To create a world where every child has a chance to succeed based off of their own unique gifts and abilities through the guidance of caring community members including parents and educators.
"To engage historically underprivileged children with accessible programming that makes learning exciting and meaningful for them."
Support is provided directly to the child, to the parents and to educators allowing for the child to have the essential support needed at home, at school and in the community.
Created by a published children's author to combat the literacy problem of Detroit, Genius Patch was formed through its first program Literacy Come to Life in 2015. The Detroit based 501(c)3 nonprofit houses a host of ever-growing hands-on activity based programming. The organization works to provide historically under-served, underprivileged and under-resourced children with educational enrichment programs focused in the areas of literacy, community involvement, career and entrepreneurship exposure focused on building self-esteem as well as social/emotional development. Support is provided directly to the child, to the parents and to educators allowing the child to have the essential support needed at home, at school and in the community. Genius Patch's vision was formed based on its founder's belief that we should live in "a world every child has a chance to succeed based off of their own unique gifts and abilities through the guidance of caring community members". Programming is provided through summer camps, after-school programs, workshops, pop up events and more. Since debuting its first summer camp in 2015, Genius Patch has expanded throughout Michigan and Ohio. Genius Patch's founding principle is based on Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it."
Genius Patch's programming has been supported by a partnership with Michigan State University's Residential College of Arts & Humanities (RCAH). RCAH Academic Specialist for Diversity and Civic Engagement, Kevin Brooks PhD has designated Genius Patch as a community outreach program for student placement volunteering through the RCAH endeavors to engage students in community- based diversity initiatives to enrich their student's educational, social, and cultural learning experiences. In addition to student placement with the organization, several times each semester, Chesny is a guest lecturer for MSU students in its RCAH, engaging them in the Genius Patch methodology.
Programming created by Ashlee Chesny has been hosted at the Charles H. Wright Museum, Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, Detroit Public Schools, Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, The Children’s Center, a host of schools, daycare, churches and more. Chesny has served upward of 800 children in just 3 years with her annual summer camps, after school programs, workshops, and school visits. In addition, Chesny has leveraged her International Business degree and experience abroad to partner with organizations sending books to less fortunate children in foreign impoverished communities in both India and Haiti. She has been featured in Press & Guide Newspaper, Colorblind Magazine, on AM 1200, Pretty Brown Girls Campaign, The Chris Massey Show, Rachel Simone Media, and Motor City Woman Radio. For her efforts in serving her community, Chesny has gained the support of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Councilwoman Mary Sheffield and many others.