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These Innovative Co-Founders Aim To Help Students Earn Six-Figure Salaries In Tech With Their College-Alternative Program

As the world changes, particularly regarding income and wealth, traditional school curriculums are a significant discussion point. Many argue whether or not more practical and innovative approaches to K-12 curriculums are necessary to prepare students for the future of work. Since many public schools are riddled with bureaucracy from governmental and quasi-government stakeholders, change can be slow and sometimes tedious. However, some schools, mainly in the charter and private spaces, are proactively moving toward more innovative approaches that center equity and prepare their students for the future they desire. The Marcy Lab School in Brooklyn, NY, is an example of one of these approaches, creating an alternative path for students interested in tech.

Josh Rodgers

Mar 29, 2023

LeBron James Forms Partnership To Allow His I Promise School Students To Attend College For Free

LeBron James continues to show why he’s a legend on and off the court. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the NBA superstar’s foundation has announced an official partnership with Stark State College to allow students of his I Promise School to attend the institution for free.

Shanique Yates

Sep 28, 2022

Kibo School Raises $2M To Provide Students In Africa With Online Access To STEM Degrees

Many parents immigrate to America in order for their children to have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Unfortunately, not everyone has the access to do so. To help more Africans achieve this dream, co-founder and CEO Ope Bukola and her team launched Kibo School. According to TechCrunch, the online school has raised $2 million to offer STEM degrees targeted to students in Africa.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jun 21, 2022

'Straight Out Of The 7th Ward Of New Orleans:' Entire Class Of 2022 At All-Boys High School Gets Accepted Into College

St. Augustine High School’s students are rightfully celebrating! The entire graduating class of 2022 at the all-boys school has been accepted to college. What’s more, the class pooled $9.2 million in scholarships, WDSU reports. A video posted by the mother of a graduate was shared on social media and many users chimed in to celebrate “Black boy joy.” “It’s late but I don’t care. The world deserves to see this Black boy joy. Congratulations to THE St. Augustine High School class of 2022. 100% college acceptance. $9.2M in scholarships. Straight out of the 7th ward of New Orleans,” the tweet read. It’s late but I don’t care. The world deserves to see this black boy joy. Congratulations to THE St. Augustine High School class of 2022. 100% college acceptance. $9.2M in scholarships. Straight out of the 7th ward of New Orleans. Let that make headlines! Dance! 💜💛 — ⚜Jeaux⚜ (@Kay_Jeaux) May 19, 2022

Samantha Dorisca

May 27, 2022

Stephen Curry Earns Degree From Davidson College After 13 Years — 'Made The Promise When I Left And Had To See It Through'

Stephen Curry is finishing what he started! The eight-time All-Star reportedly returned to Davidson College and received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in sociology. The moment Steph’s name was called at Davidson’s commencement ceremony 🎓😊 [via sacurry22/IG] — Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 15, 2022

Samantha Dorisca

May 16, 2022

Performing Arts Center Dr. Dre Planted $10M Into During 2017 Reportedly Breaks Ground In Compton.

Dr. Dre is using his influence to support students at Compton High School. Los Angeles Times reports Dr. Dre teamed up with city and school leaders for a ceremony announcing plans for the $200 million performing arts center at Compton High School. The center will be named “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young Performing Arts Center” following a $10 million donation from the rapper in 2017, according to a press release. “When I was approached about finding a performing arts center that will provide an arts and technological education to students, and be accessible to the community at large, I was all in. I wanted to give the young people in Compton something I never had,” Dr. Dre said during the ceremony.

Samantha Dorisca

May 11, 2022

At Age 75, Rebecca Inge Achieves Dream Of Graduating From HBCU After Having To Put It On Hold In 1965

It’s not too late to finish what you start, and Rebecca Inge is proof!  

Samantha Dorisca

May 3, 2022

101-Year-Old Merrill Pittman Cooper Earns Honorary High School Diploma

Better late than never and Merrill Pittman Cooper is living proof. Walking the earth for over a century, Cooper has experienced various facets of life — from the historic lows of the 1930s and the Civil Rights era to the first Black president of the United States of America. Cooper’s personal trajectory includes a career as the first Black trolley car driver in Philadelphia, PA, and later becoming a leading figure in the union, The Washington Post reports. However, his original aspirations were to become an attorney. Although he was unable to achieve his dream job, he recently checked another milestone off of his list. Growing up, his single mother worked as a housekeeper and would pay off Cooper’s school tuition until she no longer had the financial means by his senior year of high school at Storer College in Harpers Ferry, WV. Cooper persuaded his mother to live with his family in Philadelphia and shifted his focus to supporting his mother. Cooper took a position at a women’s...

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 28, 2022

Teesas Raises $1.6M Pre-Seed Round To Provide Students More Learning Lessons In Africa

This startup is on a fast track to success. Despite only launching two months ago, edtech startup Teesas has secured $1.6 million in a pre-seed round to enhance Nigeria’s education sector through tutoring. TechCrunch reports that the round was led by Haresh Aswani, Tolaram Group’s Africa managing director, and included others like Olivegreen Advisory Partners plus more. The funds will propel the edtech startup into additional markets throughout Francophone, East, and Southern Africa. The investment will also create a marketplace to connect learners to more private lessons with tutors and integrate other products on the platform.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 27, 2021

21-Year-Old Sierra Leonean Student Wins $100K Prize For His Efforts To Combat Energy Poverty

Awarded for their efforts in making the world a better place, two trailblazers have received a global award. Created in 2015, the Global Teacher Prize is a $1 million award granted annually to a teacher who is making a prolific impact in the lives of their students. This year a new sister award was launched to highlight a student who is making a difference for their peers and society. Jeremiah Thoronka — a 21-year-old Durham University student — became the first recipient of the inaugural Global Student Prize receiving $100,000 U.S. dollars. “Words can’t express how I feel about this,” Thoronka said. The master’s student stood out from a selection of over 3,500 nominations across 94 countries due to his work centered on sustainability. Growing up in a slum camp with his mother on the fringes of Freetown, they would burn charcoal and wood to be used for light and heat, SwitSalone reports. Here is where Jeremiah Thoronka’s passion for climate change advocacy was birthed. The...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 11, 2021

NBA's Donovan Mitchell, Clorox Pledge $1M To Prep The Superheroes We Call 'Teachers' For Success

If there’s one thing that Donovan Mitchell believes wholeheartedly, it’s that teachers make the world go round! The NBA player is the product of an educator. So, he witnessed firsthand the role that teachers play in society. Now, he’s joined Clorox’s mission to give back to those who have dedicated their time to transforming lives through education. He explains how the move is a cause that’s near and dear to him. “It means the world to me because my mom is a teacher, and we were at the same school for most of my early years. So, I grew a fond appreciation for teachers through that,” he said during an interview with AfroTech. “Seeing her work through quarantine and seeing how much time and effort was put into her craft and what she did, like spending money out of her own pocket made me go ‘man, I can only imagine what most teachers are doing on the day to day.’” According to research conducted by the Clorox® brand, 70 percent of teachers had to teach without the supplies needed...

Shanique Yates

Sep 9, 2021

LeBron James Family Foundation And Box Tops For Education Launch Campaign To Advance Racial Equity In Education

Education has diligently played a fundamental part in LeBron James ‘ activism from his charitable donations to opening I PROMISE School — a public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, OH — in 2018. In the basketball star’s latest initiative, his LeBron James Family Foundation (LJFF) is joining forces with Box Tops for Education, along with Walmart , in an effort to join the movement and fight toward racial equity in education for K-8 schools in the United States, according to a press release. “For my Foundation and our work in education, we’ve made this a priority in everything we do because we know how important it is to helping students and families stay engaged,” said James in the press release. “We’re excited to help share what we’ve learned and tell this story alongside Box Tops for Education and Walmart.” As back-to-school campaigns are in full effect as students begin to make their return, “The Best Year Starts Here” digital series is LJFF, Box Tops, and Walmart’s...

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 20, 2021

All-Girls School Sends First-Ever Graduating Class To College With A 100 Percent Acceptance Rate

The Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA) in the Bed-Stuy district of Brooklyn, NY, is an all-girls charter high school who has just made history after announcing that the class of 2021 has a 100 percent college acceptance rate. The Brooklyn Patch is reporting that BELA — as it’s known — released the information as part of its “college shower.” It was the first-of-its-kind, and it celebrated the fact that all 50 of the high school students got accepted into a college or university of some kind. The school gifted the graduates with a “swag bag” filled with necessities like duffel bags, dorm supplies and wireless headphones. And that’s not all. The Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy class of 2021 applied to more than 150 different colleges and universities and received nearly $1 million in merit-based scholarships. More than 75 percent of the graduating class are first-generation college students, and 90 percent of the senior class identifies as Black. “Today, you are rewriting...

This Nigerian Medical Student Has Made History At A Russian University

A Nigerian medical student has made history at Siberian State Medical University. GhanaWeb tells the story of Justin Chukwudi Olewuezi, originally from Enugu, who is the first Nigerian student in the Siberian State Medical University’s history to get a medical doctor’s degree. Olewuezi’s story started at the Air Force Comprehensive School, where he graduated with high marks but couldn’t get into a Nigerian university. “I had always wanted to study abroad and obviously make something of myself back in Air Force comprehensive school, Enugu. So after failing to gain admission twice even with JAMB scores 247 and 260 respectively, I decided to study abroad. So after talking with a Russian-trained medical doctor, (Dr. Okere, then a medical student), I decided to go for it,” the Nigerian medical student said to the outlet. The Siberian State Medical University is a medical school in the town of Tomsk, Russia. It was founded in 1878 under the decree of Emperor Alexander II, and is the only...

How Former Foster Care Teen Alexis Hawkins Went From Expulsion To Getting A J.D. From Howard University

When Alexis Hawkins was 15-years-old, she was expelled from high school. The teenager who had spent the first formative years of her life in foster care due to an unstable home life saw her entire world come crashing down in 2008. At that time, Hawkins was a student at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington, D.C. when she got involved in a 20-person brawl between people from warring neighborhoods, according to Because of Them We Can. And that, she said, was the ultimate low for her. “I love this community, but a lot of my friends’ blood is still on this concrete, so, like bittersweet,” Hawkins said to WUSA-TV. “I was labeled many things: the aggressor, the instigator, the fighter, and that was because I would often get into physical altercations. And these altercations weren’t just like myself and another party; they often consisted of 10, 15 children versus 10 or 15 other children from different neighborhoods.” Hawkins said that she grew up on survival, and not love, thanks to...