Elm City Internationals
360 Fountain St, #40
New Haven CT 06515-4030
Contact Information
Address 360 Fountain St, #40
New Haven, CT 06515-4030
Telephone (203) 506-4768 x
Fax 203-0000000
E-mail Lauren@elmcityinternationals.org

Elm City Internationals (ECI) uses soccer to engage low-income youth (mostly immigrant and refugees) with academic enrichment, college counseling and mentoring services. The end goal is for all of our students to attend and graduate from college.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2012
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Lauren Mednick
Board Chair Lauren Mednick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Elm City Internationals
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

Elm City Internationals (ECI) uses soccer to engage low-income youth (mostly immigrant and refugees) with academic enrichment, college counseling and mentoring services. The end goal is for all of our students to attend and graduate from college.


The inspiration for Elm City Internationals came about when its founder, Lauren, worked as a teacher through a refugee agency and encountered 4, 7th grade boys who struggled academically and behaviorally.  In the spring of 2007, Lauren started a soccer team and found that these 4 boys were phenomenal soccer players and gained confidence on the soccer field. These young men also began to respect their coach, Lauren, and would seek her out after class and request additional help on their homework. Within months, these boys who had been at risk of not passing 7th grade became honor roll students.

With her four former students in mind, Lauren founded ECI in 2008.  These four students were ECI’s first members along with nine other middle school students who enjoyed soccer but needed access to educational opportunities. 

Since 2008, ECI has followed one cohort of boys from the time that they were in 7th and 8th grade.  These young men are now freshman and sophomores in college.  ECI’s student-athletes have all earned either partial or full athletic and academic scholarships to college. In 2012 ECI initiated its own scholarship fund to fill in financial gaps for all students to ensure that they all are able to attend college. ECI’s second year college students have been very successful academically and athletically and ECI’s first year college students are now following in their footsteps.

 Core Components of ECI

ECI pairs soccer with academic services and mentoring to low-income students in New Haven.  The concept of ECI is fairly simple. Since soccer is considered “the international sport” and is enjoyed by young men around the world, ECI uses soccer as a lure to create a supportive learning community for low-income adolescent boys (predominantly immigrant and refugee boys) who live in New Haven and thrive on the soccer field, but require extra academic assistance.  The end goal is for all the boys to realize their potential, be provided with strong academic foundations and ultimately graduate from college.

 Elm City Internationals provides the boys with:

  • Soccer practices and games
  • Mandatory group tutoring sessions
  • Academic enrichment curriculum (with a focus on reading and writing)
  • Field trips
  • One-on-one tutoring/mentoring sessions
  • SAT prep and college essay mentoring
  • Assistance and guidance in the college application process
  • Assistance seeking out scholarships for college
  • Provides its own scholarships to students to ensure they can attend college
  • Provides college follow-through services
2015-2016 Acomplishments

-In 2016 ECI's eldest cohort of students who entered ECI in 2008 when they were in 8th grade graduated from college. 100% of the students in that initial cohort graduated college within 4.5 years of graduating high school.

-In June of 2016 ECI expanded our program and began to welcome students as young as 5th grade into our program. Students now have the opportunity to be engaged in our college readiness programming for 12 years (5th grade through college graduation). By exposing students to the reading and writing enrichment program portion of our College Readiness Academy at a younger age, ECI is ensuring that students are more adequately prepared to succeed at competitive colleges and universities.

-Each students received approximately 460 hours of reading and writing enrichment.
-ECI expanded its college partnerships and each 10th - 12th grade student went on 6-12 "official" college visits.
-All of ECI's high school seniors were accepted to college "early decision" with very strong finanical aid/scholarship packages. ' 
2016-2017 Goals
-Continue to strengthen our reading and writing enrichment program for middle school and high school students.
-Expand our network of college partnerships
-Secure 4-5 substantial funding sources with a 2-3 year commitment
-Work toward increasing our budget to that we could hire an additional full time staff member by the summer of 2018 
-Raise funds to hire new staff member ($45,000)
-Raise funds for Programming ($40,000)
- Raise funds for Scholarship Fund ($40,000)
-Recruit volunteer mentors/tutors
*ECI is looking to find 5 substantial donors/foundations who are able to make a 3 year commitment. ECI is a very small organization and each year spends ample time trying to sustain programming.  If we are able to secure support with a multi-year commitment, we could focus more on improving programming and expanding so that we could serve more students. 
CEO Statement
Elm City Internationals' students come to New Haven from all over the world. Many of our students suffered hardship in the early part of their lives due to war or harsh economic situations. Their families came to New Haven to seek opportunities for their children.  When our children enter ECI, they are joining a second family. 
ECI students spend 20+ hours each week together playing soccer, working on reading and writing, completing community service activities, going on college visits and forming bonds with each other as well as their soccer coaches, teachers, tutors and mentors. Students enter the ECI family in as young as 5th grade and remain in the program until they graduate from college. 
One of the most rewarding aspects about ECI is that the older students naturally mentor the younger ones.  When our college students are home for breaks they come back to play soccer with the younger students and also assist them with their academic work.  It is amazing to see the dedication the older students all have to ECI, the younger generations and themselves.
 As the founder of the organization I have had the honor of watching our eldest students grow from middle school students who struggled academically and behaviorally to college graduates who are dedicated to giving back not only to their younger ECI brothers but to society.  I look forward to witnessing our younger students follow in their footsteps.  
Board Chair Statement

I am a founding board member of Elm City Internationals and, in fact, worked with the Executive Director on the viability assessment before she launched the organization. The successes are directly attributable to the unwavering commitment of Lauren Mednick and her band of volunteers: many of whom have also been involved in the organization since launch. ECI is a high touch, high impact organization with the goal of shepherding at risk young men to and through college: all indications are that we will see a 100% success rate with the first cohort. With the second cohort, it has been rewarding to see how Lauren has expanded our footprint of colleges by forging relationships with soccer programs at more and more universities. Several of our boys have received full scholarships and others generous financial aid that allowed our organization to bridge the tuition gap. Using feedback from the first cohort and advice from education experts, we have refined the academic program to be even more effective for the second and pipeline cohorts.

ECI faces the challenges faced by many non-profit organizations: funding our future operating budget. While we are fortunate to have several perennial donors, our board maintains a program of active outreach to foundations and individuals so that we can continue to build awareness of ECI and expand our donor base.

After eight years, I am still involved with this organization because I have been inspired by watching these boys grow into incredible and thoughtful young men. I also see great opportunity to scale the program that Lauren has built to impact even more children in our community.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas Served
New Haven
The ECI Academy is the core programming for ECI.  The ECI Academy houses our College Readiness Academy as well as our Soccer Academy and also includes social development activities as well as our community service program. During the School year our middle school and high school students meet 4 days a week after school for 3.5 hours each day. Programming consists of soccer practice as well as a reading and writing enrichment program. On the weekends students also take part in soccer related activities, community service activities, or college visits In the summer all of our students participate in our summer academy Monday-Friday from 9AM - 2PM where they also participate in both soccer activities as well as a reading and writing curriculum.  
The ECI Academy core program consists of:
-Reading and writing enrichment curriculum
-Community Service
-College Counseling 
-College Visits 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
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. The short term goals of Elm City Internationals is to provide all of our students the support services thrive as students, athletes and community members.  We expect 90% of our students to be on the honor roll by the 3rd semester that they are members of ECI and we expect that 100% do not receive grades lower than a C.  We also expect that students have 95% attendance to our program and 100% of our students partake in 25 hours of community service a year. We expect 100% of our high school seniors to apply to college (or an appropriate educational program. And for 100% of our students to graduate college within 5 years of graduating high school.  
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. The long term success of this program will enable 95%-100% of our student-athletes to get a college education (or most beneficial degree) so that they can have fulfilling futures.  This will also be beneficial to other students in the New Haven community because through ECI these students have built strong roots in the New Haven community and desire to give back.   Thus far, all of our program graduates who reside in the United States are in their freshman and sophomore years of college (with the exception of one students who received his certification in facilities management and carpentry due to his learning needs).
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
ECI measures the percentage of students who graduate college within 5 years of graduating high school. Thus far, 100% of our students have met that goal. 
ECI also measures individual students' progress through qualitative and quantitative measures. When students are not making adequate progress ECI adapts the curriculum for an individual student or a group. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
-100% of ECI's eldest students graduated college within 4.5 years of graduating high school.
-For the past 2 years between 80% and 95% or students who have been in ECI for more than 2 semesters have been on the honor roll. When students are admitted to ECI, less than 40% had been an the honor roll the previous year.
Elm City Internationals does not only help kids get admitted to college but they commit to supporting their student-athletes until they graduate from college.  This requires providing a college scholarship program as well as follow-through support during the college years. 
  • College Scholarships: ECI works hard to ensure that all of its students are prepared academically and athletically for college but the reality is that many students still face financial challenges that can make it difficult to attend college. Therefore, ECI helps students seek out private scholarships for college. ECI has helped students receive both full academic and athletic scholarships and many have been awarded partial scholarships. In order to make sure that 100% of ECI students are able to attend college, ECI initiated its own scholarship fund, the Elm City International Scholarship Fund (“ECISF”). ECISF is designed to fill in any gaps necessary to students in our program to ensure that they can all attend college.
  • College Follow-through: All of ECI students are first generation college students. Therefore, families are going through the college process for the first time. ECI offers its students academic and personal guidance throughout college to ensure that they have they can navigate the system and graduate from college. When students come home for the summer, ECI ensures that these students have summer jobs or enriching opportunities.  We also play summer pickup soccer as a group and have a book club to promote group cohesion and extra academic support.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees / Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Description One day a week ECI opens its doors and provides free clinics to students in 1st through 12th grade who reside in New Haven.  This clinics give the participants a safe place to play soccer and also gives the ECI Academy participants the opportunity to volunteer to coach younger students.
Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Lauren Mednick
Term Start Nov 2008
Email lauren@elmcityinternationals.org
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 16
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
ECI collaborates with Bridgeport Premier Soccer Club. Bridgeport Premier Provides our students with a premier level soccer experience and also allows them to take part in college soccer showcases.  ECI also collaborates with New Haven Parks and Recreation as well as Achievement First Schools who provide us with both classroom space for our academic programming and gym and field space for our soccer programming.
Board Chair
Lauren Mednick
Company Affiliation Elm City Internationals
Term Jan 2008 to Jan 2020
Board of Directors
Zack Henry Elm City Express
Maura Mastony Clendenen and Shea LLC
Michelle Mays Hartford Community Foundation
Karin Render Yale University
Eric Smith Faxon Law Group LLC
Alexis Smith New Haven Legal Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Board Co-Chair
Karin Render
Company Affiliation NA
Term Jan 2008 to Jan 2020
Email karinerender@gmail.com
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $130,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Tax Exempt Papers
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$111,682$49,529$23,358
Administration Expense$35,000$17,500--
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.661.701.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%74%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$25,081$74,911$28,317
Current Assets$25,081$74,911$28,317
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$25,081$74,911$28,317
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountStutzman Family Foundation $50,000Stutzman Family Foundation $50,000Stutzman Family Foundation $20,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $15,000U.S. Soccer Foundation $22,000Stratton Faxon Law Firm $5,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountVranos Family Foundation $10,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $15,000 --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
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 360 Fountain St, #40
New Haven, CT 065154030
Primary Phone 203 506-4768
CEO/Executive Director Lauren Mednick
Board Chair Lauren Mednick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Elm City Internationals


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