GiveBIG is Back For Another Year

On May 8th, GiveBIG will return for another year this time managed by 501 Commons, allowing thousands of Seattle-area nonprofits the chance to receive critical donations from passionate philanthropists.

Technology Access Foundation (TAF) is one of those nonprofits that rely on funds generated through GiveBIG to support programs vital to student success. This year, the organization plans to use GiveBIG donations to reach more students through School Transformation – a core program that utilizes partnerships between TAF and existing Washington public schools to bring equitable public STEM education to underrepresented students.

Expanding through Transformation will add to what TAF has accomplished so far — over 20,000 students across Washington State are learning in an equitable academic environment infused with STEM and industry experiences at the hands of approximately 250 STEMbyTAF teachers. Additionally, the Martinez Fellows, our teachers of color, are receiving resources and support to advocate for themselves and underrepresented students in the classroom. As a result, 95% remain in a teaching career path after their first three years in contrast to the 70% national average.

School Transformation will allow TAF to rapidly increase the number of students served. Currently, TAF partners with Federal Way and Tacoma public school districts. Through educational technology, a full-time instructional coach, and newly forged relationships with local businesses, students are able to access a 21st-century STEM education.

Next year, TAF will move into Roosevelt Elementary, one of the poorest performing schools in the Tacoma school district, where 82% of the student population receives free or reduced lunch, only 13.4% of students are proficient in math, and 24% are proficient in reading. TAF is committed to improving student test scores, just as they’ve done at their 6-12th-grade pilot school TAF@Saghalie, which has earned the School of Distinction award seven years in a row for their continued improvement in math and reading –  more than any school in Washington State. Using their STEMbyTAF academic model which combines their best practices in STEM education, industry connections, and leadership opportunities, they plan to uplift the school community and spark interest in STEM-related pathways.

In addition to Roosevelt, TAF is preparing to transform two more schools within Federal Way Public Schools, which would create the first STEM region in the area. They are also working to plant roots in Seattle Public Schools, the place where they began their services back in 1996.

In the next five years, TAF plans to scale its three programs — School Transformation, Martinez Fellowship, and TAF@Saghalie —  to serve 59,000 students, collectively. It’s a monumental undertaking, but absolutely necessary to ensure all students have an equitable chance at academic success and entry into the most dominant industries.

Creating an equitable future for all public school students, as well as the teachers that support them, wouldn’t be possible without investments from determined, like-minded donors who not only believe in but support our mission.  Schedule your GiveBIG donation as early as April 23rd, with the formal and final date to give on Wednesday, May 8th.

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