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Contact: Zakiya Sackor
Kindred Communities Receives National Funding to Diversify Education
Washington, D.C. – September 28, 2023 — Kindred announced today its inclusion in a distinguished national cohort of organizations focused on diversifying the education workforce. The organization has secured vital funding and support from NewSchools Venture Fund, a leading venture philanthropy that funds innovators who are building a better PK-12 education system.
NewSchools’ generous investment, totaling $200,000, will empower Kindred Communities to embark on an ambitious initiative aimed at building a pipeline of community advocates who are ready to collaborate with decision-makers to create sustainable actions towards justice in our education system.
“Kindred’s mission is to facilitate brave spaces to build the mindsets, skills, and energy needed to disrupt systemic oppression and create just, liberated schools. This partnership underscores Kindred’s unwavering commitment to community-led change by engaging caregiver and educator advocates in civil discourse on race and equity in our schools.,” said Zakiya Sackor, Executive Director of Kindred.
Extensive research has demonstrated that more diversity in schools leads to improved outcomes for all students. Students of color, in particular, do better academically, have fewer disciplinary incidents, and experience more meaningful connections with educators who share their backgrounds, resulting in deeper learning experiences and higher graduation rates.
Despite the fact that over 50% of public school students identify as students of color, the current educator workforce does not adequately reflect this diversity, with teachers of color comprising just 20% of the profession.
In addition to the financial support, Kindred Communities will benefit from NewSchools’ expertise, resources, and influential network. This partnership will bolster our capacity to drive meaningful change within the field of education.
Along with funding, NewSchools provides management assistance and a national community of practice to support venture leaders band their success.
About Kindred Communities
We unite students, caregivers, staff, and leaders, encouraging open conversations about identity, school and community experience. Our aim is to support communities as they hold themselves accountable for removing barriers to opportunities and resources based on identity in order to support students’ holistic growth and well-being. We also work closely with equity leaders, assisting in structuring practices for sustained and amplified impact. Learn more at kindredcommunities.org.
NewSchools is a venture philanthropy that builds a better education system by connecting people, resources, and ideas. We bridge the gap between those with capital and those with the courage to put that capital to work on the frontlines of education. We believe that philanthropy can advance education in a more equitable, collaborative, and courageous way — and we’re proving it every day. Learn more at newschools.org.