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.

Desert Island Supply Company (DISCO)

Desert Island Supply Company (DISCO)

A grant of $225,000 over three years to help fund an executive director and Americorps VISTA position to help grow DISCO’s capacity.  DISCO offers free writing and arts workshops as well as after-school tutoring to children in the Woodlawn area. In the past the Foundation has helped to fund programs and the publications of Squid, Inc., to showcase works by DISCO participants.

To learn more, go to www.desertislandsupplyco.com.

 

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 implement an innovative design with the schools in the Woodlawn feeder pattern, known as the Woodlawn Innovation Network, culminating with the opportunity for students to earn up to 60 hours of college credit. As this year draws to a close, educators have received countless hours of job-embedded professional development and Woodlawn students have earned more than 840 college hours through Early College from University of Alabama Birmingham, Jefferson State Community College, and Lawson State Community College.

For more information, visit: woodlawninnovationnetwork.com.

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. TFA serves as a pipeline to bring exceptional young people to our state and keep them here doing great work for kids, helping to ensure we have a strong talent pipeline for teaching and other education-related positions in high-needs communities across our state. With almost 150 teachers currently in schools across Alabama and nearly 400 teachers brought to Alabama since 2010, TFA teachers bring 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 Higher Academics Summer School which prepares high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt for college.

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