Educational Equity

Educational Equity

New Orleans has become known nationwide for dramatic public education reforms since Katrina. Innovations in financial sustainability, parent engagement, and equity are necessary to build upon and sustain our gains.

The Problem

Early Childhood

  • In Louisiana, 53% of low income children ages 3 and 4 are not enrolled in early child care, a key driver for later educational attainment and career advancement.

K-12

  • Over a quarter of New Orleans students were classified as chronically absent, or absent from 10% or more of school days. Attendance rates are important indicators of student engagement and success.

Opportunity Youth

  • 18.2% or 26,000 of 16-24 year olds in the New Orleans metropolitan area are qualified as “opportunity youth,” 
young adults between the ages of 16-24 neither employed nor enrolled in school. The national average is 13.8%.
  • 52% of working-age black men in New Orleans are unemployed, a 4% increase from 2000.

The Solution

Propeller supports ventures with viable solutions to improve educational outcomes for New Orleanians aged 0-24. Propeller entrepreneurs seek to tackle disparities throughout a student’s educational career, from leveraging funding for early child care, to addressing triggers for poor academic performance and absenteeism K-12, to creating pathways to vocational education and additional alternatives to four-year college degrees. Propeller also supports education innovation through PitchNOLA: Education, a business pitch competition focused on increasing access to high quality education for all New Orleanians.

Featured Impact

  • Coordinated Care for the Whole Child (Propeller ’15) has secured Medicaid/Medicare benefits to provide over 6,000 school children with medical health screenings, including vision, dental and hearing.
  • Live Oak Wilderness Camp (Propeller ’15) enrolled 110 campers from 37 public and private schools, including in a summer camp focused on leadership development for diverse cohorts of outstanding New Orleans kids, creating 25 part-time jobs for New Orleans residents.
  • Center for Restorative Approaches (Propeller ’15) has completed 87 restorative circles and trained 560 staff to reduce school suspensions and break the school to prison pipeline.
  • TrueSchool (Propeller ’14) has collaborated with more than 513 educators to prototype and pilot innovations to drive student achievement, collectively impacting 20,000+ students and was recently named a Global Echoing Green Fellow.
  • Healthy School Food Collaborative (Propeller ’13) has generated $9.8 million in revenue to serve fresh, locally-sourced, healthy meals to 43% of all NOLA public schools.
  • Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (Propeller ’12) has engaged 10,000+ youth volunteers to help 350+ homeowners and rebuild 13 homes, which were resold to deserving teachers at a reduced cost (80% market rate) to stabilize neighborhoods and positively impact the education system.

Propeller’s Impact Accelerator

We’re always seeking entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas to address issues of educational equity in our city, especially as it relates to improved systems and supports in early childhood, K-12, and “Opportunity Youth.” Propeller’s Impact Accelerator is designed to support entrepreneurs throughout the business lifecycle—from idea, to beta, to growth. Hands-on mentorship, access to high-level networks, pro bono technical support, and free office space, are just some of the benefits. Learn more about our Impact Accelerator, including eligibility and selection criteria, or view the online application.

Propeller Ventures working in this Sector

Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Rochelle Wilcox

Sector: Educational Equity
STEM NOLA

STEM NOLA

Dr. Calvin Mackie

Sector: Educational Equity
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Sector: Educational Equity
Dancing Grounds

Dancing Grounds

Laura Stein & Jeremy Guyton

Sector: Educational Equity
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Sector: Educational Equity
Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism

Matthew Kincaid

Sector: Educational Equity
Whole Village Art Therapy

Whole Village Art Therapy

Holly Wherry

Sector: Educational Equity
TrainingGrounds

TrainingGrounds

Christine Neely & Melanie Richardson

Sector: Educational Equity
IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

Douglas Keller & Aubrey Edwards

Sector: Educational Equity
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Sector: Educational Equity
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Sector: Educational Equity
The Southern History Project

The Southern History Project

Sheila Sundar

Sector: Educational Equity
Electric Girls

Electric Girls

Flor Serna & Maya Ramos

Sector: Educational Equity
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Sector: Educational Equity
XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

Jason B. Horne & Monica F. Horne

Sector: Educational Equity
Whetstone Education

Whetstone Education

Libby Fischer

Sector: Educational Equity
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Maggie Riddell & Gabrielle Alicino

Sector: Educational Equity
Royal Castle Child Development Center

Royal Castle Child Development Center

Pearlie Harris & Tim Harris

Sector: Educational Equity
Operation Spark

Operation Spark

John Fraboni & Max Gaudin

Sector: Educational Equity
Young Creative Agency

Young Creative Agency

Alberta Wright

Sector: Educational Equity
unCommon Construction

unCommon Construction

Aaron Frumin

Sector: Educational Equity
RisingFoundations

RisingFoundations

Kelly Orians & Calvin Duncan

Sector: Educational Equity
Be A Champion for Child Care

Be A Champion for Child Care

Maria Montoya & Teresa Falgoust

Sector: Educational Equity
Upturn Arts

Upturn Arts

Dana Reed

Sector: Educational Equity
New Orleans Kids Partnership: NOLA Go! Youth Smartcard

New Orleans Kids Partnership: NOLA Go! Youth Smartcard

Alex Becker, Kim Tran, ToniAnn Chetta, Lindsey Prevost, Matthew Hendrickson, Yolanda Gondwe

Sector: Educational Equity
The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

Lauren Perry

Sector: Educational Equity
Adinkra NOLA

Adinkra NOLA

Elizabeth Fletcher

Sector: Educational Equity
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Connie Bellone

Sectors: Educational Equity, Health
Early Education Centers in Unison

Early Education Centers in Unison

Kanitra Charles, Kristi Givens, Pearlie Harris, and Rochelle Wilcox

Sector: Educational Equity
Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Kristyna Jones and Larry Irvin

Sector: Educational Equity
Million Dollar Scholar

Million Dollar Scholar

Ras Asan and Derrius Quarles

Sector: Educational Equity
Live Oak Wilderness Camp

Live Oak Wilderness Camp

Jack Carey, Bene Webster, Caleb Dufresne, Iris Howorth, Jeremy Guyton, Lucy Scholz, Oskie Creech, and Team

Sector: Educational Equity
Center for Restorative Approaches

Center for Restorative Approaches

Troi Bechet

Sector: Educational Equity
The Cookbook Project

The Cookbook Project

Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield

Sectors: Food Access, Educational Equity
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Amy Vreeland

Sector: Educational Equity
Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Emily Wolff

Sectors: Health, Educational Equity
New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

Jonn Hankins

Sectors: Economic & Workforce Development, Educational Equity
Good Citizen

Good Citizen

Nolan Marshall, Jr. & Nolan Marshall III

Sector: Educational Equity
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Sector: Educational Equity

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