EYES, INC is a New Jersey-based, not-for-profit organization, with a national reach. We have been working with underserved communities since 2001. We currently have a collaborative presence through partnerships in South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, California, and Pennsylvania.
Our mission is to fortify the health, education, social welfare, and safety of disadvantaged and underserved youths, teens, young adults, and families across the country through our engagement with other community-based organizations, and other direct service agencies, including youth programs, healthcare initiatives, to include HIV/AIDS awareness and intervention programs; mental health awareness; as well as sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and intervention programs.
We work with these organizations to set higher standards for excellence in delivering services and programs within our target communities. Under our technical assistance structure, we strive to increase the capacity of each organization to perform at the level needed within their respective communities through several avenues—capacity-building consulting and training, funding development, and project designing. Further, for organizations with new and/or active programs, we employ data analytic tools to assess comprehensively, performance metrics. To this end, we design data collection instruments, implement system processes, and develop data collection applications to streamline and make more efficacious, the evaluation process for community programs and services. Collectively, through these efforts, we address compliance concerns and conduct formal program evaluations, ensuring organizations are on track with proposed outcomes.
In October 2013, we launched the RADICS Network, the first comprehensive, online data collection and reporting system developed specifically for members of the human services industry.
P.S.: We are proud to announce our achievement of starting work with Native American families and youth in California; and we look forward to developing and strengthening our relationship among all tribal areas across the country. (See "Partners" section on this website.)
EYES, INC is focused on research-based and technical assistance projects that will ultimately increase the knowledgebase of stakeholders across the country as it relates to enhancing the capacity of disadvantaged communities. We contend research is vital to providing local and national lawmakers, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and the like, with substantial information and data, which can be used to facilitate the necessary discussions needed to implement action plans designed to better opportunities for disenfranchised youths, families, individuals and communities, by increasing the viability of community-based services and accessibility to the same.
Our continued interest in providing technical assistance to community-based organizations, service providers, educators, law enforcement, and general stakeholders is aligned with our overall mission to support our communities by supporting organizations and professionals who work tiredlessly each day in the proverbial trenches to ensure those they reach are provided the necessary services and opportunities they need to be successful in life.
Additionally, EYES INC continues to develop, and make available, comprehensive solutions and tools to assist our counterparts with capacity building. This includes providing direct supportive services, from website to database development to professional training.
Our children, families and communities are the reasons for our existence; as such, they are our priority. Their success is paramount to each member of our organization. We are the proverbial village, assisting our children, families, veterans, as well as other community members as needed. Like the sands of an hourglass, the extent to which we exhaust our services and resources to protect and support our charges is cyclical. When the last grain of sand has been exhausted, we do not raise the white flag; we simply flip our vessel and restart the process.
Truth, patience, compassion, and understanding are our trade tools. We use these tools to build the foundation on which we construct strong, resilient, trusting individual, and community relationships with all of our children, their families, and other community members; as we strive continuously to bridge gaps to academic, social, health, personal, and organizational success!
Since we were established, EYES INC has partnered with many different agencies, corporations, school districts, FCBOs, and the like, among the states in which we have a presence.
Below is a partial list of the many organizations with which we have worked and/or partnered:
- Indigenous Nations Child and Family Services
- Orangeburg School District #5
- SC Department of Social Services
- SC Department of Health
- South Carolina State University
- Claflin University
- Orangeburg-Calhoun-Technical College
- SC Department of Juvenile Justice
- SC Department of Probation
- SC Employment Security Comm.
- SC Regional Housing Authority #3
- Mount Calvary Baptist Church
- C.F. Evans and Company
- Medgar Evers College
- Friends of Bedford, Inc.
- Harlem Dowling West Side Center
- Lower Savannah WIB
- Mary's Miracles
- Samaritan House
- SCSU 1890 Research Center
- New Jersey Department of Juvenile Justice
- Jersey City Public Schools
- Schoumberg Charter School
- Hudson Partnership of New Jersey
- New Jersey Department of Social Services
- Brooklyn Children's Aid Society
- Crown Heights Beacon Center
- AstroCare of New York
- Brooklyn United Innovative Local Development (BUILD)
- Essex County College
Croix-Ronald Coppáge, ABD, MBA, CIS
Croix-Ronald Coppáge has over 25 years of professional experience providing both direct and indirect consulting services to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of marketing development, sales planning, information systems; project management; training and development; investigative analysis, business development, business analytics, organizational/infrastructure development, human resources development, along with business planning, and research.
A premeire funding developer/grant writer , Croix has facilitated various seminars and workshops throughout the country in leadership development, non-profit management, digital research, assessment and evaluation; funding development, as well as a host of other business training forums geared towards improving the viability of small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Hear Croix's interview with Connie Whitman, host of Architect of Change on WebTalkRadio, recorded September 29, 2014.
Since 2001, Croix has acquired nearly $40M in federal, state, city, and private funding for small businesses (profit and nonprofit organizations)—nationwide. This is an average acquisition of $3M per year. Of this $40M, he was responsible for the management of $5M. He has been an instrumental, and a driving force in the design, implementation and management of several Federal and State funded community-based programs and initiatives.
In 2011, Croix began developing the first comprehensive, online data collection and reporting system dedicated to supporting other nonprofit organizations with these challenges. In October 2013, the RADICS Network launched, and is now available to nonprofit organizations across the country.
In 2005, as Executive Director of EYES Inc., Croix was responsible for establishing the first long-term safe haven for battered women and their children (SafeSpaces), in the largest county of South Carolina—Orangeburg. He augmented this success with establishing the first emergency shelter for runaways (YES!) in the same year, in the same county.
Since 1993, Croix successfully has founded four businessess and implemented nearly 20 new community-based programs, including the highly acclaimed research projects—PAW and MUMP—which evaluated the impact of physical fitness on youth academic development; and the longitudnal impact of trained mentors on the overall success of youth, respectively.
Croix leads a team of technology professionals in the development of technical tools specific to improving the viability of SMEs across the country, which includes, iPsyche, the first online mental health service provider that provides 24/7 access to mental health professionals, and assist corporations with mental health assessments of potential candidates and employees. Further, as Executive Director of EYES INC., Croix consults on several community-based research initiatives, setting standard protocol and proceedures for seammless data collection and reporting.
- Human Research Curriculum: Social and Behavioral Investigators
- Human Resource Management
- Strategic Sales and Marketing
- Business Planning/Development
- Certified Information Systems—Analytics and Database Development and Administration (1993)
- Certified Microsoft Professional Trainer (1988)
- Series 7 (1992)
- Certified ASL Interpreter Level 1 (1993)
- Project Managment Certified (2002)
- IRB: Principle Research Investigator (2010, 2012)