BRIDGING THE GAP, ONE STUDENT AT A TIME.
To provide deserving college bound Los Angeles City high school seniors’ ancillary financial support “Gap Funding”, mentors and internship opportunities in order to facilitate the process of succeeding in college and preparing to contribute to the development of their community.
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Co-Founder Gordon/Brown Fellowship
Co-Founder Gordon/Brown Fellowship
PURPOSE OF THE FELLOWSHIP
This fellowship was founded by Michael Gordon and Maynard Brown in order to support graduating seniors who have been accepted and enrolled in colleges, universities or trade schools under various funding programs. Many times, like Warren, these students do not have the ability to cover the additional costs of attending these institutions.
In addition, college becomes a ‘disconnect’ between them and the critical actions necessary to help develop community. They are not mentored into having a consciousness of “service” and “giving back”. Once they’ve graduated, there is typically a stark reality that they are not prepared for entrance into the job community.
The Fellowship seeks to address both problems – covering additional ‘Gap’ costs as well as continuous mentoring during the two to four years of college education in preparation for responsible citizenship and employment readiness.
USES OF CONTRIBUTED FUNDS
I met Warren Jones a few years ago when I was a volunteer
instructor at Crenshaw High School's Entrepreneurship Academy through the Sherry Lansing Foundation's "Primetime" organization. The Academy was created and administered by GB Fellowship co-founder, Maynard Brown.
Two years later I was waiting at the elevator of my office building
when the building maintenance employee approached me.
Warren Jones, the former Student Body President of Crenshaw
High School had dropped out of college in order to support
himself and members of his family.
I invited Warren and Maynard to lunch the next day and – fast
forward – he now is in his senior year at Tougaloo College, an HBCU (Historical Black College & University) located in Mississippi, on full scholarship. It is ranked among the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the nation.
Thirty seconds earlier I would have been on the
elevator and Warren might still be cleaning toilets. We cannot
take this chance with our promising youth.
There are now three of us mentoring Warren, encouraging him
to focus, monitoring his performance and funding his travel and
other expenses not covered by his grant. To this end Maynard
and I have created the Gordon/Brown Fellowship so that other deserving high school graduates will have the same opportunity.
We invite you to join us.
Co-Founder- Gordon Brown Fellowship
To Telisa Sanders, success is accomplishing her goals of finishing school, starting her own business and giving back to the community. But juggling financial and family responsibility makes it harder to meet her goals.
Entering Crenshaw High School as a freshman, she saw gangs and fighting. But the next year, the school converted to a magnet program and now she is able to focus on her music and leadership skills in school, including being CEO of her own company. As a senior now, she is learning financial literacy and how to run a company from conception to marketing and production. She plans to use those tools to start her own company and give back to the community. First though, she has to finish her education.
“It doesn’t matter what your background is, what you come from, the opportunities are out there — you’ve just go to go for them,” Telisa said.
Jordan Williams is a proud graduate of the Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Magnet program at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. He loved being a member of the Student Council, where his voice was heard every morning
giving school announcements, he was voted Mr. Crenshaw in 2014. He was also co-founder and creator of the student owned and operated business "Pillow Tunes, Inc.
In 2018 he is a graduating senior majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at the historic Tougaloo College in Jackson MS. Jordan is the first in his family to graduate college. Graduating from a four year college is something he and his Mom dreamed of all of his life.
Recently, Jordan has received awards for Academic Excellence, Acting Performance and Advanced Dramatic Writing. He is involved in student recruitment and campus oriented organizations. He is a member of the Tougaloo College and Ambassador Meritorious Scholars and serves as a campus tour guide. He plans to obtain a Masters in Fine Arts as he continues to pursue his career.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PARTNERSHIP
Junior Achievement of Southern California (JASOCAL) and The Gordon/Brown Fellowship have a relationship that serves K-12 and college bound high school seniors, Junior Achievement of Southern California (JASOCAL) works with students K-12 providing financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship education.
The Gordon/Brown Fellowship is a postsecondary education model providing multi-mechanisms of support through ‘Gap’ funding, mentorship, intern opportunities, and training workshops.
For more information on JASOCAL please visit jasocal.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The role of the Board of Directors will be to supervise the selection of students and oversee the effectiveness of the program.
Michael A. Gordon – CPA , LLB, President, Toscana Restaurant Group
Maynard W. Brown, MBA – Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, Crenshaw High School
Dr. Lewis M. King – Professor of Human Behavior, UCLA, Dean Emeritus UCLA/Drew Medical School
Dr. Imani Brown - Managing Partner, Granite Equities, LLC
Destini Brown - Co-founder and Board member, Ashley Morgan Spiller Foundation
Lou Rosenberg - Interim Executive Director, Jewish National Fund
Monica Farrell Bringleson – Director of Development Junior Achievement Southern CA.
Doug Collins - President, The Sherry Lansing Foundation
Gordon/Brown Fellowship a 501C public charity.
All contributions are tax deductible