UnidosNow Inc dba Unidos Now
Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Campus
1750 17th Street, Building D
Sarasota FL 34234
Mission

To elevate the quality of life for the local Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Luz Corcuera
Board Chair Mr Kelly Kirschner
Board Chair Affiliation Eckerd College
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
UnidosNow
UnidosNow.org
Unidos Now
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2017
State Registration Yes June 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $292,000.00
Projected Expenses $291,227.00
Impact Statement

UnidosNow's unique Future Leaders college prep programming, which incorporates an innovative, culturally relevant approach to engaging low income, first generation students and their parents, in both English and Spanish, completed its first full academic year of implementation.  Among the two high schools we partnered with in the 2015-16, we accomplished the following:

  • 18 college prep workshops for 42 freshmen and sophomores, 900 juniors, and 1,145 seniors
  • 2 college tours for 40 of underclassmen and parents
  • 6 financial resources workshops for parents
  • 2 FAFSA trainings for 102 seniors and their families
  • 90 individual student meetings to address questions about the admissions process, current academic standing, and accessing financial support.

In the past year, UnidosNow also secured an FCC license to launch the only Spanish language community radio station in the area, in partnership with Manatee Technical College, RadioUnidos. We are proud of this public-private partnership which serves as a powerful educational tool.

Finally, UnidosNow has a new, expanded team in place and is in an exciting position to expand upon our successful college access programming, and to broaden the scope of our work to accomplish our mission of elevating the quality of life for the local Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement.

One of Unidos' primary goals, going forward, is to create a college-going culture among low income, first generation students of all ages. While our focus has been on high school students, our aim is to expand into middle, and ultimately, elementary schools, to help young people achieve the needed level of readiness to succeed, including academic, financial, social, emotional and cultural readiness.

Part of this effort includes developing a post- secondary education collaborative in Manatee County, with key partners, to increase the rate of FAFSA completion among high school students.

Another organizational goal is to enhance education and information services regarding civic responsibilities and rights, including citizenship, voter registration, and promoting ESL classes to empower our community to be fully integrated into society.

Needs Statement

UnidosNow is a small, but mighty, organization of six team members. Much of our impact and success relies heavily on dedicated, passionate volunteers who can serve in a variety of capacities. We always need volunteers for the following:

· Mentors: to provide one-on-one advice and guidance for our students whose parents might not have the knowledge or background to assist their child in navigating/completing the college application process.

· Advisory Board Members: to serve on our Business and Strategic Development board to help create long term sustainability for the organization.

· Professional speakers: to serve on career exploration panels/discussions to educate students on their particular career area/profession.

In addition to volunteers, financial support is a critical need to keep our programming going and to be able to expand our college prep activities to elementary and middle schools in Manatee and Sarasota counties; 90% of our students are on free/reduced lunch. Examples of needed support include:

  • College prep program scholarships: $5,000 sponsors the college tour for 30 students to visit 10 college campuses. For many, this is their first time away from home and their only experience being on a college campus; $1,300 sponsors one scholarship for one year of comprehensive college guidance, along with support for the student’s parents/guardians; $300 sponsors a one-time workshop for high school seniors, such as SAT/ACT preparation; $100 sponsors the purchase of 5 Fisk Guides for students.
  • General operating gifts – of any amount – help support all of UnidosNow’s programs, including college prep, civic integration, and RadioUnidos programming.
Background Statement

In the fall of 2010, UnidosNow was founded to represent the integration needs of the region's fastest growing and most under-represented demographic: the Hispanic population.  In the last 20 years, in Sarasota/Manatee counties, the Latino population has grown by 300%. However, integration of this community into the larger  community's education, civic, economic, and cultural spheres has lagged heavily behind.

In the very foreseeable future , the ability of Latinos to secure a good education will have major ramifications on the safety and economic stability for both communities to prosper locally, statewide, and nationally. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of many well-meaning organizations, too many high-potential Hispanic/Latino students are being left behind and might continue to be left behind.

According to the Chronical of Higher Education, 43.5% of graduating seniors will be Hispanic, within the next 14 years. Currently, 66% of the adult Hispanic population in Manatee County and 60% of the adult Hispanic population in Sarasota County either dropped out of high school or only have a high school education ( Florida Department of Education, 2013).

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Keywords
unidos now, Dream Big Achieve Your American Dream, College Preparation, Deferred Action, Latinos, first gen college students, financial literacy, scholarships
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

If you look at the state of Florida and recognize the fact that a quarter of our population is now Hispanic, you should also quickly appreciate that there is a tremendous gulf in how our State is embracing this dramatic demographic shift.  This is particularly true for southwest Florida and the Manasota region, where Latinos now number 80,000, representing the region's largest minority group.  When speaking before groups in the area, we frequently use the analogy, "If you are a business, a government body, an arts organization, or a non-profit organization and you do not have a strategy to engage the exploding Hispanic population, it is akin to General Motors telling their shareholders they have no interest to invest or capture any market share in China or the emerging markets of Asia."  In other words, the survival of vibrant communities and organizations over the next two to three decades will depend on this effort.  

UnidosNow is looking to get ahead of such an erosion and lead this conversation now. As our name suggests, we lead the discussion in both Spanish and English - believing that the rapprochement is a two-way street, or indeed, a two-way obligation. We are a convening body, looking to bring together faith based-leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, students, government officials, and aligned communities that push for the greater integration of Hispanic and mainstream communities in southwest Florida, that will ultimately benefit the stability and prosperity of the region for all.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

 

Programs
Description

Our college preparation program empowers the growing population of Latino youth and other low income, first generation students – and their families - to become college and career ready. This requires career and life skills development, academic attainment, and strong parental support.  Our unique programming uses a two-generation approach to engaging and empowering young people and their parents.  In addition to parent engagement, our comprehensive model incorporates other best-practice components, for example, such as community service, career exploration, financial literacy.

Our college prep programming includes:

· Future Leaders Academy: an annual, intensive summer program for juniors and seniors

· Future Leaders High School Clubs: year-round clubs in select Manatee and Sarasota high schools, targeting underclassmen

· Community wide workshops: focused on college prep topics – such as FAFSA completion – offered in collaboration with community partners, e.g. high schools or churches.

Budget $148,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success

1. Short term assessments: 90% increase in college planning knowledge ascertained via pre and post assessments

INTERIM SUCCESS

2.Interim measurement: 50% will increase or maintain an average grade point average previous to

participating in the Future Leaders Academy ( FLA ) to the semester directly following completion of the Academy.

Long Term Success
  • 80% college or technical school matriculation rate and 40% completion rate of post secondary education (national statistics on low-income student graduation rate is 9% and the national average is 34% )

Program Success Monitoring Surveys and analytical processes were designed to measure the success of the program. We analyzed the impact the program has had on students’ pathway to college or technical institutes ( higher GPA rates, increased confidence levels, greater financial knowledge, focused career assessment, etc. ) along with their parents/guardians improved knowledge regarding financial literacy and personal involvement in their child’s post-secondary education.

By focusing on educational access, UnidosNow, through Future Leaders Academy (FLA) along with its partnership organizations has doubled the application rate of Hispanic/Latino students at USF, Sarasota/Manatee. 

Program Success Examples
Testimonials
 
My name is Luis. I am first generation in the United States and to even finish high school, let alone college. My parents both clean homes for a living. I am an IB student.

In 8th grade, I was also introduced to the Hot Wheels toy cars by a friend. I started to collect them then put the pieces together and decided that I would like to do something related to math and cars, so I wanted to be a mechanical engineer. Because of my initial interest in cars, I would like to help make a car that is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive. Cars are important because they help to transport us but environment is more important and cars are causing a great environmental damage.
UnidosNow Future Leaders Summer Academy (one tier of the Youth Collaborative) informed me and my mother in Spanish about my financial aid options. I got 100% tuition covered to FIU. My mentor helped me prepare for my interview with University of Pennsylvania, in which I am waiting for a decision. I am hopeful, because I would get a full-ride with my parents financial circumstances.
 
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My name is Guillermo. A student in my P.E. class had taken another students backpack and had stolen his phone and his iPod, while I was right next to him. The next morning I got called in and basically I was accused of being his accomplice, they felt that even though I didn't have any of the stolen material myself that, since I was next to him, that I was also involved in the situation. In other words I had been charged with a grand theft which translates into a felony for not stopping a crime that happened right in front of my eyes.
 
I was sent to Teen Court and found UnidosNow through compulsory community service. The Summer program has helped me learn about my college options and that I have a future regardless. I just received 20K merit to Stetson. I was given information on college prep that my parents nor I knew to do, especially the FAFSA. The program and my mentors set me on the right track.
Description

Our integration initiatives are focused on fostering education and information on the citizenship process, voter registration, ESL classes, and civic responsibilities and rights in order to be fully integrated into society. We also serve as a clearinghouse of information/resources available to the community. In addition, we believe one of our roles, in the context of the broader community, is to serve as a sounding board for cultural competency when it comes to providing culturally/linguistically appropriate education/services.

Budget $85,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Financial Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Hispanic, Latino Heritage Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success 100% of Integration Initiative class participants will acquire to the tools necessary to understand how to participate civically and contribute better to their local communities, etc.
Long Term Success
UnidosNow has helped over 400 families access social services. 
 
-Educate 100 families on Deferred Action and help 50 people apply for for the process 
Program Success Monitoring

The Integration Initiative has designed surveys that are distributed at the end of each program and presentation, in order to access the level of impact our work has had on them and their family.

Program Success Examples
Examples of the people the Integration Initiative has helped
 
Andrea was clueless and confused about her child’s progress in school. She didn’t understand the lengthy Individual Education Plan ( IEP ) she had just received from the school
 
Manuel and his parents paid a “notario,” in their rural town, thousands of dollars to file a petition for Deferred Action for Childhhod Arrivals ( DACA ) to Immigration, only to find out the petition was never filed. The”notario” hasn’t returned any of his phone calls.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization

Vicente Medina, one of our advisory committee members, shares his thoughts on why UnidosNow programs are vital and significant to the community:

“I support Unidos Now, not only because I am a U.S. Citizen of Latino descent. I support it because it is an organization that is helping to elevate the quality of life of our Latino population, in Florida, concentrating their efforts in our Bi-County area. They are being successful in achieving this goal by educating, helping integrate and civically engaging young and old Latinos, alike. Through programs such as the Future Leaders Academy, they help young students gain the leadership skills needed, not only to obtain a high school and college education but also shape the future of our community. They help young immigrants obtain their work permits, social security, and driver’s license number, which is imperative if we want to achieve social and civic integration of our Latino community."

Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Luz Corcuera
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email luz@unidosnow.org
Experience Luz has a proven track record in community-building and engagement.  She served as Program Director for Healthy Stat Manatee and as a Community Health Director for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.  Luz is passionate about education, health, cultural competency, and understanding the social determinants influencing socio-economic wellbeing.  Her significant work includes developing and overseeing diverse community-based initiatives to empower underserved and at-risk communities.  Luz moved from Toronto, Canada in  2000 where she practiced family therapy and remains a member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.  As an immigrant woman, Luz knows firsthand the challenges of integrating into a new community and sees education as the path out of poverty- values that she instilled in her own children from a very early age.  She is committed to working with any individual and organization that promotes opportunities for our young population.  Luz has been recognized with numerous awards for building strong relationships in the Manasota region with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations to close the education achievement gap, reverse negative health and education trends and empower people to  take a proactive role in civic life.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Hector Tejeda Jan 2014 - Dec 2015
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Lisa Ramirez Strategic Initiatives
Hector Tejeda Director, Education Initiatives
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 60
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
UnidosNow collaborates with Hispanic churches in Sarasota and Manatee as well as the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, New College, Catholic Charities, Gulf Coast Legal Services, the Asolo Repertory Theater, Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Sarasota and Manatee County school districts, NAACP-Manatee, Saraota Sheriff's Office, Sarasota Police Department, Talent for Tomorrow, Community Youth Development and Manatee Community Foundation.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - Affiliate2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
2011 Non-Profit Organization of the Year7Dias Newspaper2011
20 People to Watch for our Executive DirectorBiz9412012
Content of Character Award for Frankie SorianoTriPath Media of Sarasota2013
Nominee in the category of Be More InformedWEDU Be More Awards2014
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

At UnidosNow we are very proud of our staff who are culturally competent and understand many of the experiences of our student and adult program participants. This bicultural understanding equips our organization to bridge the gap that currently exists between much of the Latino community and mainstream society. Through our programming, we are working to grow/groom local talent who will help transform our community.

Our greatest challenge, as with all newer, small non-profits, is building financial growth and sustainability. One of our strengths, however, is our flexibility, which will help us in the area, since the “only constant is change.” We also see great opportunities in our current (and future) relationships with national, regional, and local organizations, such as NCLR, institutions of higher education, and foundations, for example.

Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Nothing speaks louder than the testimonial of our students and families. Please enjoy!
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Kelly Kirschner
Company Affiliation Eckerd College
Board Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Board Chair Email kirschkm@eckerd.edu
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Luis Eduardo Baron TV Net Media Group
Mr Cristobal J Czaia Czaia Law
Mr. Kelly Kirschner Dearn at Eckerd College
Mr Francisco Soriano Neoform Construction
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

The organization's current board of directors is working to expand its membership in an effort to have more diverse representation.  In addition, it is working to reactivate the advisory committees. UnidosNow will create a schedule of regular board and advisory committee training and retreats to build long-term, strategic sustainability plans.


Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $292,000.00
Projected Expenses $291,227.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years?
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$146,649$103,872$96,620
Administration Expense$23,973$18,289$10,554
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.001.541.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%85%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$288,324$104,902$35,174
Current Assets$276,800$104,179$35,174
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$17,270$3,858$0
Total Net Assets$271,054$101,044$35,174
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $334,272Contributions, gifts, grants $172,843Contributions, gifts, grants $115,967
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCollege Prep $3,525Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $10,000Program Service Revenue $3,200
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDACA $1,872Fundraising $5,188Membership Dues $74
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.0327.00--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

UnidosNow just completed its  financial audit of our 2015 financials. UnidosNow understands the need to diversify our revenue sources and create a viable revenue model that does not rely solely on donations. This is the reason UnidosNow participated in Patterson Foundation's No Margin No Mission. It is also the reason partnership is vital.

Through Collaborative partnership, UnidosNow will seek funding for collaborative programming. We also are aware of the need to further engage the support from those who we serve directly and have them recognize our true added value of the services they receive through UnidosNow, whether it be college access or resource center referrals. 
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information is taken from IRS Form 990-EZ/990.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit UnidosNow Inc dba Unidos Now
Address Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Campus
1750 17th Street, Building D
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone 941 256-0625

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