Teach Our Children
129 Church Street
Suite 207
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 129 Church Street
Suite 207
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 786-5499 x
Fax 203-535-1374
E-mail info@teachourchildren.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Our mission is to ensure that we as parents and students are truly involved in education policy and decision making and rightfully acknowledged as critical participants in the success of our school system.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2011
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Camelle Scott Mujahid
Board Chair Nilda Aponte
Board Chair Company Affiliation Teach Our Children, Inc.
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $174,500.00
Projected Expenses $133,168.00
Statements
Mission Our mission is to ensure that we as parents and students are truly involved in education policy and decision making and rightfully acknowledged as critical participants in the success of our school system.
Background

In January 2006, two NHPS parents and a community organizer came together around a belief that all children deserve a high quality education. After attending a community organizing training, the trio took a message to the grassroots -- enough talk, we need action! Today, we are proud to be a bilingual and multigenerational organization working to bring some of the most critical and underrepresented stakeholders in our education system to the forefront of reform efforts.  Over the years, our work has produced significant improvements in our school system and we have formed valuable new relationships with community organizations and unions across our city and state. In 2010, we realized our dream of organizing NHPS students and developed our first group of youth leaders.

Our youth initiative, Youth UnleashED (YUED), was originally a project of Your Place; a youth center organized out of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. In 2010, the budding group of student leaders voted to join Teach Our Children and spearhead the development of our first student leadership initiative.
Impact    In 2009, parent leaders won a new district-wide discipline policy that emphasizes fair discipline and reduces out of school suspensions, by employing in-house alternatives.  In 2010, because Spanish-speaking parents organized, the NHPS website was translated to 35 languages, and the district agreed to provide interpreters at parent events. In addition, many documents and forms including report cards, suspension forms were made available in Spanish.
   In 2010, we developed our first group of youth leaders. The group, Youth UnleashED (YUED), has grown to 36 members representing 6 schools, negotiated with top city officials including Mayor John DeStefano, and won their first campaign initiating their first school based chapter – YUED Hillhouse – in the process.
   This year, YUED students organized their first public meeting and negotiation with the Mayor and Superintendent to secure changes to NHPS budget. We are proud to be embarking on a pilot program at Hillhouse - an opportunity for us to leverage tens of thousands of dollars for high quality classroom materials. 
Needs
  • Donations
  • Volunteers
  • Equipment (computers)
  • Allies
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Secondary & High Schools
Areas Served
New Haven
Programs
Description

YUED is a student led organization working to increase the participation of students in district decision-making and develop leaders with the skills and experience necessary to hold district leaders accountable and make concrete improvements to our school system.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

In 2012, TOC parents and YUED students will work together to draft a platform based on the issues that most directly affect them. We will work with other organizations and community members to be sure that our platform is truly representative and to gain the support of the community we live in.  By tapping into the expertise of our members, participating in workshops with organizations across the state, and conducting targeted research we will compose a platform that is grounded in solid research and best practices and driven by the experiences and hopes of our parent and student leaders. 

This is our opportunity to establish an authentic leadership role for parents and students in school reform efforts and begin a school change movement that truly involves our entire community.  We know that school change will take more than just good ideas and that including the most critical stakeholders in our school system – parents, students, and teachers—is the only way to make lasting improvements to our schools. We hope that in the process we will also develop relationships with administrators and teachers and create an ongoing role for parents and students in school decision-making.
In the process, we will increase our parent and youth membership, start new relationships with community organizations and strengthen our partnerships with current allies. We know that winning campaigns around these issues is only the first step and it will take a community to uphold and evaluate the success of our work over time.  This year, in partnership with Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations we will incorporate a stronger community building effort into our organizing.  We hope to build stronger and more collaborative relationships with our allies, but also to facilitate the development of stronger relationships among our members and build a true organizing community around our work.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. This program is designed to improve the New Haven Public School system through youth leadership. Young people will develop their leadership skills and experience and, in doing so, make concrete improvements to their school system.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

We evaluate our work using the following tools: pre and post-activity evaluations, attendance and participation of members and leaders (sign-in sheets), and assessment and monitoring of victories and accomplishments. We track membership recruitment on membership cards and in our online database. We also hold regular board evaluations of membership, leadership, issue campaign, and organizational development based on concrete data, feedback from members and leaders, and campaign progress. Every year our board of directors comes together to evaluate the accomplishments and challenges of the previous year and set goals for the future. We include goals for improvement in every group evaluation. 

As concerned parents and students, the actual impact this project has on our schools will be one of the most important measures of success.  We will evaluate this by getting testimonies from parents and students (inside and outside of our organization) about how their schools have changed over the course of the project and how much they felt informed about and included in making the changes happen.

 
We are also currently engaged in a comprehensive organizational evaluation and improvement process as part of our participation in the pilot project of Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In 2010, we realized our dream of organizing NHPS students and developed our first group of youth leaders. Since then, YUED has grown from 11 to 36 members representing 6 schools, negotiated with top city officials including Mayor John DeStefano, and won their first campaign at one of the largest high schools in town, initiating their first school based chapter – YUED Hillhouse – in the process.

This year, YUED students organized at Hillhouse High School around unsanitary and poorly maintained bathrooms. The group drafted a list of solutions and met with their principal who agreed to each solution presented and enthusiastically endorsed a YUED chapter at his school. The majority of the repairs were completed by the end of the month. This victory was the largest and most direct change YUED students had accomplished and marked the beginning of a mutually supportive relationship with their principal. Realizing their ability to make a difference, the group moved with confidence into their first public meeting and negotiation with the Mayor and Superintendent to secure changes to NHPS budget.

We are proud to be embarking on a pilot program at Hillhouse High School. This initiative is an opportunity for us to leverage tens of thousands of dollars for high quality classroom materials. A successful pilot will allow us to expand this effort across the district and leverage hundreds of thousands of dollars for classroom materials. One of our closest allies in this effort is Hillhouse principal Kermit Carolina. As we work to implement this pilot program and move to expand it, his support for our cause will be a critical asset. 

Description

In January 2006, NHPS parents came together around a belief that all children deserve a high quality education and took a message to the grassroots—enough talk we need action! Today, we are proud to be a bilingual and multigenerational organization working to bring the most underrepresented stakeholders in our education system to the forefront of reform efforts. 

Population Served Families / Adults / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

In 2012, TOC parents and YUED students will work together to draft a platform based on the issues that most directly affect them. We will work with other organizations and community members to be sure that our platform is truly representative and to gain the support of the community we live in.  By tapping into the expertise of our members, participating in workshops with organizations across the state, and conducting targeted research we will compose a platform that is grounded in solid research and best practices and driven by the experiences and hopes of our parent and student leaders. 

This is our opportunity to establish an authentic leadership role for parents and students in school reform efforts and begin a school change movement that truly involves our entire community.  We know that school change will take more than just good ideas and that including the most critical stakeholders in our school system – parents, students, and teachers—is the only way to make lasting improvements to our schools. We hope that in the process we will also develop relationships with administrators and teachers and create an ongoing role for parents and students in school decision-making.
In the process, we will increase our parent and youth membership, start new relationships with community organizations and strengthen our partnerships with current allies. We know that winning campaigns around these issues is only the first step and it will take a community to uphold and evaluate the success of our work over time.  This year, in partnership with Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations we will incorporate a stronger community building effort into our organizing.  We hope to build stronger and more collaborative relationships with our allies, but also to facilitate the development of stronger relationships among our members and build a true organizing community around our work.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. This program is designed to improve the New Haven Public School system through parent leadership. Parents will develop their leadership skills and experience and, in doing so, make concrete improvements to their school system.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

We evaluate our work using the following tools: pre and post-activity evaluations, attendance and participation of members and leaders (sign-in sheets), and assessment and monitoring of victories and accomplishments. We track membership recruitment on membership cards and in our online database. We also hold regular board evaluations of membership, leadership, issue campaign, and organizational development based on concrete data, feedback from members and leaders, and campaign progress. Every year our board of directors comes together to evaluate the accomplishments and challenges of the previous year and set goals for the future. We include goals for improvement in every group evaluation. 

As concerned parents and students, the actual impact this project has on our schools will be one of the most important measures of success.  We will evaluate this by getting testimonies from parents and students (inside and outside of our organization) about how their schools have changed over the course of the project and how much they felt informed about and included in making the changes happen.

 
We are also currently engaged in a comprehensive organizational evaluation and improvement process as part of our participation in the pilot project of Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In 2009, we successfully pushed for implementation of a new district-wide discipline policy that emphasizes fair discipline, including reducing out of school suspensions, by employing in-house alternatives, notifying parents of any disciplinary action, training staff and educating parents and students on the new policy, and making school reports of disciplinary actions publicly available. In a meeting this spring our superintendent agreed to all of our recommendations on this policy and committed to review discipline statistics with TOC annually. This victory affects all 19,851 primarily low and moderate-income minority NHPS students and their families. Our superintendent concluded the meeting by informing leaders that the district also agreed to our request that language in the recently revised bullying policy be clarified to state that all reports of bullying (written and anonymous) must be investigated, documented, and addressed by administrators.

In 2010, we won an unprecedented level of access for Spanish-speaking parents across the district.  Because Spanish-speaking parents organized, the NHPS website was translated to 35 different languages, signs were posted in all city schools and the central office, informing Spanish-speaking parents of where they can go to find an interpreter, and the district pledged to set aside Title I funds to provide interpreters at parent events and mandatory meetings.  In addition, all report cards, suspension forms, parent calendars, field trip forms, after school program forms, athletics packets, documents originating from the NHPS central office, and documents concerning school reform are now available in Spanish.

 

Program Comments
CEO Comments

Teach Our Children proudly will close out 2014 as a viable multi-generational community empowerment and education advocacy grassroots organization led by a majority parents and student Board of Directors.  Over the past several months, through an issues platform called the “People’s Agenda”, parents and youth address barriers and challenges that most directly affect them.  With the “Peoples Agenda”, we have continued to build upon our parent and youth campaign and leadership development efforts within majority minority and low-income neighborhoods throughout New Haven.  As we enter 2015, we are building the sustainable, collaborative issues platform needed in order to truly engage those parents and youth, majority Black and Hispanic, too often left of out of decision making within school and community improvement efforts.  

CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Camelle Scott Mujahid
Term Start Jan 2009
Email camelle@teachourchildren.org
Co-CEO
Experience


Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 40
Staff Retention Rate 1%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 2
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Gwendolyn Forrest Jan 2006 - Dec 2008
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations

We have established relationships with groups like Connecticut Parent Power, Youth Rights Media, and The Connecticut Center for a New Economy.  This year, we convened a series of ally meetings in an effort to improve existing relationships and develop new ones.  We are excited to be embarking on new relationships with the statewide and local AFT and the New Elm City Dream. We are also affiliated with National People’s Action.  This year we hope to host an organizing training in New Haven with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition’s youth initiative Sistas and Brothas United.  We plan to open this event up to the larger community, develop the organizing skills of parent and youth leaders across the city, and organize a collaborative action for school improvement.  Leaders from the New Elm City Dream and Youth Rights Media have already expressed interest in the event.  We are also working with the Citywide Youth Coalition to organize a youth summit.  This summit will be an opportunity for New Haven youth to come together and make decisions about how to improve their community together. 

 

We are especially excited to be embarking on a partnership with Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations.  As part of CEIO’s pilot program, we will perform a comprehensive assessment of our organization and work with our Capacity Building and Training Partners to strengthen the relationship between our parent and student leadership teams, and improve the way our organization develops community internally and externally.  We will also have the opportunity to participate in organizational development programs like the Beyond Diversity 101, CLP, and the storytelling retreat.
Board Chair
Nilda Aponte
Company Affiliation Teach Our Children, Inc.
Term Sept 2011 to Sept 2015
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Courtney Haigan
Mark Ifill-Haney Youth
Garrett Munroe
Qiana Simmons
Natasha Smith
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Natasha Smith
Company Affiliation Teach Our Children, Inc
Term Sept 2012 to Sept 2015
Email info@teachourchildren.org
CEO Comments
   
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2012
Fiscal Year End June 30 2013
Projected Revenue $174,500.00
Projected Expenses $133,168.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
990 Memo2012
IRS Letter of Exemption
501c3 Determination
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$80,961$107,447--
Administration Expense$11,971$27,173--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.090.89--
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%80%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$950$950--
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$950$950--
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCatholic Campaign for Human Development $35,000Catholic Campaign for Human Development $35,000--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam Casper Graustein Memorial Fund $10,000Presbyterian Committee on the Self Dev. of People $20,000--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMott Foundation $10,000William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund $20,000--
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments The $41,332 difference between our projected income and expenses represents a fund development cushion to allow for requested and projected grants that may come in at a slightly lower amount than requested.  We always plan to request more than we need in order to ensure that we are able to grow and sustain our work even when a few foundations are unable to fund us at the level requested.  If we secure unrestricted funding that exceeds our expense projections, these funds will be saved in case of an unexpected financial challenge or opportunity.
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by The Community Foundation.  Financial information is input by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon.  The Community Foundation requires three years of financial information from the nonprofit organization; however, this requirement may not be available for some organizations due to their more recent incorporation or formation.  The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 129 Church Street
Suite 207
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 786-5499
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Camelle Scott Mujahid
Board Chair Nilda Aponte
Board Chair Company Affiliation Teach Our Children, Inc.

 

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