We are a community-led, community-focused non-profit (501c3) organization whose explicit purpose is to advance the voices of students and educators by increasing social-emotional wellness, mental fitness, emotional intelligence, collaboration, student agency, and empowerment through school-community partnerships.
Accomplished educator, leadership guru, and author Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin (Dr. J) is the Founder and CEO of the Why Not Incubator, a non-profit organization designed to support at-risk youth in the most challenging communities. Her journey began when she teamed up with actor, Cheryl Hines who helped her remodel Carver and Foster Elementary schools in the Compton, California. Cheryl and Dr. J launched the NBC reality show, School Pride, which helped remodel dilapidating schools around the country though the hands of local community partnerships. Her book The Why Not Challenge: Say Yes to Success with School-Community Partnerships shares her passion and practical take-a-ways for forming lasting community relationships between schools and stakeholders. Dr. J is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and transformational leader. Her dream is to share that passion and create more why not voices around the world!
We provide FREE support for schools in challenging communities. Our aim is to increase social-emotional learning supports through community engagement/partnerships, job readiness, parent empowerment, mindfulness, and more.
Building Bridges Workshops
Community Health Walk/Run (2K/5K)
The Real Model Project
The Scholars Empowerment Program
Literacy, SEL and Mindfulness Professional Development and Strategic Planning
Community Partnership Connections
Community-School Partnership Funding
Sustainable Strategic Planning
School-Community Book Drives
Young Author's & Poetry Night's