Education: Every child should have the educational resources to become a successful adult.

Based on our belief that education is still the best road out of poverty, the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation supports a strong education pipeline. Grants are made to support efforts in early childhood to help children be ready to learn when they enter the school system. Other grants support teachers, students and families to help more children achieve and succeed. These include grants to improve academic outcomes through teacher and principal coaching as well as support for meeting non-academic needs, like physical and mental health needs.

Foundations Early Learning & Family Center

Foundations Early Learning & Family Center

A grant of $10,000 to support this high quality early learning program. Foundations serves sixty-three children and their families in three classrooms promoting school-readiness in a faith-based environment. Housed in the Forest Hills Community Development Center in Fairfield with pre-K classrooms that serve children primarily from Fairfield, Bessemer, and Midfield, Foundations is able to share its parent education programs and professional development opportunities with the other school-supported programs, creating unique collaborative opportunities to improve the quality of life for all the children served.

For more information, visit www.foundationseflc.org.

Woodlawn Innovation Network

Woodlawn Innovation Network

Woodlawn Innovation Network. In 2013, the Foundation formed a collaboration with the Woodlawn Foundation, A+ Education Partnership, University of Alabama Birmingham, Lawson State Community College and the Birmingham City School system to design a feeder pattern of schools that would culminate in an Early College Academy at Woodlawn High School. As year three of implementation draws to a close, one hundred Early College Academy students begin their journey towards a high school diploma with up to 60 college credits by graduation. Knowledgeworks of Cincinnati, Ohio, has provided extensive professional development for teachers and coaching for principals to increase student performance so that more students can reap the benefits of Early College.

For more information, visit: woodlawninnovationnetwork.com.

Alabama Possible

Alabama Possible

Helping low-income, minority, and first generation college-going students navigate the path to two- and four-year colleges is essential if we want students to be prepared for today’s high skill jobs. A grant of $20,000 to Alabama Possible makes college access and success for these students possible by supporting the Blueprints College Access Initiative, a near-peer mentoring program, and Cash for College, which helps families pay for college by completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Since 2009, Alabama Possible has equipped more than 5,000 students to pursue their college dreams.

For more information, visit: www.alabamapossible.org.

Teach for America – Alabama

Teach for America – Alabama

A grant of $300,000 over three years to continue to build a stronger teaching corps in Birmingham and the Black Belt. With a teaching corps of 41 and nearly 100 alumni continuing to teach in our schools, TFA brings incredible energy and dedication to their classrooms. TFA teachers support a broad array of out-of-school activities as well, including college access and support programs and special learning opportunities like the High Achievement Summer School which prepares high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt for college. TFA also serves as a pipeline to bring exceptional young people to our state, helping to ensure we have a strong talent pipeline for teaching positions in our neediest communities.

For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org/Alabama..

Gateway

Gateway

A grant of $30,000 to expand school-based mental health services in Oliver Elementary School and Hayes K-8 School through Gateway’s Go 2 U School-Based Counseling. On site counselors provide individual and group services to help students overcome issues related to poverty and violence, which in turn improves student academic outcomes.

For more information, visit www.gway.org