FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2017
Shelectricity Selects Award-Winning Firm to Develop Innovative Curriculum for Middle School Girls of Color
NASHVILLE — In its quest to ensure that all girls have the skills and resources to lead and innovate, Shelectricity announces its selection of award-winning, Atlanta-based firm, Creative Research Solutions to create a proprietary, interdisciplinary, and interactive STEM, arts, and personal and career exploration curriculum for Black and Brown middle school girls.
Alarmed by the current reality among Black and Brown women related to disparities and inequities in health, education, and economics, Shelectricity, in partnership with Creative Research Solutions, plans to develop curriculum tailored for the critical middle school years to address a range of contributing factors that lead to unrealized potential and earnings in the marketplace.
“The products of Shelectricity are designed to elevate and transform public discourse about the power of women and value of women centered leadership,” said Anasa Troutman, co-founder of Shelectricity. “We will assist girls changing conversation, and ultimately the landscape, as leaders and innovators of tomorrow. This curriculum is a major step in reaching and engaging girls at a very critical stage of development.”
“We are thrilled to have been selected for this timely, important and innovative work as we have dreamed of a day when Black and Brown girls would have a rigorous and relatable curriculum of this caliber to counter so many negative images and messages they receive in their daily lives,” says Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, vice president of Creative Research Solutions and team leader for this curriculum development initiative.
Made possible by a grant from the Memphis Music Initiative, Shelectricity will develop free educational curriculum and programming to expose Black and Brown middle school aged girls to technology, creativity, mentorship, personal and career development. It will also train and provide financial support through impact investing partners to young female entrepreneurs who innovate technology-based solutions to modern problems; and finally, Shelectricity will connect interested stakeholders and subject matter experts for awareness and action around programs and policies impacting women and families.
Shelectricty is a female-led, art centered movement to balance gender and racial inequities by creating opportunities and tools for Black and Brown girls and women to dynamically develop and powerfully tell their own stories. Shelectricity is the brainchild of Anasa Troutman, an extension of the work she does with her media firm, Eloveate, LLC. In collaboration with the Art and Business Council of Greater Nashville, Shelectricity gives voice to the girls that would not otherwise have the space to cultivate and express their ideas and helps them understand their own power to create the future for themselves and the world. The Shelectricity board of advisors includes Grammy-award winning artist, India Arie, NASA Aerospace Engineer, Camille Alleyne and Black Girls Code founder, Kimberly Bryant. For more information, visit shelectricity.com.
ABOUT CREATIVE RESEARCH SOLUTIONS
Founded by Dr. Travis Tatum and Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, Creative Research Solutions, LLC is an award-winning research and evaluation firm based in the Atlanta area whose mission is to “tie practice and passion to impact”.™ Selected current and previous clients include the United Nations Foundation, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, UNCF, Spelman College, the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT). For more information, visit creativeresearchsolutions.com.