We have brought together the Cleveland Impact fund with the leading education platform for at-risk communities - AmericaU.
These two organizations together deliver the brick and mortar and human capital that the OZ program was designed to attract.
All capital will be focused on helping OZ families learn the skills of entrepreneurship, health, character, civics and 21st century jobs.
This is the solution that will transform the lives of those people in at-risk communities and lift up our country.
It's Time we got to the Root of the Problems in our @Risk Communities...
Our kids are not Learning the Skills they need to Succeed in this New World
Every Opportunity Zone has a "human" component that needs as much, if not more, investment than the bricks & mortar.
Our Opportunity Zones have suffered from poor education - which is largely the reason why they are now OZ's.
We now have the technology and self-driven learning models to go direct to our kids with a learning platform that will help those kids and their families learn the life-skills of success.
We can do this on a scale never before imagined. There are 31.5 million people in the OZ's - we know how to get to the 4-5 million K-12 students and their families.
Getting these @Risk kids on the right track, not only changes their life, but also how well our country is doing.
We’ve developed an app called AmericaU (over 10 million students and counting) that is a kid/family-driven, game-based “university for kids” that motivates them to learn wealth creation (entrepreneurship), positive health habits, virtuous character, life and trade skills. It’s specifically designed to go straight to the child and their parents/grandparents without requiring a school teacher or classroom.
We work with government, universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and individuals to get the app out to the families.
We find ourselves surrounded by some significant domestic problems. Nevertheless, we have the ability to solve them. We can unite the country around the creation of solutions to those problems.
We leverage our AmericaU technology and channel Title 1 funds to continue to develop more content and curriculum into the app (ie the Woodson Center's 1776 history and Violence Free Zones curriculum, the Mike Rowe SWEAT curriculum, virtual trade "junior apprenticeships" for primary schoolkids, the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship for Kids curriculum, Coding for Kids, and many other great organizations that teach "American" skills not being taught in our schools).
See the great work that Bob Woodson at the
Woodson Center (https://woodsoncenter.org/)
has been doing in At-Risk communities for decades -
we're bringing this to millions more kids.
The Mike Rowe Works Foundation (Dirty Jobs - https://www.mikeroweworks.org/)
has relentlessly spoken about the gainful
employment opportunities in the trades and
the 7 million open jobs. Their S.W.E.A.T. Pledge
is something we are integrating into our
Entrepreneurship training for kids.
The Kauffman Foundation (www.kauffman.org)
started Global Entrepreneurship Week that has
20 million participants every year with over
20,000 organizations. We have integrated their
"kids entrepreneurship" curriculum into our platform.
As we scale up our campaign, we will be donating to each of these organizations so they can continue and expand their great work alongside us in the OZ's.
See www.AmericaU.com for more info
on the learning platform and go to
more about the fund.
Our target audience will be the 4-5 million K-12 students and their families. Most of them will be Title 1 kids. They are part of the 20 million students who are currently allocated about $15 billion yearly for supplemental education. Our goal would be to get 1-3 million Title 1 kids funded in those OZs and learning how to be successful by working smart AND hard.
Changing the trajectory of the lives of a few million of our highest risk kids, will change the trajectory of this country.
Currently, the government is wastefully spending the funds on programs such as Title 1. We already qualify as a Title 1 program, but will work and lobby to get access to the funding "direct to the child" at the DC level before they are sent out to the many layers of bureaucracy through the states. We can definitely manage and apply those funds with more accountability and effectiveness.
We will also receive funding from the capital investors in the Opportunity Zones. Their investments and public image will benefit greatly with a modest investment in building up the human capital in their zone - thus making their capital investments more successful.
What Can You Do?
There is a global need for every student in the Opportunity Zones to learn the skills to contribute to a global economy.
If you want to join our coalition of organizations that are actively delivering results for the OZ families, then click here to contact us.