Mission Statement


Activating personal growth through emerging technology.

Origin


My desire to give computers back to students evolved into an idea about three years ago while attending an NMI event. It was there I realized l had spent the last two years at school with my head buried in a computer, studying the skeletal foundations of projects I had become a part of throughout my career. Back then, I didn’t have the latest or greatest MacBook, (although it was the rad all-black edition) or access to the advanced technology I sometimes required to execute my ideas as effectively as possible. In spite of these circumstances, I managed to thrive because my curiosity for the industry and its workings fueled my passion for learning.

Shifting gears, my father passed away near the end of 2016, and the arrival of 2017 brought a maelstrom of issues with it. Shooting for some respite, I went to see Dave Ramsey at Passion City Church, where I was inspired to truly give; more than just lending someone a ride or a few dollars. Following Mr. Ramsey’s notorious method of Holiday giving, I walked into a Waffle House, ordered a cup of coffee, and left my kind waitress a $300 tip. The gratification and joy I experienced in giving so generously through such a small gesture was wonderful.

Fast forward to the summer of 2018. I reached out to Chris Gerlach and Megan Ward to learn what it would take to execute my plan. After 6 short months, the idea came to fruition and I was privileged to give Annie Campbell (@annibell14) and Christina Conner (@xtinanchl) each new MacBook computers, two very hard-working and deserving students. This moment was a highlight of 2018 for me, and one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done. The happiness it continues to bring has been greater than any self-fulfilling action I’ve done for myself. Take notes, it’s taken me nearly 33 years to understand this. So, if you’ve been thinking about something you’ve always wanted to do, and you’re hesitant or need help, don’t ask yourself “why not?” but rather “when?”
I’ll help in any way I can.

If you’ve made it this far…

Future Plans


Initially the plan was to award two students taking the NMI Capstone class each semester with a new MacBook, but as I’ve had discussions with the people I’ve been working with on the project they’ve opened me up to the idea, and possibility, of taking the scholarship to other colleges, high schools, etc. It’s been a huge learning curve starting from the ground up and developing the idea into an actionable solution, but it’s been really successful thus far and I’m excited to see where it goes beyond this year and next.

Other Details


Stay tuned as Allison Griffith (@akg81) and I are working on some new opportunities, events, branding and website updates this semester for @thebannisterfoundation and reach out if you have any questions, want to get involved, or want to donate. 2019 is going to be huge!