Neither the founders nor the staff nor the advisers have financial ties to SEL programs being marketed to schools by the numerous small companies and several university institutes and non-profit organizations that have created these programs.
On the contrary with our founders, each has been engaged in assisting youth development programs in different ways, including financially, for many years. Our simple motivation is the elevation of schools and society to a new level.
The Campaign has been bolstered by a number of business, civic and non-profit leaders who have joined our growing advisory board and by others who, like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Gil Garcetti (our headquarter city) have agreed to publicly endorse the Campaign along with several school, community and thought leaders in LA and elsewhere, including Steven Zimmer, president of the Los Angeles Unified District School Board, who is actively helping the campaign and has stated “We’ve needed an ally like the campaign for many years and thank you for creating one.”
We are also in collaboration with the California After School Network, The Forum for Youth Investment, the Peace Over Violence organization and the Brotherhood Campaign.
Others endorsers include Nicholas Haan, director of Global Grand Challenges; Shane Goldsmith, executive director of Liberty Hill Foundation; Albert Retana, president of Community Coalition; Dan Gilbert, project manager of the national Afterschool Alliance, Billie Weiss, founder and former chair of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Great Los Angeles; and Michelle Cauley, SEL Wellness Facilitator for the Los Angeles Unified School District, among others.
A representative quote from endorsers is that from Diego Arancibia, director of after-school support for the Santa Clara County Office of Education:
“I want to commend The Big EQ Campaign for helping us educators by making the public aware of the tremendous benefits or social and emotional skills learning in our schools and after-school programs. In Santa Clara county we are devoted to giving each child a chance to excel in school and in life and we think this kind of education can be a major factor. The more the public knows and gets behind the movement, the faster we can add this crucial dimension to our education system.”
For our part, although completely independent of both for-profit and non-profit organizations, The Big EQ Campaign strongly endorses the work of a number of entities that are leaders in the SEL and EQ field.
This includes groups such as the Collaborate for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning based in Chicago (CASEL), which for many years has spearheaded promoting SEL in the education community and in rating existing programs; Edutopia.org, which is the major focus of the George Lucas Educational Foundation; and the National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development, recently formed to promote SEL integrated with academic studies.
With these and several other important non-profit organizations, BIG EQ is exploring how we can assist their efforts and potential alliances and collaborative endeavors.
More than 20 existing SEL program developers and marketers have welcomed and endorsed The Big EQ Campaign, no surprise since our campaign is intended to validate and expand the market for their offerings. (So as not to appear to be favoring these programs, Big EQ will not publish a full list until such time as many other similar programs have also endorsed us as our outreach grows.)
For the record, Big EQ will never recommend nor endorse any single program. That is the purview of other entities, such as CASEL. For us, it is up to school administrators to choose those programs that best suit their student bodies. Our task is to motivate them to act soon, because we believe the time is now.
Meanwhile we are inviting citizen endorsements to be published shortly to demonstrate the popularity of the cause.
You can become an Endorser, allowing us to include your name or the name of your business or organization on our coming citizens Endorsers List. Just email us with your stated permission plus a few-words description of you or your organization, and include your location and contact information so we can fact-check that it is you.
CURRENT DONORS AND SPONSORING COMPANIES:
All Board of Directors members
David and Barbara Cohen Foundation
Cali Rossen, POW Girls Productions
Ellen Goodis Strom
Tender Greens Restaurants
Bob Blake & Associates
Katherine Woodward Thomas, LLC & .com
ConsciousUncoupling.com & CallinginYourSoulPartner.com
1-800 No Cuffs Law firm of Darren Kavinoky
Michael Navarre Insurance Agency
Congratulations on the Big EQ Campaign. It will address a real need in our schools. It will assist students and teachers with the education intangibles: confidence, motivation, direction, fore-sight, determination, self-awareness, and assertiveness. I stand ready to support your work. You are engaged in a truly important endeavor and can touch many lives.
Former U.S. Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development
and founder and Chairman of the urban development company CityView