Yes, it has been a while, I know. But before you smash my favorite ukulele and storm out in a fit, please, hear me out!! …Where was I? I was … I was … I was … writing my business plan!
And what a plan it is! Much has changed since we spoke last, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. If you have any interest in seeing the first draft of the business plan in its entirety, please just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I will send a copy your way. Otherwise, I’ll be posting parts of the plan through the next week or so, so stay tuned! Also, check out the ‘About Schooba’ section of the blog as it has been updated, as well.
Please be advised that this is only the first draft, and that what you’re reading is not only open to change, but likely to.
The Schooba Academy is a soon to be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of fostering a sustained engagement in science for students from low-income communities through having them learn how to SCUBA dive. We believe that a knowledge of science empowers people to be critical and conscious citizens, and that an authentic, long-term engagement is the best foundation for this knowledge. Unfortunately, students from low-income communities continue to lack skills and interest in the sciences when compared to their more wealthy peers.
At The Schooba Academy, students from low-income communities are paired with a screened and qualified mentor, and together they complete the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver training course. Throughout the training process the student receives xx number of hours of 1:1 tutoring from their mentor on xx number of NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings.
The Schooba Academy fosters engagement by creating an experience where students are both learning and having fun. The use of SCUBA diving as an engaging, relevant, and experiential vehicle for the learning of science, and the providing of 1:1 tutoring ensure this is the case.
All of the start-up expenses for the program have been covered by an investment of $20,000 by Zach Rome. The Schooba Academy is planning for its inaugural class in September, 2011, where it will operate at an estimated budget of $4,700 per month. Approximately 10% of this will be generated through Earned Income of the program. The remainder ( $4,324) will need to be secured through Government/Public Funding, Private Giving, and Fundraising Events.
For at least the first year of operation, The Schooba Academy will serve only students from NYC.
The Schooba Academy works to foster a sustained engagement in science for students from low-income communities through learning how to SCUBA dive.
The Schooba Academy’s objectives during the first year of operation are:
- To teach xx number of NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings through the use of SCUBA diving
- To provide each student with xx hours of 1:1 science tutoring with a qualified mentor
- For 80% of tutored students to pass the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Final Exam
- For 80% of tutored students to sustain an interest in science for at least one year