Giving Back to the School Community
Regular monthly donations of time and money to your school
Scholarships for students who might benefit but who cannot afford tuition
Donations of materials and supplies to schools and families
Incurring all responsibilities and costs associated with the program
Freeing your administration of time, energy and effort and by proxy, money
Free professional development in STEM and Project Based Learning for your teachers
In this age of academic accountability, schools are expected to successfully navigate a variety of challenges for producing results in the areas of social/emotional learning, academic achievement, health and wellness (to name a few) while competing against one another for students. Resources cannot be wasted and every aspect of everything that a school does must be tied back to their academic mission and vision if they are to adequately provide for all the varied needs of their students. Schools cannot do it alone and require community based partners that can assist them with the heavy lifting.
As an education organization developed by and comprised of educators, we place a very high premium on our ability to maximize the positive social impact we have on the communities we work with. We go beyond simple before and after school programming to engage in a variety of activities that support our mission and vision of teaching innovation. We accomplish this goal
by becoming “embedded” within the community, hiring staff who live in the community and who are committed to its success, and by partnering with local community organizations to offer services that build capacity in the community. We also give back to schools via our revenue share program, we make contributions of supplies and materials to schools and families, and we promote community service among our staff by giving them paid time off and other commendation for engaging in service that enhances the community. Additionally, in the spirit of making our programs available to all students we offer scholarships so that principals can offer our program to students who they believe could benefit from the additional academic support but who simply cannot afford to attend.
As former teachers, we feel strongly about the importance of supporting regular school day teachers. At the discretion of school administration, we give preference for part-time positions within our programs to teachers many of whom work second jobs to make ends meet and are much better off working with their kids in their school community after school. Also at the discretion of school administration, we build capacity among schools and among school day teachers by offering professional development in Project Based Learning and STEM. Training is provided by nationally certified trainers and coordinated with the district to be offered free of charge.