GiveBIG to TAF
Support TAF to help students reconnect to learning and with peers through STEM.
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#GiveBIG has been extended until midnight Monday, May 10th. There’s still time left to give!
Help students bounce back.
TAF Jumpstart and Jr. Huskies summer programs will allow our students to get ahead or catch up socially and academically for school next year. You can help them during GiveBIG by donating so we can fund the supplies needed to design and present their projects.
Children have faced a lot of change and challenge over the past school year. Switching to a virtual format has decreased the average student’s ability to socially interact with their peers and organically collaborate. As we begin hybrid learning now and prepare for what the next school year will be like TAF is working to ensure our students feel ready socially and academically. TAF summer prep programs introduce students to our project-based STEMbyTAF learning model and to each other — eliminating some of the anxieties students may have about starting in-person learning again, coupled with being at a new school.
At our 2021 summer prep programs, Jr. Huskies at Washington Middle School in Seattle and Jumpstart at TAF@Saghalie in Federal Way, incoming 6th graders will make new friends by working with their future classmates and teachers on project-based learning objectives surrounding public parks. They will be thinking of how to design parks for accessibility, sustainability, and even think up new additions to some of their favorite existing parks. Then, they will bring their park designs into reality by working with STEM professionals, utilizing TAF’s makerspace with tools like 3D printers, and learning new skills in UX/UI design and product development. We are also exploring options for virtual and in-person summer field trips with STEM partners to cement their learning in a real-world application.
These four-week programs will give students a chance to get familiar with our STEMbyTAF model, learn education technology tools, and build new skills that will help them during the school year and beyond. TAF Jumpstart and Jr. Huskies summer programs will allow our students to get ahead or catch up socially and academically for school next year. You can help them by donating so we can fund the supplies needed to design and present their projects.
GiveBIG to eager students.
Make a donation to help our students connect and learn through TAF’s summer prep programs, and for the whole school year.
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While outside the classroom, send support to students to stay on track towards success. Will you #GiveBig this year for students and teachers across the state? https://www.givebigwa.org/TAF
Dear [Insert name],
This year for #GiveBIG, I’m supporting Technology Access Foundation (TAF) by donating to their summer programs that will help prepare students for the upcoming school year. After a year of social isolation and remote-learning, the need for academic and social-emotional support will be even higher as students transition back to school.
TAF’s Jumpstart and Jr. Huskies summer programs will help prepare students academically and socially for this return and get a head start on understanding project-based learning while making new friends. Will you join me in helping thousands of students get the support and encouragement they need to start strong in the fall?
Donate today through the GiveBIG platform: https://www.givebigwa.org/TAF. Your support will help ensure TAF’s students are ready to go back to school with confidence and set them up for success to thrive within the collaborative, equitable learning environments fostered by the STEMbyTAF academic model. Let’s #GiveBIG today and make an impact that will last throughout the summer and beyond!
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For nearly 25 years, TAF has paved the way in education by creating STEM learning opportunities for students of color. Shifting focus to impact public education on a larger scale, TAF now works actively with public school districts such as Federal Way Public Schools, Tacoma Public Schools, Seattle Public Schools, and Highline Public Schools to transform classrooms into equitable and innovative learning environments. At the educator level, TAF recruits and works to retain teachers of color in classrooms while providing critical support and training, ensuring long-standing inequities within the public school system are addressed at every level. The impact of TAF is inspiring systemic change throughout Washington State’s school system.
Our Academies, TAF@Saghalie and Washington Middle School, are the only schools in Washington State co-managed by a nonprofit and school district.
We partner with public schools to create academic environments that eliminate race-based disparity.
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We recruit and retain teachers of color to classrooms and support leadership development to improve teacher and school leader diversity in Washington State.
Here’s what our community says
You only have to give kids one opportunity, and they will make the most of it.
A lot of kids don’t have those opportunities. One thing I learned from TAF was when you have that chance, take it, go for it, give it your 100 percent.
– Cameron Sharpe, TAF alumni
Since TAF has come here, we have so many people coming in from the community. Just last year, we had some amazing people come to our school.
Things I’ve never done are happening at Boze because TAF is here.
– Julie Dickmann, Teacher at Boze Elementary
As a teacher of color, it can get hard sometimes, and sometimes we just need another teacher of color to say. “Hey, we can do this, it’s worth it, and we’re going to survive.” TAF provides a network of educators that get it, and I can lean on for support.
– Ji Hea Shin, Martinez Fellow