National Black Education Group Launches Social Innovation Challenge

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Organization to award $500,000 as an investment to an individual or team with the best approach or strengthening parent choice and high-quality education options for Black children

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BAEO Social Innovation Challenge

“It’s time for a new generation of Black leaders to step up, take the stage, and rethink how we advocate for Black children,” said BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper.

After 17 years of being the leading voice for increased parental choice and high quality education options that support low-income and working-class Black families and their children, today the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) announces a new phase in that fight with the launch of an ideas and action challenge to create the next iteration of BAEO or an entirely new Black-led education organization.

The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge (#BAEOChallenge) is a call for “big thinkers” and “big action” – people with audacious ideas, new approaches, and disruptive solutions to innovatively address and solve “how” to best serve Black children and ensure they have access to high-quality education options.

“It’s time for a new generation of Black leaders to step up, take the stage, and rethink how we advocate for Black children,” said BAEO President Jacqueline Cooper.

A key feature of the #BAEOChallenge is the opportunity for the winning submission – from individuals or a team – to receive a $500,000 investment as seed funding to bring their organizational and action ideas to fruition.

“We’re excited to invite all facets of our community to consider getting engaged in the process. We are seizing this moment to take a bold step forward because we know an audacious, dynamic opportunity to better serve Black children, our children, is on the horizon. Together, we will ensure our children inherit a future worthy of their gifts and dream,” said BAEO Board Chair Emeritus, Dr. Howard Fuller.

Phase I (one) of The BAEO Social Innovation Challenge – the video application – is now live at http://www.BAEOChallenge.org. Applicants can find additional information about the process, including a full timeline and upcoming deadlines.

About the Black Alliance for Educational Options:
The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is a national non-profit education advocacy organization founded in 2000 by prominent Black educators, elected officials and civil rights activists. BAEO's mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families. For more information on BAEO, visit http://www.baeo.org. For more information on the BAEO Social Innovation Challenge, visit http://www.BAEOChallenge.org.

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