Phase 1 – Curriculum Development
By supporting phase 1 of the campaign you are joining the founding investors community. This group of the BE THE WAIE community are individuals who are passionate about seeing the World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WAIE) become a reality and supporting the development of curriculum for young scholars to participate in.
Build Our Own Table
The World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WAIE) is a culturally responsive, asynchronous, digital learning, independent private school that provides youth with real world secondary and post-secondary education. Also, WAIE’s flagship program is a week-long experiential learning outdoor and survival education immersions that occur each term for our young scholars.
WAIE was originally founded as Generation Innovation (Gen I) to serve as a co-curricular program focused on entrepreneurship for students attending public, private, and charter schools in Washington state. However, in February 2020, the board of directors decided to shift the focus of the organization towards a private school that prioritizes the culture and experiences of Black/African American, LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, and Pacific Islander communities; while supporting young scholars in creating generational wealth.
This shift was made and founded on the idea of building our own table as communities of color to support our youth in being successful. For years there has been data and stories that provide evidence to the mistreatment of children of color in the school system. This occurs because most K-12 and higher education institutions aren’t staffed or designed by people that share similar heritages as the youth who are enrolled. However, instead of asking for our youth to be treated properly at someone else’s table it was decided to build our own table for their education. The school will be available to all United States students regardless of their ethnicity, however, we unapologetically focus on history and learning through the viewpoints of communities of color.
In the digital age, having social emotional intelligence and life skills are of growing importance to post-secondary institutions, employers, and people young scholars will collaborate with. The life skills supports consists of mental wellness resources, skill-based approaches to learning, and more.
Preparing for the workforce is more important than planning for college. The workforce consists of working for someone else or starting their own company. Most importantly, their choice of work is the goal that college, internships, volunteer work, and more all work towards supporting.
Financial Wellness focuses on insuring that young scholars are financially literate and able to act on their knowledge for the best outcomes of themselves and their family. Reaching our self-defined comfortable life should be our ultimate goal and being financially well can help achieve it.
As part of a young scholars enrollment, their parent/guardians will also have access to the curriculum so they can learn the content and be a resource to their child when needed. However, during our curriculum development we will also develop curriculum specifically geared towards families to support them in not only their relationship with their child but also their relationship with their self. Our goal is to support thriving family units for communities of color that are able to create generational wealth through multiple streams of income for future generations to come.