TFA Graduate Fellows: Cohort 3
Meet the student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs working to solve Mississippi’s biggest problems.
Nicole seeks to expand access to an equitable and rigorous computer science education for public school students in the Delta.
Whitney’s Social Entrepreneurship Project is to open a non-profit coffee shop that employs 16-21 year old students who are at risk or have dropped out of high school. This coffee shop will "allow young people to come to work with us while building skills that will help them come closer to finding their calling and passions, all the while building up a space that invites community and hard conversations."
Shanikqua’s Social Entrepreneurship Project aims to supports teacher growth and supports teachers in creating a sustainable lifestyle while teaching.
Dylan’s Social Entrepreneurship Project is to define what “data-driven” decision making looks in the classroom. All too often, teachers are asked to ensure that their decisions are “data-driven" without given the proper tools for success. Dylan plans to work with teachers in SCCSD to build out resources and professional development to train teachers on how to make data-driven decisions.
Tisha’s Social Entrepreneurship Project is develop a platform to improve parent-teacher collaboration - Essentially revamping the PTO/PTA. The ultimate goal is to create a family friendly curriculum that can be referenced by parents/community members to assist their students in their academic pursuits.
Valencia's Social Entrepreneurship project is to create a sustainable, holistic wellness system of mental health in public education for students, teachers, and community stakeholders. This service is to be provided by mental health personnel within schools (i.e. school counselors) or an outside organization created with the intention of working primarily in schools
Samantha’s Social Entrepreneurship Project includes developing an after-school writing program for upper elementary and middle school students to help students build a love of writing. She will use the after school program to develop a creative writing curriculum, which she will pilot and test at other schools in her second year of the fellowship.
William’s Social Entrepreneurship Project is specifically geared toward reducing the Teacher Shortage in rural areas like the Mississippi Delta, through comprehensive programs and specialized trainings to prepare local citizens to enter the education profession and provide a sense of stability and continuity for children.
Hillary’s Social Entrepreneurship Project is to develop a culturally relevant parent curriculum that seeks to address parents’ most pressing needs that in turn will improve student achievement and life in the community. The curriculum will address strategies to help students at home academically and emotionally, as well as fostering healthy habits.
Katie's Social Entrepreneurship Project is focused on supporting Clarksdale Opportunity Youth ages 16-24. She is partnering with the Meraki Workforce Development Program to develop an intentional living space that inspires community involvement and personal development.
Alissa’s Social Entrepreneurship Project focuses on using coding and technology as a vehicle for student-led learning. Her plan includes creating an after-school program where students are given various tasks to collaboratively problem solve.
Colleen’s Social Entrepreneurship Project sets up a school wide system for testing and tracking the literacy growth of elementary and middle school students. The goal is to collect, organize, and present data as efficiently as possible so that teachers are empowered with the information that they need to grow students and families can have meaningful conversations about their child’s progress.