Meet Our 2023 ARISE Fellows

Congratulations to the second cohort of redefinED atlanta’s Atlanta Reimagining & Innovating for Schools Everywhere (A.R.I.S.E.) Fellowship, a nine-month program that aims to grow community power and influence by exploring the levers that drive systemic change for all of Atlanta’s children. 

The A.R.I.S.E. Fellowship was co-designed with EdConnect, TeachX, Father’s Incorporated, Goodie Nation and Next Generation Men and Women. With their support, we were able to select 10 individuals who work in industries ranging from education to nonprofit.

Meet this year’s fellows!

  • Brandon Jones
  • DeAndrea Byrd
  • India Gooch
  • Keiana Raven
  • Latisha Blackburn
  • Michelle Lockhart
  • Tameika Ham
  • Ty’Sheka Lambert
  • Vernetta Nuriddin
  • Yalwanda McGruder

Click the link to learn more about the fellows and read their bios!

Through this fellowship, the cohort will learn about the history of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) district, explore student achievement trends and identify opportunities to partner with communities to allocate capital to community-driven solutions. Ultimately, graduates of this program will be able to clearly articulate their commitment, goals and role in advocating for positive change in K-12 public education.

By the end of the program, fellows will:

  • examine the educational landscape and history
  • explore innovation and opportunities through national/regional/local cases of districts reimagining education
  • understand the levers of change (people & money, political infrastructure, and ideas & narratives)
  • actively engage with stakeholders serving and fighting for children and families in the Atlanta Public Schools district
  • unearth their pathway toward advocacy and impact within K-12 public education
  • join a growing collective of advocates who are informed, engaged, and advocating for children to receive a great K-12 public education

Interested in becoming an A.R.I.S.E. Fellow?

Applications for the third cohort are now open and close on Monday, June 24, at 11:59 p.m. Click the link to apply today!