Educational Institutions

Wise Scholars Foundation

  • Atlanta, GA
  • http://www.wisescholarsfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The mission of WISE Scholars Foundation is to serve individuals and strengthen communities by promoting post-secondary education and decreasing dropout through college models of instruction and college preparatory resources including, but not limited to, academia tutorials, test-taking preparation, career-planning, technological resources, assistance with the enrollment in and the expenses of attending college and the incorporation of many sectors' such as the business sector to assist individuals with employment and other stimulating opportunities while attending school.

The purpose for which this Foundation was formed is to operate exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the ?Code?) and corresponding provisions of subsequent United States Internal Revenue laws.

WISE Scholars Foundation will not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender, religion, or race. The Foundation will lead itself to assist any individual that seeks a post-secondary education. However, special attention will be directed towards those individuals considered 'at-risk' or 'socio-economically deprived'.

The Foundation will operate under the values that education is important and that all students can learn given the necessary resources are provided.

WISE Scholars Foundation would like others to view its organization as a non-profit entity formed exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes wherein individuals can receive the appropriate post-secondary educational career training, motivation, and preparation.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. WISE Scholars Mentors
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

WISE Scholars Foundation serves socio-economically disadvantaged and "at-risk" individuals in Atlanta, Georgia who are at-risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out without obtaining their GED. We primarily focus on Black boys and men.

Target populations will primarily be those who are or were in the foster care system; are living in homeless shelters; are attending alternative schools; have been suspended or expelled from their last school; are failing in their academics; have been to or recently released from juvenile detention, jail or prison; or who have behavioral issues.

ruling year

2005

CEO, President, & Founding Director since 2003

Self-reported

Ms. Marshalette Rolanda Wise

Keywords

Self-reported

dropout prevention, high-school graduation and GED obtainment, smoothly transitioning to college or the work force, mentorship and indefinite follow-up

EIN

30-0298599

 Number

1314605416

Physical Address

Atlanta, GA 30331

Also Known As

WSF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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WISE Scholars Foundation has a team of educators and business professionals dedicated to our mission and motto of “Preparing Today for Higher Education Tomorrow.”

We believe that all individuals can graduate from high-shool and go to college given the appropriate motivation, mentorship, planning, resources and follow-up.

To this end, WISE Scholars Foundation has successfully assisted several prior high-school dropouts with obtaining their general education diploma (GED) in both Atlanta, Georgia and Tuskegee, Alabama. We have worked with individuals ranging from ages 16 to 65.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The foundation has as its objective to merge into an Atlanta, Georgia college preparatory charter school.

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Population(s) Served

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Program 2

WISE Scholars Mentors

WISE Scholars Foundation partners with state, government, educational, and community organizations to locate Black males in Atlanta who are or were in the foster care system; living in homeless shelters; attending alternative schools; failing in their academics; expelled from their last school; recently released from juvenile detention, jail or prison; or exhibiting behavioral issues and mentor them towards obtaining their high-school diploma or GED and going to college or a vocational/trade school.

WISE Scholars Mentors share a common ground with our target population. Although they are now college graduates or established in a career, our mentors were once prior at-risk students and products of the same circumstances that our clients currently face. WISE Scholars Mentors will serve as a pivotal role-model of how hard work, dedication, and sacrifice improved their lives.

WISE Scholars Foundation will assign a mentor to each client. Mentors will contact and follow-up with clients, either verbally or face-to-face, on a weekly basics. They will guide them through their transition from high-school graduation to college or the work force by being a liaison to assist them in all areas of the process from start to finish.

WISE Scholars Mentors will keep detailed reports and design individualized plans of action for each mentee.

Our goal is to have our mentees one day serve as mentors to future cohorts. This will give them an incentive to successfully complete their plan of action as well as esteem in giving back to their community.

Category

At-Risk Populations

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To build upon networks already formed by partnering with institutions in Atlanta, Georgia such as Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Corrections, Georgia Department of Children Families and Services, the Board of Education, and Georgia Department of Education.

    In addition, organizing fundraisers that incorporate the general community in Atlanta as well as "a dollar a month" pledges/donations from supporters (5000 - 10,000 target) to garner long term sustainability.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

WISE Scholars Foundation serves socio-economically disadvantaged and "at-risk" individuals in Atlanta, Georgia who are at-risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out without obtaining their GED. We primarily focus on Black boys and men.

Target populations will primarily be those who are or were in the foster care system; are living in homeless shelters; are attending alternative schools; have been suspended or expelled from their last school; are failing in their academics; have been to or recently released from juvenile detention, jail or prison; or who have behavioral issues.

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Wise Scholars Foundation

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CEO, President, & Founding Director

Ms. Marshalette Rolanda Wise

BIO

Although several reforms have been made throughout our American educational system—with the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) being one of the most recent reforms—many students are still underperforming, failing in academics, scoring poorly on standardized tests, losing educational motivation and value, dropping out of school, and never obtaining a postsecondary higher education. The vast majority of these students are poor, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and “at-risk” learners.

There needs to be a clear plan to change this pathological outlook toward the value of education. I believe that educational mentorship and indefinite follow-up are essential to postsecondary attainment. Furthermore, WISE Scholars Foundation maintains that education benefits smaller communities and the larger society by eliminating many of the ricocheting factors often attributed to a lack of postsecondary education such as unemployment, crime, poverty, the prison going rate, and the continuation of the cycle of absentee father homes.

Although poverty and socioeconomic disadvantaged status is not unique to any particular race, educational statistics reveal that Black males cluster at the bottom of the distribution of virtually every indicator of school failure such as dropping out of school, absenteeism, suspension, expulsion, and low standardized test scores.

According to The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education, The Atlanta Public School System had the lowest graduation rates amongst African American males at 34%, which is 13% lower than the national average and 9% lower than the state average. Black males in Atlanta, Georgia are “at-risk” of dropping out of school. They need mentorship and follow-up to assist them with graduating from high-school or obtaining their GED.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Victor Brown

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