This month really put K.O.C. on the map! We started off strong with finalizing our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and are now viewed as a tax exempt nonprofit. What does this mean for you? This way, you can be sure that any donation or gift you offer to us goes directly to tools and equipment to improve the experience of the students in the class, as well as funding the future projects of Knowledge of Careers, such as the K.O.C. ambassador program.
We also had the pleasure of being represented by our founder Michael Ragheb at Neighborhood Jam: Little Haiti/Little River in early February. Organized by New Tropic, a local media producer founded on the principle of educating Miami-Dade natives and residents on events and news within the county, the event was an open forum discussion about the future of the Little Haiti and Little River neighborhoods. Hosted at the Yeelen art gallery, we had the opportunity to teach the attendees about K.O.C., as well as learn ourselves about other Miami-based programs such as the MLK Community Mural Project.
The past few weeks have been monumental in our organization establishing itself as a major player in not only the classroom setting, but with event planning and hosting for young professionals as well. We have two large events planned in the next 3 weeks, with more on the way! On March 23rd, we will be hosting our first monthly young professional networking event at the Vagabond Hotel Miami with their generous support. Young professionals from all career fields are invited to attend, meet new people, and enjoy yourselves, as well as enter yourself into a raffle for a mystery prize! See more details on our facebook page, or contact [email protected] to be added as an official invitee. A few weeks later we are hosting a formal fundraiser and silent auction event at the Elysee Miami sales gallery. The event will be featuring pieces from Alexander Kiszynski and Guillermo Ley, as well as the silent auction items. The fundraiser will have craft cocktails and hors d’oeuvres available but requires you to RSVP, so get in quickly! Invitations will be going out soon, so if you don’t get one contact [email protected] to be added to the list. All proceeds from both the young professionals networking event and the Elysee fundraising event will go to Knowledge of Careers.