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The project, founded by student entrepreneur Anirudh Bikmal has seen tremendous growth because middle-school students relate better to their high school peer instructors.
Marketing his idea proved to be a challenge as well, but Anirudh is not one to be easily discouraged. “If I had to cite my strongest marketing strategy, I would have to say it was brainstorming. I first decided what would greatly appeal to young students and their parents. I also recalled how I myself had always wanted to receive tutoring services while attending middle school, but there were not any viable options available at the time. Basically, my academy serves as a starting point for students and provides them with a chance to springboard their goals onto the next level…middle school is a critical time because high school course expectations are significantly more demanding and students need to be well-prepared for the drastic transition.
My nonprofit business model was based on the following points”:
- Recruit enthusiastic high school students who are top academic performers
- Tutors will demonstrate a willingness to share their experience and expertise for which they will receive service hours
- Provide an informal and personalized learning platform for middle school students
- Instruction will be offered in all subject areas to include competitive math and sciences
- Tailored Prep tutoring for the Academic Bowl and Science Bowl
- Share my vision, give back to the community, and positively impact society
- Donate all funds to charity – more specifically, Food for Life Global (https://ffl.org)
Anirudh believes it is important for students to be well-rounded individuals, carefully balancing academics and specialized interests. He is well-known at South Forsyth High School as one of their star tennis players. Additionally, Anirudh has attended many enrichment camps (which includes and not limited to attending Governor Honors Program for Math as a sophomore), participated in many clubs, founded the USABO (USA Biology Olympiad) club at his school, and volunteered several hours of his time for Atlanta local hospitals (recipient of Presidential service award).
Since opening in October 2014, the Motivate and Inspire Academy has raised many thousands of dollars for Food for Life Global. Other contributing tutors are Satwik Nandala, Vineeth Duddempudi, Sahas Mehta, Satwik Nandala and Anish Bikmal.
Please visit the academy’s website: mieduacademy.weebly.com for additional information.