Kansas City education program supports underfunded schools in marginalized communities

Assemble, an online educational platform in Kansas City, MO, researches the greatness of blacks and browns for their new program, BeGreat Together.

The philanthropic organization is launching its new educational initiative to support schools that serve local black and brown communities.

More specifically, BeGreat Together is looking for agents of change, people ready to make a difference in the lives of young students from underserved communities.

The program offers scholarships to support students

For the citizens of Kansas City, that means a grant of $ 10,000 to promote educational opportunities and equity for young students of color. For existing school districts, there is a fund of $ 20,000 to create programs for students and their families.

The funding gap that exists between school districts that serve white students and those that serve colored students exceeds $ 5,000 per student. School organizations led by blacks and browns also face a 76% reduction in their net assets compared to their white-led counterparts.

“Our work begins in Kansas City, but we are creating national change. Marginalization is interconnected: Until news of the abolition of slavery reached the oppressed of Texas, slavery was not over. Until we are all free, no one is free. BeGreat Together breaks this cycle and bridges this gap. We put resources directly into the hands of change makers in marginalized communities because they are the experts – they know how to uplift and support their own communities, ”said Avrell Stokes, President of BeGreat Together.

Program accepting applications

The grants provided by BeGreat will allow members of black and brown communities to have a direct impact on the educational experience of young people, many of whom are from marginalized populations. BeGreat is looking for programs that will create a ripple effect, leading to more effective educational experiences for black and brown students, along with positive outcomes.

BeGreat aims to change educational inequalities through its grants and funding. To nominate a Kansas City change agent or school program, go to the BeGreat website.

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