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Service Providers Analysis

More business plan:

There are many nonprofit organizations working to engage students from low-income communities in academics.  Many of these programs work with science.  In NYC, some of the more notable ones are Camp G.O.A.L.S., Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, and Rocking the Boat, among others.

There is no organization that we are aware of, however, that uses SCUBA diving as a vehicle for providing this engagement.  The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School utilizes SCUBA diving in its curriculum, and students go through the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver training.  The Schooba Academy is unique from this program, however, in many ways.  Some of the major differences are that The Harbor School only offers this training to its specific students,  The Harbor School only offers the basic PADI Open Water Scuba Diver curriculum (where The Schooba Academy’s curriculum is linked to xx NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum Major Understandings), and The Harbor School students are not paired with a qualified tutor through the training process.

There are also many nonprofit organizations which facilitate mentor relationships for students from low-income communities.  In NYC, some of these are Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mentoring Partnership of New York, and Stoked Mentoring, among others.

Of these, Stoked Mentoring shares the most commonalities with The Schooba Academy.  Stoked Mentoring uses the action sports of skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing to create a bond between a screened and qualified mentor and an at-risk student.  Aside from not offering SCUBA diving, Stoked Mentoring is also strictly a mentoring program which does not provide the tutoring component that is offered at The Schooba Academy.

Switching gears (pun intended)

So, we made it to Wien! (Vienna, for those of you that don’t speak Deutsch.)  I apologize for the lack of activity, but the route was much more rural than anticipated (don’t ask me why I anticipated otherwise) and computers (that I could use) were few and far between.  Nevertheless, there was plenty of time for thinking and getting ready to switch gears (har har har) for the big return to The States on August 20.

The vision of The Schooba Academy is getting clearer and clearer.  I am not sure/I don’t think that I will ever consider it “done” or “perfect”, but I am getting to the point where I am ready to move forward with what I have and move on to the next step/steps in the process, i.e. developing the curriculum and figuring out how to fund/implement it.  (This is where you tell me not to worry and that a most generous donation is on its way!)  The idea of a “partnership” or a “collaboration” with an already existing organization has come up before as a possibility to fruition.  The Echoing Green Applicant Coaching Guide states,

“Given that starting an organization is an incredibly difficult and expensive enterprise and that there are already over 1 million organizations in the US alone, it often makes more sense to find out which organizations are already working in your field and then see if you can collaborate with them to achieve your goals.

Wise social entrepreneurs spend a great deal of time researching their field.  They gather information on the major players and compare and contrast their respective ideas.  If they find an organization that’s already implementing their idea, they work with it to achieve their goals.  And even if no organization is already working on their exact vision, they find compatible organizations that may be willing to incorporate their new idea.  Only when they’ve exhausted existing resources do they attempt to start a new organization.”

And so, what organizations might I be able to collaborate with?

So far, I have gathered a list of five:

Outward Bound

Rocking the Boat

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

Harlem Children’s Zone

Stoked Mentoring

What am I missing?  Is there anywhere that The Academy fits in??

Programs to research

So, I need to know what is offered.  I guess that means that I have a lot of research to do.  Lucky for me, though, my wonderful friends, family, and colleagues continue to shower me with guidance.  (What, you’ve never taken a shower in guidance?) Here are some programs that I have been made aware/been reminded of:

- Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

- Outward Bound

- The Art Shack with McKendree Key

- Carmelo the Science Fellow

- Ramapo for Children

- Little Kids Rock

- Stoked Mentoring

Know of a cool program??  Well, let me know about it too!


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