A Half Year in Review

Our Board decided in 2022 to align our fiscal calendar with the school's annual calendar, which runs from June 30 to July 1. This is our half-year Annual Report for 2022, which covers our activity from January 2022 to June 2022.


365 days of momentous effort.

Post-pandemic(ish).

From January to June 2022, the world witnessed a whirlwind of global events that left an indelible mark on history. Nations grappled with a complex web of challenges and opportunities as navigating a mixture of hope and despair, progress and setbacks became a way of life. 

 

In the realm of geopolitics, the Russia-Ukraine crisis intensified during these months. Tensions simmered as military buildup on the Ukrainian border and diplomatic negotiations created an atmosphere of uncertainty. The situation underscored the fragility of peace in Eastern Europe and the importance of diplomacy in resolving conflicts.

The climate crisis also took center stage in early 2022. Extreme weather events, such as wildfires and floods, served as stark reminders of the urgent need for climate action. The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Glasgow brought world leaders together to discuss commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, offering a glimmer of hope for climate mitigation.

On the economic front, supply chain disruptions and inflation rattled global markets. The pandemic-induced disruptions, coupled with changing consumer behaviors, challenged the resilience of global economies. Governments worldwide grappled with economic recovery strategies, attempting to balance stimulus packages with inflation control.

In the realm of technology, the metaverse concept gained traction, blurring the lines between virtual and physical realities. Tech giants like Meta (formerly Facebook) made ambitious moves towards creating immersive digital spaces, raising questions about privacy, data security, and the future of human interaction.

Throughout these tumultuous months, social and political movements continued to reshape societies worldwide. Protests for democracy and human rights erupted in various regions, highlighting the enduring importance of civil liberties and the struggles for justice.

As we reflect on the global events of January to June 2022, it becomes clear that our world is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before. These months have shown us the urgency of addressing pressing global challenges, from pandemics to climate change, through cooperation and collective action. The choices made during this period will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of our world for years to come, underscoring the need for thoughtful and decisive leadership on a global scale.

A student drawing of WiseTribe Community Gardening
WiseTribe Community Gardening

Reflections on January to June 2022

With your support, WiseTribe accomplished a lot in 2021. Here are a few highlights:

  • Your generosity allowed us to offer ongoing hands-on learning programs in the classroom at SouthTech Preparatory Academy in Boynton Beach. Efforts to promote Food Citizenship included building a pollinator garden, installing classroom-based grow towers, hosting cooking parties, observing caterpillars transform into butterflies, and more.
  • The support of our community lifted well-being volunteers who provided educators with stress-relieving practices via wellness workshops to support school administrators.
  • Our biggest supporter of the year, Impact 100 Men, offered a grant that helped us build an outdoor learning lab for STEM at SouthTech Preparatory Academy.
  • Before summer, we watched our first Jr. WiseTriber head to Middlebury College on a scholarship.
  • In summer camp, we helped campers find their superpowers through presentations led by Chiemecka, a Florida State University graduate, former Jr. WiseTriber, and camp counselor. Chiemecka, who has used a wheelchair since middle school, presented the power of personal transformation, embodying resilience and inspiring camp goers, counselors and leaders.
We are grateful to you — all of our generous supporters, volunteers and partners — for your commitment to a shared vision of a healthy, wise future.
Read on to discover some of the incredible highlights you helped accomplish this year!

Food Citizenship

We help schools build capacity for Food Citizenship, a focus on food to solve significant challenges facing our future.

Our youth-led programming focuses on sustainable food production and building a healthy future through food.

Hands-on experiences link to academic standards for science, math and civics, nurturing students as future leaders.

Check out just some of our successes: 

  • 3400 lbs of food distributed to SouthTech Preparatory Academy & Carver Middle School
  • 1024 lbs of food waste composted, bringing our total to over 27,000 lbs of food rescued to date
  • 220 youth educated on healthy eating, sustainable diets, and regenerative agriculture 
  • 16 sustainable youth culinary adventures addressing the environmental impacts of animal agriculture and benefits of plant-based meals
  • 8 sustainable good community partnerships formed
  • 1 construction began on one Outdoor Learning Lab for agri-STEM at SouthTech Preparatory Academy
WiseTribe, united for a healthy and wise food future

Learning: Jr. WiseTribers Unite

We support youth, schools & volunteers who seek personal growth.

WiseTribers receive forward-thinking learning experiences that lead us toward a sustainable future.

Check out (some) of our results: 

  • $10,000 first-ever scholarship awarded to a graduating Jr. WiseTriber. The teenage Haitian immigrant heading to Middlebury College said our programs help "define her values system." 
  • 413 hours from 42 volunteers to support youth training & education. Topics included: Financial literacy and mindfulness-based relaxation practices, Wisdom Exchange events, and more.
  • 16 Wisdom Exchanges (community-based conversations and visioning sessions). 
  • One 8-week virtual robotics club for 15 students who discovered the fundamentals of Arduino boards and regenerative agriculture.
  • 6-week virtual, volunteer-led "Walking With Nature" camp collaboration with Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to help youth connect nature with well-being.
  • 4 educator visioning sessions addressing work/life balance for greater school well-being.
WiseTribe - United for a healthy and wise Learning future

Well-being

We support schools, students and personal growth-oriented volunteers.

We provide experiential learning opportunities to support the growth of wellness practices. Activities address various concerns, issues and challenges to well-being, including the role our environments play in it.

Our science-backed practices, tips and techniques provide actionable resources that aid participants in increasing total health and well-being at home, in the office, and beyond.

Check out (some) of our results:

  • 4 professionally led yoga Nidra sessions for 57 educator participants. 
  • 6-week nature-based learning series and pollinator garden creation. 
  • 4-week Camp for a Health Future for 22 middle and high-school-aged students from low-income backgrounds. 
  • 1 handful of lifelong well-being skills taught: mindfulness, cooking, journaling, and more.
  • 22 "investor" pitches from students as they built leadership skills and selected projects to commit to progressing during camp.
WiseTribe - United for a healthy and wise Well-Being future

Community, Fueling a Healthy & Wise World

WiseTribe is a small and expanding nonprofit organization that pledges growth and transparency. 

We are always examining our organizational and operational excellence and remain committed to continually learning. The following financial details reflect what was recorded in 2021, and we anticipate continued — and even greater — transparency in 2022.

Operating Income Events - $5419 Donations - $146,114 Grants - $60,986
Operating Expenses Administration - $21,862 Fundraising - $45,611 Programs/Grants - $73,206
In-Kind Services & Contributions Volunteer Services - 5.5% Food/Supplies - 7.3% Professional Services - 87.2%

 

 

2021 Financials

Covers 12 months ending 12/31/21

Besides cash donations received by our donors, WiseTribe also received in-kind contributions for professional and volunteer services, food, and supplies. Receiving these needed resources in kind allows us to use our cash to implement program services. Although these in-kind donations are not shown in our financials, they add significant value to the organization.


Our Future Leaders: Jr. WiseTribers

Meet Jr. WiseTriber, Dina, who matriculated to Middlebury College, Vermont, on a full scholarship. Congratulations, Dina! 

Meet Jr. WiseTriber, Dina, who matriculated to Middlebury College, Vermont, on a full scholarship. Congratulations, Dina! 

Junior WiseTribers is a subset of students who participate in in-school educational programming—those whose leadership potential is catalyzed as they build grassroots change.

As Junior WiseTribers become experienced in project management, mindfulness, financial literacy, and other subjects, they gain foundational competence in teamwork and resilience.

These and other transferrable skills are known to drive overall health and success. And from children to families and schools to communities, Junior WiseTribers make a difference.

They count on WiseTribe to help them build aptitude for bright futures. And WiseTribe depends on them to be great leaders when they get there.


Our Community Brings Learning to Life

 

Right now, things feel uncertain. It's hard to envision that the future can be positive, healthy and wise. But we're already on the way. 

We are bringing a healthy, wise future to life. 

The power of community in this moment in time.

WiseTribe is not a single-issue nonprofit. We address systems, which requires examining challenges thoughtfully and thoroughly. We aim to produce solutions that aren't linear but are circular, ensuring that they will continue to evolve as future needs require.

Sometimes, the time or complexity of our projects can make our impact more difficult to feel. But it only takes a spark to get a fire going. 

You can get involved and help us doing this work.

  1. Become a leader: Reach out for information about joining our board as it strives to increase impact. 
  2. Support our work: Become a WiseTriber for $5 per month. WiseTribers volunteer on a project basis to produce impact over a 90-day period.
  3. Become a mentor: Provide friendly, trusted input as a role model for youth implementing WiseTribe projects. 

Thank you again for your involvement and engagement with WiseTribe. Together, we are making a difference in building a healthy, wise world.

Celebrating 2021 volunteers

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