AIM & FLY (Academics in Motion and Future Leaders Youth Club)

by Yolanda Friday | Aug 31, 2010
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Summary:

The Minnesota highly acclaimed Education System is masking the fact that we have the largest academic achievement gap between majority and minority students in the Nation today. Institutional racism highly contributes to this educational disparity. TLC's comprehensive program helps the student to understand and overcome this systematic structure and then lead and guide our students to have a positive view on education and their academic futures as well as to be highly self motivated to excel!

Our students are taught to overcome racism that is strategically placed in their schools communities and in their lives by having solid foundations and belief in who they are, and where they are going. AIM and FLY is a combined program designed to erase the negative effects of prejudice and racism in the lives of our multicultural students. By bringing the students to an equal playing field environment we promote building strong mind set to achieve higher than expected by others.

Our students even research racism and teen violence, teen pregnancy and the effects of the media. They are learning to be responsible for their futures. By reaching beyond the stereotype boundaries AIM and FLY help many students discover their own passion for justice, fairness, and politics via having this program which creates dreams and goals for 'At Risk' multicultural students in twin cities area, and helps them discover their potential. Our students are not held back by the effect of racism, they aim to recognize and FLY above it!

About You

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About You

First Name

Yolanda

Last Name

Friday

Title

Project Director

Organization

TLC Education Foundation

Country

United States, MN

About Your Organization

Organization Name

TLC Education Foundation

Organization Email

Organization Website

Organization Phone

612-341-2795

Organization Address

1411 W River Rd

Organization City

Minneapolis

Organization Zipcode

55411

Brief description of your organization

We are reducing the Academic achievement Gap in Minnesota.
TLC's comprehensive Academics in Motion program helps 'At risk' teen aged multicultural students to become highly motivated through academic achievements & success.
1. Our students are aware of how to counter racism in their local school dist. & its community effects.
2. Students will thrive academically inspite of racism

Organization Country

United States, MN

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Your idea

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Name your project

AIM & FLY (Academics in Motion and Future Leaders Youth Club)

Country your work focuses on

United States, MN, Hennepin County

Describe your project. Explain the extent to which it mitigates the effects of racism

The Minnesota highly acclaimed Education System is masking the fact that we have the largest academic achievement gap between majority and minority students in the Nation today. Institutional racism highly contributes to this educational disparity. TLC's comprehensive program helps the student to understand and overcome this systematic structure and then lead and guide our students to have a positive view on education and their academic futures as well as to be highly self motivated to excel!
Our students are taught to overcome racism that is strategically placed in their schools communities and in their lives by having solid foundations and belief in who they are, and where they are going. AIM and FLY is a combined program designed to erase the negative effects of prejudice and racism in the lives of our multicultural students. By bringing the students to an equal playing field environment we promote building strong mind set to achieve higher than expected by others.
Our students even research racism and teen violence, teen pregnancy and the effects of the media. They are learning to be responsible for their futures. By reaching beyond the stereotype boundaries AIM and FLY help many students discover their own passion for justice, fairness, and politics via having this program which creates dreams and goals for 'At Risk' multicultural students in twin cities area, and helps them discover their potential. Our students are not held back by the effect of racism, they aim to recognize and FLY above it!

Project starting date

November 2010

Project ending date

October 2011

Total project budget - required field

$50,000.00

Innovation

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What makes your project unique?

AIM & FLY Club(Academics in Motion and Future Leaders Youth Club) has a dynamic approach to its unique mentorship and academic achievement programs. This program introduces the fundamentals of the legal system, opportunities into Fortune 500 companies, access to local politician, college tours, in addition to enhanced classroom performance, and surpassing the standardized tests, readiness for post secondary education to our Somali and African American Students. The 2010 summer effort was a tremendously successful polit program. TLC AIM & FLY Program is an academic enrichment program that:

1. Trains students on professionalism for the MN workforce.
2. Prepares students interact directly with prominent minority professionals and community leaders.
3. Reviews our students current academic plight and prepares them for their present and upcoming school year through homework help, tutoring, standardized test practice, reading comprehension, and mathematics skill building.
4. Brings our students into positive safe and caring learning environments that motivates them to look forward to coming back daily! (our students nag their parents to come to our program!)
5. Screens our tutors, staff and volunteers are screened for compassion and quality experience with proven success and awesome track records of working with students of color.

Impact

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Tell us about the social impact of your project as it relates to ONE of these three areas: Education, Employment or Housing

Education: The TLC Education Foundation is focused on rebuilding the academic futures of the students in the targeted areas, whereas their standardized test scores are not meeting the state requirements and they are being shoveled beneath the system. TLC has created a program that not only has been proven to increase their academic skill level in the classroom and standarized tests but also to motivate the multicultural minority students to look past their high school graduation and see post secondary education in their futures as well as build solid minority community leaders.

They learn how to recognize and tactfully counter racism, especially in education.

They also learn how to help others, especially younger students in the community.

They learn how to stand for what's right and fairness for them to maximize their education.

They learn to strategically plan, network and utilize opportunities with their skills and capabilities to obtain the best education and careers for themselves and their families; and then give back to their communities.

This intrinsically increase job opportunities for themselves and others behind them. They are then empowered to better impact the housing, schools, and political climates of their communities.

List any specific activities associated with the project and a timeline for the activities

November-January: Organizing Implemented Community Awareness and Entrepreneurship training

January-April: Understand & overcoming institutional racism in Education.

April-June: Preparing for short term Achievement and Long term Success.

August-October: Academic Acceleration.

Please summarize the involvement of people of color in the decision-making of your project

From the planning committee to the mentors and counselors TLC's Future Leader Youth Club is run by professional Minorities and qualified minority college students all with an understanding, passion & commitment to help students of color.

By pairing our students up with quality counselors and mentors that have once been in similar social atmospheres and cultural boundaries, TLC is motivating our students to achieve greater accomplishments then their mentors!
TLC students have access to resources and people that can guide them through many of the social and academic issues they are facing today.
the Academics in motion and Future Leaders Youth program challenge our minority students out of their comfort zones and into a path of opportunity.

Please list which communities of color your project will involve and/or impact

AIM & FLY consists of African Americans, Native Americans, Somalian, and West African Descendants in the Greater Minneapolis and Twin City Communities. We have broken down the racial stigmas amongst our students and have pulled them together. TLC students come from different backgrounds & social networks but they all have one goal, to achieve higher than expected of them!

What age group will your project impact?

Teens/adolescents (13-19 years).

Which gender(s) will your project focus on?

Male, Female.

What geographic area(s) will your project affect?

Twin Cities Metro Area (specify below).

If you selected either Twin Cities Metro Area or Other above, please specify or identify the area

Plymouth, North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, East St. Paul, and Central St. Paul

Sustainability

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

If your project is a collaborative effort, please list the other organizations involved

This academic program is a collaboration of the TLC Education Foundation (which consist of the tutoring Program, and the Summer enrichment program); TLC Precision Wafer Technology,
Interfaith CONECT,
City of Plymouth,
General Mills,
Wayzata School District,
St. Paul Public Schools,
Minnetonka Center for the Arts,
Page Education Foundation,
University of Minnesota,
Bethel University,
St. Olaf University,
North Central University,
Minnesota Churches of God in Christ,
Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches,
St. Paul Minister Alliance,
PROCEED'S HBCU annual tour,
and the Minnesota Vikings and the community!

Who or what is expected to change as a result of your project?

As a direct result of AIM & FLY Program an increase in the MAC II passing percentage of students of color in the state of MN. An increase in the number of Minority students graduating from high school with higher academic performance. An increase in high school graduation rate and attendance to post secondary educational institutes.

What information will you provide in the final report to demonstrate the achievement of your results?

TLC will report the achievement vs. goals and objectives using graphs, tables and charts not to mention student surveys. Personal testimony from both students, parents/guardians and teachers on the students academic improvement. TLC will also provide videos/pictures of students presentations, activities, field trips and college visits.

What methods will be used to gather the information?

Every tutoring site will be responsible to report monthly, on on the work achieved on their site. TLC will provide templates to follow creating uiformity and simplifying the process. Each report will be filled with the Program Director and compiled at the TLC headquarters were the TLC Interns will record the scores and the progress into computer files in order to easily access the files as needed.

What do you hope to learn about racism and its impact?

TLC is teaching each and everyone of our students that they do not have to be low grade minority statistics. Our students are learning to achieve at their highest level inspite of the racism that is present in their school districts. We want our students to see minorities in power, in politics, in college and graduating from college in order to inspire them to reach their fullest potential!

What percentage do people of color comprise your board of directors?

100%

Documentation

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Funding sources: Please check all that apply

Individual donations, In-kind donations, Foundations, Businesses, Earned revenue, Local government, Other (please specify).

Other

Churches, Universities,

In submitting this application, the applicant agrees to the following (check all boxes)

The applicant will spend the money solely for the purpose stated in the grant award and will return the unexpended portion of the funds, if any. In addition, the applicant will provide an interim and/or final report, as required., The applicant realizes that payment of funds will be at the convenience of the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the grant and/or modify previously agreed-upon payments should such actions be deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant understands that the Foundation may review any or all information submitted as part of this request with advisors of the Foundation’s choosing, if deemed necessary by the Foundation., The applicant intends to comply with the terms of the Minnesota Charitable Solicitation Act (MS §309), if applicable..

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