Racial Equity


We invested in leaders of color with ambitious, early-stage ideas for addressing racial inequities in education. Funding decisions were made through participatory grantmaking, where NewSchools shifted decision-making power to a council of students, parents, educators, and innovators.

Council members reflect the backgrounds of the students our ventures serve, including being first-generation college students, recipients of free or reduced-price lunch, and English language learners. Lessons from our engagement with the Racial Equity Councils will inform our organizational approach to community engagement in 2024 and beyond.

As a student...the experiences that I’m bringing are meaningful and valuable. I felt deeply invested in the work of the council, and I think my insights and experiences definitely shaped the decisions about who we ended up moving forward.




invested in 31 ventures


venture leaders who
identify as people of color


students served by racial equity ventures


educators served


additional funding catalyzed by our ventures


parents, students, and educators have made the funding decisions

Racial Equity Ventures

Rock Academy

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Data Research for Indigenous Futures (DRIF)

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Youth Justice Alliance

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The Roots Initiative

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Start Lighthouse

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Reconstruction US, Inc

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Forged Ed LLC

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