Atlantic Impact (Novi, MI)


  • Name:Ms. Anise Hayes
  • Title:Director of Development

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Atlantic Impact
  • Address:22174 Clover Ln.
    Novi, MI 48375
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(248) 231-7505

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  • Mission:
  • Tell me and I will forget.
    Show me and I may remember.
    Involve me and I will understand.

    Atlantic Impact empowers urban at-risk youth by allowing them to experience globally and locally relevant history from the past to build and inspire their futures. This is done through hands-on domestic and international experiences based around the American legacy of the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on each individual and their communities. Youth growing up in urban environments hear about this history, but there is little awareness as to how this nationally significant and globally shared experience impacts their lives and communities. A greater understanding of this experience will provide youth with fresh perspectives for self-evaluation.

    Atlantic Impact aims:
    -To create a national movement which impacts at-risk youth across the country surrounding an experience which has shaped our nation’s past, present, and future.
    -To bring awareness to youth on a personal level as to how this nationally and globally significant experience impacts their lives and individual communities.
    -To use historical and cultural examples as a model for success in the lives of at-risk urban youth.
    -To self-empower youth through understanding that they are capable and ready to become agents of change in their communities, nation, and in the larger global society.
    -To connect youth throughout impacted countries through this globally shared experience which was directly felt across four continents.

    Atlantic Impact puts a unique emphasis on helping youth understand how global and national events impacted their societies on a local level. Too often youth are never aware of the fact that historical events had a large role in shaping the way their communities, and thus their lives, are currently. Youth only see situations of today with no perspective on why their urban communities are presently grappling with a unique set of challenges. As such, youth are not capable of creating significant changes within themselves and their societies as they lack this important perspective. Youth must understand that like figures of the past, they are agents of change, and they have a duty to make a positive impact in their communities, their nation, and in the larger global society.

    As a free program for urban high school students, youth engage in lessons connecting the legacy of the slave trade to their communities during an academic year. Youth explore how local and global events shaped their lives and are shown historical examples of others overcoming challenges. The learning experience is relevant to their lives, making it powerful. There is then is a short summer trip to a country with ties to the slave trade. This provides a global context to their experiences from the year, allowing youth to reflect on their lives from afar.

    The experience Atlantic Impact provides is powerful because it is real. Even today, this history can be found in communities across the U.S. For example, in Detroit, you can see the river where thousands of enslaved people swam to Canada to their freedom. You can see places where people made sacrifices, and even died, so we could be here today. These stories are not limited to Detroit. Many communities around the country have a common experience and history. These stories of resilience and persistence, which can be found in these young people’s communities, have the power to change lives.

    This tragedy, hundreds of years of the slave trade, has affected communities around the world. In our modern-day societies, the past is very much connected to the present. Creating this direct link to the lives of young people will get them thinking. It will shift the core of how they view themselves so they are empowered to create change in their lives and communities. Through our approach, at-risk youth take a deep look in and out of their communities, using a history that changed the world.

    Atlantic Impact is:
    Multiple continents.
    Many centuries.
    Millions impacted, even today.

  • History:
  • The concept behind Atlantic Impact developed when one of the co-founders traveled to Armenia to live with a local family and work with two local nonprofit organizations. During her time there, she had the opportunity to meet and travel with volunteers from the program Birthright Armenia, which takes young Armenian diasporans from around the world to Armenia to volunteer and simultaneously learn about their culture and heritage. During one of the excursions to which she was invited, she was struck by the strong emotional connections that the program was able to generate in its participants. The program did a compelling job of making participants feel motivated to make stronger changes within themselves and their communities by using their experiences in Armenia as a guide. She believed a similar style of program could be applied to the African American experience for young Americans of all backgrounds. To explore this idea further, she spent much of the remainder of her time in Armenia speaking with Birthright Armenia participants and leaders to understand what makes their program a success. Upon her return to the U.S., Atlantic Impact was born.

    Since its early origins, Atlantic Impact has steadily grown into an organization that is continually mission driven and collaborative. This has been demonstrated through key partnerships and collaborations, as well as a national outreach effort of gaining supporters across 14 states and four countries. Atlantic Impact has the support of Detroit, Miami, and New Orleans Public Schools; has held collaborative meetings with directors from the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Comcast, Xerox, and Ford; has collaborated with the largest institutions in the world related to the African American and Arab American experiences; and partnered with the national nonprofit buildOn to bring global education opportunities to urban students. Since its inception, the organization has served nearly 700 students in Detroit and Chicago and has plans for further expansion through relationships with our partner school districts.

    These accomplishments were most recently recognized when the organization was named a semifinalist for the Echoing Green global social impact competition where the organization placed in the top 10% out of 3500 applicants from 128 countries. The organization was also named a finalist for Toyota’s nonprofit competition out of over 4,000 applicants, and also won a national nonprofit contest held by Black Celebrity Giving where the organization placed in the top 2%. In addition to this, the organization has also received support from the U.S. State Department; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Birthright Israel; and the University of Michigan, among others.

    Organizationally, Atlantic Impact’s boards are comprised of: education officials in Chicago, Detroit, Miami, and New Orleans; a nonprofit accountant with 25 years of experience; a former National Coordinator of UNESCO; the co-founder of Teach for America; and a Corporate Vice President at Xerox Corporation.

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:4
  • Advisory board size:7
  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:27-4688366

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:274688366
  • Organization Name:ATLANTIC IMPACT
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% SAMANTHA KELLEY
  • Organization Address:22174 CLOVER LN
  • Organization City:NOVI
  • Organization State:MI
  • Organization Zip:48375-5113
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:A23
  • Asset Amount:$74,416
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$151,938
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$151,938
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 5:04:07 pm

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