Donate to support transformational leaders advancing the future of education
We strive to equip diverse, early-career professionals with the skills and community to thrive while amplifying their voices to lead change towards a more equitable education system.
Contribute today to support these transformational leaders!
If you would like to learn more about our work and explore the opportunity to make a gift of over $1,000, we invite you to connect with our Executive Director, Nicholas Kukucka, directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Why your support is crucial
Why we focus on career development
Ultimately, the disconnect between our education system and the workforce perpetuates the status quo by establishing a broken talent pipeline of young people whose skills don’t align with today’s careers.
When teachers ask students questions, they often look for a specific answer. Yet, we need people who can find innovative answers to new and complex problems rather than respond to questions that we already have the answers to. Businesses across the country confirm that graduates are underprepared to enter the professional world without the critical skills they need to launch their careers.
Despite increasing demand for a highly effective workforce, the traditional education system fails to equip students with critical skills to tackle our world’s most pressing issues, leaving a widening gap between school and career as our youngest leaders join the workforce.
Why charter schools?
Meanwhile, parents deserve to have the freedom to choose high-quality schools that fit their student’s unique needs.
Charter schools that are publicly funded but independently run provide the opportunity to serve the unique needs of local communities. Studies confirm that charter schools deliver the programming, support, and results that families seek for their students.
At a time when shrinking budgets are forcing school districts to make difficult cuts, painting a bleak picture for public charter schools, we envision a world where diverse, charter school alumni leverage their collective genius to lead change and promote more equitable systems.
How your gift will create an impact
The Ganas Network runs a paid fellowship that acts as a launchpad and accelerator for diverse, early-career professionals who attended a public charter school by offering them the opportunity to participate in a program aimed at building their career skills, growing their networks, and leading change in policy affecting access to high-quality education.
As a Ganas Network Fellow, participants have the opportunity to:
- Learn – Fellows dive into the political context, public policies, and community actions that impacted their public charter school experience.
- Launch – Through group workshops and one-on-one coaching, fellows develop the skills and tools to lead in their personal and professional lives, build their brand, and engage their network.
- Accelerate – Aside from developing a strategic career plan, each fellow will receive a certificate and a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the fellowship.
- Act – Fellows will lead change in their communities by participating in public actions to further the discussion on education policy.
We re-invest $1,000 in the form of a stipend to each fellow that completes our program!
Thus far, we’ve run four cohorts serving 60 young leaders, and plan to serve an additional 25 charter school alumni in Fall of 2022.
What your donation will support
The Ganas Network Fellowship costs approximately $2,750 per fellow. The group workshops, one-to-one coaching, professional development, and advocacy opportunities play a crucial role in propelling our fellows into their leadership positions so that they may tap into the enormous power they hold to create a positive impact in the communities where they chose to live and work.
Gifts from generous donors, like you, pay for the top-notch programming, support, career development, social capital building, and networking needed for a fellow to thrive and lead a life of impact.
Join us today in fueling change to create a more equitable school-to-career pipeline.
Your gift goes further at The Ganas Network
The Ganas Network is a Project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, and contributions to CNDC for the benefit of The Ganas Network are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Your gift is secure
The CNDC provides a nurturing, supportive, and structured environment to help The Ganas Network achieve its goals. As such, the CNDC helps provide oversight for your donation to ensure that its distribution and use is in compliance with all CNDC policies and all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, including those governing nonprofit organizations.