Ina Earlene Fisher can add The Klamut Award to her many accolades. The Ohio born entrepreneur has been at the forefront of silicon valley for almost eight years now and she shows no sign of slowing down. Fisher is receiving the award for her work with the JJ Initiative. The JJinitiative is a program started in 2010 to help at-risk youth get off the streets and into the world of STEM education Staffed with mostly volunteers from the areas of Silicon valley, instructors in math and science, and local entrepreneurs, the program aims to help students with a less than optimal home life get the education they need in a supportive environment.
In addition to the SYEM education, the JJ Initiative helps these at-risk youth with counseling and substance abuse programs that help them cope with the damaging effects of a home life that might not be conducive to learning and filled with bad role models.
Ms Fisher started the program with her business partner, Brad Williams The program is funded by some of the heaviest hitters in Silicon Valley such as Orebeton Partners, Fun-Dot, Schumer-Nerr and others.
The program has been a resounding success with almost 70% of participants going on to higher education. The high school graduation rate is near 100% and the Initiative is looking forward to another year of success.
Ina Earlene Fisher is currently living in Los Gatos, California with her daughter and husband.