Harlem RBI, Inc.

At a Glance

National Office: 
333 East 100th Street
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 722-1608

Richard Berlin
People Served: 
1,200
Year Founded: 
1991
Tax ID: 
13-4025290

Focus area(s):

College Access
After-School & Out-of-School
Fitness & Nutrition

Description

Harlem RBI is a 501(c)3, community-based youth development organization located in East Harlem, New York. Harlem RBI’s mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. Harlem RBI uses the power of teams to Coach, Teach and Inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

Impact and Outcomes

Harlem RBI is dedicated to achieving transformative outcomes for participants as well breeding transformational change within the communities it works alongside. Metrics include: literacy and math scores and levels for participants, grade promotion, enrollment in quality high schools, program attendance and retention, high school graduation, and college matriculation and persistence.
School Quality: In 2016, 80% of 8th grade participants matriculated to College and Career Ready High Schools.
High School Graduation: 100% of 2015 high school seniors 2015 graduated from high school and matriculated to college in the fall of 2015. All 2016 high school senior participants graduated as well.
College Persistence: Of those Legends who graduated from high school in 2014 and 2015, 86% and 100% are still enrolled in college, respectively, as of January 2016.
Grade Promotion: Grade promotion for middle school students far exceeded the overall goal of 90% in 2016.
Academics: In the summer of 2016, 99% of elementary participants avoided summer learning loss.

Mission & Goals

Harlem RBI is a 501(c)3, community-based youth development organization located in New York City, serving the neighborhoods of East Harlem and the South Bronx. Harlem RBI’s mission is to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. Harlem RBI uses the power of teams to Coach, Teach and Inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

 

Harlem RBI seeks not only to transform the lives of the individual youth and families that it serves, but also to transform an entire community by creating and empowering a new generation of leaders. To do this, Harlem RBI uses a comprehensive, long-term approach to youth development that supports all aspects of a young person’s life from kindergarten to college and career. Harlem RBI’s scaffolded curriculum builds from season to season and year to year, and includes a range of opportunities and supports, such as academic enrichment, life skills development, social work services, sexual health education, career readiness, college preparation and service learning, which creates a continuum of service for East Harlem youth. In addition, participation on the same baseball or softball team throughout middle and high school creates a sense of community and consistency—and the expectation that all youth can and will succeed—during a time of significant challenge, change and transition. 

 

The intensity and duration of Harlem RBI’s connections with youth reflect its ironclad commitment that youth who enter the program as vulnerable children graduate as resilient young adults. When youth leave Harlem RBI, the organization expects them to be physically and mentally healthy; high school graduates; work-ready; good teammates, friends and family members; confident, competent and caring members of their community; and active citizens. Only when participants graduate from college and begin a career—and ultimately return to Harlem RBI as volunteers, donors, staff and even board members—is the cycle of success sustainable and complete. 

Program

Harlem RBI’s approach to youth development and education addresses the barriers East Harlem and South Bronx youth typically face by providing concrete opportunities to build the skills and confidence needed to break the cycle of poverty. All Harlem RBI participants play on a baseball or softball team, which serves as both a “hook” to attract youth participation and a tool to help youth develop as leaders, teammates and individuals. Harlem RBI’s off-the-field activities consist of a series of age-appropriate, team-based after-school and summer programs that change over time as participants grow from year to year. Programs are free of charge and open to all participants regardless of athletic or academic ability. Once youth join Harlem RBI, they are a part of a safe, supportive and engaging environment where they can play, learn and grow until they graduate from high school and college.

 

Harlem RBI’s long-term goals for youth are achieved through participation in a comprehensive series of programs from Kindergarten to high school and college.

 

·         In REAL Kids after-school and summer programs, youth in grades K-5 spend their afternoons or summer on a baseball or softball team and participate in literacy enrichment and teambuilding activities that develop academic, social-emotional skills in a fun, learning environment. All program components are integrated to create a meaningful experience that engages youth in learning academic skills and builds life-long healthy habits.

 

·         TeamBuildersis summer and after-school programming for middle school youth, providing social, emotional, physical and academic enrichment in a team-based environment. Additional case management and high school selection guidance assists youth with the crucial transition through middle school.

 

·         DreamWorks offers targeted services to youth in grades 9-12 to develop academic, leadership and employment skills and strategically supports youth in their pursuit of post-secondary education through college selection and application assistance, SAT preparation and financial aid services.

 

·         Legendsprovides intensive outreach to college-aged Harlem RBI alumni with individualized and group support to ensure they thrive after high school, graduate from college and begin a successful career.

 

With a long history of expanding its services to meet the needs of community, Harlem RBI opened DREAM Charter School in 2008. Its mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship. DREAM Charter School currently serves nearly 500 youth in grades Pre-K- 8 at the East Harlem Center for Living and Learning, a new facility opened by Harlem RBI in 2015.

 

In 2013, Harlem RBI expanded to the South Bronx, replicating the proven programming model in a community whose needs mirror East Harlem in 1991. REAL Kids, the organization’s largest and most enduring program, was replicated at PS 18, serving youth in grades K-5. Today, Harlem RBI offers programming for youth in the South Bronx in grades K-8. A new Field of Dreams will be completed in Patterson Park, which will house a baseball diamond and playground to be shared by the school and the community alike, in 2017. 

Impact

Harlem RBI currently provides 2,000 East Harlem and South Bronx youth ages 5-22 with comprehensive academic, enrichment and sports programs each year, including nearly 500 students in grades pre-K-8 at Harlem RBI’s DREAM Charter School. Since 2005, 96% of our Harlem RBI seniors have graduated from high school, 93% of our seniors have gained college acceptance and 99% of our youth have avoided teen parenthood. In 2015 and 2016, 100% of high school seniors matriculated in to college.

 

While Harlem RBI recognizes that academic skills are critical to youth’s success, the organization also believes that social and emotional skills are crucial to healthy youth development. The organization, and specifically the REAL Kids program, has also worked to tighten the crucial social work and family engagement activities. To enhance youth support, social workers are collaborating with program staff to better asses youth needs in order to create and implement individualized behavior plans for identified youth. Harlem RBI has also revamped its crisis management protocols to provide high-quality intervention beyond immediate identification of suicidal feelings, abuse, violence or neglect in the home, conflict at school or among peers, environmental trauma or the sudden loss of a family member or close friend.

 

Harlem RBI’s Data and Strategy team provides comprehensive, data-driven information to staff in order to improve programming. Consistent use of data inquiry processes and data-driven decision making at multiple levels of the organization, from line-staff to the Board of Directors, ensures that the organization is not only tracking individual youth outcomes over time, but also utilizing this information to improve programs on a continual basis.

 

The organization’s Data Review cycle aligns service delivery, quality metrics and indicators on short and long-term outcomes with service delivery points throughout the year. Data Reviews provide staff with an opportunity to learn from data and make appropriate program changes, while summary reports on data results and action plans provide the information Harlem RBI leaders and staff need to determine strategic direction and make crucial decisions. 

Growth Plan

Harlem RBI is planning for an ambitious future both here in New York City and further afield. The organization’s new 2016-2020 strategic plan will guide the organization over the next five years through three areas of change:

·         Sustain: bolstering talent strategies, investing in infrastructure and building a fund reserve that will guarantee the organization has the financial muscle and flexibility to execute on its new strategic plan;

·         Evolve: ensuring that the organization continues to hone its programming model, engage with the community in a meaningful manner and build systems and processes that increase efficiency; and

·         Expand: the possibility of expanding Harlem RBI’s REAL Kids Summer model to new geographies.

 

Expansion will implant the proven REAL Kids program model to another location, increasing the number of youth served and program impact. Harlem RBI’s commitment to this model shows the willingness to invest in methods and continuously refine in order to better serve our youth. The organization believes that expansion offers the opportunity to:

·         Further the reach of its impact through serving a new high-need community;

·         Grow without surpassing the philanthropic limitations of New York City; and

·         Refine its programming so that it can ensure a more rapid and effective replication elsewhere in the future.

 

Growth and expansion has been at the core of Harlem RBI’s mindset from its founding because of the ever-changing nature of the community and its needs. Instead of resting on familiar, the organization strives to continuously improve, in order to better serve its home communities and those like them across the region.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
333 East 100th Street
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 722-1608
List of locations

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2014

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,371,522
Foundation Grants: 
$3,529,083
Government Funding: 
$1,610,673
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,025,207
Special Events: 
$3,803,075
Program Services Fees: 
$1,068,401
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$669,844
Other Revenue: 
$87,197
Other Revenue (Description): 
Interest, donated service
Total Revenue: 
$13,165,002

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$8,796,620
Occupancy: 
$384,943
Travel & Entertainment: 
$105,000
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$342,771
Telephone & Communications: 
$0
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,206,838
Other Expenses (Description): 

Direct program supplies and services, scholarships, emergency assistance fund, special events

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$11,836,172

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$1,328,830

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,513,731
Foundation Grants: 
$3,391,403
Government Funding: 
$1,270,730
Contributions from Individuals: 
$1,686,682
Program Services Fees: 
$944,193
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$600,628
Other Revenue: 
$172,030
Other Revenue (Description): 
Interest, donated service
Special Events: 
$4,678,703
Total Revenue: 
$14,258,100

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$7,018,112
Occupancy: 
$332,816
Travel & Entertainment: 
$96,192
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$92,585
Telephone & Communication: 
$0
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,007,130
Other Expenses (Description): 

 

Direct program supplies and services, scholarships, emergency assistance fund, special events

Total Expenses: 
$9,546,835

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$4,711,265

Major Funders

Altman Foundation

Capital One

Charles Hayden Foundation

Clark Foundation

Delta

Goldman Sachs

Heckscher Foundation for Children

Major League Baseball

New York City Department of Youth & Community Development

New York State Department of Health

New York State Office of Children & Family Services

Robin Hood

Samberg Family Foundation

Tiger Foundation