The CCI Fellowship Program provides resources and support to Atlanta entrepreneurs as they grow and scale their work.
BestFit, Inc. is excited to announce that CEO Asha Owens has been selected as 1 of 15 Fellows for Atlanta's Center for Civic Innovation 2021 Fellowship class.
Fellows are leaders and entrepreneurs who are each working to uniquely address inequality in metro Atlanta. The 2021 class is tackling issues including reproductive justice to veteran services to affordable housing and other concerns that affect social and economic outcomes in their communities. The CCI Fellowship Program provides resources and support to each leader as they grow and scale their work and helps them design solutions that can measurably make a stronger impact.
"I am excited to join this cohort of changemakers as we expand our work within the community to ensure Atlanta’s college students have their basic needs met," says Asha Owens, CEO & Co-Founder of BestFit.
With support from CCI and fellow cohort members, BestFit hopes to directly address the widening inequalities faced by Atlanta's nontraditional and historically underrepresented college students. Metro Atlanta college students at risk of dropping out due to non-academic factors are disproportionately Black, and COVID-19 has exacerbated inequalities such as access to childcare, Internet & tech, basic needs, and healthcare. By directly working with colleges and organizations who support >60% communities of color to connect their students with resources, we will directly impact Atlanta’s Black college student population.
for the full list of 2021 CCI Fellows.
About BestFit, Inc.:
BestFit is a web platform that connects students to the resources they need, when they need them, so they can focus on what matters‒graduating. We empower students to build their own support systems by connecting them to on-campus, community, philanthropic, and corporate resources. Based in Atlanta, the team's nationally-recognized work is funded by organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
and Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars
. To learn more, please visit best-fit.app
About the CCI Fellowship Program: Entering its sixth year, the CCI Fellowship Program has helped foster a new guard of Atlanta’s most passionate leaders and invests directly in their work in the areas of education, housing, justice, the arts, journalism, agriculture, and healthcare. CCI is committed to ensuring that the Fellowship program participants reflect the talent and diversity of Atlanta. Given the disproportionate impact of inequality on Black communities, we center our work around trusting and investing in the work of Black leaders in Atlanta. To date, the organization has raised over $2M in financial support for over 80 local civic organizations.
About the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI):
The Center for Civic Innovation is a 7,500 square foot space in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is a resource hub and open campus for social changemakers. The mission of the Center for Civic Innovation is to elevate more effective solutions that improve equality and build trust in the public sector. For more information, visit: https://www.civicatlanta.org/