Leading and expanding my impact on our communities, families and children is my passion and purpose.
Education as a Pathway for Positive Social Change
Defining US is a Documentary Series and a Platform for Social Change. Now we find ourselves at a defining moment in our nation. Many suggest that the increase in mental health issues is tied to social justice concerns and are calling for educators to take the lead in solving these problems that highlight the connections between race, gender, socio-economic status, and mental health outcomes.
Leading voices in education are answering the call through new teaching and learning strategies that advance equity, promote social and emotional development and improve mental health.
Uplift connects caregivers in Atlanta, Georgia with needed financial support & services to improve student outcomes and begin building pathways out of poverty. Atlanta is one of the most unequal cities in America. This reality has profound implications for education where poverty is the biggest hurdle to overcoming the achievement gap.
A bold vision and strategy are needed for Atlanta to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap, and serve as a blueprint for other urban metropolitan cities.Research shows that addressing the needs of caregivers offers families, and in turn students, the stability and bandwidth they require to focus on academic pursuits, driving greater academic outcomes and paving a pathway out of intergenerational poverty.
The Uplift pilot capitalized on research on two-generation approaches by proactively identifying the needs of caregivers of public school students and connecting them to necessary services and interventions. The goal is to improve student academic performance in the near term and help families build a pathway out of poverty in the long term.
UNITE is a national impact initiative animated by a new way of seeing each other – and the work of building America’s future. Enabled by the nation’s most generous philanthropists, tireless creators, and collaborative partners, we invest in three kinds of projects:
First, we tell the stories of Americans who are uniters - who are showing us how to work together across divides to solve problems in their communities, their schools, their churches and their families. We offer new media experiences that tell these stories, bringing Americans starving for a new way together like never before.
Second, we catalyze solutions - assembling surprisingly diverse teams of uniters to solve problems of the whole that we can overcome only if we join together. We believe there is a new method for solving problems in America. A way that both feels better and works better.
Third, we undertake studies that result in fresh insights about what it will take for each of us to step into the identity of the uniter – and fulfill the promise of our country.
Over time, UNITE aspires to become the spark behind a new American story animated by shared values, shared vision, and shared purpose. In other words, we are committed to building the United States of America, once and for all.