The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a disastrous impact on the lives of people all over the world, and the Surge community of education leaders of color is no different.

At Surge, we’ve had the honor of elevating and supporting transformative leaders of color across the education and youth-serving ecovillage: our Surge Fellows and Alumni. These are individuals who work to dismantle oppressive structures and systems and seek to provide better education opportunities and a brighter future for our young people. They tackle giants daily – and win!

Now our community has another giant to tackle.

The burden of this international crisis sits heavily on families. Basic needs that many take for granted—food, shelter, and security—are rapidly growing concerns, particularly for those without the income to save ahead of this pandemic. Those who are now without jobs. Those who still do have jobs and have to risk their personal health to keep those jobs. Those now expected to homeschool their children.  The challenges are real, and right now Surge Fellows and Alumni all over the country are feeling the impact on themselves and the communities they serve.

The Surge Relief Fund is an opportunity to provide some tangible support to the Surge community members serving youth and communities over the United States who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds we raise will be distributed to youth-, family-, and community-serving organizations that are continuing to educate and provide services during this crisis.

We are asking you to contribute to a fund that will provide much-needed relief to families and communities all over America. Please take a moment to give what you can. Many are hurting right now. Many need the support. No investment is too small.

Hear directly from Surge Fellows and Alumni about why your donations are so important for their work!

The Surge Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, therefore all monetary donations to the Surge Institute are tax deductible.

You can also support this effort using Txt2Give!

Just text SURGE to 243725

Kyra Mungia with Students

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