For the past three years, Brandon Nicholson and his crew have been helping young black males throughout Oakland uncover their Hidden Genius. On Wednesday, thanks to public support, the Hidden Genius Project was one of six nonprofits awarded a $500,000 grant from Google after finishing in the top four of the Google Impact Challenge.
Founded in 2012, the Hidden Genius Project connects underserved young black males with the education, mentors, and skills to become the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and technologists.
The Hidden Genius Project was selected from a pool of 800 applicants to serve as one of the 15 Bay Area finalists and after a three-week voting period received enough public votes to secure one of the $500,000 grants, which it will use to launch a multi-year program to train an additional 100 men.
Quick facts about the Hidden Genius Project:
Has served 350, including 18,000-plus hours of direct service to black youth
Offers two different programs
Immersion, free 15-month tech boot camp
Catalyst Workshop, free single and multiday tech-based sessions
Serves students ages 11-17 or grades 9th-12th
Founding executive director, Brandon Nicholson is a board member for GO Public Schools
"It is going to take all of us going deeper into our work and being more uncomfortable. To meet our goals, it is going to take all the people in this room working together and being willing to go beyond comfortable.
"We must sprint when it comes to urban education and we must go fast and far. And if you remember one thing from today, remember this 'Every student (in Oakland) thrives.'"
- Antwan Wilson, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, at the Oakland Achieves Third Annual Public Education Progress Report release.
In a packed room with some of Oakland's top educational leaders, the Oakland Achieves Partnership released its Third Annual Public Education Progress Report on Tuesday, September, 22, 2015 at the Waterfront Hotel.
The report reviews a full range of data on Oakland student outcomes from cradle to career. Wherever possible, it includes data from district-operated schools and charter schools. The data includes several indicators, including kindergarten readiness and Financial Aid Form completion.
Now educators, parents, and others can see at a glance how Oakland students and schools are doing. Our goal is that leaders and advocates will use this data to come together and focus energy and investments where they're needed to make opportunity a reality for every public school student.
This year's report showed declines in chronic absences and suspensions and gains in kindergarten readiness for low-income preschoolers in district-run schools. The progress report also showed challenges in the area of reading and math proficiency, particular for African American and Latino students and dips in graduation rates and college readiness rates.
The Oakland Unified School District and many of Oakland's charter school operators are on Thanksgiving Recess with schools, some district offices, and charter operators on break from November 23-27. OUSD schools and offices resume classes and normal business hours on...
The Oakland Unified School District board will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 2 where it could discuss common enrollment. The agenda and related information has not yet been posted on the district's website but should be available when school...