It’s Juneteenth, and what better way to celebrate than to spotlight six organizations that are hard at work paving the way to assure better educational outcomes for Black youth? We realize the list of organizations doing amazing work on behalf of Black youth isn’t limited to the six listed below, so feel free to share your favorites on our Facebook post.
Here are some great ones – and even some nonprofits you might want to consider for donations – to get the conversation started:
This nonprofit is advocating for more representation of Black girls in programming and tech by introducing the field to them to inspire and encourage them while they are young.
Their Vision: “To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.”
Innovation for Equity is transforming today’s education system by seeking solutions to improve academic outcomes for Black students and increasing the representation of Black leaders in education.
Their Mission: “Commit to equity, foster innovation. Innovation For Equity is a collaboration between a diverse, accomplished group of education leaders brought together by a shared mission to improve academic outcomes for learners needing the most support. We are focused on scaling innovative and effective solutions and increasing African-American leadership across the education ecosystem.”
Being Black at School is a movement to assure safety and equality in the education system for every Black student.
Their Mission: “Being Black at School is a national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system. Our mission is to utilize data and policy analysis to foster a movement for schools that are safer and more equitable for Black students.”
This New York-based nonprofit is an education enrichment program, offering support to Black and Latinx high school students.
Their Mission: “Navigate the Maze to Achievement, Inc. (NTMA) is a non-profit, educational enrichment program that prepares Black and Latino students for the Specialized High School Admissions Test and supports the students socially and academically while in high school.”
Here is a compilation of organizations devoted to supporting Black students in their pursuit of a college education.
What They Do: “Welcome to Black Scholarships: The largest online directory of scholarships and financial aid opportunities for African American and other minority students. The programs listed on our web site give away millions of dollars in college funding, and are sponsored by foundations, government agencies and even corporations from all over the country!”
The NABSE is devoted to the academic inspiration, attendance, and achievement of our nation’s Black children.
Their Mission: “The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children – particularly children of African descent. NABSE boasts an outreach to a distinguished group of preeminent educators including teachers, administrators, superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members. Founded in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.”
From all of us here at SofterWare, Inc., Happy Juneteenth!