Through Educate Hearts and Minds, we create synergistic programs to promote the values of wisdom-based education and preserve the cultures through which they originate. We seek to build nourishment libraries amongst youth at schools and organizations in Asia, Europe and the United States. Our goal is to spark a conversation that puts cultivating happiness as a skill at the forefront of 21st century education for children.
A trusted team of educators has identified some of the most vulnerable schools across the United States that are in dire need of funding. ICV directs funds directly to the source, bypassing traditional channels to ensure that the funds are received and put to work by the schools in need.
One of the first public high schools of its kind, this innovative education center focuses on computer coding and technology pathways through inquiry-based instructional design. Located in inner city Phoenix, the Coding Academy student population features a super diverse group of mostly Hispanic students.
The principal, Seth Beute, is supportive of any efforts to use funding in innovative and effective ways that goes directly toward supporting the school’s students and teachers. Gina Vullo, the teacher who envisioned and co-founded the school is an incredibly brilliant educator and focuses on the students’ achieving their lifelong goals.
With an 100% Navajo Native American population from a reservation in southeast Utah, Whitehorse students are disrupting the norm and choosing to think critically about their futures and the long term future of their community through entrepreneurial and technology based curricula.
Funding in this region is desperately needed and must go directly into the hands of the students and teachers who need it most. Whitehorse’s Principal, Kim Schaefer, has lived in the region over 15 years and has the dedication, vision and expertise needed to have a big impact on many students. There are many gems of wisdom and depth across the Native American community that need support.
This video talks about their journey of technology and entrepreneurship.
The Center for Advanced Professional Studies, based in Overland, Kansas, represents the collaboration of education, business and community, providing students with a unique, immersive experience. Their unique approach results in highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders. This school represents the future of CTE (Career Technical Education, formerly known as Vocational Training).
The founder, Corey Mohn, is a true visionary and someone who deeply cares about doing the right thing for kids. One of their master teachers, Tammy Fry, PhD, is brilliant on educating entrepreneurial minded teachers.
CAPS needs support to grow their network across the country. Their network is one of the best work preparedness programs in the country, and the leaders are doing it for the right reasons. Students engage in real-world projects with actual companies. As an example of the students’ brilliant work, here is a video completed from end-to-end by them for Indigo – incredibly professional.
Our experienced team has the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. We operate on the ground to facilitate essential research. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we create engagement with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.
Sheri Smith serves as the Executive Director of Educate Hearts and Minds in the United States. Sheri is the founder and CEO of the Indigo Education Company and the Indigo Impact Initiative 501(c)3. Indigo, established in 2013, has the vision of catalyzing a learner-centered education system that cultivates innovation, entrepreneurship, and empathy. A lifelong entrepreneur, Sheri was integral in starting a metals distributor, coaching and consulting firms, and running a small retail housewares company. In 1998, Sheri designed the first website hosted at the US Department of State for Vital Voices, a global women’s rights initiative. Introduced to assessment technology for hiring and employee development in her early 20’s, Sheri is an expert in these tools, which are used to build high performing teams, coach leaders, and align human capital to the goals of an organization. Indigo uses these same concepts to engage students, empower educators, and transform schools. Sheri has spoken at various conferences, authored two books, conducts research, and authors papers. She graduated magna cum laude from American University with a B.A. in International Studies, and holds an M.A. from Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology.
At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, we will ask ourselves whether we could have done more for the health and well-being of the planet, of humanity and all living things. Leverage your charitable giving to create systemic change with ICV’s Catalytic Philanthropy.
As a tax-exempt public charity as defined by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Sections 501(c)(3), ICV Group, Inc. is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions under IRC Section 170 and is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522 (EIN: 82-2698363).
“The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table—all of that starts with education.”
– Michelle Obama