Genius Patch was invited to Washington D. C. by the founder of the International Partnership for Economic Sustainability and Development (IPESD), Courtney Bennett (pictured rght). Bennett contacted Genius Patch earlier in the year out of an interest to bring Author Ashlee Chesny to the global world to get children excited about literacy and learning through her books showcasing main characters of color and being an author of color herself. Chesny had reached out to an organization Bennett was the Executive Director of years prior in hopes of sending her books on the organization’s international trips to developing countries, but the two had never connected. Starting her own organization recently, Bennett saw a great opportunity to partner. What Bennett did not know was that Chesny had since founded a full nonprofit with a host of robust programming to get historically underprivileged children excited about learning.
On September 4, 2018, the TCC Gives Team awarded Genius Patch its second grant to make impact in the Detroit Community. Genius Patch requested $5,000 to carryout its Junior Storyteller Program in which historically underprivileged children write and publish stories of their own. Working in a collaborative environment with a published children’s author that looks just like them, the program participants will be immersed in a one of a kind experience. Attendees will leave this workshop with their own copy of The Official Junior Storyteller Workbook, and a free digital download of The Junior Storyteller Workbook to keep their storytelling skills going at home.
Genius Patch is so excited for the work that it will do to inspire, encourage and empower the children of the Detroit Community. Our overall goal is to promote an increased willingness and desire to engage in literacy among historically underprivileged children and a positive attitude toward learning overall through Genius Patch programming like Junior Storyteller.
We are quite excited here at Genius Patch! On September 13th our founder attended the Corp! Magazine Salute to Diversity Awards Ceremony. While being there simply as a guest would have been amazing, being there to accept our first organizational award was even better.
Genius Patch was named one of Corp! Magazine’s awardees in the Diversity Champion Category. We were recognized for commitment to diversity through our educational programming for children that promotes diversity and inclusion
On May 29th, 2018, Genius Patch was awarded its very first grant by the TCC Gives Team. The generous grant of $2,500 was awarded to be used for Genius Patch's 4th Annual Literacy Come to Life Summer Camp. The Summer Camp kicked off its 4th year on July 30th at its long time host site of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. With its pledge to provide children with a positive learning experience that makes education fun, exciting and meaningful, Genius Patch provided literacy based educational enrichment for the program.