Who We Are
The i.am Angel Foundation supports charitable activities and programs providing college scholarships (i.am Scholarship), college preparation (i.am College Track), and opportunities in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to students in underserved and underrepresented communities.
Join us in our effort to transform lives and communities!
Why We Need You!
Your donations go directly towards supporting the young students and innovators in underserved communities who can help us find solutions to the current global challenges we all face.
This year, more than ever, we see how important access to quality education is. Underserved communities are challenged in the best of times, but in this current COVID-19 crisis, the challenges have never been more apparent.
Some of the best and brightest young minds today are being set back not only by longstanding systemic issues, but by a pandemic that disproportionately hurts communities of color.
As theses student’s futures become more uncertain with every passing day, we are there to stand in the gap and give them the support they need to not only survive during this current time of global upheaval, but thrive in it. By equipping them with the tools necessary to excel in their fields of choice, the i.am Angel foundation is uniquely positioned to be their greatest asset in a time of great need.
Every year, the i.am Angel foundation raises funding to aid students in their educational goals - and this year above all others, we need you to help us raise enough to cover their needs for the next year as we all move through this crisis together.
We invite you to be a vital part of our mission and change lives!
Our S.T.E.A.M Programs
STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
We are supporting over 400 students at the Boyle Heights STEM Academy.
Sponsoring 32 robotics teams in Boyle Heights, Watts, Compton, South LA, and Ferguson, MO.
700+ students enrolled in FIRST RoboticsOrganized 14 hackathons, teaching over 500 students how to code. Donated 650 computers to underserved schools.
Our i.am College Track Program
i.am College Track is a collaboration between i.am Angel Foundation and College Track.
College Track is a national education nonprofit that empowers students from underserved communities to reach their dreams of a college degree.
We empower students in Boyle Heights to reach their dreams of a college degree through i.am College Track, a comprehensive program that provides academic support to over 300 high school students per year.
Over 92% of our students come from low-income families that qualify for free or reduced lunch programs and 95% will be the first in their families to apply to and attend college.
Our Scholarship Program
We provide future leaders and innovators with scholarships for a world-class education.
Our students have been accepted to many highly regarded schools, including Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Tulane University, Wesleyan University, USC, UCLA,UC Berkeley and more.
To date we have awarded over $1 Million in scholarships to students who otherwise would not have been able to pursue their goals of obtaining a college degree.
STEM-related jobs, in addition to being more plentiful, are also better paid than many other jobs. The path to gain those qualifications is often not made available to underserved communities. Our goal is to bridge that gap by providing both quality education and opportunities for students to not only succeed, but excel.
We believe that with access to quality STEM education, our students can one day help solve the scientific and technical questions that we face as a society by ever increasing global challenges.
How We Work
One central factor that limits students success is an inadequate level of academic preparation for college due to disparities in public school funding.
That is why we partnered with College Track, to level the playing field. i.am College Track empowers students to reach their dreams of a college degree. It is a comprehensive after-school program that provides social and academic support to students each year.
Our goal is to make a good education, including STEM education, more accessible for underserved communities.
The i.am angel foundation brings a range of STEM programs and opportunities to underserved communities like Boyle Heights, to enable students from all backgrounds and walks of life to compete for the jobs of the future. We believe these students will be the ones that change the world.
Diversity in STEM is critical for the future of innovation. More diversity leads to more diverse discoveries, leading to more viable solutions to humanity’s most pressing problems.
The workforce in STEM professions need to be representative of society as a whole so that the technology our society is increasingly becoming reliant on, including AI, is not created with inherent bias. Having diverse groups participating in its creation can alleviate this pitfall.
The i.am Angel Foundation fund was founded by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. The foundation raises funding for education programs focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (i.am STEAM) and college preparation programs in collaboration with Laurene Powell Jobs (i.am College Track). We also fund i.am Scholarship, which has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships since 2009 so students can achieve their goals of obtaining a college degree if they cannot afford to go.
We started with 53 students in our programs 9 years ago and now have over 600 young people that we support. All of our students are on their way to college and 95% of them will be the first in their families to go.
We are creating a college-going culture where there was none before and this is literally transforming lives.
We want students from underserved areas to think big, and to dream big.
Your donations will help further that goal, as well as inspire the students in the communities that we work with to become tomorrow's innovators.
We would be honored to have you join us in this movement!
Here are our partners is this work:
College Track & First Robotics
i.am.angel is a sponsored program of the Social Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.