns for teens by giving our youth the tools to navigate, communicate, and become self-aware of how they feel and interact with others. TLC continues to embed soft skills and mental health support to help students overcome depression, anxiety, mental, physical, and substance abuse. In short, TLC is dedicated to bridging the gap of soft skills by creating a positive and safe learning environment that aligns with the student’s personal and school life. The success of this program would not be possible without the generous support of people like you. We are grateful that, together, we have been able to make an immediate impact and address the hidden crisis affecting millions of students. It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a society to raise a generation. Thank you for your ongoing support! With sincere gratitude, Tilly Levine

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

https://tillyslifecenter.org/donate/, in kind donations, volunteer opportunities at one of several community events throughout the year.

Geographic Area Served

Local
North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education - Educational Services
  3. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Mental Health Treatment

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Programs


I Am Me

The Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) program empowers teens by teaching life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion, and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Using experiential learning, including journal writing, open discussions, and activities, our classes promote self discovery and cover relevant topics in a safe and caring environment.
Budget  $1,000,000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

“I am capable.” “I am important.” “I am worthwhile.” Such simple statements reflect fundamental beliefs that each of us should be able to count on to carry us through life’s unavoidable periods of adversity.  These are the messages that the students in our ongoing programs build upon each time they attend.  We continue to reach out to schools, other non-profits, and communities in Southern California and we continue to serve more students, reaching over 3,000 students in the short time since we have started.

Program Long-Term Success 

Research has shown that programs like “I Am Me” improve youth well-being by improving social skills, school performance, and resilience to stress, which in turn reduces risky and negative behaviors among teens. Harvard’s Center for The Developing Child notes, “When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits.” The group format of our “I Am Me” workshops is also an important asset that creates an atmosphere where teens can discuss the challenges they face and benefit from each other’s perspectives and experiences. The American Psychological Association confirms that facilitated groups act as important sounding boards and support networks; for youth, it comes as a relief to hear others discuss similar life challenges and realize they’re not alone in their struggles (www.apa.org/helpcenter/group-therapy.aspx).     

Program Success Monitored By 

Previous assessments of the “I Am Me” program have revealed a positive impact on drive, defined as the extent to which youth hold beliefs that motivate them to set goals, as well as an increase in independence for older youth (ages 15-18). To continue to measure the impact of “I Am Me” we utilize instructor reports, student reports, letters, and surveys, as well as teacher and administrator feedback.

TLC’s curriculum is undergoing evaluation by Dr. Lakes, Ph.D., Director of the Executive Function and Behavior Assessment Program at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. Dr. Lakes is using semi-structured focus groups with youth, questionnaires, as well as various standardized assessments to measure the program’s impact on mindfulness, executive function (including attention and inhibition), self-esteem, reduction of stress, psychological well-being, and resilience.

Examples of Program Success 

We have been conducting the “I Am Me” program at one location for one year, and have received effusive positive feedback from the caseworker and psychologist: “Chris and Kiki (TLC facilitators) did a phenomenal job connecting with these youth and creating a safe and supportive space that allowed our clients to engage with them and each other as they progressed through the “I Am Me” curriculum. If you were to observe one of their group sessions you would see these youth laughing, talking freely, and sharing openly. This kind of healing group dynamic is invaluable but quite difficult to achieve in a Juvenile Hall setting. The youth in the group have engaged actively and thoughtfully with the curriculum, adopting a growth mindset and gaining self-awareness. Participants have become aware of and been able to share with the group different challenges with which they have long-struggled. Moreover, they have learned how to apply the principles of forgiveness and positive thinking to their challenges and more generally, to their lives in a way that has brought them a measure of relief and increased their overall happiness.”


Management


CEO/Executive Director Tilly Levine
CEO Term Start 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience In 1982, Tilly Levine co-founded Tillys, a leading specialty retailer in the action sports industry, selling clothing, shoes, and accessories. Tilly Levine has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, serving as Vice President of Vendor Relations since its inception. As a key driver of the company's philanthropic efforts, Tilly has been committed to helping disadvantaged children and teens for many years through the Tillys Charity Golf Tournament benefiting organizations such as Boys and Girls Town, Boys & Girls Club, Casa Youth Shelter, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2005, Tillys founded two Tilly's Baby Homes in Trabuco Canyon as a result of her efforts. This program uses an innovative approach maintaining family unity for newborns and infants who are removed from their home. Recognizing a need for life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion and create lasting changes in the lives of young people, Tilly founded Tilly's Life Center (TLC) in 2012. TLC is a youth-focused, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable foundation aimed at empowering all teens with a positive mindset and enabling them to effectively cope with crisis, adversity and tough decisions. TLC's mission is to inspire today's youth to reach their full potential as productive, kind, happy, and responsible individuals. TLC programs are currently empowering teens in high schools, as well as through organizations such as CHOC Hospital, Stand Up for Kids, Higher Ground and others. It is Tilly's dream to see all teens across the nation benefit from the life skills gained through TLC. In her free time, Tilly enjoys life to the fullest. Her passions include golfing, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Amy Diaz Vice President of Development --
Marci Trevino Vice President of Operations --
Monica Utley Executive Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
The Children's Friend Award Childhelp 2018
Champion of Hope Award Uncork for Hope, a charity benefiting Boys Town 2016
Teens Together To End Dating Abuse Award Laura's House 2016
Women of the Year 73rd Assembly District of the State of the California 2015

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Tilly's Life Center truly provides a service to other 3rd party partners and nonprofits. Our program is currently running, has run or is planned with the following partners: Multiple local high schools during the bell hours, CHOC Hospital, University of California, Irvine, Radiant Health Center, Stand Up 4 Kids, Mariposa Center, Higher Ground, Samueli Academy, Project S.A.Y., Central Juvenile Hall, Boys & Girls Clubs, Operation Progress, Think Together, El Viento, Highland Youth Center, Anaheim Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Project Green, Lifeworks, Brave Trails Camp, Aviva Los Angeles, etc. 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 14
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 75%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 17
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
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

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Tim Fox
Board Chair Company Affiliation Outfront Media
Board Chair Term May 2017 - May 2017
Board Co-Chair Adrienne Matros
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Julius Argumedo C1P Solutions Voting
Michelle Brough Brandes Investment Partners, L.P., Saddleback College Foundation Board Member (2nd Vice President/ Treasurer, Saddleback College Foundation Finance Committee Chairwoman Voting
Mark Burkhart President and CEO of Burkhart Brother's Construction, Inc., Managing Partner of Wesco/CG, LLC Investments Voting
Dr. Todd Burnett Orange County Workforce Investment Board, South Orange County Economic Coalition, California Community Colleges Athletic Association, Orange County 211 Advisory Council, Network of California Communit Voting
Dennis Calvert BioLargo President and Chief Executive Officer Voting
Tom Doyle WD Land Founder and Principal Voting
Tim Fox Works for Outdoor Media, on the board of TLC, Capistrano Unified School District Foundation. Previously on the board of the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club and volunteered at local YMCA. Voting
Bob Hurley Hurley, Waves for Water, Living the Dream. Voting
Tilly Levine Founder of Tillys Retail Chain NonVoting
Joone Lopez Moulton Niguel Water District Voting
Dr. Adrienne Matros On the Foundation Board of CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County), Orange County Mental Health Task Force, Merage Jewish Community Center Orange County and the Jewish Community Centers of America Voting
Jeff Montejano Building Industry Association of Southern California Voting
Dr. Mandy Mount UC Irvine, Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County Voting
Dr. Leonard Sender CHOC and UCI Voting
AJ Sexton Director of Business Development of BioLargo, Inc., President, CEO of Sexton Equities, Elder of Mariners Church, Co-Founder of We will Serve Ministries. Voting
Kara Trebs Sunwest Bank Voting
Jorge Ververa 60th Place Solutions 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
Dr. Krista Driver Community Volunteer NonVoting
Bob Hurley Hurley NonVoting
Daniel Kasidi Rastaclat NonVoting
Angela O'Connor Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 94%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 94%
Board Orientation Yes

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 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,050,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,906,908.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $902,421 $725,117 $532,400
Total Expenses $731,646 $682,093 $311,061

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$342,681 $146,494 $175,275
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $5,750 $3,000 $5,270
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $0
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $207,742 $439,964 $351,855
Revenue In-Kind $346,248 $135,659 $56,002
Other -- -- $-36,667

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $185,194 $141,519 $189,408
Administration Expense $163,529 $486,252 $115,336
Fundraising Expense $382,923 $54,322 $6,317
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.23 1.06 1.71
Program Expense/Total Expenses 25% 21% 61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 70% 9% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $428,577 $269,199 $243,587
Current Assets $428,577 $269,199 $222,587
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $1,048 $1,967 $0
Total Net Assets $427,529 $267,232 $243,587

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 408.95 136.86 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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? --

CEO Comments

Founded in 2012, Tilly's Life Center has done a fabulous job of raising income through events, fundraising campaigns and private donors. This year we plan to diversify our funding resources to include corporate sponsors, earned income, grant awards, etc. 
 
The demand for our program has grown exponentially and we are poised for growth. However, we are dependent on donations such as yours in order to fulfill those demands. 

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.