BEAM recently formed a Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee composed of Milwaukee and Madison area business partners to explore and further develop relationships within the business community as part of its mission to provide a complete academic program.
Our partners include:
Asset Builders of America
Robert Wynn, BEAM Board member, is on ethe Board of Asset Builders of America. The goal of Asset Builders is to promote financial education and wealth-building strategies to enhance the quality of life of low-income youth, families, and communities. BEAM partners with Asset Builders to run our after-school Millionaires Club. The Money Conference is Asset Builders most popular program. This conference is attended by hundreds of community members. The past two years, BEAM has served as the conference host.
Lakeland College - Center for Economic Education
Scott Niederjohn, BEAM Board member, is Director of the Lakeland College Center for Economic Education with offices in Sheboygan and Milwaukee. This center provides training and curriculum materials for teachers as well as direct programs for youth including the Youth Enterprise Academy, Youth Enterprise Junior Academy, and the Youth Enterprise College Scholarship Investment Clubs. Each year several BEAM students attend the Youth Enterprise Junior Academy.
As part of our B&E school activities, BEAM operates a school bank, which is sponsored by PNC Bank and is well supported by student deposits. PNC Bank also provides financial literacy classes for BEAM parents.
Wisconsin Iowa Central Illinois Minnesota Supplier Diversity Council (WICIMSDC)
WICIMSDC is a regional organization that supports the Supplier Diversity Initiatives of larger companies for doing business with minority businesses. Dr. Floyd Rose is the Executive Director and has embraced BEAM for the past several years. Annually, Dr. Rose has sponsored BEAM students from our Millionaire's Club to attend their Supplier Diversity Conference and Trade Show where the students get exposed to keynote speakers and a trade show where minority businesses present their capability for doing business with majority firms. As part of our B&E extra-curricular school activities, BEAM offers Click 'Em Photography, which is a student-run entrepreneurial program that has earned the business of more than a dozen community organizations and corporations. Dr. Rose and WICIMSDC are top among the list of Click 'Em repeat customers.
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Bradley Foundation holds a deep commitment to helping ensure the widest possible range of educational options for parents in Milwaukee. This commitment includes supporting school choice and charter schools, efforts to improve curricula, standards, accountability, and gifted education. As part of the commitment, the Bradley Foundation has provided funding to support the implementation of BEAM's Business and Economics curriculum. Funds from Bradley help support our bonus payments to individual teachers who produce the largest gains in economic and financial understanding of our students.
Helen Bader Foundation
The Helen Bader Foundation strives to be a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. Education and economic development are both important areas of interest. The Bader Foundation has supported a comprehensive after-school program at BEAM where students take special Saturday classes and eventually take guided trips to places in Washington, D.C. and New York City.