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Music, Art, and Fighting for Educational Opportunity for All

“I wouldn’t change a thing, because that would change everything,” are the iconic lyrics that the Black Stax’s hit single “I love my life,” preach to their R&B and Soul audience. The song speaks of someone overcoming the obstacles put in front of them, and coming out on top because of the struggles in their life. If you want to help children overcome the challenge that is poverty, attend the STEM+ART as a Social Catalyst event, put on by the Technology Access Foundation (TAF).

STEM+ARTThe STEM+ART as a Social Catalyst event will take place tomorrow, May 23rd, at 7:30pm, at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA (216 Union St. Seattle, WA 98101). Tickets can be bought at Tripledoor: $10 for students, $20 for non-students. Black Stax will be performing, and there will be an art gallery displaying the incredible artwork of Tony Taj, alongside the artwork of some TAF students. All proceeds will go to the Technology Access Foundation.

The Story Behind TAF

TAF’s major goal is to, “[Equip] students of color for success in college and life through the power of STEM education.” Equipping students means giving students laptops, flash drives, or anything else a student needs to succeed while in school. The buzzword that most educators use to talk about the problems with the American education system is the “Achievement Gap.” However, the people at TAF believe the gap the education system should be trying to close is the “Opportunity Gap.” TAF believes that if all students received the same opportunities, all would be successful. They created TAF to not only prove this statement right, but to help students meet the high expectations of the classroom, develop relationships with their teachers and classmates, as well as provide the tools necessary to succeed in school. A list of their full goals can be found here.

The Power of TAF

Matt Sauri, (a TAF Corporate Partner ) stated in a promotional Youtube video that, “[Washington state] is the number one state in producing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs, but were embarrassingly low on the list in terms of producing stem skill sets.” He hopes that TAF can change this statistic. TAF served 32 students in its first year, but now serves over 750 students a year by giving the tools and support necessary for each individual student to succeed in school.

Join Jolkona at the Event!

If you still aren’t convinced to attend the event, knowing that Jolkona will be there tabling should push your “not sure” answer to a “definitely going.” Please come say hello to our table, and enjoy the great music and art. For more information about The STEM+ART as a Social Catalyst event, check out #TAFStax or their Facebook page.

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  1. Grocery Journal / June 19, 2013

    You present an interesting angle in regards to a educational opportunity and its consequences. Thanks for sharing. Thank you for the article Andres.

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