Orlando Watkins

Running Towards the Future (RTF)



North America

Orlando Watkins 1995 Global Fellow

redible research points to one distressing fact: minority students, both male and female, continue to lag behind in terms of math and science performance. Just as important is the fact that failure to study math leads to loss of opportunity, most often for young women and minority students. It can close doors to vocational and technical schools, to colleges, and to rewarding careers. ICEMS's mission is to foster excellence in mathematics and science, and to increase the number of minority students who pursue advanced degrees in these subjects. ICEMS currently targets 120 middle school students in three different public middle schools in the city of Atlanta.  It is a three-year program that targets 6th-graders, who are committed to remaining in the program through 8th grade.

Orlando C. Watkins, Vice President of Programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation, has more than 15 years of experience developing and strengthening educational and community-based organizations. In his current role, Orlando works with the foundation’s Board of Trustees and its numerous donors to make grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater New Orleans Region. Prior to joining the foundation, he was appointed by Lt. Governor Mitchell Landrieu to the post of Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission. In this role, Orlando was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar state organization designed to support the development of high quality non-profit and school based programs. Orlando has served in numerous other leadership positions including as Executive Director of the Southern Region for Jumpstart for Young Children.

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