To surge, by definition, is to move powerfully forward or upward.
In the mission of transforming urban education for our youth and our communities, it was always a requirement that we move with intentionality, unity, and conviction toward a world where the leaders shaping our educational system were leaders who understood the most underserved kids and families.
Surge develops, connects and empowers leaders of color, primarily through our signature program, the Surge Fellowship. But is it effective? Are we getting results?
Our 2019 study—in which we surveyed our alumnus of the fellowship program—says it all.
2.25 million. That is the number of students across the United States who are impacted by the work Surge Alumni through education and youth-based organizations.
Counting our Change
A comprehensive survey of four full cohorts of Surge Fellowship Alumni—reaching all the way back to our inaugural cohort—sought to determine whether we were effectively addressing the need for more leaders of color in urban education.
98% of alumni participated.
The results revealed just how powerful the Surge experience is for our growing community of alumni.
The Surge Effect
In response to questions about their leadership journey, Surge Alumni shout from the mountain tops about how this movement has impacted their lives, personally and professionally.
The Path Paved
The Surge movement is evolving. Using the data from annual surveys and an ongoing analysis of our impact, we are perpetually fine-tuning our fellowship and ideating pilot programs all in the service of developing influential and effective leaders of color for our youth.
The trajectory of this movement is forward and upward.