Sensibly Awaiting Corporation
76 SHEPPARD RD
BEAUFORT SC 29907-2518
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Sensibly Awaiting, Inc./SAI
Address 76 SHEPPARD RD
BEAUFORT, SC 299072518
Telephone (843) 5248384
Fax (843) 5242949
E-mail verna3500@embarqmail.com
Projected Annual Revenue $20,000.00 (2015)
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Mission Statement
We are:
 
Sensibly Awaiting, Inc.  (SAI) is a non-profit organization that provides one-to-one mentoring to youth jeopardy of academic failure. 
Our Target:
Youth at-risk in Beaufort County
Vision:
To prevent adolescent problems by helping youth make good choices and develop healthy behaviors, values, and purpose. 
 
Mission Statement:
 
To provide educational services as a mean of “Saving Our Youth” and placing them on a journey towards academic excellence as life-long learners.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Verna L. Holmes
Board Chair Mrs. Verna L. Holmes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission
We are:
 
Sensibly Awaiting, Inc.  (SAI) is a non-profit organization that provides one-to-one mentoring to youth jeopardy of academic failure. 
Our Target:
Youth at-risk in Beaufort County
Vision:
To prevent adolescent problems by helping youth make good choices and develop healthy behaviors, values, and purpose. 
 
Mission Statement:
 
To provide educational services as a mean of “Saving Our Youth” and placing them on a journey towards academic excellence as life-long learners.
Background
SAI is a non-profit organization that provides educational services to children in jeopardy of academic failure.  It is designed to prevent adolescent problems by helping youth develop healthy behaviors, values, and purpose.  Our program uses realistic methods of engaging youth in individual group discussions and role-playing to curb their behaviors, build self-esteem, and lessen tension at home and school. The one-to-one ratio of volunteers allows the youth to progress academically, as well as, helping them make an attitudinal change in their overall performance.
 
Our goal is to educate anyone willing to learn, therefore, we have a Parent Academy and caters to parental needs in the area of job training, heath issues, and sessions on how  building family relationships within the home.
Impact SAI faces daily struggles to keep our cause alive and it is difficult to retain and link up with donors but we have survived with the financial assistance of board members and parents. In spite of funding, our programs continue to make great strides in helping our youth to excel academically.  We feel blessed that all of the stakeholders are working together for the good of the program. We pride ourselves on being focused and committed in such a rewarding position. The aim of the program is to help our youths become productive citizens in this competitive global world and achieve their life goals.
But with so many obstacles facing them it is difficult for them to stay on course. As mentors, our goal is to make sure we reach every youth desiring to have a better life.  I am delighted that I have impacted the lives of so many youth.  For me, being a volunteer/mentor is very rewarding and is reflected in the successes of our youth.  The other mentors work hard towards reaching new prospects that we would never have found on our own. They were instrumental in making a positive impact in all areas of youth’s behavior and development which improve their self-esteem; built cohesive relationships, and greatly improved their academic performance.  Our youth also helped raise awareness of our programs by advertising word of mouth to their peers. This proves that mentoring work because it gives the youth the opportunity of saving another youth from risky juvenile crimes. They have built cooperative relationships, begin to trust people, develop social skills, involved in enrichment and recreation activities and have blossomed into a change person seeking a future of unlimited potential.
Finally, during our process of evaluating our program, we discovered that these youth were “lonely” (i.e. parents working, home alone, babysitting sibling, and the likes) and had no one to communicate their feelings, needs, and regrets.  So we begin listening, giving advice, rather simply communicating to them. As a result, we took some of the pressure of them and added them to the program (extending program hours, extending the ages so siblings could attend the program, alleviating the duty of babysitting, etc.). So we are very grateful to them because the successes of our programs are due to enrolling youth most likely to benefit by us taking over their heavy load.  They have been relieved of their heavy burden and which have been taken on by trained mentors who articulated clear program goals and provided ongoing support to strengthen their overall performance at home and in school.

SAI has:

·         Attracted and enrolled over 50 young ladies

·         Served young ladies in elementary, middle, and high school with after-school enrichment programs, retreats, activities, and events

·         Provides bi-monthly meeting and literacy lessons with an outline                     curriculum

·         98% of the young ladies completed the program

·         100% still in school public and charter schools

·         92% enrolled in institution of higher learning

·         7% enrolled in the United States Military

·         2% in managerial positions in the labor force

·         93 feel more confident in pursuing their life goals

·         98 % reports that the program was effected and  impacted their lives               for the better

·         Success of the young ladies mentoring program made way to ex                     incorporate component for young men in Beaufort County

Needs The success of any program depends upon its operation.  SAI prides itself on our past accomplishments but there are a few items that limits continued enrollment. First, space is a problem and leasing and rental is an expense the program cannot handle at present.  Our youth needs to be housed in an environment that is positive and where they are free from harm.  Second, there is a need for more volunteers which requires a SLED investigation in working with our youth.  This is another problem as funds are not available to absorb this cost. Last, is funding.  Simply put, we need money and the program’s success won’t continue if funding is not provided.  
CEO/Executive Director Statement
SAI is a mentoring program which enables youth to gain the confidence to face the world with a healthier attitude.  Mentoring has a big impact on the path of a youth's life and research shows that majority of kids involved in mentoring programs remained in school, are drug-free, had no involvement in gang activity or the juvenile system, and did not become pregnant as teens. As mentor our goal to”Save Our Youth” is met and the satisfaction is quite rewarding.
 
Our program provides a measure of prevention early in the lives of our youth because parents need the additional support which is a critical process in educating in their children. Youth makes decision to drop out of school is an early process that why prevention is so important. If there is effective intervention at an early stage, this process can be redirected to a better outcome. As volunteers/mentors we must reach each youth at a point where they can gain benefit from an adult being present in their lives.
 
Mentoring can be difficult at times but we can’t give up on youth that severely need our services.  Ultimately, the youth will change their attitudes and welcome mentoring and develop the feeling of giving and sharing one's self can make a real difference in their lives. Our goal is to build relation with these youth to engage and we’re having a meaningful conversations. We all need a place of safety and youth needs adults in their lives so they won’t fall through the cracks.  That’s why it is important that we transport them from school to the center, provide them with meals which may be the only nutritious meal they get.  Also, this may be the only time outside of the school day that kids can spend time with emotionally stable adults.
 
SAI Mentoring Program helps prevent youth of all ages from becoming disconnected from society, increasing youth resiliency to at-risk behaviors, and improve academics, and social and community success.  Creating caring, mentoring relationships between the volunteers and students; creating an environment of high expectations for students – including attendance, participation, and academic achievement; supporting academic achievement through individual tutoring; providing opportunities for students to participate and contribute in the community through; and increasing life skills and connection to culture.
 
It takes all of us “a village” to save our youth.  We solicit your support in helping us save the youth of Beaufort County.  At present, crimes have escalated in our County and we want to help a youth become productive rather than incarcerating them.
Board Chair Statement
SAI takes pride in the accomplishment of the young ladies that were enrolled in the program. The desire is to serve even more youth over the years.  Our motto, “Save Our Youth” program is a life line for our youth. Our youth are faced with school failure, poverty, peer pressure; a myriad of ugly things that attract them to the risky behaviors.   This program is a safe haven for them because it eliminates being home alone and the desire of engaging in juvenile behavior that may change their lives.  Youth in positive programs make them more productive, respectful, and compassionate about staying focus on their life goals. 
We want to provide our youth with what’s missing in their lives.  Our vision is to provide one mentor and a child at a time.  We want every youth to leave us with a feeling of victory.  That with the help of my mentor I can make it; or someone cares about me.  What a wonderful feeling to have impacted the life of a youth. 
I am a retired school teacher and am still in touch with my children for years.  I joined the entire social network to guide their every move and correspond with them about the successes.  Recently, one made the Dean’s List, another was accepted into Master Program of Social Workers, and the list goes on.  Youth need to know that we care and want the best for them. We modeled this type of behavior in front of them and they model for each others. 
Nevertheless, high quality programs cost and without funding many youth will not be able to enroll.  Saving a youth can cut the cost juvenile of delinquency.  When we save a youth, we are making room for lawyers, judges, doctors, even a teacher like me.  My philosophy about education is, “every child can learn” only if we are willing to put in the time.  We must put time into our youth if we want to change their behaviors and give them a purpose to become successful.
Due to the success of the program for the young ladies, we have implemented a program for young men.  We are proud of the youth in our program because they have excelled academically, never been arrested, suspended from school, or involved or arrested in/of any juvenile behavior.  Our aim is to save as many youth as possible and donations are needed to continue the success of SAI.
Areas of Service
Area
Beaufort County
SAI serves youth in Beaufort County and surrounding areas. Our focus area is Lady's Island and we serve youth in several schools in that area.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Verna L. Holmes
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Email verna3500@embarqmail.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. William Green Human Resource Director-United States Naval Hospital
Mrs. Verna L. Holmes Retired
Mrs. Anna Major Retired
Evangelist Priscilla R. Stoney Beaufort-Jasper Comprehensive Health, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Violetta Retired
Dr. Jayne Violetta Professor-University of South Carolina
Mrs. Ethel Wallace Immunization Clinic Director-United Stated Naval Hospital
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Other Boards
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Comments

 SAI is a mentoring program which enables youth to gain the confidence to face the world with a healthier attitude.  Mentoring has a big impact on the path of a youth's life and research shows that majority of kids involved in mentoring programs remained in school, are drug-free, had no involvement in gang activity or the juvenile system, and did not become pregnant as teens. As mentors, our goal to”Save Our Youth” is met with satisfaction which was quite rewarding.

Our program provides a measure of prevention early in the lives of our youth because parents need the support of mentors which is a critical in educating in their children. Otherwise, youth may decide to drop out of school and get involve in risky juvenile crimes. If there is effective intervention at an early stage, this process can be redirected for a better outcome. As volunteers/mentors we must reach each youth at a point where they can gain benefit from a positive adult being present in their lives.

Mentoring can be difficult at times but we can’t give up on youth that severely need our services.  Ultimately, the youth will change their attitudes and welcome mentoring, because of the difference it can make in their lives. Our goal is to build relationships with these youth in a place of safety so they won’t fall through the cracks.  That’s why it is important that we transport them from school to the center, provide them with meals which may be the only nutritious meal they received.  Also, this may be the only time outside of the school day that kids can spend time with stable adults. As a teacher, I enjoy mentoring youth outside of the classroom and teaching and learning can be more engaging when you bring the entire stakeholders in the learning environment. 

I believed that graduation is a major milestone on a youth path to becoming a successful adult and when our youth succeed and are educated, our community thrives.  If we do not help these young people achieve this important key to their future, there will be serious consequences for the youth themselves, their future families, and our communities.

SAI Mentoring Program helps prevent youth of all ages from becoming disconnected from society, increasing youth resiliency of getting involved in risky juvenile behaviors, and improving academics, attending social events, and respecting their communities.  By showing how much we care about their future and building a relationships with them, our youth can excel beyond their own imagination.


 

Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Mrs. Verna L. Holmes
Experience

 Ms. Holmes is dedicated to the success of the the program and believes in delivering and sustaining excellent results. The Board believes that she is the right person for the job and is fortunate to have her at the helm.  She is passionate and hardworking and dedicated to motivating others. Her worthiness and dedication exceeds far more than what she is worth. Ms. Holmes is dedicated to the success of the program and believes in delivering and sustaining excellent results. The Board believes that she is the right person for the job and is fortunate to have her at the helm.  She is passionate and hardworking and is dedicated to motivating other.  Her worthiness and dedication exceeds far more than we sometime value her.

Ms. Verna Holmes retired from Beaufort County Board of Education as a certified teacher.  She holds a M.Ed., Ed.S, with hope of completing her doctoral in Education Leadership and Counseling by December 2016.  She holds principal certification (K-6).  Ms. Holmes was the owner of Grammy’s Child Development and Learning Center.  She held numerous positions working with children.  She was a mentor/tutor for Big Brother’s Big Sister’s and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Beaufort County Recreation (PALS) as a counselor.  Ms. Holmes enjoy working with youth as she is married (Matthew), the mother of three (Ron, John, Shanna; 11 grand, 2 great-grand).  
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2015
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description
1)  Educational Mentoring Program
2)  Mentoring Program for young ladies
3)  Mentoring Program for young men
 
Academic Support-Enrichment-Recreation (ASER)
These three component has proven to be academically successful for the youth enrolled in our programs. Youth are provided with planned academic sessions that engages them in activities that supports educational achievement.
 
Planned enrichment are the core of our mentoring program.  Our youth participates in activities that stimulates them to explore a wide range of possibilities , become innovative, respect differences, know the importance of education as life-long learners.
 
Even though learning is important, enrichment and recreational skills enhance youth academic successes.  They promotes the development of self-esteem, leadership abilities, teamwork, character-building, social skills, and conflict resolution.  Every activity, event, retreat is a learning process for the youth enrolled in our programs.
 
Population Served:           Youth ages 0-19
Budget 6,000
Short Term Success By the end of 10 sessions and one-to-one mentoring, youth behavior will decrease by 60%.
Long Term Success Youth risky behavior change will decrease by 80% and academic success increased by 75% with one-to-one mentoring.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Youth enrollment into the program has increased their overall academic performance with continual increases.
Description
The Commitment to Purity program is a mentoring program for young ladies that offers adult guidance and support as they take a stand against risky behaviors.  The provision of this program helped youth to perform better academically, build their self esteem, show compassion for peers,  and build a sisterhood with youth women of all ages.
 
Population Served:              Youth ages 0-19 
 
Budget 7,000
Short Term Success SAI have not lost a young lady to crimes, death, imprisoned due to juvenile behaviors.
Long Term Success Our youth are performing well in educational institutions and like the person they have become.  
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Our program is successful by the increase of youth interested in enrolling in the program.  The growth from present youth is a tool used to measure the effectiveness of the program.
Description
The Coming of Age program is a mentoring program for young men.  They are offered adult guidance and support as they transition through the challenging adolescent years.  This is a time when these youth are taking steps toward manhood. This program is dedicated to helping young men get to know themselves, their communities, and the environment.
 
Population Served:              Youth ages 0-19
Budget 7,000
Short Term Success Our goal is to solicit one mentor for every young man that enrolled in the program and is jeopardy of academic failure.  By the end of one year, 70% of the young men enrolled will increase their academic and make a vast change in their behaviors.
Long Term Success This is a new program and funding is a demand for its success.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY The success of this program will be measure by the number of young men in the program after one year.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Feb 2015
Comments
Organization Comments

SAI aspires to achieve financial security, and are highly motivated when our finances are in jeopardy.  Without funds we are limited to the number of youth that can be served. We understand that people are just now bouncing back from the hard economic times endured over the years and their enthusiasm and desire to donate and make a difference has slacked off. 

However, there are pressures on both sides: 1) scarcity of giving is unfavorable; 2) causes programs to reduce enrollment to youth greatly needing our services. We are constantly faced with less or no funds and it’s a struggle in keeping our programs afloat. So it is imperative that we become creative in raising funds for our program. Also, we must plan ahead; effectively constructing short and long term plans for the benefit of keeping our program doors open.

Through these trying times, we all need to work together for the success of the program. This is where true leadership comes into play, commitment, and financial support for the continuity of the functioning of SAI. Our program’s focus must be on strengthening ourselves in order to have a better chance of sustaining our programs during these challenging times. We must always remember that our struggles are for the youth desiring to have a much better life.  So we press on through our struggles to save as many youth as possible.

Foundation Comments

SAI is a newly formed 501(c)3 Corporation. They received their exemption from the IRS on April 16, 2015. To-date there are no form 990's and no substantial  financial information to report.
 

Nonprofit Sensibly Awaiting Corporation
Address 76 SHEPPARD RD
BEAUFORT, SC 299072518
Primary Phone (843) 5248384
Contact Email verna3500@embarqmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Verna L. Holmes
Board Chair Mrs. Verna L. Holmes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 2015