Inaugural Term: Autumn 2028
Campaign Goal: $4,144,868
The Innovation Center is a community space that can be used for social events, immersions, co-working, and more for our youth. This would allow WAIE to reduce the cost of operations for renting facilities from others for events and immersions. Also, we will be able to invite nonprofits and for-profits who serve youth to rent the facility to help raise funds for financial aid and scholarships. The facility will be built on or near the dormitory so young scholars may be paid to work there.
Our goal is to raise a total of $7,536,122 by the time we break ground on construction for our first dormitory. The first portion of $4,144,868 will be used between September 2028 and August 2029 to pay for construction costs and the development of the innovation center. The remaining funds of $3,391,254 will be applied directly to paying for the operations of the facility.
dedicated office spaces
Each innovator center is planned and designed to have over 36 rentable, dedicated office spaces for the greater community to access. Priority will be given to nonprofits and for-profits that benefit youth. This will increase the resources to our young scholars who will utilize non-dedicated office space for their work while on campus.
days per year
Excluding Shabat days and weeks, young scholars will have access to the facility using their identification cards. Also, once they have graduated they will still have alumni access to certain amenities provided by the Innovation Center for the community. This supports them in growing their current businesses or starting a new one.
free access to facility
Young scholars at WAIE will have 100% free access to the facility as part of their membership with the school. However, their family members may gain access to identification cards at a reduced cost. Also, their friends who do not attend WAIE may gain access to guest identification cards at a fee.
As part of a person’s membership to the facility, they will have access to a variety of amenities and features based on the principles of WAIE such as computer labs, event space, game room, audio/visual studios, and more. Continue reading below for more information.
Build Our Own Table
The Innovation Center marries the ideology of co-working spaces like Hubud with awesome teen centers like The Mix at the San Francisco Public Library. The goal of the Innovation Center also called The WAIE Zone is to provide a place for our young scholars to connect with one another, work on projects, and participate in our outdoor leadership immersions.
Also, the upper floors of the building will be rented as co-working spaces for nonprofit and for-profit businesses focused on supporting youth. This will create opportunities for additional resources and collaborations for our young scholars while they visit the center campuses. Along with financial aid for the school, the Innovation Center will be used to generate revenue to meet the expenses of the youth dormitory that will be built on the same property or property near it.
In partnership with Homestyle Health, WAIE will provide a holistic, naturopathic medical clinic on location for the use of both our young scholars, office members, event guests, and local patients of Homestyle Health. The community will have access to medical, dental, and optometry services.
Food and Catering Services
The Innovation Center will also have plant-based lifestyle meals that are cooked and served on location to preserve the freshness of the meals. Young scholars will be hired to support the operations of food services for our eateries, events, and more in social spaces.
Our co-working spaces will provide places for youth and businesses to hold meetings, events, workshops, receive mail, and socialize. Built from refurbished shipping containers the spaces will not only be versatile but have a positive impact on the environment and community around us.
The community spaces will also have a modified event center that will allow renters, our community, and guests to hold mid-size events and workshops for the community or their own populations. Events will be focused on furthering the goals of improving outcomes in communities of color for youth and future generations to come.
By supporting WAIE, you are ensuring all youth, but particularly communities furthest from educational justice, are able to participate regardless of their family situation.
What are some of the features of the center?
The Innovation Center will also build living quarters adjacent to the facility so that we can utilize the WAIE Zone for our Adventure Based Leadership immersions. This will allow us to reduce our operational costs of providing immersions throughout the year for young scholars and guest students. Also, we will be able to welcome guest organizations to campus for residential programs and activities to benefit people of color communities and their youth.
The facility will have WiFi access throughout it, however, we will provide a mini-computer lab on campus at the community spaces to allow young scholars to access their virtual desktop and other resources without having to carry around their laptops at all times to complete work. Lab time will be reserved virtually or they can pop in when they arrive. Also, it will be made available for testing for our Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) guests that choose to rent from us.
To help young scholars with social-emotional engagement, we will have a game room on location. Young scholars and guest members will have access to the pool table, board games, card games, cinema center, video game center, and much more that will allow them to connect with one another, have fun, and build much-needed social skills while still learning during study hall sessions and more.
Audio and Visual Studios
Onsite, young scholars will also have access to the Audio and Visual Studio. The studios will allow them to produce shows, movies, record music, conduct photography, and other electronic-based Audio and Visual functions. It is a perfect resource to help them begin building their brand for their business or start a business centered around audio and video resources.
Outdoor education is an essential element of the culture at the World Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (WAIE). Thus, the innovation center will have outdoor education, leadership activities, and rope courses for young scholars and renters to utilize during scheduled times. These resources will be closed unless pre-booked.