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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of the Sims-Fayola Foundation is to improve the life outcomes of young men and boy of color through direct programming and through increasing the capacity of those who serve them.

Results: Sims-Fayola Foundation (SFF) was founded in 2014 by Dedrick Sims, a Denver-area educator, school leader and educational architect whose experiences and expertise led to SFF’s founding. The mission of the Sims-Fayola Foundation is to improve the life outcomes of young men and boys of color. The vision of the Sims-Fayola Foundation is to improve the life outcomes of young men and boys of color through partnering with school districts and individual schools in school design and professional development, creating original school and community-based programming that directly addresses the persistently stubborn issues threatening their success, and establishing a network of single-gender charter schools. Recognizing the complex challenges facing young men and boys of color, SFF aims to fill a significant need in many urban areas focusing initially on Metro Denver: developing a comprehensive strategy to change young men and boys of color’s life trajectories and address barriers inhibiting their success. SFF’s early stages focused on developing vision and strategy, developing and delivering programming in schools, and developing and providing equity workshops for educators and advocates working with young men and boys of color grounded in the foundation’s three pillars: Building Awareness, Building Capacity, and School Design and Support. In SFF’s brief history, the organization has established a diverse board of directors, formalized collaborative relationships with numerous significant community partners, developed and implemented evidence-informed programming, held educational and community-building events, and leveraged website and social media tools to promote its vision and raise awareness. SFF continues to build capacity through fundraising, staffing, operational improvements and internal assessments. Some of our community partnerships have been with Operation Hope, Denver Center of Performing Arts, U.S. Bank, The University of Colorado at Denver, the City and County of Denver’s My Brothers Keepers Initiative, Denver Science and Nature Museum, and the Black Child Development Institute among others. As of August 2019, SFF had impacted over 10,000 young men and boys of color, delivered equity workshops to over 1,500 educators, mentors, non-profit leaders, law enforcement and school resource officers, and parents. In the fall of 2017, SFF led the design, development, and implementation of the charter efforts of Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School. The first STEM high school in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. By partnering with school districts and individual schools, working establishing a network of single-gender charter schools, and creating programs that address issues facing young men as well as workshops that increase the capacity of those who work with young men and boys of color, SFF envisions a pathway to improve the life outcomes of young men The SFF’s work is shared across three pillars that support its mission and vision: Building Awareness

Target demographics: Young men and boys of color and those who work with them

Direct beneficiaries per year: As of August 2019, SFF had impacted over 10,000 young men and boys of color, delivered equity workshops to over 1,500 educators, mentors, non-profit leaders, law enforcement and school resource officers, and parents. In the fall of 2017, SFF led the design, development, and implementation of the charter efforts of Southeast Arkansas Preparatory High School. The first STEM high school in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. By partnering with school districts and individual schools, working establishing a network of single-gender charter schools, and creating programs that address issues facing young men as well as workshops that increase the capacity of those who work with young men and boys of color, SFF envisions a pathway to improve the life outcomes of young men

Geographic areas served: Establishing a network of single-gender charter schools; partnering with school districts and individual schools in school design and professional development; and creating original programming that directly addresses the persistently stubborn issues threatening their success.

Programs: Advocacy and awareness Capacity building Education

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Richard L.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Full disclosure… I am on the board of directors for Sims-Fayola. I am submitting this statement because I am proud of the work this organization does and always impressed by the energy and passion of its staff, especially Mr. Dedrick Sims. Sims-Fayola offers a variety of very valuable programs and services for the young men we serve and even more services and programs for their educators, advocates, parents as well as other groups that work with young men (especially young men of color). Programs provided by Sims-Fayola include:

For Boys:
• The Boys Are Talking Forum (annual)
• Empowered Ambition Youth Development Program for Young Men,
• STARS Mentoring Program
• Sims-Fayola Community Mentoring Program (starting soon)
• I Am A Fayola Man Summer Leadership Academy (starting soon)

For Educators:
• Hardwired by Nature: School/Program Design Through An Equity Lens Workshop
• Working With Boys of Color Workshop Series
• Sims-Fayola Equity Academy (new this year)

For Parents:
• Connecting With Your Sons workshop

I have witnessed and participated in many of these events personally and they are professionally conducted, informative and effective and I think it is very unfortunate that the internet allows anyone with a personal gripe or grudge to air their personal opinions without basis and free of fact-checking. As a board member for this organization, I share accountability and pledge to you that we are operating our organization and programs with fidelity and impact. Our books and programs are open and have been thoroughly scrutinized by all board members, funders and outside council. Last school year (2018-2019) we impacted 3,125 young men nationally, 375 young men in the Denver metro area, and provided workshops and coaching for 400 educators through our equity and working with boys of color workshops. I invite anyone with a concern about our product or impact to attend any of our events, all advertised on our website, and make your own judgements. I am proud to be associated with the Sims-Fayola Foundation, it's CEO, and the families and young men that we impact every day. I also invite anyone who knows of any way we as an organization can be more effective or provide more value to our community, to come and meet with us. We are very open to your suggestions, and eager to hear your recommendations and even criticisms; because for all of us here, it is about making a difference with our youth.

Feel free to learn more about our organization, as well as read reviews from workshop participants on our website at: https://www.sffoundation.org/services.html. I really hope you will join us at one of our events. Stay tuned to our website to learn when they are happening.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to experience several of the events that Sims-Fayola Foundation has put on over the years. It is powerful, eye opening and inspiring to see the dedication that this foundation has for young men of color. Mr. Sims is changing the lives of everyone he touches with this foundation from the young men, to the mentors, all the way to the educators. I see nothing but positive things coming out of the Sims-Fayola Foundation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with Sims-Fayola Foundation as a vendor for a number of years now. The work they do with young men is outstanding! If it weren't for them a lot of boys would not have gotten an opportunity for a college education and in a lot of cases graduating from high school! My hope for their foundation is that they continue the great work they do in the community and to expand to other communities!

Jeffery B J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a current board member of the Sims-Fayola Foundation, I take no greater pleasure in the work that we are doing for student of color, especially young men and boys of color. I am severely disappointed that someone would make up fake names and post unsavory things about our organization over what is clearly a personal issue. However, the internet allows anyone with an issue to post things and to post them anonymously. Please check out our website and social media pages to see the great things we are doing in our community for both students of color and the teachers who work with them.

Jeffery B
Owner Jeffery B Jewelers

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Board Member

Rating: 1

I very STRONGLY caution anyone about getting involved with this organization. I did, and I learned a hard, sad lesson from it. My experience with the CEO over a period of more than a year through 2018 was extremely negative. I saw inside this organization and cannot even express how far away you need to run. I wish I could be more explicit in this post. If you value your money, time, integrity, and/or our Colorado boys and community and if you wish to avoid humiliation, shock, anger, and/or liability, choose any other organization in this town.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

AVOID putting any time or money into this organization. As someone else noted, all of the reviews over the fall of 2017 are from people I know to be the CEO's close friends and intimate partners.

When I worked with the organization in 2017, the CEO described the board as incompetent and told me several times he was going to shut the doors because the foundation was financially failing.

The CEO's 2018 efforts to open charter "academies" in Mississippi and Arkansas were failures (while the people named by the CEO to run the MS school are still collecting money for the school on Go Fund Me). The CEO's Denver school shut down less than 3 years after opening after significant investments by the Colorado community. The organization's scholarship program failed after 1 year and the 3 scholarships the CEO actually managed to distribute (using money collected in Colorado) went to young men from southern high schools (AR, AL and GA) to use at southern colleges (AR, TN, GA).

I do not want my resources funneled out of my community (Denver/Aurora) for the CEO's investments, experiments, and personal travel in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. I do not want to put time and money into an organization that is not producing any results. Think about that as you decide where to donate or spend time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

The 6 glowing reviews (all dated within a week in September 2017) were written by Dedrick Sims' pals and "romantic" partners. Deceitful and lecherous people are in no position to be role models for boys or young men. Nonprofits are not supposed to be fund-raising vehicles for personal travel or to create the illusion of a luxury lifestyle. If you need confirmation of the work being done, look at the Sims Fayola website and notice nothing is happening: only a single event in 2018, the end of his much lauded scholarship program and the lack of information on the apparently defunct Gordon Turner project or search the net for information on the failed Sims Fayola school in Denver.

Be careful with this "foundation" before you involve yourself or contribute any time or money. Absolutely everyday I regret getting involved with Dedrick and with his organization.

1 Dionizio Antonio F.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had the opportunity to participate in one of the Sims-Fayola Foundation's young men's forums, and have also been able to spend some time working directly with Dedrick Sims in one of his Youth Leadership development courses in a local area middle-school. What I have seen and experienced with my involvement with the Sims-Fayola Foundation, is an organization that is powerfully invested in the success and achievement of, not only young men of color, but also young men that come from economically distressed backgrounds, regardless of their race or cultural upbringing. In our society, we need more men, like Mr. Dedrick Sims that care about the young men in our society so much that they are willing to dedicate their entire life to them. As a father of 5 young men, I will always be rooting for his success, as well as, the success of the Sims-Fayola Foundation.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This Foundation has a wonderful and passionate approach to helping boys in urban settings learn the skills that they need to succeed in life. Through the Empowered Ambition program as well as scholarships and other curriculum, the Foundation is dedicated to helping teach the personal and life skills that it takes to be thoughtful and deal with the challenges life brings growing up and transitioning to adulthood. The CEO Dedrick Sims is caring, innovative, and passionate about touching the lives of these young men and helping them accomplish their goals. I fully support the Foundation and look forward to seeing the lives it will continue to touch in the future. Bret Padilla

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined this non - profit solely because of the passion, vision, experience, and tenacity of the CEO, Dedrick Sims. As an educator with 20+ years of experience, the programs Dedrick designed will change the life outcomes of thousands of urban males. He's truly a game changer, and I'm honored to be a part of this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sims-Fayola Foundation Works to improve the life outcome of young men. Statistics show how difficult it is for young men of color to succeed in school, in life, and make their dreams come true. The foundation works with schools, opens schools, and mentors young men of color to learn how to overcome obstacles, statistics, and stereotypes. They provide strategies, encouragement, and support in their schools that boys don't receive in a traditional setting. They mentor young men to help them envision a better life. They support young men in all aspects of life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization serves an amazing purpose of helping end the school-to-jail pipeline that unfortunately occurs for many kids in underserved areas. The level of the Foundation's hands-on community involvement is unmatched. The leader of the org, Dedrick Sims, is an educator who is passionate about helping young kids set themselves up for success. As a past board member, I fully support the Foundation and its work.