An investment in Surge is an investment in programs that go a step further. Systemic change requires a unified force, as do our youth and communities.
Some kids are not getting what they need. Surge seeks to change that.
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.
OneGoal, a national nonprofit organization that aims to provide more access to college for students from low-income communities, has partnered with us for years, encouraging multiple rising leaders of color in their organization to experience the Surge Fellowship.
Thanks to the support of these funders the Academy experience returns to Kansas City in January 2020, providing an intensified six-month fellowship experience before continuing it’s national journey to new locations all over the United States.
Surveys after each Fellowship session, Academy session, recruitment event, convening, webinars and seminars give us a bit more insight into the impact of our day-to-day work. Larger annual evaluations of our ongoing work with alumni tell the story of progress and growth within the movement. And every bit of critical feedback is taken into account when we design the next phase of the Surge experience.
Mario Estrada Earnest
Randal Seriguchi Jr.
Judith & Alexander Toland