Tech Education Entrepreneur Helps Inner City Students Tap Ingenuity Via Workshops In Public Schools

Khalilah Webster is a tech education entrepreneur in the New York City area, where she helps promote and sell educational workshops designed to bring under-served public school students into the future.

As CEO, co-founder and executive director of the Open Door Arts-in-Education Project (ODAEP), Webster provides a programming model that teams up technology, entrepreneurship, arts, and mentoring.

About 6,000 adolescents and young adults — many in the inner city — are enrolled in ODAEP’s enrichment workshops at up to 50 public schools, Webster told Moguldom.com on the sidelines at the Black Enterprise TechConnext Summit in San Francisco.

The Open Door Arts-in-Education Project fosters innovation and achievement. Workshops include entrepreneurship education, technical skills building, financial literacy, leadership development and exposure to the arts. The goal is to inspire and equip students to make full use of their creative ingenuity towards life-long success.

One of the tech workshops features virtual reality in partnership with Microsoft. Through the program, students are able to code.

“Theyre building an environment that’s virtual. That’s something that’s different. thats something that’s new,” Webster said.

Webster’s job is to implement the programs and bring teaching artists into schools who can share their knowledge of industry in the classroom. Webster structures the curriculum, lesson plans, and ensures they’re aligned with the common core of NYC public schools.


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