Click to Read More fueling the fire The Surge Institute was built on a simple fact: Our kids are the future. This is not an opinion or a belief. It is fact. From the seeds of today will sprout the dreamers and builders of tomorrow. 2.25 million. That is the number of students across the United States who are impacted by the work of Surge Alumni through education and youth-based organizations. fueling the fire Thanks to You, Change is Possible The Surge Institute was built on a simple fact: Our kids are the future. This is not an opinion or a belief. It is fact. From the seeds of today will sprout the dreamers and builders of tomorrow. Through the acknowledgement of that fact comes another truth: All learning environments are not created with equity. Not all of our seeds are being fed the same amount of water and nutrients. Nor should they be. Not all flowers are the same. They don’t all need the same combination of nutrients. In a garden of varying plants, the conditions for growth vary as well. Such is true of our little ones. Some kids are not getting what they need. Surge seeks to change that.

Some kids are not getting what they need. Surge seeks to change that.

In many urban schools, nearly half the population is made up of children of color, but less than 25 percent of teachers, school leaders, administrators and board members reflect that population. This lack of diversity at the decision making tables has a direct impact on the students and communities being served. Communities of color feel ignored. Students feel misunderstood and sometimes even criminalized.

The disconnect is tangible, visible and traumatic. Surge seeks to change that.

Our work centers around developing, elevating and uniting emerging leaders of color in education. We do it through our signature programs, the Surge Fellowship and the Surge Academy. We do it through thought leadership efforts to make the voices of these leaders heard. We do it through unifying events that put voices at the same table that wouldn’t be there otherwise. We do it through movement.

And it is all thanks to you.

The work of the Surge movement does not happen without a growing crowd of supporters, who have helped turn an idea—built on a truth—into a reality. Think of this annual report as a love letter to the many supporters who believe in watering the seeds of the future.

What follows is a glimpse of the work we couldn’t do without you.
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