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Learning is for Everyone Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education

Mission: LI4E works to support innovation in the community.

Results: LIFE continues to provide real time, hands on learning opportunities in Tampa Bay.. Our accomplishments to date include: *Leading development of the Community Innovation Center in Tampa Bay *Hosting ROBOCON Tampa Bay, the area's first K-12 FIRST robotics showcase, college & career expo for FIRST students and the general public

Target demographics: our community

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 400 people statewide.

Geographic areas served: Tampa Bay area, Florida, and nationwide

Programs: The Community Innovation Center

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Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

After the founding members departed, the remaining board members have terminated this once thriving and helpful organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Dead in the water. Surprised this listing hasn't been removed yet. It's inaccurate, misleading and, as such, a perfect representation of the individuals who took it over and ran it into the ground.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was recently telling an associate about this organization, which had been promoting a community innovation center effort about a year ago. When I searched on the company name, to get the info to send along, this Great Nonprofits listing came up, but the company itself appears to be gone. In looking over the comments from the last year or so, I'm surprised the organizational listing still shows as 4+ stars, let alone even remains on the Great Nonprofits site. Now I wonder what other listings are outdated and incorrect.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This nonprofit appears to no longer exist. Their website is gone, and they appear to offer no services or support in any of the categories they identify as areas of service.

6 Christy28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have known this organization for many years and it was a helpful resource. However, recently, the website has been removed, and it's even difficult to contact people affiliated with the organization. I know there were new board members, and several key leaders in the organization have departed - apparently taking the talents and ideas behind the organization with them, leaving what seems to me to be a shell organization! The current people seem to have no clear mission, and have disconnected themselves from the community that was historically served by this organization. Very sad to see a once helpful, thriving non-profit dedicated to promoting a variety of educational methods no longer there!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I *had* been a client served,but when I went to look for resources at the website, it's gone. The Facebook page, which I had found very helpful and interesting over the last few years, has disappeared as well, and there was some unfavorable press in the local newspaper about the organization recently. I'm disappointed, since LI4E had been such a nice resource for informal ed and good tech and science news.

10 FIRSTinFL

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

In a surprising turn around this once open, creative and highly collaborative nonprofit has become closed and insular, adopting a top down administrative model that through micromanagement and attrition has effectively cut off communications within the community and with program partners. Additionally, there are now serious potential conflict of interest concerns with a too close affiliation between the nonprofit and a for profit venture from whose offices the nonprofit now operates. Sadly, I urge caution to potential partners and constituents, and certainly to donors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with this program for four years and I really enjoyed every bit of it. Learning Is For Everyone is a great organization all together.

Board Member

Rating: 5

LI4E provides opportunities for individuals of all experience levels and backgrounds to explore the world and stretch their imaginations in a tangible and real-life applicable manner. By collaborating with other organizations, LI4E brings the best that others have offered together to offer students in Tampa Bay and beyond the benefit of years of experience from teachers/mentors all over the world!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As volunteer program director for Learning is for Everyone, I'm excited about the great work we're doing bringing innovative learning and empowered living to more people, especially through the development of our Community Innovation Center program. Collaborating with area libraries and other organizations, the Community Innovation Center concept promises to revitalize libraries and neighborhoods, helping make people empowered creators of their own futures and ours. Everything we do - from hosting TEDxYouth@TampaBay, now in its fourth year, to our FIRST Community STEM education programs, to our Makers Festivals - is designed to bring accessible, inclusive, inspired creativity to as many people as possible, helping us change culture from passive consumption to active creation.

The future is limitless and LI4E provides a marvelous canvass for creating the lives we imagine, for ourselves, our families, our children, our communities and our country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A long, long time ago I got an Erector set for Christmas when I was about 5. I learned an amazing amount of engineering skills from this one basic set. Unfortunately, I was never able to convince my parents that I needed the electric motor kit for more involved creations but fortunately, I had to improvise a solution for powering my projects. This led to scrap 110V clock motors and lots of bare wires and quite a few electrical shocks. But I learned. Then came the chemistry set and electric trains with the same results. These were not only fun toys, they were great engineering learning experiences and I carried these skills with me for the rest of my life. As the owner of a small machine shop I have turned these early engineering experiences from a hobby into a business where I provide my customers with "Special Projects, Invention & Wizardry".
I have been a mentor to LI4E and TEAM DUCT TAPE for several years and have worked closely with the LI4E team on all their robotics projects and a couple of Red Bull challenges. I see LI4E as the modern day equivalent of those early Erector and chemistry sets. The kids get real hands-on experience in real world engineering challenges and in just one build season get more practical engineering experience than my toys provided me in several years of use. I had to figure things out for myself. The LI4E team is a streamlined way to introduce students to a future in engineering and many of the past team members have already gone on to pursue an engineering education if not jumping right into an engineering career.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a retired media specialist and have had the opportunity to observe LIFE, Inc. activities for about ten years. This is an amazing group with ever-widening interests. Originally a home-schoolers' group, it now serves the whole spectrum of life-long learners, providing resources and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. If I ever have a question about where to find an answer LIFE, Inc's website is one of my first stops. With their new involvement with Makers, they have opened a new window on the world for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LI4E is a wonderful vehicle that provides not-so-cookie-cutter opportunities for people of all ages and encourages them to share their interests and skills.

Three years ago, our son was introduced to LI4E via its FIRST FTC Robotics team at the USF
Engineering Expo. At this outreach event, LI4E’s “Team Duct Tape” was demonstrating their robot to the public. Our son was interested in joining a robotics club but had not been able to locate one nearby in which he could participate. When we followed up with Terri Willingham at LI4E, she explained the program and offered our son a chance to join the team as an apprentice when the new season started.
It was not long before he was a full-fledged member, spending his Saturdays building robots and
competing in FTC matches. We were happy to see that the team operated in a manner that reflected
the values in the LI4E mission statement of collaborative learning. Our son is now starting his third year with the team. And last year, we became coaches for Team Duct Tape which has been both challenging and fulfilling.

Our family has participated in other inspiring LI4E activities, including the Mini-Maker Faire, Red Bull Challenge, and TEDx events. We are always interested to learn about LI4E projects because they often
provide an unusual opportunity that you are glad to make time to attend.

We recommend LI4E for its goal to inspire love of life-long learning and its commitment to providing worthwhile programs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recently retired, middle school science teacher, I first became involved with L.I.4.E. Inc. as a volunteer for another non-profit, The Concourse Council Inc. Over the course of a few months, I worked on almost a daily basis with the project manager of the non-profit, Tampa Bay Mini Maker Fest. My knowledge base regarding S.T.E.M. education was limited, but because of T.B.M.M.F., LI4E, associated websites, newsletters and my collaboration with the project manager, it has grown by leaps and bounds. The addition of intelligent ways of combining curriculum to be more inclusive is very exciting. S.T.E.M. education is the wave of the future and the addition of all aspects of the many and varied programs encompassed by LI4E addresses real educational reform. I hope to work with the project manager again in the near future as I feel her organization can help reengage many students in K-12 education. Enlightened public/private school representatives should avail themselves of the LI4E project manager and her unlimited resources to improve their S.T.E.M. curriculum offerings. In my opinion, there is not a more vital, necessary, and more deserving non-profit than LI4E on so many different levels. Please feel free to contact me for details on our non-profits experiences with the aforementioned groups. Thank you for the opportunity to shed light on the best chance of moving education forward for the majority of children for the next generation. Sincerely, Jim Wilcox jimi44@hotmail.com

Blaine B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a mentor and coach for 2013 Dixie Hollins FRC Team 4769. We received mentorship and assistance from LI4E that enabled our rookie team to compete with experienced teams. Teri and her team believe in STEM education and are tireless in the promotion of STEM. I really can't say enough good things about LI4E. We need more organizations like this one to help children learn.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LI4E has been fantastic in helping my students tackle the STEM challenges of USFIRST.ORG. Over 30 high school students were served by creating this great opportunity and they are now ready to do outreach to the community to promote STEM learning by show how they have applied the learning they have done in their classrooms.

GNP_Fan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LI4E (Learning Is For Everyone) focuses a huge effort on creating experiential learning opportunities for students that go way beyond the classroom and inspires young hearts and minds to pursue careers in the sciences, technology and engineering disciplines. I am honored and even humbled to be able to support such a noble cause, paying forward my own engineering career experiences by offering support and guidance to today's students that will become tomorrow's leaders.

Deb_17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of TedxYouth@TampaBay as its graphic designer since day one. Terri, the program director for LIFE is an amazing woman that had a vision to showcase the best of people making a change in our community, nation, and world. The TedxY speakers and performers are young men and women who are passionate, determined and strive to set an example for others to follow. I am honored to be part of such an organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LIFE has been a wonderful resource for my family. We have benefited from it greatly and appreciate it immensely. It has made it possible to navigate homeschool successfully. We love the educational links it provides. We highly recommend it to everyone. LIFE is a great source for keeping us informed about important educational issues. Whenever we have a question it is the first place we turn to. We have never been disappointed. We have always come away feeling empowered to forge ahead.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are so thankful to have found LIFE. We are excited to be involved with such a high standard organization that is making a difference in the lives of children everywhere. We are greatful that our son can reap the benefits of being a recipient of LIFE's gifts. America needs LIFE, now more than ever.