Education

Every child should have the educational resources to become a successful adult. Based on our belief that education is 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.

 

Academy of Craft Training

A grant of $75,000 over three years to support the operations of the Academy of Craft Training, a public/private partnership between the construction industry and the State of Alabama’s K-12 education system, through salaries for five instructors and a Training and Employment Coordinator. These instructors work to ensure students are connected with an internship and upon graduation employment in the commercial construction industry. In three years, this program has progressed from 23 to 116 graduating seniors, with 90% of students moving on to the commercial construction industry workforce and the remaining 10% continuing on to either college or the military. For more information, visit academyofcrafttraining.org

Summer Adventures In Learning

Summer Adventures In Learning

SAIL. A grant of $135,000 to Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL), a collaborative that promotes strong academics in summer programs mix academics and activities. For 2018, the 13 SAIL funders provided $882,200 to 46 host providers who served approximately 2,500 children in 12 counties. SAIL also supports a learning community for the host providers, sharing best practices, assessment tools and enrichment activity information.

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..