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Our Approach

What We Believe

Guided by the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life, the Flamboyan Foundation works to ensure students most impacted by inequity are prepared to succeed in school and beyond.

At Flamboyan Foundation, we believe all children deserve the opportunity to thrive. Unfortunately, our society doesn’t always deliver on that opportunity – whether because of unforeseen natural disasters, a global pandemic, or a longstanding history of silencing the contributions and wisdom of Black and Brown communities, leading to broken trust.

We’re working to change that.

Our vision by 2030 is to work alongside community partners to write new futures for children most impacted by inequity. We work in Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, and across the country to transform the lives of children – especially those in communities that have long been silenced or ignored.

In Puerto Rico, this means ensuring every student can read by third grade and continuing to develop the island’s rich arts communities. In DC and nationally, this means cultivating authentic, trusting partnerships between families and educators to drive student success.

By motivating mindsets, supporting skill-building, and deeply listening, we will ensure that all students have what they need to succeed in school and beyond.

How We Work

Change requires more than just big ideas.

Flamboyan’s goal is to implement sustainable solutions so children most impacted by inequity thrive. Whether we’re strengthening K-3 reading in Puerto Rico, catalyzing REAL Family Engagement in DC, or launching a new initiative, there are six drivers we systematically apply to how we work.

Listen + Learn

We listen to and learn with people directly affected by challenges we are working to address.

Understand + Incorporate

We understand and incorporate what we’ve learned on the ground and from the most credible research and practices from the field to inform our work.

Build + Share

We build and share proven tools, research, guidance, and resources to influence the broader sphere.

Convene + Partner

We convene and partner with people and organizations committed to ensuring children thrive.

Challenge + Transform

We challenge and transform hearts, minds, and habits to be a catalyst for systemic change.

Reflect + Adjust

We reflect on and adjust what we do continuously, always doing what’s most meaningful for those we serve.

The Values That Drive Our Work

Flamboyan’s work is grounded in four core values. These values work together to shape everything we do.

People | We believe in the power, dignity, value, potential, and good intent of all people.

Equity | We challenge ourselves, one another, and our partners to uphold belief in a shared humanity by interrupting bias, dismantling systems of oppression, and lifting up the voices of marginalized people and communities.

Impact | We create lasting, meaningful social change.

Catalytic Action | We pursue our goals with passion and urgency, and activate others internally and externally to carry our work even further.