WAM Academy Update for July 2023 (Q2)

✨Highlights and Traction✨

Introducing WAM’s new website — a dynamic new site designed to provide a seamless user experience rich with valuable resources and engaging content.

Summer Academy is live and designed to seat up to 1k learners for program delivery and data discovery. There is still time to have your school, organization, or student join to continue their character growth journey.

Key hires update: interviewed and selected facilitators to assist in content delivery and data collection for summer participants.

Engineering update: WAM Tech beta development completed. Core elements are designed to fit the next level of development via a learning management system (LMS) built for on-the-go access.

Stay tuned for WAM’s upcoming appearance on ABC Good Morning Washington in July! Get ready to catch us in action as we share our inspiring story and mission. Don’t miss it!


Music Innovation Camp in Atlanta, in partnership with the Atlanta Black Tech Network, is submitting a joint proposal with WAM Academy for support from Amazon’s DEI initiative.

CapTech Consulting has shared Summer Academy with the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council in addition to Charlotte school-based partners for sponsorship and referring participants.

Henry Street Settlement is partnering with Summer Academy to share our program and product experience. HSS leads an engagement program for youth throughout New York City.Their mission is to open doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs. They offer more than 50 programs to people of all ages.

Learn 24 Newsletter, the leading out-of-school time provider for events and grants list, will be featuring Summer Academy in their communications to families in DC.

Instructional Gym is partnering with us on our Statesmen Academy Measuring Love Report. Additionally, we are heads down creating the data story for mindfulness and our program domains with the help of our rockstar contributors and reviewers in the WAM ecosystem.

FundEd Strategies has connected us to network partners and their growing impact community.

Harlem Labs is a referral partner connecting WAM to school networks in TX.

Instructional Builder, Shyanne Valentine contributed meaningfully and efficiently to WAM product development.

Qubit Capital and Lawron Ballard, CPA formerly of KPMG are working with us to develop investor relationships and pursuing founder-investor matching.

We’ve secured a vendor sponsorship with the Chancellor’s Office and My Brother’s Keeper Initiative within New York City Department of Education. More on this work and engagement site details coming soon!


BLK VC Summit was held on June 22 and was hosted at the University of Maryland, featuring Ade Omitowoju of Black Venture Capital Consortium, Drew Reid of the Rock Creek Group, Mikkey Clark of Arden Venture Partners, and Nasir Qadree of Zeal Capital Partners.

Henry Street Settlement, Juneteenth Celebration full of sound, sun. Abrons Arts Center and Henry Street Settlement’s Department of Integration and Community Engagement invite you to a day-long outdoor celebration of our beloved Lower East Side community over Juneteenth weekend. Free performances, activities, and food! This program is free, and advance registration is encouraged. Admission is subject to our capacity at the time of your arrival.

SEED Graduate Institute is hosting a one-day SEED Graduate Session on Wednesday, July 12th, at the Do Good Institute on the University of Maryland — College Park campus.


ICYMI, the WAM WEBSITE is fresh!! Have you seen our new media page? Learn more about our perspective on CRT, not that one, here: About CRT. Not that one, the other one. — WAM Academy.

Article highlight: Busting Myths About What Matters for High School and College Success | The To&Through Project (uchicago.edu)



Connections: reach out to Christopher King to make warm introductions to venture capitalists that invest in Black/minority-founded companies, women-led businesses, or social enterprise startups. We would love to discuss our mission and company goals with aligned investors.

Philanthropic partners and advisors who would like to support WAM Impact Partners (501c3), WAM Academy’s sister organization, we are actively applying for grants, and we’d like your help.

We invest in character development tools and in community partners who have proximity to meaningful change. The co-conspirators that lead education reform nationwide and globally.

How you can help

Relationships with funders currently investing in edtech startups and future of work. Also, social impact aligned founders who have experience with investors and small business grant applications.

Talent connections! Introductions to program coordinator candidates, efficient grant writers in the education sector, and talented copywriters. See JD here for the program coordinator role on our careers page! More roles will be posted soon, and we are also accepting resumes for our job bank– connect with us!

Hiring referrals We are also on the lookout for curriculum developers, data engineers, and solutions architects.

Philanthropic partners and advisors who would like to support WAM Impact Partners (501c3), WAM Academy’s sister organization. We invest in character development tools and in community partners who have proximity to meaningful change. The co-conspirators that lead education reform nationwide and globally.

Become a mentor speaker using Vocal Video, an online video-capturing platform! It only takes five minutes of your time but has a lasting impact. Click on one of these categories to start:

Check out our Black Excellence Sale clothing line and show your support for our work. Every purchase helps us continue to provide valuable resources to Black and Brown youth.

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