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“KIPP schools aim to be best-in-class wherever we operate and to define the innovative edge of what is possible in American public education. That aspiration requires significant investment from public and private sources—investments that will power a future of opportunity for our students.”— Katherine Bradley, KIPP Board Chair
No matter the size, every gift to KIPP helps empower students and alumni to lead vibrant and fulfilling lives. The KIPP Summer Internship Fund is just one example of how gifts—big and small—can combine to create phenomenal opportunities for KIPPsters.
As changemakers of the future, many KIPP alumni are drawn to careers in the nonprofit sector, where they can bring about positive change in a range of ways. A summer internship can be the best way for these future leaders to learn, gain experience, make connections, and launch the career of their dreams.
But a staggering 40% of all summer internships are unpaid, and the majority of those are in the nonprofit space.
KIPP recognizes the value that unpaid internships can provide to future leaders, and also sees that sacrificing pay for beneficial experience creates barriers to access and opportunity. We created the KIPP Summer Internship Fund so that KIPPsters can pursue their dreams without giving up vital support. This fund helps alumni pursue internships that match their passions by providing stipends that cover not only wages, but also hidden, related costs like high-speed internet access and business-appropriate attire.
Thanks to collective giving from a group of donors, six alumni were able to pursue opportunities in the summer of 2021 that will help launch their future careers. Among these were Edressa Kamal; she worked at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, nurturing her dream to advocate for indigent prisoners and assist those who were wrongfully convicted. Another alum who hopes to advance the common good is KIPP SoCal’s Zaydee Serrano who spent her summer working with the National Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Zaydee aspires to someday represent California as a Congresswoman with public school funding and educational access as core priorities. This internship is a key stepping stone in her journey.
These remarkable stories bring into focus what collective giving can achieve. All gifts to KIPP, no matter the size, go a long way in helping KIPPsters grow into the leaders they are meant to be.view ALL POSTS
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“KIPP strikes a powerful balance between replicable program development and productivity of schools. Their strong local focus draws in parental and community support enriching each KIPPster’s educational experience. I can’t think of a better model for opening a world of opportunity to children in communities facing economic hardship.”– Lorna Power, KIPP Supporter
There are more ways than ever to support KIPP. Find the one that is right for you and start making an impact today.
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As the founding executive director of the Grove Park Foundation, Debra Edelson has spent years working with partners to uplift and empower the Grove Park neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. To date, KIPP stands among the very best partners she has had the privilege of working with to bring a philanthropic vision to life.
Grove Park, now a vibrant and thriving community in northwest Atlanta, suffered from chronic neglect and lack of investment until very recently. Recalls Edelson, “It was a community where no one invested in sidewalks, no one invested in anything.” From her background as an urban planner, she worked to break the cycle of poverty. Said Edelson, “to do that in an enduring way requires putting education at the center of the conversation.” Making educational opportunities available to Grove Park residents, however, was not a straightforward path. Edelson needed to work with Atlanta Public Schools to establish a new school in the area, find an educational partner who could elevate the education provided to students to a higher level, and find funding for a new building worthy of Grove Park residents.
“KIPP’s name just kept coming up everywhere… KIPP has been an amazing partner. We work with many partners–that is the model of the Grove Park Foundation. KIPP has discipline and direction, we’re working together arm in arm. A decision was made and KIPP executed beautifully as partners. We are grateful for that.”
KIPP Woodson Park Academy, a beautiful 115,000 square foot facility that, at scale, will provide education from pre-K to 8th grade, is the centerpiece of the Grove Park Foundation’s educational efforts. Opened in 2020 and currently serving more than 700 students, KIPP Woodson Park Academy also brings together supporting services–a YMCA and a health clinic–that benefit the entire community.
Reflecting on her work with KIPP, Edelson notes, “KIPP is a changemaker, and I hope that the partnership will yield generations of children who will be educated and go on to lead this community.” And as a critical partner, KIPP is proud to have worked with Edelson to make her vision a reality and give local residents the resources they need to succeed and have choice-filled lives.view ALL POSTS
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“KIPP schools transform lives, families and communities. We celebrate the educators and staff working to make this a reality.”– Romy Drucker, Director, K-12 Education Program, Walton Family Foundation