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2024-2025 Letter From Our Founder

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

As we reflect on the journey of Knox St. Studios, it brings me immense joy to share our story and accomplishments in this Annual Report for the year 2023. From our humble beginnings in late 2018 with limited means, including our inaugural grant of $500, to achieving our best year ever in 2023 with over $400,000 in funding and support, our growth is a testament to the unwavering dedication and commitment of our team. 

Knox St. Studios calls Durham home, with a mission to champion social justice, equity, and inclusion. Our unique understanding of the economic and educational hurdles facing diverse and underserved communities has been the driving force behind our efforts. We guide individuals on a clear and forward path to economic mobility, stewarding entrepreneurship, and fostering the STEM educational skills crucial for thriving in North Carolina's dynamic ecosystem. 

In 2023, we proudly partnered with key institutions such as the City of Durham, Duke University, and the Department of Commerce. These collaborations not only enabled us to create a significant community impact but also played a pivotal role in sustaining our dedicated staff. Noteworthy achievements include hosting two Techstars Startup Weekends, two Community Code modules, and expanding our reach to the Triad through collaboration with mission-oriented partners. 

As we embark on 2024 and 2025, our goals are clear: to increase our capacity, make a lasting impact on communities, and forge new partnerships. We aspire to think globally and act locally, envisioning a future where Knox St. Studios continues to be a catalyst for positive change. 

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our exceptional team – Richard, Lee, and our amazing partners (Special Shout to the Duke Lift Lab team). Their dedication, passion, and hard work have been instrumental in our success, and I am honored to work with such a remarkable group of individuals. 

In the words of our favorite quote, "Everything you see is just a thought manifested.” At Knox St. Studios, it is our fervent desire to keep manifesting our thoughts and, in doing so, inspire others to manifest their own aspirations. 

Thank you for your continued support on this incredible journey. Together, we will continue to make a lasting impact and build a brighter future. 

Warm regards, Talib Graves-Manns, Interim Executive Director

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