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Community Partners

Community Partners are essential to the success of the GROW DEI consultancy process. Clients are strongly encouraged to choose a community partner, make a financial contribution, and commit to ongoing engagement. Review GROW’s current youth-focused Community Partners and explore

possible entry points for engagement or consider organizations in your own community. Let the learning begin, while opening the doors to future diverse talent. Make DEI a lived reality across your organization and within your community.

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Islands of Brilliance provides unique learning and social engagement opportunities for neurodiverse students. Programming is rooted in art, design and STEM-based curriculum, helping children and young adults on the autism spectrum learn valuable technical skills, while practicing critical social and emotional learning competencies in a supported environment. The education team partners with parents, educators and support agencies to identify the appropriate programming mix to meet students’ needs and goals. Islands of Brilliance’s mission is to use creativity, technology, and one-on-one guidance, to positively change self-perceptions and broaden community views of those on the autism spectrum as people with capabilities—not disabilities.

Possible Entry Points

  • Internship opportunities

  • Career-exploration sessions

  • Creative workshop facilitation & mentoring


Contact:

Michelle Pape

Director of Development

michelle@islandsofbrillance.com

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PEARLS For Teen Girls is dedicated to empowering and uplifting girls and young women in 5th-12th grade and beyond. A focus on goal-setting and social emotional learning sets PEARLS apart and provides girls with tools to excel in life. Through it all, PEARLS ensures every girl knows her worth and is empowered to make positive choices, while cultivating a sisterhood that endures a lifetime. Everything PEARLS does puts girls first. From the girls and their team to their partnerships, PEARLS is committed to fostering mission-driven relationships and cultivating womxn leaders at every stage of life.

Possible Entry Points

  • Career-exploration sessions 

  • Marketing & advertising workshops & mentoring

  • Consultation to our MARCOM staff 


Contact:

Jennifer Andreas

Partnerships Manager

 jennifer.andreas@pearlsforteengirls.com

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Operation DREAM Inc. is a mentoring and workforce development organization that focuses on serving young boys and men of color. Our holistic approach to serving our young men helps to provide them with the support needed within all areas of their lives: home, school, work and social. Operation DREAM is designed to provide life changing impact spanning across 20 years by serving boys and young men, ages of 4 and 24-years-old, through DREAM’s four signature programs: Academic Year Program (K4-8th grade) Operation Work (9th-12th grade), DREAM to Achieve tutoring (1st – 12th grade), and Operation Independence (18-24-years-old). The foundation of our mission is to impact young boys and men of color by providing mentorship throughout the various stages in their lives. 

Possible Entry Points: 

  • Collaborate on promotion of social enterprise initiatives

  • Help youth launch and tend newsletter

  • Career exploration sessions

 

Contact:

Marco Morrison

Executive Director

marco.morrison@operation-dream.org

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