Rainbow Days - The Trans4m Center

At a Glance

National Office: 
8150 N. Central Expressway Suite 1600
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-887-0726

Cathey Brown, M.Ed.
People Served: 
40,000
Tax ID: 
75-1844908

Focus area(s):

Teacher & Principal Training
After-School & Out-of-School
Mental Health

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Description

The Trans4m Center, a division of Rainbow Days, works alongside organizations in human service, education, and criminal justice sectors to bring the latest research and training to their staff. Started in 2012, the Center builds upon three decades of ground-breaking work providing behavioral health prevention and intervention services for children and youth across North Texas and leveraging this expertise by developing, publishing and evaluating curriculum, and, then in turn, training over 40,000 individuals across Texas and 39 other states.  

  

Impact and Outcomes

SKILL: 90% of professionals receiving training will increase their skills and confidence in dealing with high-risk children and youth.
SATISFACTION: 95% of professionals receiving training will be highly satisfied with The Trans4m Center.
SCALE: The Trans4m Center will have scaled from 40 states to 50 by 2014.

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Mission & Goals

In the New Economy, nonprofit organizations like Rainbow Days are faced with shifting funding sources, economic upheaval, increased calls for accountability and impact, new technologies and modes of communication, and uncertainty about the future. Nonprofit providers, especially those serving high-risk  populations, are being called upon to chart a new course for the sector — serving the most clients with the best available solutions in the most cost-effective manner possible. To that end, providers are in need of research-based, yet flexible and easy-to-use curricula and promising practices that meet their diverse needs. They are also in need of education and training that elevate their understanding not only of client behavior, but also of ways to work in tandem with clients to develop positive behavioral assets.

The theory of change for this venture is if the human service, education, and criminal justice sectors are effectively exposed to research-based knowledge on promoting positive behavioral health strategies through flexible and easy-to-implement professional development based on curricula and cutting-edge education, the sectors will more adequately address the diverse needs of children and youth, which will lead to a healthy and promising future for every child. The social goals associated with the theory of change include:

  • Demonstrating the effectiveness of philosophy via direct services within the North Texas area and conduct research to substantiate impact;
  • Becoming a thought leader in and outside of Texas and within all the human service,education and criminal justice sectors;
  • Ensuring that knowledge transfer via curriculum, education and training services, and other supporting products is based on the latest research; and
  • Ensuring that application of promising practices is cutting-edge and allows providers flexibility and ease of implementation.

Program

Rainbow Days has already been providing education and training services for more than 30 years. The centerpiece behind its current efforts has been Rainbow Days’ proprietary curriculum, Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program with its program extensions —

  • Kids’ Connection (designed for children and youth ages 4-12)
  • Youth Connection (designed for children and youth ages 10-17)
  • Kids’ Connection Too (designed for children and youth ages 4-15 living within a homeless shelter or other transitional setting)
  • Faith Connection (designed for children and youth ages 4-15 within Christian faith-based settings)

The CBSG® Program is a unique, multi-cultural, evidence-based preventive intervention for selective and indicated populations. The program is designed for males and females, ages 4-17, whose high-risk situations, attitudes and behaviors place them at elevated risk for future behavioral and health problems including substance abuse, delinquency and violence. The support group modality sets the CBSG® Program apart from other preventive interventions.  

To date, Rainbow Days has trained close to 18,000 professionals and volunteers in 40 states to implement its Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program. In 2011, after receiving promising results on a control group study, Rainbow Days successfully applied and received recognition by the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

In addition to the CBSG® Program, Rainbow Days — through a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation — is in the final stages of development of another curriculum, which is already garnering attention not only from human service providers, but educators as well. Positive Behavior for School Success is designed as a universal, classroom-based curriculum, which addresses key behavioral deficits associated with dropping out of school. It is built around a behavioral assets framework of the 4R’s — relationships, resiliency, responsibility and readiness.

Rather than directly providing these curriculums across the country, they are indirectly providing them to providers human service,education and criminal justice sectors. Based on past experience, providers can receive the training and conduct 4 support groups serving 40 children and youth for an entire year for under $3,000. . The ..

Impact

The CBSG® Program  was developed in Texas in 1982 and was implemented first in community-based settings and then in schools. An adaptation for use in homeless and domestic violence shelters, group homes, and other transitional settings was developed with a 5-year demonstration grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington and the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (former name).

Students identified by school counselors and faculty as being at elevated risk for early substance use and future delinquency and violence were randomly assigned to the intervention group or to a nonintervention control group.  Researchers found that:

  • Outcome #1: Antisocial attitudes - From pre- to posttest, intervention group students had a significant decrease in antisocial attitudes compared with control group students (p < .05).
  • Outcome #2: Rebellious behavior - From pre- to posttest, intervention group students had a significant decrease in self-reported rebellious behavior compared with control group students (p < .05).
  • Outcome #3: Attitudes and intentions of substance abuse - From pre- to posttest, intervention group students had a significant increase in anti-substance use attitudes and intentions compared with control group students (p < .05).  

 

Hedl, J. J., Jr. (2009, December). Reducing interrelated risks for substance abuse, delinquency and violence: Effects of the Rainbow Days' Curriculum-Based Support Group Program. Nonequivalent control group study--Study conducted in 2003; analysis conducted in 2007. Final report: January, 2008 (Rev. ed.). 

 

 

 

 

Growth Plan

The growth plan for The Trans4m Center will be to penetrate the existing market within Texas and existing networks in other states as a “soft launch” in Year 1 by re-branding Rainbow Days’ offerings as The Trans4m Center. During this soft launch, Rainbow Days will continue to learn about the needs of customers and adjust as necessary. Starting in Year 2, Rainbow Days will officially launch as the The Trans4m Center providing offerings to a diverse audience who is less familiar with Rainbow Days. Through The Trans4m Center, Rainbow Days will provide current education and training services to direct service providers across the country as well as consider new offerings to be developed based on market need.  

Because Rainbow Days has current staff who already provide education and training services, the operating model will not be substantially different, except that The Trans4m Center will now be a separate division of Rainbow Days and supported by a separate Advisory Council.  The Trans4m Center will be staffed with existing employees with plans to grow as demand increases. It will also invest in marketing assistance to build awareness and sales through contractors in Year 1 and a full-time Marketing Manager in Year 2. Rainbow Days also plans to upgrade technologically by launching a stand-alone website geared toward the market, experimenting with online training, and upgrading its CRM system.

Currently, Rainbow Days is operating its education and training services at a modest profit. To launch The Trans4m Center and scale nationwide, Rainbow Days is seeking an investment of $500,000 in start-up and working capital spread across the first five years, primarily to fund these technological upgrades, hire marketing expertise and begin business development activities. With this investment, Rainbow Days should experience a profit margin of over 20 percent in Year 5 and allow The Trans4m Center to train 2,655 in 2013, 3,186 in 2014, and 3,823 in 2015.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
8150 N. Central Expressway Suite 1600
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-887-0726
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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2016

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$50,000
Foundation Grants: 
$319,269
Government Funding: 
$644,608
Contributions from Individuals: 
$269,400
Special Events: 
$183,491
Program Services Fees: 
$217,869
Membership Dues: 
$136,390
Other Earned Income: 
$3,000
Other Revenue: 
$123,000
Other Revenue (Description): 
United Way
Total Revenue: 
$1,947,027

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$1,328,086
Occupancy: 
$136,591
Travel & Entertainment: 
$68,270
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$233,505
Telephone & Communications: 
$27,010
Payments to Affiliates: 
$8,815
Other Expenses: 
$123,084
Other Expenses (Description): 

Camps, Insurance, Audit

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$1,925,361

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$21,666

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$46,000
Foundation Grants: 
$232,868
Government Funding: 
$644,501
Contributions from Individuals: 
$263,500
Program Services Fees: 
$210,375
Membership Dues: 
$145,657
Other Earned Income: 
$2,092
Other Revenue: 
$143,504
Other Revenue (Description): 
United Way
Special Events: 
$145,612
Total Revenue: 
$1,834,109

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$1,371,816
Occupancy: 
$95,195
Travel & Entertainment: 
$50,502
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$153,352
Telephone & Communication: 
$28,703
Payments to Affiliates: 
$6,321
Other Expenses: 
$125,730
Other Expenses (Description): 

Camps, Insurance, Audits

Total Expenses: 
$1,831,619

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$2,490

Major Funders

$100,000 and Above

State of Texas Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division

Texas Department of State Health Services

U.S. Department of Housing and

Urban Development

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

 

$50,000 - $99,999

Anonymous

AT&T

Whitacre Family Foundation

 

$10,000 - $49,999

Bank of America Foundation

Baron & Blue Foundation

Capital for Kids

Citi

Lisa & David Dickson

Dirk Nowitzki Foundation

Jim & Deborah Epperson

Fred & Tammy Halfpap

Harold Simmons Foundation

Nancy Ann Hunt

Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation

The Rees-Jones Foundation

 

$5,000 - $9,999

Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

Al G. Hill, Jr.

Jones Day

Orix Foundation

Greg & Julie Pascuzzi

Kathryn Steininger

Women’s Council of Dallas