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 of Surge Alumni through education and youth-based organizations.
Counting our Change
Surveying five cohorts of Surge Fellowship Alumni, including four Chicago cohorts and one Oakland cohort, we saught to determine how our fellows are growing, and more importantly, the impact they are having as 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.