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Ideas to Serve 2023: Meet our Community Partners

Every Spring semester, ILSI’s Dori Pap and Practitioner in Residence, Susan Davis, lead a class of students through a series of workshops that promote an in-depth understanding of social and environmental issues. This year they are joined by Dr. Neha Kumar’s Global Development Capstone course that is using the same problem discovery tools as it explores global issues. Students learn about system level frameworks like Assets Based Community Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals as they do a deep dive into the root causes of the societal issues they explore with the help of Black civic innovators and social entrepreneurs. We are proud to announce this year’s outstanding community partners who will be working with our student teams to create a comprehensive map of the local and global systems they operate in and influence. 


3D Girls, Inc 

Founder: Raioni Madison Jones


Founded in 2012, 3D Girls, Inc.'s mission is to educate and empower young women to be advocates for themselves and their families. Our work is fulfilled through youth mentoring, prenatal and parental development, and social and emotional wellness. Our wrap-around services provide opportunities for women and girls that are inclusive and intentional about empowering them to thrive.  


Close Ties Leadership Program 

Founder: Brandon Martin 


Close Ties Leadership Program serves as both a mirror and a window. We create a safe space for Black boys to reflect on who they are and equip them with the tools to become whom they aspire to be. 


Readi Workforce Training and Development 

Founder: Elissa Russel  


READI Consulting, LLC is a for-profit, tech-enabled training platform that reskills youth aged 16-26; READI offers literacy and foundational workforce skills-building remediation. We design and deliver courses to upskill the undereducated and underemployed with a focus on addressing literacy inefficiencies (reading, numeracy, digital, language) and workforce skills building. 


Swim Life Fitness 

Founder: Adrienne Wesley 


Swim Life Fitness provides communities access to quality and impactful wellness and aquatic programming that focuses on addressing mental and physical health disorders. 


Jared’s Heart of Success 

Founder: Sharmaine Brown 


We foster the “Heart to Succeed Youth Mentoring and Leadership Development Program” which focuses on empowering youth and young adults both male and female through group mentoring, prevention, opportunities, education, and life leadership skills designed to build self-esteem and character for life-long success. 


Edquity Consulting 

Founder: LaTrice Lyle 


Committed to dismantling white supremacy culture in schools and developing and sustaining equitable classrooms, schools, and systems for Black and Brown children by implementing project-based learning through a culturally relevant lens. 


Showcase Group  

Founder: John Kennebrew 


Showcase Group provides support to at-risk youth and their families by implementing psychosocial services such as youth advocacy, mental health, and case management services. Each participant experiences programming that is culturally relevant and tailored to their unique needs, addressing various elements related to mental health, residential living/care, education, and employment pathways. 


The weekly workshops feature influential experts from organizations like Hands on Atlanta, the US Census Bureau Open Innovation Lab, CARE International, Center for Civic Innovation, and SpeechWorks. 

Join us for our Showcase and Partner Celebration: 

Please join us on April 17th for our I2S Showcase and Partner Celebration, which is open to the public! This will include eight short presentations and a reception to view each group’s stakeholder maps and networking with these amazing organizations.

The Ideas to Serve program is made possible through the generous support of The Cecil B. Day Program for Business Ethics, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, the Center for Serve - Learn - Sustain, The Denning Technology & Management Program, Center for International Business Education and Research, Design Bloc, VentureLab, Global Development Program at Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Scheller College of Business, Mosley Ventures, Speechworks.

The Institute for Leadership and Social Impact is an interdisciplinary institute that promotes servant leadership and social innovation that contribute to a more just, caring, and equitable world.

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