Announcing Our 2017 Semi-Finalists



We received a record 181 applications for the Fellowship, more than double the amount from last year. We read and reread every application, and pulled in a team of stellar volunteer evaluators (friends, thank you). We were blown away by how many qualified, strong applicants there were. We are grateful for the chance to learn about the important work that applicants are doing all over the country, and we sincerely appreciate the interest of all applicants in our Fellowship.

We are excited to share the 83 Semi-Finalists who made it through to Round 1. We will be sharing data from this process over the next few months (including how many organizations applied, and were accepted, through our Priority round). Thank you to all applicants for sharing their work with us, and congrats to those who were accepted into Round 2. 

For more information about the rest of our application process, click here. 

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All organizations listed alphabetically within their categories. We have included a brief description or mission statement as provided by the organizations. 


We drive investment to districts and cities by using social justice metrics.

A.I. app that measures goal's progress and develops students non-cognitive

ALEX, Anyone's Learning Experience
Advancing careers through accredited, discounted college courses.

We are bridging the communication gap between parents and teachers.

A better way to teach ESOL vocabulary, faster.

Code Switch Solutions
A financial education company targeting affluent households of color.

CollegeBacker makes college savings simple, collaborative & tax-advantaged

Enact Impact
The online community for impact professionals

Fletch app
Fletch app is Siri for college, platform for targeting resources to student

Impact Science Education
Getting all our middle school students hooked on science and engineering

INrichMe connects college students for tutoring and academic advancement .

Integrate Tech
Integrate helps teachers to manage the class and students to stay organized

kweliTV is a streaming TV networking for the global black community.

Career navigation tools

Digital history resources for K-5students through the stories of women

Helping teachers help kids read.

Looking Forward Lab
Online leadership development platform for grades 9-12.

Make Music Count
A math curriculum taught by learning how to play the piano

Mind Hatchery
Inspiring children to explore various careers and learn about Black leaders

Peer Connect
We disrupt the school to prison pipeline using Restorative Justice.

Project 99
Project 99 is diversifying leadership with workshops and mentorship for young people.

STEM Girl Social Network
Video learning community with math and tech ed programs by women for women

Tassel Software
Academic planning and engagement platform for college students

think Law
We help educators teach critical thinking use real-life legal cases.

We are a media group dedicated to creating positive media

Words Liive is a 21st century edtech firm designed to eradicate illiteracy

ZUNI Learning Tree
ONE Goal: Raising Student Achievement. ONE Place: ZUNI Learning Tree.

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We harness the power of community to collectively impact NYC education.

21 Progress
21 Progress is a leadership nonprofit for diverse emerging leaders

Advancing Latinx Leadership (ALL)
Advancing Latinx Leadership

Adventure Girlz
Adventure Girlz is a Leadership Program for Black Girls 

Beloved Community
Sustainability for diverse schools. Changing hearts & institutions.

Bridging Education & Art Together (BEAT)
Nonprofit providing programs of creative self-expression rooted in Hip Hop.

Building Opportunities & Opening Minds
Enlist, educate and empower young visionaries to BOOM and change the world.

Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Inc
Empower & support black boys to improve academic & professional outcomes

College Beyond
We help New Orleans youth enroll and succeed in college.

Creative Reaction Lab
A racial justice nonprofit that empowers residents to design better cities.

Credit Do
Delivering the first debt-free generation.

A civil rights company, reimagined for the 21st century

EdConnect Now
Education advocacy non-profit helping parents explore quality school option

Enza Academy
Tech & Entrepreneurship incubator for students of color

Ever Forward - Siempre Adelante
EFSA creates social emotional leaders with young men in grades 6-12

Friends in the City
We provide mentoring programs and scholarships to Chicago's Youth.

InterAction Inc.
Centering Stories. Driving Change.

Leap Year
Paid, service learning gap year so low income students succeed in college.

MindRight, Inc.
Text messaging service that helps at-risk youth recover from trauma

Mixed Medium
Providing hands on art and music education to underprivileged youth

Nonprofit dedicated to improving youth health education through technology

P.S. 305
Education Advocacy and Organizing Non-Profit Project

We help working adults go back to college and finally finish - debt free.

Project Basta
Bridge college to career gap for first-generation college goers of colors

Ready Set Prep
Help low-income & students of color transfer from 2-year to 4-year colleges

Rooted Foundation
Elevate the African-American student voice for educational equity

A nonprofit that promotes STEM opportunities for minority girls and women

Square Root Academy
Square Root Academy exposes 4th-8th graders to the fundamentals of S.T.E.M.

Story Works Alaska
Story Works Alaska supports youth as they share their stories.

Student Dream
Accelerator that trains collegiate students of color to launch startups

Connecting families with teachers for students

Teachers Who Pray, Inc.
Taking Education Advocacy to the Highest Level

The Center for Resilience
Continuum of Mental/Behavioral Health Services and Placements

The Fellowship for Black Male Educators
Student Chapters of the Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice

The Grad Spark
Grad school accelerator for women in STEM fields

The Gray Matter Experience
An entrepreneurial exposure program for Black high school students

The Seven7h Element
We enhance the social and emotional well-being for youth men of color.

Fighting to make the world a better place for kids with dyslexia

TrainingGrounds, Inc
We provide programming focusing on developmentally appropriate practices

Entrepreneurial mentoring program that pairs undergrads to middle schoolers

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We connect education organizations with experts for short-term projects

Civil Labs
Platform for young people of color to create futures they can shape and own

Using video games to engage and motivate youth to learn tech skills.

Generation Infocus.
STEAM Educational Services

Liberate History
World's first comprehensive digital repository of African American History!

Remake Learning Bay Area
Learning network connecting 6-8 graders with real world STEAM experiences

Web-based platform matching returning citizens with jobs in skilled labor.

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Achievers Academy
Regional 5­-12, Science and Technology secondary school in New Jersey.

Crete Inc.
Crete provides quality education to homeless and underserved children of LA

Girls Prep
Empowering Girls to Design Their Lives

Transform education into a tool communities use to solve problems.

How Our Lives Link Altogether!
H.O.L.L.A! develops and sustains grassroots youth of color leadership

LEEP Academies of Texas
Dual language academy to accelerate learning and affirm every child's story

North Star
A relationship-centered, boy-friendly, pedagogy-informed school for boys.

The Nia Academy
NIA is a public boarding school for 6-12th-grade girls in foster care.

Victory Prep Schools/Victory Academy
To become a premiere educational choice for learners

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