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We empower Black and brown teens with the skills, resources, opportunities, and support to thrive in work and life. 

Meet the Team Behind Ambition Angels

Our Story

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Our founder and CEO, Remi Sobomehin, and our tech partner, Demetric Sanders, grew up in inner-city Portland together, attending Remi’s father’s community nonprofit together. Despite their barriers, Remi and Demetric set their sights on Stanford in the 4th grade and eight years later, with the guidance of high quality, dedicated youth developers and nonprofit organizations, they realized that dream.

 

After graduating, empowered with the belief that anyone can thive, regardless of where you come from, Remi went straight into the work of replicating their story with other high-potential youth from underserved communities in East Palo Alto, CA. While Remi was leading in schools and nonprofits, Demetric pursued a career in tech at Facebook working on the teens team.

They both saw a trend - Remi was having a tough time even getting teens to show up to after-school activities, while Demetric saw how effective smartphones are at engaging teens. We now know that only 11% of teens are attending after-school programming, while more than 95% of teens have a smartphone, and are spending, on average, 8 hours a day on them. However, the apps that are most successful at engaging teens don't necessarily have their best interests in mind.

 

This led them to create the Ambition app - a solution that combines the scalability of technology with the heart of a youth developer to positively impact teens. We're here now, driven by a deep passion and purpose to equip Black and brown teens with the skills, opportunities, resources, and support they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond. That's our ambition.

Remi Sobomehin

Founder & CEO

"My parents ran youth nonprofits throughout my childhood and instilled in me a dedication to serve divested communities.  All of our youth deserve the highest quality investments, and when that reality comes to fruition, we all benefit."

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Demetric Sanders

Technology Partner

"I overcame childhood adversity to achieve a dream of becoming a first-generation college graduate. Now I build technology to help kids achieve their dreams. If we can close the opportunity gaps that lead to achievement gaps, we can give every kid a chance."

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Meet the Board

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Todd Singleton

General Manager

Microsoft

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Michelle Vilchez

CEO

Innovate Public Schools

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Lara Sellers

Education Advocate

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Jerrell Brown

Entrepreneur

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Bob Burlinson

Partner

Regis Management

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Colleen Anderson

Ed-Tech Leader

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Remi Sobomehin

CEO, Ambition Angels

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What problem is Ambition Angels solving?
    The education ecosystem is failing to properly prepare our kids with the 21st-Century skills needed to thrive in adulthood. Schools are struggling to teach academic topics and non-profits are struggling to engage teens, with only 11% of high schoolers enrolled in after-school programs. This has led to widening opportunity and achievement gaps on a national scale. While this is a national problem, there is a lack of scalable, high-quality impact solutions to positively engage our teens. What is engaging our teens is technology, with 95% of teens having smartphones, where they spend over 8 hours a day on average. Unfortunately, teens spend most of this time on social media, which has proven negative consequences for teens. Ambition provides a rare opportunity to leverage the power of technology for positive impact.
  • What impact is Ambition Angels is aiming to have?
    We envision a world where there are higher college graduation rates, higher lifetime earnings, fewer avoidable health crises, larger net worths, higher life satisfaction rates, and more. Simply put, we want to create a future where people are happier, healthier, and more successful. To achieve this vision, we inspire, educate, and equip teens with the skills needed to be more college-ready, career-ready, and adult-ready. We focus on key indicators like GPA, school attendance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and a wide range of other key indicators. We are working with Stanford's School of Education to identify and measure outcomes.
  • How does the app work?
    Ambition is a collection of bite-sized youth development courses designed for teens. Each course is 7-days long and takes ~15 minutes to complete lessons for the day. Lessons are interactive and consist of videos, quizzes, skill-building activities. After completing each course, teens are rewarded with $20 gift cards that reinforce the value of their time and effort. Ambition incorporates the following design elements to appeal to teens: 1. Mobile. Meet teens where they’re at. 95% have smartphones. 2. Incentivized. Reinforce the value of teens’ time and effort. 3. Achievable. Give teens tasks that they can realistically complete. 4. Personally relevant. Make it relevant to teens’ lives and ambitions. 5. Culturally relevant. Create a sense of belonging for teens of color. 6. Safe & private. Allow teens to open up without fear of judgment. 7. Autonomous. Allow teens to choose their own development path. 8. Asynchronous. Allow teens to complete lessons anytime they want. 9. Self-paced. Allow teens to complete courses at their own speed. 10. Bite-sized. Appeal to teens’ short attention spans. 11. Intervaled. Give teens time for processing and practice. 12. Interactive. Make lessons engaging for teens. 13. Topic diverse. Appeal to teens shifting interests. 14. Vertically aligned. Allow teens to go deeper into a topic if they want.
  • Who creates the curriculum?
    We partner with educators and topic experts around the country to develop our course curriculum. These are educators who have worked with teens and have experience delivering content around these topics. Ambition works with these educators to ensure quality.
  • How do you recruit the students?
    We partner with schools and nonprofits in low-income minority populations to recruit teens. We focus on these communities because this is where high-quality youth development opportunities are most lacking.
  • How much does this cost?
    For teens, taking courses on the Ambition app is free. This is possible due to the generosity of our Ambition Angels. Each $25 donation covers a reward and program fee for a teen to take a 7-day course and get a $20 gift card reward. The more you donate, the more students can learn and earn!

A small investment from you can go a long way. Fund an Ambition Angel Today!

ADVISORY BOARD

Our Advisory Board consists of individuals with expertise in fields such as youth development, education, academics, technology, venture capital, strategy, and nonprofit leadership.

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Charles Best
Founder
DonorsChoose

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Olatunde Sobomehin
CEO
Streetcode Academy

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Meg Garlinghouse
Vice President, Social Impact
LinkedIn

Mallory Dwinal-Palisch
Chancellor
Reach University

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Heather Starnes-Logwood
Executive Director
Live In Peace

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Dr. Alan Schroeder
Assoc. Chief for Research
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

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Julie Lythcott-Haims
New York Times
Bestselling Author

How to Raise an Adult

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Dr. Ryan Padrez
Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine

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Eugene Clark-Herrera
Partner
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Dr. Bryan Brown
Professor
Stanford Graduate

School of Education

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Michelle Vilchez
CEO
Innovate Public Schools

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Terri Givens
Professor of Political Science
McGill University

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Jason Mayden
Designer & Author
The Speed of Grace

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Sean Mendy
Founding Partner
Concrete Rose Capital

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Jerrell Jimmerson
CPO
Disney Streaming Services

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Preston Smith
Co-Founder & CEO
Rocketship Public Schools

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Lesley Martin
Education Consultant,
Former Principal

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Lorne Needle
Head of People and Culture
X, the moonshot factory

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Jeff Camarillo
STEP Director
Stanford Graduate

School of Education

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Bob Burlinson
Co-Founder / Partner
Regis Management Company

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Shamar Edwards 
Senior Director
Alameda Unified School District

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Shawn Parr
Managing Director
Envoy

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Neil Bellefeuille
Partner
BILD

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