Nonprofit powerhouse leaders are coming together for a virtual panel discussion designed to catalyze sector-wide change. Change Summer is the organization behind the three-part panel series entitled Real Conversations, Real Impact. A long-time Matterlab partner, Change Summer is the leading nonprofit for year-round, social-emotional development and enrichment for youth from under-resourced communities.
Part one of the series will cover the critical topic Implementing Anti-racist, Systemic Change in the Non-profit Sector. The dynamic conversation will feature four outstanding leaders in the nonprofit and education space, including Dr. Felecia Nave of Alcorn State University, also a Matterlab partner. The full panelist line up includes:
- John B. King, Jr. | Former Secretary of Education and President & CEO of The Education Trust
- Dr. Felecia M. Nave | President of Alcorn State University (HBCU)
- Lisette Nieves | President of the Fund for the City of New York and Clinical Professor at NYU
- Dan Porterfield | President & CEO of the Aspen Institute
“Change Summer has a responsibility to the students and families we serve,” says Josh Phillips, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Change Summer. “The communities from which they come have been hit the hardest by the pandemic, the resulting economic recession, and social injustice.”
Change Summer recognizes that unequal access to high-quality summer programming is a solvable problem. The New York-based nonprofit partners with school organizations across the northeast United States to create high-quality, customized summer opportunities for their students. Change Summer’s programs provide students from under-resourced communities with a summer experience that increases independence, curiosity, confidence, and responsibility – all critical skills for a successful future.
“Our north star has always been an equal opportunity for all. And now – even more – we feel a deep responsibility to close the opportunity and fairness gaps that pervade American society,” Phillips said.
While Change Summer primarily addresses those gaps through overnight camp experiences, at their organizational core, the nonprofit is an advocate and driver for real, sector-wide change.
To that end, Change Summer invites all of us to join this panel series to learn more about generating greater equity impact.