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 |  180 MAIN ST Andover MA 01810-4166

Aarons Presents Inc. is headquartered in Andover, MA, has an EIN of 46-4010444, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.  It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization, with a ruling year of 2014.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our overarching goals are: 1) That all children, when ready, will have an opportunity to experience firsthand the sense of purpose, happiness and community that comes from positively impacting others; 2) That all children, regardless of resources, would see themselves as having something valuable to contribute to the world; 3) That Aaron"s Presents would become a leader in discovering innovative ways to foster lasting traits of empathy, generosity and community engagement in children. In order to achieve these goals, our objective is to provide an opportunity for young children that is child-initiated, child-led, non-competitive, and accessible, regardless of resources, available adult support, and skills. We provide a combination of opportunity and positive adult support that enables any child to: PRACTICE caring, generosity and beyond-the-self thoughtfulness, as well as practical life skills such as planning, problem-solving, collaborating and persevering; FEEL the joy, empowerment, connection and sense of community that come from positively impacting the lives of others, and EXPERIENCE firsthand their own unique value and ability to contribute to the larger community and world because of who they are. We believe that the opportunity we provide supports all of the “Five C"s" (adapted from the U.S. Department of Education Mentoring Resource Center"s Mentoring Fact Sheet, Jan 2007) that are widely accepted by youth development research as the keys to successful adulthood: Competence: “Positive view of one"s actions...social, academic, cognitive, vocational." Confidence: “The internal sense of overall positive self-worth and self-efficacy; positive identity; and belief in the future." Connection: “Positive bonds with people...in which both parties contribute to the relationship." Character: “Respect for societal and cultural rules, possession of standards for correct behaviors, a sense of right and wrong (morality), spirituality, integrity. Caring or Compassion: “A sense of sympathy and empathy for others." Additionally, our program is built around supporting the 6th “C"--Contribution--which is typically believed to follow the development of the first five. In contrast, by starting with this C, we aim to nurture the other five.


What are your strategies for making this happen?

All of our strategic and financial decisions rest on these 3 simple goals: 1) to maintain the high quality and unique style of our mentoring -- the true “magic" of Aaron"s Presents; 2) to empower as many children as possible to embrace, develop and use their unique qualities and gifts to positively impact others; and 3) to maximize the impact of our human and financial resources, by providing an innovative, high-impact, high-appeal (to youth), cost-effective opportunity, which flows to our youth and then through them to thousands of people, animals and organizations. Maintaining the high quality of our program is our first priority. The age of our participants and our individualized mentoring require highly vetted, trained and committed mentors. Currently, our five mentors are responsible for all mentoring. Our unique mentoring process provides a rare and invaluable firsthand link for youth between themselves and their schools and larger community, including the organizations and resources which serve that community. We believe that positive empowerment and positive youth development are universal human needs, and serve kids in all types of communities. That said, high-need cities like Lowell, Lawrence, and Lynn will always remain our focus, as we recognize the enormous opportunity gap facing economically disadvantaged children, and we also believe that it is tremendously powerful and life-changing for youth who often find themselves in need and on the receiving end of services to be in the role of "giver," not to mention leader and initiator, visionary and agent of change in others" lives. The following are examples of completed, student-led projects: 1) An 8th grade girl planned and assembled individual toiletry cases and an uplifting note for 10 women living in transitional housing at the YWCA. 2) Ten 8th grade boys and girls held a lip-sync contest at school to raise funds to purchase many supplies for the summer youth program at Emmaus House in Haverhill, and ESL workbooks for women living there. 3) A 6th grade girl who loves to read cleaned, painted and redesigned the library space at her afterschool program. This project received a collection of books from a 4th grade girl from a different city, who also loves to read and applied independently to organize a summer Read-a-thon. The two girls met and collaborated on the list of books to purchase. 4) Three boys (6th, 7th & 8th grade) boys led an afternoon football clinic for kids from an afterschool program in Lawrence.


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Our primary methods of impact evaluation and measurement, collected and carried out by our mentors, are: Post-project participant surveys; Parent survey; Alumni survey; participants" speeches, or other letters or reflections they may write; and Output Data (numbers of participants, parents, youth-serving partners and other community organization partners, demographic information about participants, numbers of people and animals impacted by the kids" projects, and numbers of brand new and repeat kids within each year and from year to year). We are planning to hire impact evaluation professional to conduct a formal analysis of all of the qualitative data we have from the past 4 years, coding them for areas of impact, and producing quantitative data about our impact on youth development. Our youth express our impact best: --After an Alumni visit to a company in Cambridge, 9th grader Gabriel from Lowell High School wrote, "What I thought about the trip was it was amazing to see how privileged we are to live in a country where education is possible and making your dreams come true isn"t a fantasy. What made me surprised on the trip was the interns: When a question about high school came up, I noticed that they all had trouble in high school and that it isn"t easy to do the work that is required to graduate. My input from this trip is if you try hard in high school, your dreams can become a reality." --Elvin, a 7th grade boy who brought food and supplies to 20 homeless men and women living under a bridge, wrote, “After seeing them my whole life has changed. I learned that I actually have a heart. I love helping people who are in need." --8th grader Nana, who completed several projects focused on helping children: “My name is Nana. I"m 14 years old and I go to Lowell Community Charter Public School. I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. My parents emigrated from Ghana to the U.S. As a child we see leaders as only older people. We think that making the world a better place is something we can"t achieve until we get older. We think that one day we"ll change the world or someday we"ll become president. But for me that one day would come soon… Aaron"s Presents is creating a generation of young leaders for the world. Aaron"s Presents helps kids realize that they have something valuable to give to the world at whatever age they may be."


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We believe that the results of our work over the past 4 years have demonstrated that our concept is working and empowering young children. Our participation among children in all types of communities, achievement levels and social groups, our partnerships with schools and youth-serving programs, our partnerships with community organization service sites and our funding from local businesses, foundations and individuals has grown significantly each year. Currently we are operating at 17 partner sites (schools and after-school programs, such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs). Parents, school staff and other adults in the community have been grateful for the kind of mentoring and logistical support we have given their children and students, as they are often at a loss as to how to help kids this age refine and execute their ideas but recognize the value of doing so. They have also been surprised by the level of enthusiasm expressed by their kids for an activity that focuses on benefiting others, as evidenced by spontaneous exclamations like, “That was the best day of my whole year!" after visiting with elderly veterans.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Aaron"s Presents began in Jan 2014 in Lowell and Lawrence, completing 12 projects with 27 kids. Since then, we have helped guide over 800 children to complete over 300 projects, benefiting over 70 partner organizations and 24,000 individuals on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. Currently, more than 50% of our participants (65% female and 35% male) come from low-income, recent immigrant families of color residing in urban districts, representing over a dozen countries. We currently are operating at the following 17 program partner schools or after-school youth development organizations (listed by town, alphabetically): Andover (Sanborn Elementary, West Middle School); Beverly (Centerville Elementary); Danvers (Holton Richmond Middle School); Lawrence (Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lawrence, Happy Hands at Hancock Courts, Si, Se Puede, Wetherbee Middle School, Youth Development Organization); Lowell (Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell Community Cooperative School, Boys & Girls Club of Lowell); Lynn (Boys & Girls Club of Lynn, Centerboard Program, Fecteau Leary Middle School, YMCA of Lynn); Peabody (Higgins Middle School). Additionally, we have started an Alumni Leaders program in our Lowell headquarters, to allow our high school participants to continue growing as community leaders. Some of the activities we offer for our alumni are: Weekly SAT Prep class (since October, we have had 10-12 9th and 10th graders come each week), visits to colleges, visits and presentations to companies, scholarships and connections to summer programs and camps, homework help, art supplies and music lessons. In addition to the Alumni Development activities that we do during the school year, we anticipate focusing most of our summer activities each year on Alumni, because of their increased availability. We also anticipate having a volunteer math teacher from Phillips Academy who will do more intensive and advanced math workshops. We are also hard at work on developing more robust Development and Fundraising skills for our overall organization, so that we have the funds to keep expanding our core and alumni programs to more sites.



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