Every day that a child goes without proper education or mentorship, and in some cases, without even the ability to read, he or she risks falling dangerously behind in our modern, fast-paced society. And this contributes to generational cycles of poverty and incarceration, and the growing inequality that threatens to make America as a whole weaker in the global arena. But if we act NOW, we can change not only the trajectory of these young lives (and the generations that follow), but we’ll also have an educated populace prepared to address the global grand challenges of tomorrow – Dale Godboldo, Co-founder
With support from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, actor/entrepreneur Dale Godboldo launched Project:NOW – an initiative spotlighting and supporting innovative literacy intervention programming and entrepreneurship training for youth in underserved communities in America. Co-Founding partners include the U.S. Dream Academy, Cherokee Gives Back, PVBLIC Foundation, AITC Foundation, and the Arthur Wylie Entrepreneurship & Leadership Fund.
The Beacon Network Schools is the newest Project:NOW partner – a unique educational model within Denver Public Schools committed to the high achievement and growth of every student. Beacon schools provide a college preparatory program of study that sets high expectations and requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The partners have had an immense impact on addressing the needs of the most at-risk youth through targeted interventions. Moving forward, the partners aim to accelerate their efforts to serve more youth and position them for future success. The initiative launched with youth ages 8 to 17, spotlighting the following organizations and programs:
Beacon Network‘s Four Cornerstones
Beacon Network’s four cornerstones were developed by teacher and staff to create curriculum to meet students at their individual needs building a personalized learning enviroment.
- Blended Learning – Utilizing differentiated one to one and in-house built online lessons students can move at their own pace.
- Character Development – By measuring five traits students are given feedback on their overall mental and moral development.
- Extended Day Opportunities – Each quarter students signup for two end of day enrichment opportunities.
Rapid Response Reading Intervention Program™ (RRRI)
US Dream Academy’s research-based literacy intervention program that accelerates reading levels of 3rd through 5th grade students who are reading 1 to 3 grade levels behind, and Dr. Alfred Tatum as the creator of the multidimensional reading strategies used in RRRITargeting students most at risk of future school failure, the 12-week program re-imagines the old, standard way of teaching, and is designed to be a rapid response to these struggling readers’ needs. This innovative strategy includes all of the key elements in a 1-hour, fast paced session, using grade level or above reading content (even though the child does not read on grade level), and scaffolds the learning for the learner. At the end of the program, students will be reading at or above grade level. Dr. Alfred Tatum is the creator of the multidimensional reading strategies used in RRRI.
Youth Initiated Literacy & Arts Program
Upon the children completing the RRRI, U.S. Dream Academy and Dale Godboldo’s Always In The Club Foundation will arrange for professional authors and college students majoring in writing or the arts, to mentor the children in writing short e-books by young people, for young people. The e-books will be published widely on a website/application called Dreamville. These children will gain insights into the power of language, new skills in communication, and increased self-esteem. By utilizing these children (many with incarcerated parents) to tell their own stories, PN believes that other children will connect and be motivated to read more frequently in reacting to peer writings. Further, celebrity-based media adaptations of YILA stories will be produced to excite young people in learning, bridging visual media, reading, and creative writing in dynamic, purposeful ways. PVBLIC will provide media distribution nationally as donated ad space.
Wylie Initiative For The Study Of Entrepreneurship (WISE)
In partnership with Arthur Wylie Entrepreneurship & Leadership Fund and Cherokee Gives Back, Project NOW will launch entrepreneurship-learning curriculums. Upon graduation, students will have the tools to turn their ideas into a successful and sustainable business ventures. Project NOW will provide scholarships to the students who complete the program, to assist them in their ongoing education.
The INROADS mission is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
Founder Frank Carr launched INROADS in his hometown of Chicago with just 25 college student Interns and 17 sponsoring corporations. Today, INROADS is an international organization with over 28 offices serving nearly 2,000 Interns at over 200 companies.
There are three keys to success for INROADS students: Selection, Education & Training, and Performance. For over four decades, INROADS has helped businesses gain greater access to diverse talent through continuous leadership development of outstanding ethnically diverse students and placement of those students in internships at many of North America’s top corporations, firms and organizations.
Social Impact Bonds
In addition to direct programs and outreach strategies, the Project:NOW initiative aspires to utilize and bring awareness to Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) to scale the success of existing at-risk youth non-profit programs that we target.
Impact bonds use public and private funding sources to expand programs that have demonstrated effectiveness at increasing test scores and high school/college graduation rates for students in inner-city communities. Its mission is to lead to greater equality of opportunities across the nation, as well as a reduction in public spending on incarceration.
Part of Project:NOW’s awareness campaign includes the participation in large-scale events that bring Hollywood, government, and communities together for calls to action and commitment-based non-profit activation. Project:NOW began these efforts by serving as a beneficiary of the 3rd Annual CITY SUMMIT & GALA held on the evening of the 90th Academy Awards.
Honored guests and featured speakers included Oscar winning actor and philanthropist Matthew McConaughey, actor/investor Ashton Kutcher, best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul,Jack Canfield, and entrepreneur Tai Lopez, among others.
==> See Dale Godboldo’s Blog Post: “Inside City Summit & Gala 2018”
Project:NOW is an initiative of International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation, Inc.(a 501c3).
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