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
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 Now I wonder what other listings are outdated and incorrect.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.