so they can invest in themselves.
MISSION AND VISION
Our mission is to inspire, educate, and equip underserved teens with the skills needed to thrive in college, their careers, and adulthood.
We envision a world where there are higher college graduation rates, higher lifetime earnings, fewer avoidable health crises, larger net worths, higher life satisfaction scores, and more. Simply put, we want to create a future where people are happier, healthier, and more successful.
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."
"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."
Remi and Demetric grew up together as best friends,
went to the same public K12 schools together, and went
to Stanford together. Together, they are committed to positively impacting the next generation.
Our Advisory Board consists of individuals with expertise in fields such as youth development, education, academics, technology, venture capital, strategy, and nonprofit leadership.
Vice President, Social Impact
Live In Peace
Dr. Alan Schroeder
Assoc. Chief for Research
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
New York Times
How to Raise an Adult
Dr. Ryan Padrez
Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Dr. Bryan Brown
School of Education
Innovate Public Schools
Professor of Political Science
Designer & Author
The Speed of Grace
Concrete Rose Capital
Co-Founder & CEO
Rocketship Public Schools
School of Education
Co-Founder / Partner
Regis Management Company
Head of People and Culture
X, the moonshot factory
Ambition Angels is a national solution to a national problem. We have big ambitions. We want to change a whole generation. We want to close achievement gaps.
Ambition Angels leverages the scalability of technology to impact a whole generation.
We partner with a technology company to offer teens around the country high-quality mobile learning courses. Technology allows us to reach more teens at lower costs.
Our free mobile courses teach teens skills like time and task management, decision-making, financial literacy, communication, critical thinking, and more.
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!