Cool breezes and changing leaves are beautiful and all, but what truly marks the Autumn season for us? A bright new school year and a brand new class of Surge Fellows across the nation!
With the changing of the season comes a class of 41 emerging leaders of color, beaming with genius and burning with the passion to transform education to be it’s best for our little ones. This new class of
2020 Surge Fellows in Oakland and Chicago
bring with them a powerful combination of hard skills, warm hearts and big brains, and our leadership team is eager to see that all of that brilliance is in the same space at the same time.
But it doesn’t end there. Remember this time last year when we announced our pilot program, the Surge Academy? Well it’s no longer a pilot, and this national program is returning, recruiting a new cohort in Kansas City as we speak and mapping out programming cycles in two more cities!
Finally, y’all know me. I can’t get through anything without bringing up our incredible alumni community. This amazing group of 128 leaders across the nation is changing the game, and this year we surveyed our alumni community to determine how much of an impact the Surge experience has had on their journey. A ton of incredible data and transformative stories came out of that survey, which you can see on our Alumni Impact page, but one of my favorite learnings was that
91% of Surge Alumni say they “found a trusted person who they can safely and honestly express their doubts, concerns, and fears about the challenges they face doing this work.
This is what community looks like.
Please enjoy this collection of stories, and please know that in the early weeks of this 2019-2020 school year, the incredible change agents of this movement are working to transform the world for the more than
students they serve.