The Swaliga Foundation, founded in Washington, D.C. in 2012, is the bridge for inspiring the next generation. Swaliga's mission is to cultivate learning globally by inspiring young people to connect their passion to successful careers. Through our world class STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) curricula we are Engineering the Art of Education.
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The Swaliga Foundation has served more than 6,000 youth around the world since 2012. Through collaboration with our Global Education Exchange Coalition, DC Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa amongst many others, we also impact thousands of young people who encounter the community events and cloud based educational media on our steamtheblock.com.
In 2016, the Swaliga Foundation launched its first ever Swaliga South Africa Cultural Exchange trip. In 2017 the Foundation travelled to South Africa again with 8 young people from Washington, D.C., who described the experience as "life-changing".
Swaliga will continue to conduct innovative approaches to STEAM programs around the DC Metro area and beyond in 2018, as well as community events such as our #STEAMtheBlock Party, leading up to our next Swaliga South Africa Cultural Exchange. Our goal is to engage surrounding communities across the US, and further our mission to empower under-served youth and families around the world.
After graduating from Drexel University with a Bachelors of Science (BAS) in Architectural Engineering in 2012, Lemond ‘IMAG’ Brown founded the Swaliga Foundation with the mission of motivating young people to find their true passion. Swaliga itself means passion, and is derived from the tribal origins of St. Maarten.
Washington, D.C. Wards 7 & 8 were home to the first pilot of Swaliga's signature #STEAMtheBlock technology based educational initiative. Of the youth who frequent this program, 90% come from a single parent household and 90% are on free or reduced lunches.
In 2015 after receiving official 501(c)3 Federal tax exemption, Swaliga was awarded a grant partnership from the Best Buy Foundation that helped to the mission. Swaliga has successfully implemented STEAM programming to help young people in these low income communities develop valuable skills and bring awareness to viable careers they may pursue in the future.