The goal of Phoenix Arising’s programs is to immerse all students and campers in the real-world applications of science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) through the rich context of aviation. Through the use of flight simulation, interactive classrooms, stationary flight simulators and a portfolio of engaging math and science activities, students will learn in a dynamic, effective environment. Their youth programs include: after-school enrichment, summer camps and weekend workshops. The three major grants will provide support to each program.
KDK-Harman has awarded a $16,000 grant to fund STEM-in-Flight, Phoenix Arising’s unique summer camps which engage students in math and science through the exploration of aviation. These funds will allow up to 100 underserved children to participate in this dynamic summer camp opportunity at no cost. Funds will be used to offset the cost and materials and provide support for economically disadvantaged students, in grades Kindergarten through High School.
A Glimmer of Hope Austin has provided $20,000 for the new, Take Flight Youth weekend workshop classes. The Take Flight Youth program is part of a specific initiative to recruit and retain economically at-risk students for all of Phoenix Arising’s educational programs. By reaching underprivileged students with engaging educational experiences starting with these weekend workshops and continuing into more advanced programs throughout the year, Phoenix Arising’s programs will have the greatest impact in the Austin community.
The third grant has come from a national aviation foundation, the Wolf Aviation Fund, and will offer $1,000 to support additional equipment and materials that will aid in expanding Phoenix’s programs. The additional equipment and materials will provide more challenging experiences for students while also enabling the organization to reach more students.
“Through the support of generous funders like KDK-Harman, Glimmer of Hope and the Wolf Aviation Fund; our organization has been given the opportunity meet the real needs of underserved students, to open the eyes of every one of our students, to help them dream, to learn to fly and to equip them with a perspective on learning, math and science that will impact their lives forever” - Zay Collier, Executive Director of Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy
About Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy: Established in March 2008, Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy strives to develop unique learning experiences that empower, challenge and inspire economically disadvantaged youth to embrace a deeper understanding of science, technology, engineering, and math through the context of aviation while reducing the barriers to the pursuit of highly advanced technical careers. The Academy offers both youth and adults programs but focuses on outreach to underserved youth through an after-school programs that reinforces math and science by relating classroom topics to aeronautical knowledge and experiences. To learn more about Phoenix Arising visit the website at http://www.phoenixaviation.org.
About KDK Harman Foundation: KDK-Harman Foundation is a family foundation located in Austin, Texas whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education while promoting a culture of giving excellence. The Foundation supports nonprofits and schools in seven Central Texas counties that work to close achievement gaps for low-income students in grades K-12, preparing them with 21st Century skills and access to quality careers. To learn more visit their website at http://www.kdk-
About Wolf Aviation Fund: The Wolf Aviation Fund was established in the wills of Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf. The Fund promotes and supports the advancement of personal air transportation by seeking and funding the most promising individuals and worthy projects which advance the field of general aviation; by increasing the public's knowledge of aviation through publications, seminars, and other information media; by informing the aviation and scientific community of the existence and purpose of the Fund; and by soliciting and receiving feedback concerning Foundation-supported projects. For more information, visit the website at http://www.wolf-
About A Glimmer of Hope Austin: The heart and soul of A Glimmer of Hope Austin is the love and compassion it has for young people and senior adults who suffer from exclusion, social injustice, neglect, abandonment and educational disadvantages. The foundation is committed to improving their lives by supporting initiatives that address imbalances in the areas of health care, education, life skills, fine arts, safety and basic needs. For more information, visit the website at http://www.aglimmerofhopeaustin.org.