Our three-year
strategy for the
change to come.

Slide This is Surge. WHY The United States has been and continues to be built on the backs of strong and persevering people of color. Black people. Brown people. Asian American people. Pacific Islander people. Indigenous people. Yet this country has a major equity problem. A white supremacy problem. A horrifying and, at times, deadly racism problem.

It only changes when the face of leadership changes. Not just who the presidents and governors are, and not just who the school leaders are. This is about re-examining the place from which our business leaders, our non-profit leaders, and our major power players operate. Balance can only come if transformative voices are leading the charge.

We are the preeminent pipeline addressing the dearth of leadership of color at the decision-making tables. Surge educates, empowers and energizes leaders of color who will create transformative change in the communities they serve.
To educate and develop leaders of color who create transformative change for young people, their families and our broader communities.
OUR MISSION
OUR VISION

Since 2015, Surge has developed, united and elevated 231 nationwide leaders of color in education through our signature fellowship programs. Unparalled Success of alumni are aware of their strengths and development areas 95% They know themselves better. ELEVATE of alums feel able to articulate how their experiences connect to larger race and class equity issues 96% They understand the landscape and their role in the movement better. DEVELOP of alumni agree that they made genuine personal connections with people who they care about and whose success is important to them 97% They are connected to one another. UNITE See more of the powerful data from the first 5 years of Surge in our comprehensive executive summary.

Slide Surge, by definition, is a powerful movement forward or upward. Our organization was always meant to expand in scope, influence, and impact. The next phase of that journey begins now.

We will continue to serve, connect and elevate leaders of color unapologetically providing the support, inspiration and understanding needed create a better future. We will also do a great many things that are new, stepping into uncharted waters and extending the reach of our work.
THE NEXT CHAPTER See the three big rocks of the The Surge Ahead.
of alumni are aware of their strengths and development areas 95% They know themselves better. ELEVATE of alums feel able to articulate how their experiences connect to larger race and class equity issues 96% They understand the landscape and their role in the movement better. DEVELOP of alumni agree that they made genuine personal connections with people who they care about and whose success is important to them 97% They are connected to one another. UNITE See more of the powerful data from the first 5 years of Surge in our comprehensive executive summary.

BIG ROCKS OVERVIEW of alumni are aware of their strengths and development areas 95% They know themselves better. ELEVATE of alums feel able to articulate how their experiences connect to larger race and class equity issues 96% They understand the landscape and their role in the movement better. DEVELOP of alumni agree that they made genuine personal connections with people who they care about and whose success is important to them 97% They are connected to one another. UNITE See more of the powerful data from the first 5 years of Surge in our comprehensive executive summary.

Slide A spark of brilliance exists throughout this beautifully colorful country. A vibrant array of Black, Indigenous, Latino/Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander agents of change surging in the wings. We are ready for not just a seat at the table, but for an opportunity to tear down that table and build a bigger and better one, with more seats and a more culturally inclusive design at its center.

The Surge Ahead includes developing, elevating, and uniting more than 5,000 of these leaders by 2030, catalyzing their growth and providing the tools and connection necessary for them to wreck the nonsense they see and create the space we need.
I G N I T E What do we mean by IGNITE?
Slide Surge Program Director Yvonne Rodriguez dives deep into how we ignite the fire in our people to create a better world for our youth and communities. She is joined in dialogue with Ty-Licia Hooker, Co-Founder of Student Success and Leadership Academy and Executive Director of Boost! West Oakland.

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I G N I T E

Slide This isn’t the beginning of a movement. It’s the expansion of one that has already been burning brightly for more than five years. Leaders of color in Illinois, California, Indiana, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Washington D.C., and many more places are connected to one another through this movement. They are education leaders, lawyers, executives, government workers, artists, non-profit leaders, data minds, tech developers, and entrepreneurs. They are all Surge.

The Surge ahead will fuel the expanding vision and efforts of those leaders, binding them tighter as a collective of changemakers, growing their knowledge of what it takes to influence change, and providing the ongoing support it takes to move mountains.

FUEL What do we mean by FUEL?
Slide Both a member of the Surge leadership team and an alum of the Surge Fellowship, Will Collins builds on the idea of fueling the agents of change working to construct a better future. He is joined by his close friend and Surge cohort-mate Natalie Neris, Chief of Community Engagement at Kids First Chicago.

To see the full conversation, invest in The Surge Ahead by becoming an IMPACT Community member!
I G N I T E

Slide This isn’t the beginning of a movement. It’s the expansion of one that has already been burning brightly for more than five years. Leaders of color in Illinois, California, Indiana, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Washington D.C., and many more places are connected to one another through this movement. They are education leaders, lawyers, executives, government workers, artists, non-profit leaders, data minds, tech developers, and entrepreneurs. They are all Surge.

The Surge ahead will fuel the expanding vision and efforts of those leaders, binding them tighter as a collective of changemakers, growing their knowledge of what it takes to influence change, and providing the ongoing support it takes to move mountains.

TRANSFORM What do we mean by TRANSFORM?
Slide Both a member of the Surge leadership team and an alum of the Surge Fellowship, Will Collins builds on the idea of fueling the agents of change working to construct a better future. He is joined by his close friend and Surge cohort-mate Natalie Neris, Chief of Community Engagement at Kids First Chicago.

To see the full conversation, invest in The Surge Ahead by becoming an IMPACT Community member!
TRANSFORM

Slide NATIONAL PROGRAMS • ONLINE COURSES • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP • NEW PARTNERSHIPS
ACTION The work of the Surge movement has always been deeply connected to a belief that truly diverse and transformative leadership will tear away racism and oppressive policies in the education system to build a freer future for our young people and communities.
Through these three tenets of IGNITE, FUEL and TRANSFORM, we will launch new programs, establish new connections and serve new populations in order to see our mission through.
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Slide You’ve seen a glimpse of what’s ahead for the Surge movement.

Read the full executive summary here.

Now, choose to be a part of it. You won’t want to miss what’s a head. So here’s your next step.
ENGAGE Donate!
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