The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge Is Here!



We must stay woke and active, education has always been the gateway to
prosperity in our communities. Yet only 69% of Black students are
graduating from high school - not college - high school! We all know
this is an ever evolving technology based economy that demands more knowledge based skills. Our children and young people are being left further behind and
underestimated - the question is what role are we as Black people going
to play in the struggle to save OUR children?  What are
you going to do - like for REAL?

The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge is about "big thinkers" and "big action" - people with audacious ideas, new approaches, and disruptive solutions leading to the next iteration of BAEO or an entirely new Black-led organization. While the work has changed, this Challenge will carry on the mission of BAEO to increase access to high-quality education options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The Opportunity
The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge is the opportunity to receive a $500,000 investment to transform your ideas and action plans to create the next iteration of BAEO or an entirely different Black-led organization that will carry out the mission of BAEO.  

Selecting a Course of Action
What does innovative advocacy look like in the 21st century to realize the mission of BAEO: The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge aims to solicit innovative ideas and sustainable organizational designs and action plans to increase access to high-quality education options for Black Children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families.  

Who Can Participate
Calling all Activists, Techies, Political Minds, Business and Grant Plan Writers, Educators (and anyone we left out). The challenge is open to applicants ages 17+. The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge is open to individuals and teams.

What You Can Do
You can apply or you can nominate someone that you think would be great to be a part of the BAEO Challenge. Nominees will receive updates about the BAEO Social Innovation Challenge. Nominate an Architect for Change. APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED!

Timeline

  • *Statement of Intent Deadline October 7, 2016

  • *Full Application Deadline December 10th, 2016

  • Applicants Present Plan in Person January 16th - January 20th, 2017

  • The Challenge Winner(s) Announced February 1st, 2017
*Selected applicants who make it through this phase will be invited to participate in next round of the Challenge 

Helpful Information

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