We have some amazing news to share with you this month! Through a collective impact model, we have partnered with Tech Square Labs, The Opportunity Hub,The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and The Iron Yard to launch America’s first “Coding + Start-Up” School for students from low-income communities. It is a residential program that will empower students with coding, entrepreneurial and intangible skills over the course of an entire year. Our target demographic is 18 to 24 year-old students that have a high school diploma or GED but no college education.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion.These themes have resonated greatly among this nation during the recent months. In honor of our nation celebrating Black History during the month of February, we have the opportunity to be reminded of the contributions of many American citizens whose efforts to shape culture may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Historian Carter G. Woodson amplified this thought when he stated that “the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society.”
We have found that evolution and innovation add tremendous value to sustainability in the non-profit space. Being ever mindful of this dynamic, the idea of evolving and innovating was a key influence for adjustments being made for Gifted as the end of 2015 neared. We began to finalize key decisions to innovate and generate revenues while expanding the impact of our resources for students. The end result centered around three key areas that encompass the core of our offerings: Programs, Products and People.
As a reminder, our mission is “to produce marketplace leaders from low-income communities across America.” We do not take this responsibility lightly and our team works diligently everyday to assure we keep the main thing…the main thing. Additionally, we continue to make innovation, ideation and partnerships a high priority as some of the needs around us are so daunting that it would be senseless to pursue them in isolation!
While there has been, and continues to be, chaos and discord in the world around us, there is still work to be done to support the progression of individuals in our own communities. However, the circumstances around us won’t change until “We” change our circumstances and it is this thought that greatly motivates our daily efforts at Gifted.
Until every child is afforded equal opportunity for education and career sustainability, our work continues. Needless to say, we continue to be astonished at the results of investing and reinvesting in efforts for our students.