Ruthless for Good
The Camelback Ventures Manifesto:
RUTHLESS FOR GOOD™
Every day, we see ruthlessness in action -- individuals and systems who fiercely work to empower themselves, to the detriment of communities around the world. Imagine though -- what would happen if we took that same energy, that same aggressiveness...and used it for doing something good in the world?
That idea, being ruthless for good is what drives us at Camelback. We believe it is always the time to be ruthless for good. Camelback Ventures presents to you our manifesto, our ideas that we express with urgency and intensity, to create an equitable and just world.
RUTHLESS IN ACTION: STORIES & PERSPECTIVES
RUTHLESS FOR GREAT SCHOOLS: 3-part series
We hope that by sharing stories from previous Camelback Fellows about their journey, it'll inspire others to take the next steps for creating great schools.
Our three-part series features interviews with three incredible school founders. In part one, they share their journey, starting with their own childhood experiences that stuck with them to the moment they realized they were ready to start their own school.
There's no guidebook to starting a school. Fellows think back to the early days, reflecting on early decisions that have turned out well, and others that, in retrospect, were a mistake. They also share what new leaders should look for in a co-founder.
Three Camelback Fellows share how the Fellowship shaped both them as a person, including overcoming imposter syndrome, and their organization. They also share their best advice (and encouragement) for underrepresented school founders.
In conjunction with our application launch, we're currently running a series featuring the Camelback fam and how we see these amazing individuals living these values all over the country.
"I wish the opportunity to build and create was available to everyone. How different would our national community be, and our world be, if everyone had their chance to contribute their genius to the greater world?"
"In 2017, I did 1:1s with over 400 people in Miami. Parents, teachers, community members -- everyone is on the same page: we all agree the system here is broken." Yannell Selman reflects on her identity as a Latinx entrepreneur, teacher, and community organizer and her path to the Camelback Fellowship.
I started this blog post by trying to write an analysis of our rubric to share, but as I drafted, it became a reflection on the shared values of not just our organization, but of the amazing Fellows I have had the honor of supporting with my work at Camelback. If these observations speak to you, I hope you consider applying to the Camelback Fellowship.
Jonathan Johnson began his journey to founding a school when one of his students died tragically in a drug deal. He resolved to create an innovative school that provides pathways to financial freedom. The school opened its doors in August to its first class of 9th-graders, mostly of color. After their first semester, Jonathan shares Rooted's early successes, the most inspiring moment of his career so far, and advice for aspiring school founders.
In college, Tony Weaver, Jr. filled up notebooks with scripts, but no one on campus would make his films that dealt with race and identity. Today, he's teaching a multimedia literacy curriculum across the country -- so how did he get from A to B? Check out this interview to find out.
Tyler Brewster was the Dean of Discipline for a school in her childhood neighborhood. After 10 years in education, she thought she knew what her role was in education. One day, she met with a student who had already received a few suspensions. The conversation they had changed her life forever.
"Ruthlessness has the implication and inherent meanings of aggressive intensity, unyielding pursuit of an end. What if we took that same ruthlessness and put it towards the pursuit of equity in our country?" Camelback launches our manifesto, Ruthless for Good, and Aaron shares why this work for him is personal.
COMING SOON: camelback fellows live ruthless for good
- Vincent Cobb II discusses the dramatic difference that a Black male educator makes in the lives of students, no matter their race or gender
- Two series sharing advice to new founders and personal journeys: one featuring EdTech founders, the second, school founders