IPTI is a non-profit organization and a pioneer in the successful implementation of social technologies, which are effective and scalable solutions to social problems. These solutions are created in close collaboration with the communities we are applying them to. Our projects integrate art, science, and technology to provide a systemic and evolutionary way-pathway to develop children and adolescents in poor municipalities. Our headquarter is in Santa Luzia do Itanhy in Sergipe, Brazil. We chose a municipality in the bottom 5% of the Human Development Index ranking in Brazil to ensure that whatever solution we develop has the potential to be effective in the broader context of the Brazilian public school system.

IPTI and Santa Luzia do Itanhy have together developed a series of social technologies that integrate education, health, and skill-building courses for young talents in the sectors of art and technology. Through our programs, we empowered youth to become proactive visionaries resulting in the transformation of their lives and communities for generations to come. We operate on a multitude of areas including visual arts (illustration), programming, robotics, audiovisual, digital music, graphic design, folk music and literature.

Garcia Family Foundation is one of the sponsors of the project to test an integrated approach of social technologies to improve quality in public education in Brazil. IPTI [Brazil] developed 7 social technologies which are now in the scalability phase, benefiting more than 10,000 people in 32 municipalities in 4 different Brazilian states. We are one of the sponsors that allow IPTI to build a strategy of incorporating all of these Social Technologies into public schools and create mechanisms to monitor results and reward education professionals by performance.

The Dalton School

The mission of the School is to provide an education of excellence that meets each student’s interests, abilities and needs within a common curricular framework and reflects and promotes an understanding of, and appreciation for, independence, creativity and curiosity and a responsibility towards others and in the community at large. Guided by the Dalton Plan, the School prepares students to “go forth unafraid.”

The Garcia Family Foundation supports the School’s ?Centennial: Raise the Roof Campaign? through the establishment of the Garcia Family Foundation Fund to offer financial aid to two partial-need students.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards celebrate the visionary talents of creative students across America, providing them with the opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. Over the program’s history, so many remarkable minds have found encouragement through the Awards, such as other creative luminaries Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oats, John Baldessari, Frances Farmer. Cy Twombly, Ken Burns and Lena Dunham.

The Garcia Family Foundation supports creative young visual artists and writers, particularly in the New York City area through these four programs: Video Game Design Workshops, Scholastic Awards Summit for NYC Educators, Brooklyn Book Festival and The Best Teen Writing.

Harvard University

As the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning, Harvard University is committed to creating and sustaining the conditions that enable all its students to experience an unparalleled educational journey that is intellectually, socially, and personally transformative. The Garcia Family Foundation supports undergraduate students at the University, helping to make a Harvard education possible for all students of exceptional ability and promise, regardless of their financial means.

Chess in the Schools

Chess in the Schools fosters the intellectual and social development of low-income youth through chess education. For over 30 years, CIS has taught chess during the school day and in after-school chess clubs, offered free chess tournaments, provided teacher workshops, and supported high school students with college access programs. To date, CIS has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 disadvantaged New York City youth. The Garcia Family Foundation provides a generous grant to support scholarships for 170 NYC public school children to attend the USCF National Chess Championship.

Riverdale Country School

Riverdale believes the future belongs to those who adapt to new situations, ask good questions, try new ideas, and work well with others. In everything they do, they balance traditional learning with forward-looking strategies. They give students the confidence to develop independence, make opportunity, and become agents of change. Their goal is always to engage the mind, build character, and encourage community because Riverdale is so much more than a school, it is preparation for life. The Garcia Family Foundation supports scholarships in both the Middle and Upper schools for partial-need students with preference given to children of educators, including Riverdale faculty.

Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York

Convent of the Sacred Heart is New York City’s oldest independent school for girls, educating students in grades Pre-K through 12. As part of an international network, they are committed to a set of principles shared by all Sacred Heart schools. Known as the “Goals and Criteria,” these principles articulate the core components of a Sacred Heart education, and charge the community with a unified educational mission. At the heart of the philosophy is a belief that each child possesses unique gifts. It is the school’s job is to unearth those gifts, nurture them, and empower each child of the Sacred Heart to share those gifts with the global community. The Garcia Family Foundation supports a scholarship to provide tuition aid to one Sacred Heart student in Grades K-8.

Ensina Brasil

Teach for All supports educators in more than 40 countries who build “locally-rooted-globally-informed” networks of schools which recruit teachers. After a two-year stint teaching, they often go on to become principals, or education innovators, or local and government leaders in education. The Garcia Family Foundation gives financial support for the recruiting and training of young talents from diverse careers to teach for two years in vulnerable schools in Brazil, on a paid basis, with constant mentoring.

Breakthrough New York

Breakthrough New York transforms the lives of talented kids from low-income backgrounds by providing educational support from middle school through college into careers and inspires talented young people to enter careers in education through its students-teaching-students model. The Garcia Family Foundation provides scholarships for Breakthrough New York students based on their academic achievement, their leadership in the BTNY community, and their financial need; and additionally in support of the Breakthrough New York Teacher-Training Program.

Marymount School of New York

Marymount is a K-12 school for girls, committed to the development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking and problem solving. The Garcia Family Foundation supports the Annual Fund to be used for Scholarship Assistance and for the continued support of the excellent faculty and to enhance the academic and extracurricular program and facilities in which the students play, discover, learn and lead.

The Chapin School

Chapin is an independent day school, grades Kindergarten through 12, dedicated to the intellectual and personal growth of young women. The Garcia Family Foundation supports the Annual Giving Fund to ensure a bright future for Chapin and for all its students. The Foundation also supports, Building Chapin’s Future! for the programmatic and physical expansion of the school. Also, a full four year scholarship for one student is funded through the Breakthrough Scholarship Fund.