Sharefest 2019-2020 Impact Report

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Unprecedented. New normal. These trying times. Updated protocols. Social distancing. Remote learning. Like you, we’ve heard it all. 2020 has put the world onto a ride we never wanted to be on and we aren’t sure when we can get off.

But what has become apparent to us at Sharefest is the phrase missing in all of our new vernacular is:
Fighting for vulnerable youth.

The youth we serve have barriers stacked against them even in the best years. Often, their communities, schools and sometimes even their families give up on them. But we see something else. We see youth filled with untapped potential. We see youth who just need someone to believe in them. Even with everything they are up against, we are full of hope for our youth.
As you’ll see in our 2019-2020 Impact Report, our programs work. Continuation students are graduating from high school. They are entering college and trade schools. Young men and women have mentors and networks to lean on for support and growth. Our youth are changing the trajectory of their lives and the lives of their families.

SHAREFEST 2019-2020

IMPACT REPORT


EMPOWER UNDER-SERVED YOUTH TO

TRANSFORM THEIR FUTURE AND

BECOME LEADERS OF COLLABORATIVE

COMMUNITY CHANGE.


2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

107

MIDDLE SCHOOL

STUDENTS

359

+ +

HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENTS

480

= TOTAL YOUTH SERVED

14

COLLEGE

STUDENTS

88%

QUALIFY FOR FREE LUNCH

80% OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STARTED

THE SCHOOL YEAR AT LEAST 5 CLASSES BEHIND

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOLS

AVALON • Wilmington

PATTON • Harbor City

ANGEL'S GATE • San Pedro

SIMON RODIA • South Gate

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

HARRY BRIDGES • Wilmington

DODSON • Rancho Palos Verdes

WILMINGTON • Wilmington

DANA • San Pedro


OUR WHY

SHAREFEST STUDENTS ARE BRIGHT, CREATIVE,

INSPIRATIONAL, STRONG, AND BRAVE. Yet they

face tremendous barriers to success simply

because of their circumstances.

BARRIERS INCLUDE BEING...

• ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED

• AFFECTED BY GANG VIOLENCE

• IMPACTED BY THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

• OVER-AGE/UNDER-CREDIT

• UNDOCUMENTED OR FIRST GENERATION US CITIZEN

These barriers were only exacerbated as COVID-19 forced

students into a distance learning environment to end the

19-20 school year. While the barriers are tremendous, they

are not insurmountable.

Sharefest programming helps keep students enrolled in

school through graduation, achieve increases in their GPA

and develop social skills that help them reach college or

career goals. Our ongoing work with these students is

essential to their success and well-being.

THIS CRISIS [COVID-19] HAS LAID BARE WHAT

WE ALWAYS KNEW — HOW EQUITABLE

OPPORTUNITIES ARE SO DEPENDENT ON

PARENTAL BACKGROUND AND WEALTH AND

ACCESS TO RESOURCES.

- Janelle Scott, UC Berkeley Education &

African American studies professor


REDUCE COLLEGE/CAREER

BARRIERS

Youth will be able to increase their

educational attainment and articulate

their college and career pathways

through college preparation courses,

workshops, college field trips, mentoring,

and career exposure.

OUR GOALS

INCREASE POWER AND

AUTONOMY

Youth will be able to influence people in

and their environment, and will gain a

sense of control over their decisions

and community.

INCREASE SOCIAL

CONNECTEDNESS

Youth will develop a sense of belonging

and increase their social capital.

Eventually, they will build a web of

networks and relationships that will lead

to economic benefit.


COLLEGE / CAREER BARRIERS

\ ˈkä-lij \ \ kə-ˈrir \ \ ˈber-ē-ərs \

College/career barriers include the lack of opportunities, connections, finances and support

that prevent youth from pursuing higher education or a career pathway.

WE BELIEVE youth shouldn’t have limited access to higher education or career opportunities

simply because of where they are from or challenges they have faced. Our programs help youth

increase their educational attainment and articulate their college and career pathways through

college preparation courses, workshops, college field trips, mentoring, and career exposure.

248 STUDENTS

EARNED CREDIT

TOWARD GRADUATION

2,125 CREDITS

EARNED BY

SHAREFEST STUDENTS

28%

INCREASE

IN AVERAGE GPA

85

CONTINUATION

HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATES

MENTORED 14

FORMER CONTINUATION

STUDENTS NOW IN

COMMUNITY COLLEGE


MEET LUIS GUERRERO

SHAREFEST INSTRUCTOR

Luis grew up where our students live. He attended the same schools

and knows what it is like to walk in their shoes. Now Luis is an

Instructor and Mentor at the continuation high schools like the one

he attended. He is passionate about helping students recognize

their full potential. Luis holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree

in Chicano/Latino Studies and History and just completed his

Master’s in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education from Cal State

Long Beach!


POWER and AUTONOMY

\ ˈpau(-ə)r \ \ o-ˈtä-nə-mē \

Power is a person’s ability to influence their environment, other people, and their own

outcomes, and autonomy is a person’s ability to act according to their own decisions, rather

than according to other’s decisions.

Measuring Mobility from Poverty by Gregory Acs, Amrita Maitreyi, Alana L. Conner, Hazel Rose Markus, Nisha G. Patel, Sarah

Lyons-Padilla, and Jennifer L. Eberhardt

WE BELIEVE every youth should know their life has meaning and have access to the tools they need

to achieve their goals. Our programs keep students off the streets and engaged in creative, physical,

and intellectual pursuits designed to help them graduate and pursue purposeful futures.

SHAREFEST GAVE ME THE MOTIVATION TO DO

MY WORK AND DISTRACT ME FROM STRESS.

MORE THAN 50%

OF STUDENTS FELT AN

INCREASE IN THEIR

POWER & AUTONOMY

STUDENTS FELT

AN INCREASE

IN THEIR LEADERSHIP

ASPIRATIONS


MEET SARAH RODRIGUEZ

FORMER SHAREFEST STUDENT AND 2020 SUMMER INTERN

I’ve been with Sharefest as a student since 2014 as a seventh-grader.

I am now at Bucknell University. I spent every summer at Sharefest’s

summer YLA because it was a safe and fun place. Sharefest has been

a tremendous part of my life. I have seen first hand the positive

effects the program and mentors have on students like myself. I’ve

learned to mediate, learned how to swim, received help with my

personal statements for college, took SAT prep classes, and learned

how to speak with confidence in public.


SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS

\ ˈsō-shəl \ \ kə-ˈnek-tədˈnes \

Social connectedness is a person’s relationships with other people and groups.

Measuring Mobility from Poverty by Gregory Acs, Amrita Maitreyi, Alana L. Conner, Hazel Rose Markus, Nisha G. Patel, Sarah

Lyons-Padilla, and Jennifer L. Eberhardt

WE BELIEVE youth should have a place where they can develop a sense of belonging and

increase their social capital. Eventually this web of relationships will lead to economic benefit.

Our programs introduce students to positive role models, community leaders and new

opportunities to enable them to build a network that will help them achieve their goals.

MILAD CAME UP TO ME WANTING TO TALK ABOUT

HOW "STRESSED" AND "OVERWHELMED" HE FELT

WITH A PARTICULAR SCHOOL PROJECT. HIS

RESPONSES IN THE PAST HAVE BEEN "GOOD" OR

"OK" AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. I KNOW FOR A FACT THIS

HAS A LOT TO DO WITH HIS PARTICIPATION IN

SHAREFEST AND THE CONVERSATIONS THAT TAKE

PLACE ON THE ROUND TABLE BY STAFF/MENTORS. I

SINCERELY THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PROGRAM

HAS TO OFFER.

ALMOST 50%

OF STUDENTS

INCREASED

THEIR SOCIAL

CONNECTEDNESS

- Francis E., Sharefest Mom


MEET KEONI

SHAREFEST STUDENT AND 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE

Sharefest student, Keoni D. from Angel’s Gate Continuation High

School comes from a tough background. When she started

Angel's Gate in Fall 2018, it was a slow start. Keoni’s behavior

was good, but she wasn’t motivated. The office manager asked

us to enroll her in the mentorship program for additional

support. Keoni instantly clicked with our instructor Kendra. On

the last day of our online class in 2020, she wrote to Kendra in

the group chat, "The biggest thing I'll remember about you Ms.

Kendra is that you really give your all, right along with being the

person I needed in that moment and that really helped with a lot

of uncertainty. You really helped with teamwork, helped me

learned how do it." Keoni celebrated her graduation via Zoom in

June 2020. She is considering community college and remains

connected with Kendra.


2019 FINANCIALS

GRANTS

$283,253

FUNDRAISING

EVENTS

$265,160

18%

6%

INDIVIDUAL

DONORS

$99,002

COVID-19 IMPACT

17%

GOVERNMENT GRANTS

$38,400

2%

TOTAL REVENUE

$1,586,715

18%

CORPORATE

SPONSORSHIPS

$281,805

39%

IN-KIND

DONATIONS

$619,095

EXPENSE

BREAKDOWN

80% PROGRAMS

8% ADMINISTRATION

12% FUNDRAISING

When schools and government buildings closed, we lost access to our program

sites including our Youth Leadership Center. Our instructors used every means of

communication to stay in touch with students. They provided meal delivery,

helped get internet to homes and delivered encouragement and motivation.

Our annual Community Workday typically engages 2,500+ volunteers in service

projects across the Harbor area and generates revenue to fund youth

programming. COVID-19 forced us to cancel. In lieu of Workday, we selected three

nonprofits on the frontlines of the crisis and launched Workday from Afar to

encourage our volunteers to find another way to impact our community.

As a result of these developments and funding impacts, we were forced to reduce

our staff expenses by 50%. We know our students need Sharefest now more than

ever and we remain committed to doing everything we can to support them.


MEET MELANIE & RICHARD LUNDQUIST

PHILANTHROPISTS & SHAREFEST SUPPORTERS

Melanie and Richard Lundquist have always been

passionate about stepping in to help to, “do the things no

one else does.” After learning about Sharefest, Melanie and

Richard decided to commit $1,000,000 over 5 years to

Sharefest and establish The Lundquist Youth Leadership

Center. Our model of partnership with local LAUSD

Continuation Schools fits well with their vision for

addressing the most vulnerable in society. Melanie and

Richard are more than supporters. In November 2019

Melanie met with a former Sharefest student, Jairo. After

getting to know him and hearing his struggles with paying

for college she offered to cover 2 years of his tuition on the

spot. When talking about youth like Jairo, Melanie says,

“They have resilience second to none, they have insight

second to none. They are amazing young people.”


OUR FUTURE IS STILL BRIGHT. 2020 has thrown the world for a loop,

but it has also allowed us to pause and focus on some initiatives we

have been wanting to pursue for years.

TRADES PROGRAM

About 60% of our students are interested in going into a trade. We are sitting on the

front end of a trade resurgence in the US and we want provide a pathway to a better life

for our students. We are well connected to local trades and have begun pursuing

partnerships to turn the Trades Program from idea to reality.

YOUTH REINVESTMENT GRANT (YRG)

We are 1 of only 7 organizations who were selected from 29 proposals to receive this

exclusive grant. YRG is a state funded grant that focuses on diversion. Their goal is to

keep students out of the criminal justice system. We received $600,000 over 3 years to

support mental health services, mentoring and case management in our existing

programming.

OUR FUTURE

SHAREFEST ALUMNI PROGRAM

Even with the accomplishment of graduating high school, many of our students don’t

pursue post-secondary education or they drop out. Loren Sweet approached us about

funding a Sharefest Alumni Program to provide ongoing mentorship for students who

choose community college. A recent study done by Drexel University found that low SES

student mentees in their mentoring program had a 90% retention rate! Our pilot

program launches in Fall 2020.

READY 2 RISE GRANT

In January 2020, we were awarded $203,000 from the California Community

Foundation's Ready 2 Rise initiative, an unprecedented public-private partnership with

the Los Angeles County Department of Probation designed to keep youth out of the

criminal justice system. These funds are enabling us to expand the Youth Leadership

Academy, bolster our staff outreach to community organizations and implement a new

student tracking database.


THANK YOU

NONE OF THE IMPACT MADE WOULD BE POSSIBLE

WITHOUT THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF INDIVIDUALS,

ORGANIZATIONS AND CORPORATIONS WHO

BELIEVE IN OUR YOUTH.


SHAREFESTINC.ORG

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