WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina–(BUSINESS WIRE)–go to schoola community-based non-profit organization that enhances economic mobility through an innovative training program, announced that it has received a new $30,000 grant from CollegeNET, Inc.a Portland, Oregon-based technology company that promotes accessibility and access to higher education.
Do School (DS) is at the forefront of an innovative approach to vocational training in the construction industry and offers it to marginalized residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods. Do School’s 20-week training program prepares students for jobs in the construction and renovation industry as they renovate East Winston homes and revitalize the area. DS then sells the houses to first-time buyers and others.
Improving Lives and Neighborhoods
According to Do School Founder and Executive Director, Jerry Anderson, “We bring women and men from underserved communities into a live learning environment with training in the construction trades. The process begins with the purchase of a home that needs repairs and has depressed property values. The house becomes a platform for training our cohorts on different aspects of the home improvement process. Once complete, we can make this property available for purchase through a first-time homebuyer initiative. The renovated homes help increase the value of surrounding properties and the vitality of the neighborhood, while the proceeds from the sale allow Do School to purchase additional properties and continue to provide job training opportunities.
Support community action for social mobility
The CollegeNET grant supports Do School’s hands-on approach to improving the lives of individuals and the community by providing on-the-job skills development and mentoring. The funds will help provide essential materials, machinery and other resources. “We are thrilled to help Do School launch this hands-on, innovative learning program that propels people into a brighter future by building real skills, self-confidence and personal opportunity,” said Jim Wolfston, President from CollegeNET.
“We are extremely grateful to CollegeNET for recognizing the significant impact we can have on our community by helping people develop life skills and giving them the opportunity to put those skills to use,” said Anderson. “This grant not only provides critical resources, but also signals growing support for our mission.”
A collaborative partnership
An initial partnership between Do School, the Piedmont Federal Savings Bank and the Winston-Salem Foundation helped launch the pilot program with funds to cover the cost of purchasing and renovating the first property. Anderson is leading the effort with more East Winston residents to break down barriers to economic mobility. Do School’s growing list of partners includes the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) at Winston-Salem State University, Frank L. Blum Construction, Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, and CollegeNET, Inc.
“There are people who can change the trajectory of our communities when fully engaged,” Anderson said. “It is an integral part of our place, our space. We must be the change we want to see. Our collaborative model gives everyone the ability to operate in their lane, whatever that may be, from office work to construction. »
About Do School
go to school (DS) is a non-profit organization that focuses on the development of economic mobility in underserved areas of the city. Its mission is promote collaboration in building a skilled and sustainable workforce in the construction industry. DS recognizes that training must extend beyond work skills to incorporate life skills, an element missing from most traditional training models.
To learn more, visit thedo-school.org.
CollegeNET, Inc. designs and builds on-demand SaaS (software as a service) technologies that help colleges and universities improve operational efficiency, improve communication with constituents, and save resources. CollegeNET is the creator of the Social Mobility Index (SMI; socialmobilityindex.org). The SMI measures the extent to which a college or university admits economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition, supports their academic progress through graduation, and prepares them for high-paying jobs. The company is also a producer of the new feature-length documentary, RIGGEDwhich examines the causes and offers solutions to the growing economic disparity in the United States.