3DE School’s Jack Harris Recognized for Innovative Thinking

Jack Harris, President & CEO of 3DE Schools has been recognized for his leadership in the Georgia nonprofit community with the Bill Bolling Nonprofit Leader Award, presented by TechBridge. A recognized force for change often credited for his ability to think creatively and scale innovative solution. Jack and his team are taking a new approach to education/learning with an idea that incubated at Junior Achievement, 3DE Schools. Many know Jack from his long history with Junior Achievement. He was at the helm of Junior Achievement of Georgia as president & CEO for 10 years and served another 4 years prior to CEO as COO and SVP of Development.

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, CEO of Atlanta’s Future Foundation and former recipient of the Nonprofit Leader Award also expressed her admiration for Harris, “Jack Harris is one of Georgia’s most innovative nonprofit thinkers, and I am thrilled that Jack is being recognized for harnessing the superpower of technology in education.”

3DE works in a joint venture with the business community, school districts and Junior Achievement, this was spun off to a expand the organization in Atlanta from 6 schools to 20 schools in the next five years, and launch the concept nationally.

Vish Narendra, SVP & CIO of Graphic Packaging International said, “Graphic Packaging International is a Founding Partner of Junior Achievement’s 3DE Schools, and we are thrilled to see Jack Harris and his team being recognized for integrating technology into its transformative vision for learning.” Narendra serves TechBridge as its Board Chair.

Historically Junior Achievement chapters work with local businesses and organizations to deliver experiential learning programs on the topics that support work readiness to students from kindergarten through high school (K-12). However, JA of Georgia received a challenge and was confronted with statistics that illustrated the downside of education in Georgia.

3DE began in 2015 through a joint venture with Fulton County Schools and integrated into Banneker High School in the City of South Fulton near Atlanta. During the four-year pilot, JA Academy partnered with four school systems and expanded into six traditional public high schools. These strategically-selected locations tested the model against various demographics, school system structures and levels of student achievement. Sample results of the measurable and consistent outcomes, Banneker was the lowest performing school in Fulton, its 42% graduation rate will be improved by 40 points and its 52% transiency rate has dropped by 90%.

Jack Harris was presented the award by Bill Bolling (Atlanta Community Food Bank and Food Well Alliance) at the Woodruff Arts Center’s High Museum of Art on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.