IALAS aims to found a career readiness middle school that prepares students for high demand, high wages, and high skilled careers. IALAS will be independent thinkers, entrepreneurs and change agents of the 21st century. Our instructional model is founded on evidenced based neuroscience that exploits the cognitive growth spurt and hormonal changes that happen during these crucial but often neglected years. Our model makes sense of the misunderstood emotional self-absorbed middle schooler through rigorous culturally relevant content that appeals to their interest. Students gain hands-on experience and exposure to career gateways sets as they rotate through different career tracks, such as pre-medicine, entrepreneurship and technology and innovation. Students gain exposure while simultaneously learning emotional regulation through meditations and affirmations. IALAS students are confident in their identity, ability and are ready to solve the problems of the future ages.
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)
Our Career and Technical Training program does more than provide readily-applicable job training to students and families. For students, the CTE program helps students learn about their own talents, strengths and passions through on-the-job training, mentor-ship, internship opportunities and project-based learning. The CTE program helps expose students to fields and areas underrepresented by students of color. Parents will participate in a 12-24 month CTE program that provides a living stipend for parents while they finish their studies. Parents will have access support for up to a year after program completion. They are expected to complete the program with a career that provides livable wages.
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IALAS provides students with historic financial education, one-on-one financial coaching, life-coaching, and asset training with financial advisors. By altering the money mindset of low income students’ and parents’, we financially free generations. We exist to partner with families in our community by exchanging the cycle of poverty with the cycle of knowledge transfer from generation to generation on how to secure and maintain finances, build wealth, and make financial goals for their families. Financial empowerment uplifts the whole family, improving student outcomes.
Our mental health is the foundation upon which we build every other facet of our lives. Albeit, it is stigmatized in the African community. IALAS is committed to helping students’ and parents’ discover and unleash their true potential. Every student will be evaluated for any severe adverse childhood events and paired with a therapist. Society should not expect to heal a child who is under the care of an adult who carries the traumatic burdens of her own childhood. IALAS exists to address the inter-generational trauma experienced by black and brown families, specifically students in the undeserved Wards 7& 8. We take the journey with our students to emotional self-regulation and social emotional wellness.
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