Unreasonable Kids College
700 Tech Center Parkway, Suite 200 #213
Newport News, Virginia 23606
|Primary Contact||Ateba Whitaker|
|Executive Director||Ateba Whitaker|
|Primary Focus Area||Education|
BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION OF KID-SUPERHEROES
Unreasonable Kids College is a social entrepreneurship education program training the next generation of kid superheroes. Unreasonable Kids see opportunities where adults see problems. The goal is to create opportunities for kids to tackle the goals set by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Topics such as poverty, environmental, and other issues of his or her interest will be addressed. Unreasonable Kids College creates a safe, peer-to-peer, coach-led environment to facilitate and inspire world changers, as they learn how to release their fight for good. The after-school programs, one-day workshops, and camps are filled with brain-based learning activities and a creative design curriculum to help kids develop his or her social entrepreneurial super-powers.
|Title:||Scholars Advance Program|
|Description:||Unreasonable Kids College believes in the power of social entrepreneurial education and activity. However, if students have not mastered math and reading basics, it can be challenging to master business. Therefore, the funds raised from courses and camps fund the Scholars Advance Program. This program focuses on UN SDG 4: Quality Education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education to inspire students living in low socio-economic communities to become lifelong learners through free lego play and social learning math and reading 10-week tutoring sessions. Each student who goes through the program gets wireless headsets and materials and supplies needed for their class.|
Such communities throughout the United States consist of 12,998,000 | VA: 252,000 children that live in high-poverty areas, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Project (2020), which accounts for more than 13% of children in the United States. 33 % of the total number of children are Black and Latinx children living in environments with high crime rates and attending schools struggling to achieve or maintain accreditation, of which all factors hinder healthy educational outcomes.
The Scholar Advance program offers extra support to mostly Black and LatinX children struggling to pass the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments in reading and math. Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English and mathematics. The program’s goal is to ensure students’ success in meeting the Board of Education’s expectations for learning and achievement. Currently (Spring 2021), Unreasonable Kids College is working with Richard Bowling and Larrymore Elementary in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk is ranked number 8 in the country for neighborhoods with the highest incarceration rates; 93% of those are Black, the child poverty rate is at an alarming 52%, 21% live in single-parent homes, and 26% of young adults are attending college. The future goal is to expand the Scholars Advance Program to reach other schools with students in need.
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Where we work:
Portsmouth city, VA; Richmond city, VA; Norfolk city, VA; Newport News, VA