Friday, February 1, 2013

February Brings SO Much Beautiful (and Educational Excellence)!!

See BeautifulTM is thrilled to name (drumroll, please!) the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence our non-profit of the month!
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When it comes to seeing beautiful, one of the most wonderful parts of what we get to do is raise awareness for, and donate to, wonderful non-profit organizations. February's featured non-profit, the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, leaves us completely inspired.

Why the the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence
The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence (CUEE) is dedicated to helping all children achieve educational excellence. The CUEE was established in 1996 to provide a “city-wide laboratory for the development of excellence in urban education.”  The mission is to ensure the availability of a prosperous and equitable school environment for children who are least-served by urban schools by developing educational leaders, scholarly theory, and innovative strategies with a foundation built upon relevant knowledge and effective practice. Inspirational director and recent recipient of the 2012 Torch of Peace Award for demonstrating leadership and service in the promotion of intercultural relations, Dr. Brian Williams writes, "We believe that all children are capable of achieving greatness when addressed in a manner that speaks to their true potential. We strive to ensure that the members of local communities—families, schools, children and youth—see beautiful in themselves.
How does the the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence see & spread beautiful? There are so many ways we're inspired by the CUEE. The CUEE, housed in the College of Education at Georgia State University, involves faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and the community to cultivate and sustain excellence in urban education in and around Atlanta. The center engages students of all ages, with programs for pre-K, middle- and high-school aged youth, undergraduate and graduate students, and members of the community. Alonzo A. Crim Center’s Jumpstart program works with pre-K children, pairing college students in one-on-one partnerships with young children uniquely designed to develop literacy, language, and social skills.  More specifically, the CUEE does the following:
  • CUEE middle and high school programs exist to better urban community schools. 
  • The Technology Environment and Math (TEAM) mission is to promote student interest in math and science.
  • The goal of the Early College High School Project is to support students in graduating with a high school diploma and 60 hours of college credit, making them eligible to enroll in a bachelor’s program at Georgia State University or any other university of their choice.
  • DREAMS Mentoring Institute & Sisterhood, is intended to build effective leadership skills, engage students in activities that develop social competency, expand knowledge of educational and economic opportunities, and provide a positive environment for the youth’s identity development.
  • The Beyond the Bricks Project (BTBP) is a media and international community engagement initiative to encourage and promote community based solutions to increase educational and social outcomes for school age Black males. The BTBP takes a grassroots approach to improving those outcomes by engaging community members including the young men themselves, educators, civic leaders, and other stakeholders to craft solutions to the challenges the young men face in their schools, neighborhoods, and cities.
  • The Crim Center conceptualizes teachers as change agents for the classrooms, school systems and the nation. For this reason, the Center hosts an annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference, which highlights research and a key-note speaker that contributes to the field of excellence in urban education.  Georgia State’s students, and members of the community, also participate in the annual Benjamin E. Mays Lecture Series which is intended to encourage the discussion of issues facing urban educational leaders through a series of symposia, conferences and lectures. This program not only honors the memory of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, but also promotes his philosophy of excellence in the education of those typically least well served by the larger society.
  • Establishing relationships within the community is a priority of the Center because we know education occurs within a context. Our children and their families, oftentimes, find themselves in systems and community structures that address basic needs. Partnering with these systems and structures enable the Center to help the whole child and expose educators to the challenges that our children face. The Good Neighbor Program, a partnership with the Atlanta Housing Authority, provides training to families on crime prevention, parenting, self-sufficiency, and adjusting to a new community.  Additionally, our faculty and students are researching different aspects of urban schools located in the urban environment and the role that race and social class plays in the academic and personal performance of our students and teachers. Knowledge generated from this study has the potential to redefine urban education for the 21st century and provide a strength-based perspective on their collective experience.
How will See Beautiful support the the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence?   Great question! See Beautiful™ will donate 20% of every product SALE (not proceeds, but the ENTIRE SALE) to the CUEE throughout the month!

Want to connect with the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence immediately? Beautiful. You can do so in the following ways:
  • Visit them on the web, learn more about and support their beautiful work HERE.
  • Donate directly to them HERE.
  • Connect with them on Facebook HERE.
Are you looking for a for a tangible reminder to see beautiful, or know someone who needs one? Check out our See Beautiful products (and feel good knowing a portion of proceeds from every purchase is donated to charity. This month 20% of all product sales will be donated to the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Educational Excellence. Click HERE to learn more.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful Non-Profit! All communities should have something like this.


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