Springboard To Opportunities

Where hope and opportunity meet
For almost three years now, Springboard To Opportunities has been a very necessary, essential, and fundamental tool in my home. Springboard has been an eye opener and a major game changer for my boys and I. I've gained much better parenting skills through all the opportunities that they offer. I began this journey with Springboard, simply because I had been praying for patience with my boys and all the challenges that come with parenthood. Springboard and its partners helped me with that. My family and I are very grateful for Springboard To Opportunities.
– Valeria Haley, Springboard to Opportunities Resident

In low-income communities, affordable housing options provide stability for families. But, because affordable housing is tied to income, individuals and families are not incentivized to advance into higher paying employment opportunities and rise out of poverty. Living in an environment of chronic stress and stigmatized by their socio-economic status, individuals and families in poverty don’t have access to the services and support they need to break the cycle.

The Solution

Springboard To Opportunities (STO) works to empower vulnerable families in poverty through their individualized, community-based services. With a belief that all families are entitled to a future, regardless of their circumstances, STO engages residents who live in affordable housing to help them achieve their goals on a path to a better future. Programs are “radically resident-driven” because they are tailored to the needs of a community. Instead of being told how to improve their lives, residents exercise their voices and articulate their needs. STO listens to and honors residents, empowering them to author their own lives.

Springboard To Opportunities’ approach to community building is collaborative, hands-on, and relationally-based. Its three strategies focus on learning, community, and success. Education programs serve kids and parents to reinforce values, life skills, confidence, and academic success. Parents gain access to support and resources that help them navigate the challenges of parenting and the intricacies of the school system. At the same time, kids learn the importance of education.

Springboard To Opportunities’ community programs create a safety net for residents who need assistance. From seasonal parties and neighborhood activities to property ownership resources, community programs create a supportive network of neighbors while also educating families on the road to stability. Finally, the success strategy connects adults to customized support. Whether it’s social support programs, continuing education, or employment services, STO empowers adults to make goals and achieve them. All STO programs in a community are designed to meet needs expressed by families. With a holistic approach, STO programs are an agile blueprint that serve families through relationship.

The Story

Chief Executive Officer Aisha Nyandoro brings over a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs that improve people’s lives to her role at Springboard To Opportunities. With STO since its inception, she credits the dedication, heart, and hard work of many to bring STO to what it is today. STO began simply as an idea: how to address the myriad of challenges encountered by low-income families that live in federally subsidized affordable housing communities. Designed to be a springboard out of poverty, generous support from a philanthropic family seeded the organization’s initial work. In less than four years, STO has developed a nationally-recognized model working across nine communities in Mississippi, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Realizing the needs of low-income families are far-reaching, STO utilizes a holistic, comprehensive approach; however, at the heart of the organization’s work are the people they serve.

S+ PARTNERSHIP

Springboard To Opportunities is a 2017 S+ Catalyst. Through participation in the Catalyst Program, Springboard To Opportunities receives training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.

 

Jackson, Mississippi
est. 2013
Leadership
Aisha Nyandoro
Chief Executive Officer
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Aisha Nyandoro is the CEO of Springboard To Opportunities. Nyandoro has over a decade of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with limited resources. She holds a BA in psychology from Tennessee State University, an MA in community psychology and urban affairs and a PhD in community psychology from Michigan State University. Aisha shares her commitment to community with various boards and advisory councils to which she lends her expertise and service. She has received multiple honors, including recognition as a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute.
Locations
Batesville, MS
Hattiesburg, MS
Edgewood, MD
Owings Mills, MD
Washington, DC
Mobile, AL
Success Metrics
4,300
Residents in 8 communities
864
Participants in learning programs
1,000
Residents in community building events
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