About TAF

From an after-school program to transforming public education.

About Us

TAF is a nonprofit leader redefining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in public schools. We focus on supporting public school districts to use STEM as a tool for realizing social change and educational equality in low income communities and underrepresented communities. Our approach leverages in-school and out-of-school learning to shift the role of education in students’ lives, cultivating leadership in all students toward equity in their community.

Our Mission

We build collaborative relationships with public education to create access to transformative systems of learning for students and teachers of color to eliminate race-based disparities in an increasingly diverse society. 

Our History

In 1996, TAF’s co-founder Trish Millines Dziko left her 15-year career in the technology industry to start TAF in an effort to ensure students of color had access to the skills needed to compete in the growing technology scene. The first programs launched in 1997 were designed to prepare teenagers for tech-focused summer internships in programming, network engineering, web development, media production, and college preparation.

Recognizing the limitation of after-school programming, TAF built a five-year strategy in 2004 to reach as many students as possible by partnering with public school districts to offer support during school for students. In 2008, TAF Academy (now named TAF@Saghalie) became the only public school in Washington State to be co-managed by a nonprofit and a school district.

In 2014, TAF launched the STEMbyTAF School Transformation program to fully transform public schools with the STEMbyTAF model. In 2015, TAF was asked to take over the Martinez Fellowship Program which provides and supports multiple pathways to teaching, early career coaching, and ongoing professional development, in order to improve teacher diversity and the retention of teachers of color in Washington State.

Today, TAF is a thought leader and valuable asset to our students and teachers in the WA State public school system. In our 23+ year history we have impacted over 19,600 students resulting in a 99% on-time high school graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate. We are building capacity to scale our programs throughout Washington State to transform entire classrooms within schools – redefining public education.

Values

  • Commitment to Students
  • Support for Authentic, Lasting Education Reform
  • Work with Impact
  • Continuous Improvement and Learning
  • Strategic and Collaborative Leadership and Partnerships
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Sound Business Ethics

Strategic Goals

  • Develop TAF Academy into a national model of excellence in public education whose graduates are sought after by colleges nationwide
  • Build STEMbyTAF into a preferred public school academic model
  • Increase the number of teachers of color in Washington State by 45%
  • Influence public education policy in the areas of STEM education, school leadership, educator diversity, quality pedagogy and expanding the learning environment.

Our Core Programs

TAF approaches inequities in education by promoting collaboration and support in the communities that need it most.

We’re focused on transforming entire classrooms by supporting the existing curriculum with tools and opportunities in STEM, supporting educators to be leaders, and working to diversify and retain the educators in each classroom.

Click on any program title to learn more.

Explore Our Impact

TAF@Saghalie
Our 6th-12th-grade school in partnership with Federal Way Public Schools. We’re educating future innovators, leaders, and creators through project-based learning to create opportunities in STEM and beyond.

School Transformation
Through our STEMbyTAF school transformation program, we collaborate with partner public schools to create academic environments that eliminate race-based disparity in academic achievement and promote the highest level of student learning and teacher development.

Educators Network, Martinez Fellowship
As a continued effort from the ‘Martinez Foundation’, TAF continued the program as the Martinez Fellowship, working to expand to improve teacher diversity and retention of educators of color in Washington State.

Team TAF

Our Team

Our teams work in tandem with one another to ensure we provide the best programs possible to impact student learning and excellence.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors provide helpful insight as we strategically plan our goals, while being invested in the future and success of TAF.

Get Involved

TAF is doing something never done before. We’re building key relationships with individuals and organizations that believe in the same things that we do.

We’re working to build the capacity of each student to position themselves and create the world they envision – personally, communally, nationally, and globally.

That’s why it’s so important that we expose young minds to STEM opportunities now and connect them with leaders in the industries that they will one day become a part of. Our supporters, donors, and corporate partners are directly assisting us in transforming public education in Washington State and beyond for ALL students.

Donate

Help us change the face of public education.
 Donate to equal access to STEM education for all students.

Partner

Invest in the future of innovation STEM innovation.
Visit our Corporate Partners page to start making a difference.

Volunteer

Lend your expertise to the foundation or in a classroom.
Email development@techaccess.org to learn more.