KeelWorks Foundation

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Basic Information

Director: Thomas Garrod

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Economically disadvantaged underachieving learners
Clearances Required: No
Background Check: No
Population Served: Global learners
Ages for Volunteer: All ages
Hours of Service: All hours
Minimum Hours Required: 5 hours per week
Days of Service: open
Mission Statement:

Our mission is to change learning outcomes by changing values, expectations, competencies, and performance. We leverage group intelligence and knowledge for mutual support. Our goal is to develop and implement a radical advancement to eLearning allowing us to reach the economically disadvantaged.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Everyone should enjoy learning. If the world realized full learning potential there would be much less pain and suffering. KeelWorks values diversity and seeks to bring learning competence to the economically disadvantaged. Diversity means we do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, economic status, political affiliation, or intellectual competency. We welcome different views.

Program History:

KeelWorks began, in theory, in 2004. The foundation was formed in the US state of Washington in 2008 and earned 501(c)(3) approval from the IRS in 2009. KeelWorks has been actively developing content through volunteers and interns since late 2009.

Additional Information:

KeelWorks needs a village to raise this child. We have over thirty-five volunteers. Many participate to gain valuable work experience, others participate to learn new skills, and still others participate because they appreciate the need and the vision. We are not particular, we'll take help where we can get it.

KeelWorks has no paid staff, no bank account, and no fundraising process. This is not because we don't want funds. It is because we are too busy building the program. We've just begun to design a finance department and if we received a donation, we would be hard pressed to process it. We'll face recruiting for fundraising expertise as soon as we have a process for accounting for funds.

The KeelWorks program will have four components: 

  • Engagement: Obtaining a commitment from the participant
  • Assessment: Identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Learning: Active team learning focusing on ten core learning competencies
  • Application: Teaming with other learners to achieve goals and implement competency learning

An important part of KeelWorks will be communities of practice. These subject-specific communities will support struggling learners and provide a center for those who love sharing what they know.

The KeelMid program is for 13 to 18 year old participants. The KeelMate program is for adults returning to school.