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The Problem

A wide segment of America’s youth lacks consistent exposure to career opportunities and dynamic professionals. We focus on serving students from low-income families because research shows that their opportunities to interact with professional role models are far fewer as compared to their more affluent peers. Research indicates that this gap widens as children develop, with profound educational and professional consequences.

By age 6, low-income students spend 1,300 fewer hours outside of home and school than their affluent peers. This gap only grows as they age.

Children from low-income families ultimately earn half the salary of affluent childhood peers.

Only nine percent of children from America’s poorest families graduate from college, compared to 77 percent from the wealthiest families.

By age 6, low-income students spend 1,300 fewer hours outside of home and school than their affluent peers. This gap only grows as they age.

Children from low-income families ultimately earn half the salary of affluent childhood peers.

Only nine percent of children from America’s poorest families graduate from college, compared to 77 percent from the wealthiest families.

The Department of Labor estimates that 65% of today’s students will ultimately be employed in jobs and career fields that don’t yet exist.

Nearly two-thirds of American companies have positions for which they cannot find qualified applicants. By 2020, there will be shortage of about 40 million highly-skilled workers worldwide.

Less than half of U.S. students feel that they have a good grasp of the educational requirements needed for some of the most well-known professions.

The Department of Labor estimates that 65% of today’s students will ultimately be employed in jobs and career fields that don’t yet exist.

Nearly two-thirds of American companies have positions for which they cannot find qualified applicants. By 2020, there will be shortage of about 40 million highly-skilled workers worldwide.

Less than half of students in the U.S. feel that they have a good grasp of the educational requirements needed for some of the most well-known professions today.

 

Our Mission

We use free and existing video technology to connect diverse and dynamic professionals working across a variety of industries to classrooms across the country. Working with 4th to 12th grade classrooms nationwide, we exclusively serve schools in which at least 50% of the student body is eligible for free and reduced lunch. Each conversation is designed to shed light on the real-world applicability of classroom curriculum, while at the same time inspiring and empowering students to plan for their futures.

50% of the classrooms we serve are in high-need urban communities, 50% are high-need rural.

We currently serve over five thousand students across 35 states.

70% of the schools we serve have more than half of their student body eligible for free or reduced lunch.

84% of classrooms had never hosted a speaker from outside their city.

93% of classrooms were still talking about their flashchat days after they hosted a speaker.

88% of students had not previously met someone in the profession of their speaker.

84% of classrooms had never hosted a speaker from outside of their city.

93% of classrooms were still talking about their flashchat days after they hosted a speaker.

88% of students had not previously met someone in the profession of their speaker.

 In Action

Meet the Team

Monica Gray Logothetis
CEO + Co-Founder

Annie Medaglia
Co-Founder

Parul Nanavati
Operations + Marketing Associate

Rugiatu "Rugie" Jalloh
Education Outreach + Operations Associate

Amanda Coombs
Social Media + Marketing Associate

Sharon Waskow
Education Adviser

Advisory Council

Alison Dooley

Product Operations Manager
Google

Jili Hume

Project Manager
Google for Education

Diarrha N'Diaye

Social Media Strategist
L'Oréal Paris

Eric Schulze

Senior Scientist
Memphis Meats

Ester Barbuto

Business Strategy Manager
Windows NEXT

Felix Addison

COO & VP
WhoseYourLandlord

Gaurav Ahuja

Growth Equity Investor
TA Associates

Huong Doan Sniezek

Educator, Lululemon Athletica
Group Fitness Instructor, Spark Yoga

Dana Laurens

Senior Associate for Policy & Advocacy Education
Reform Now & Democrats for Education Reform

Lilibeth Gangas

Chief Tech Community Officer
Kapor Center for Social Impact

Mitch Kochanski

Consultant
The Bridgespan Group

Summer Ash

Director of Outreach for the Department of Astronomy
Columbia University

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