Students, parents, and communities transform their schools to create a more equitable society.
Create centers of learning that unleash the untapped power in every community.
what we do
Find students, families, and educators with a vision for impact.
Co-Create an HNC center and provide resources that will maximize their desired impact.
Grow and sustain center's impact by unleashing the power of the collective.
Collectively, American students spend 1.9 billion hours per week on school work...which is thrown away at the end of the week.
We are transforming these into 1.9 billion hours per week solving real communities' problems.
America's most disadvantaged students struggle to live freely as young people, and later as adults.
We deconstruct and disassemble intersecting systems of oppression with our students to help them develop the agency required for true freedom and opportunity.
There is an immense demand for a deeply authentic reconstruction of what "education" means by students, families, educators, funders, policy-makers, and the world's most accomplished top performers.
We bring the right people to the table to co-construct locally authentic definitions of education, and grow world-class programs from there.
Authentic Education only comes through co-creation among students, families, and educators. It's based on 6 principles:
Our 100 year journey of systemic change is underway with 5 centers and 1 community-designed high school across the Denver Metro Area.
Here's what this looks like:
HNC is our umbrella organization. Under that umbrella currently live two buckets: (1) our centers and (2) our schools. Our centers create opportunity for students where it's needed most, and they are each uniquely co-constructed with the students and families themselves. The center model allows us to offer a liberating educational experience at schools across multiple districts, which better positions us to influence systemic change. Centers are our means of transforming the current public education system from the inside. We strongly believe our unique theory of change positions us to influence systemic change.
HNC has partnered with students and families in North Aurora to design and open a high school that awakens the need for and taste of hope in the community. Because we know hope empowers us to continue on the pursuit of justice and freedom. Students and families on our Community Design Team envision a school grounded in the belief that authentic education happens when learning goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. They envision a school focused on both the intellectual and spiritual growth of students.
Check out our centers!
A Socially Conscious Makerspace
Students use 3D printers, laser cutters, circuits, coding, etc...to solve real communities' problems:
Low cost robotic prosthetic hand
3D printed Mathematics materials for Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad, India.
- Free food pantries for the neighborhood.
Identity & Social Action
Students use literacy & tools of social activism to create:
Student-created/led empowerment curriculum for younger students.
- Student-created/led equity professional development for teachers and administrators.
- Social micro-movements to solve real community problems.
Sustaining Ourselves & Our Planet
Students use environmental solutions, sustainable farming, and responsible manufacturing to create:
- Transformed buildings/spaces into urban farms to combat food deserts.
- Community-driven sustainable farming within schools.
- Super low-cost, sustainable housing.
Education Ecosystem Innovation
Though we don't feature this work on the website, we're deeply involved in the following areas on a national level, and would love to bring you into the conversation if you're doing interesting things in these areas. Visit our contact page to let us know!
Most organizations would get scatterbrained by trying to think deeply in all these areas, but our centers, collaborations, connections, and approach to building our team allow us to innovate elegantly in all of these areas at the same time. Most people think this stuff is boring and wonky, so we encourage you to skip it or jump to the blog.
- Sustainable and innovative finance models for non-profits, companies, foundations, philanthropists, government agencies, socially responsible venture capitalists, and impact investors working in education.
- Using cutting edge technology to simplify and increase quality of academic growth and mastery tracking, while enabling students to just focus in exciting and valuable experiences in the world.
- Developing highly accurate and predictive systems to track cognitive and social/emotional growth in students, and using this data to increase their post-secondary opportunities.
- Creating a postsecondary pipeline into the professional world with data systems that universities and businesses can use to accurately predict job performance.
- Helping world-class organizations, investors, and educators find each other, and help them communicate across industries, to accelerate and catalyze disproportionate impact in the education world.