Help us give a disadvantaged child a hand up. Change their world. This changes everything.
Since 2017, PowerUP Scholarship Fund has worked to bring mentorship to scholars via martial arts. By removing the burden of cost of martial arts classes for families, PowerUP gives scholars access to new experiences and a path to learn our three pillars of Self-Control, Resilience, and Respect.
To help disadvantaged and special needs kids thrive by teaching core values through high quality martial arts mentorship.
Nearly half a million children in Metro Atlanta live in communities with low or very low child well-being. Mentorship programs work, but traditional mentorship models can only serve a fraction of the kids who need a hand up, because one-to-one mentorship models are difficult to scale.
Our mission is to provide high quality mentorship at scale, serving more kids, more quickly.
We have grown from 15 kids in 2017 to over 150 in 2021. We have strong demand from parents and partners, and aim to serve 600 kids by the end of 2023.
Building a Scalable Mentorship Model
Martial Arts gyms are generally run by practitioners who have dedicated their lives to teaching, and to a set of core values.
One instructor or gym owner can mentor 40-60 scholarship kids at a time, and instructors work after school and on the weekends.
PowerUP can provide instructors and gym owners with marketing help and business tools to increase the number of paying students in addition to scholarship students.
Many gym owners have excess capacity, and lumpy businesses. A base of recurring revenue is highly attractive to them. We help our instructors build sustainable businesses.
This virtuous cycle enables us to serve underprivileged kids, and support local businesses that create jobs.
HOW IT WORKS
Delivering Mentorship through Instructors
Private donors, schools, and communities provide money and other resources. Partners and schools refer scholarship candidates. PowerUP grants scholarships to underprivileged and at-risk kids. PowerUP recruits, trains and monitors a network of participating instructors. Instructors provide mentorship and martial arts training.
GIVE ONE OF OUR KIDS A HAND UP
It costs $500 to sponsor one child for a year
Change their world. This changes everything.
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