Economic Empowerment through STEM Education, Training and Certification

We are a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Our Mission

We economically empower people from marginalized communities with skills, knowledge and resources to build successful STEM careers so that they earn a thriving wage and begin their journey towards generational wealth.

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Did You Know

STEM Professionals earn on average $1,000,000 more dollars in lifetime earning value.

We plan to matriculate 100 STEM Professionals over the next 10 years creating $100M worth of impact in marginalized communities right here in the Triad.

STEM Alive! Creative Academy


IT Cert Support Programs


Victory Lap 5K & STEM Fair

All Ages

Our Workshops and Programs

Flight School Drone Academy

Teens age 16-18

Learn the fundamentals of drone operation and drone safety, while preparing to obtain your FAA license to become a licensed professional drone pilot.

Dreamers + Builders App Design

Kids age 10-15

Learn the skills required to design and build your own app. Create a pitch deck and learn the how to pitch your project to funders.

ESports Pro Arena

Kids age 10-15

Come together with peers to collaborate on hosting and broadcasting a professional ESports Tournament.

GSO Aviation Career Day

Kids age 10-16

In partnership with GTCC, participants learn about all of the various aviation career opportunities that exist right here in the Triad.

Dreamers + Builders Game Design

Kids ages 10-15

Learn the skills required to build your own Roblox game.. Create a pitch deck and learn the how to pitch your project to funders.

IT Cert Support Program

Young Adults - 16-25

Earn a high demand IT Certification and get support with job searching including resume prep and interview coaching.

GEMS in STEM Scholarships

Kids 10-18

Through our partner iDTech,, participants attend a Summer camp of their choosing to learn 3D Animation, Game Development, 3D printing and more.

Dreamers + Builders 3D Design

Kids ages 10-15

Learn the skills required to design and build your own VR experiednce. Create a pitch deck and learn the how to pitch your project to funders.

Victory Lap 5K & STEM FAIR

All Ages

Victory Lap 5K is our annual fundraising event full of fitness, fun, music, games, and interesting STEM exhibitions.


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THIS is what SUCCESS Looks Like

Woodley got an opportunity to take a Robotics & Engineering Course through our GEMS in STEM Summer Program in Summer 2022.

Woodley has now established that he wants to be an Engineer when he completes High School.

Meet the Team

Ciandress Jackson

Executive Director

A 15 Year IT Consulting veteran with experience leading enterprise level IT projects both domestically and internationally.. Ciandress has a passion for helping others related to career and business development. She especially has a passion for helping young poeple in helping them fulfill their full potential, set and achieve goals, and get the most out of life as they pursue their dreams.

Catrice Sales

Deputy Director

Catrice is a Senior Manager at Adapt Health and brings to the Be Great Foundation decades of management and administrative expertise. Catrice has a passion for helping underserved youth develop viable career paths and has a particular knack for game development and design and shares that passion through our Dreamers + Builders Game Design workshop.

Judy Rebo

Board Chair

Judy brings over 40 years of successful sales/marketing experience within the consumer good and pharmaceutical industry to the team She hopes to share actual knowledge along with real world challenges that individuals face when navigating corporate ladders. She also hope to inspire our Be Great candidates to never give up and to realize much can be accomplished through dedication, planning, preparation, experience, and hard work.

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We are currently limited to enrolling 3-5 participants in our Certification Support Programs, but we have a waiting list that is double that size. We would be thrilled to help even more young adults jump into an IT career through certification with your generous monetary support. Each scholarship is valued at $299 or $39 per month.

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111 Lewis St, #15 Greensboro NC 27406

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Meet our Board of Directors

David Small

Board of Directors

David Small is a lifelong entrepreneur, raised in Greensboro NC. As a business owner and father of 4 he has strived to provide excellent service to the community and his family.

Showcasing his talents in the Aviation and Entrepreneurship fields, he is a coach, mentor and unrelenting student of Success.

Loretta Garvin

Board of Directors

Loretta Garvin is a retired secretary for the Department Of Human Services for he state of New Jersey. Loretta has extensive peer to peer fundraising experience and is a lifelong member of the Church of God in Christ where she has served on the Usher Board for over 20 years.

Jeff Byrd

Board of Diretors

Lifelong resident of the Piedmont Triad with 30 years experience in Logistics with multiple international companies.

Avid hiker, fledgling musician and a desire to better my community through hands on action

Juan Alexander

Board of Directors

Juan is a Graduating Senior at North Carolina A&T State University from Chesapeake, VA. He enjoys working with technology of any kind, problem solving and working in the community.

Juan serves as a lead mentor for the Certification Support Program with an expertise in programming and technical interviewing.

Zenobia Frazier

Board of Directors

Zenobia Frazier has spent 20 years in healthcare leadership with an emphasis on strategic growth and program design. Zenobia is a wife and has two nephews who are her heart's joy. She is a champion for equity and inclusion and has a passion for addressing the social determinants, and non-environmental factors that impact one’s overall station in life.

Marquez Montgomery

Board of Directors

Marquez R. Montgomery also known as “Marq” is a Workforce Development Professional from Philadelphia, PA. Marquez matriculated K-12 grades in the Philadelphia School District and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Speech Communication from Clark Atlanta University. Marquez is actively engaged in ministry, enjoys yoga, and exploring Greensboro and its neighboring cities.