“Sankofa” is a word that comes from the Akan people of Ghana and depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. The symbolism is that to understand the present and make positive strides in the future, one must reach back to the knowledge gained in the past.
GapBuster, Inc. was born 20 years ago as my answer to a system that was not giving my child and other black and brown students, the resources that they needed to thrive within the educational system. I wondered what would happen to these black and brown students in 20 years and what this would mean for this generation of children if someone did not step up. In this instance, that someone who had to step was the person that I saw in the mirror every day. It was an easy decision to let go of my medical profession and start on this journey with GapBuster.
Our programs have educated, enriched, and empowered the tens of thousands of children that have passed through our programs to believe that they can live whatever dreams they can envision for themselves. Our results are impressive and have proven that every child can learn and succeed in the right environment.
Some of our successes include the following:
· 75% of our students are the first from their family to attend college
· 95% of our students attend college and over 98% of these students are graduating
· Over $1,000,000 in scholarships awarded to GapBuster students
· 5 students received the Gates Millennium Scholarship and 3 are Posse graduates
· Over 750 students have traveled abroad (South Africa, Bahamas, Mexico, France, Holland, Indonesia, Ghana, and Ethiopia)
In 2020, we have gone virtual with our programs and provided our students with a safe, fun, and enriching environment where they can learn, laugh and thrive.
The past year has put additional focus on the issues of racial and social injustice as well as the ongoing inequities in our educational system. Our programs at GapBuster, Inc. can be part of the solution to right some of the many wrongs in our society. We stand ready to open our doors to more students and help bridge the educational gap, provide the resources for our children to thrive in a safe environment, increase generational wealth as we build stronger communities for all.
We are grateful to the families that have entrusted us with their children, the community that has supported our programs, and the many people and institutions that have believed in our work and continue to support our programs generously.
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Thank you for a great 20 years and beyond.