The Woodson Center

The Woodson Center (formerly known as The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by Robert L. Woodson, Sr. to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems in their communities.

The Woodson Center works to identify and empower individuals who embrace its principles to transform their lives and their communities. Through a variety of programs, including 1776 Unites and its black history and character curriculum, the Woodson Center leads a movement to help tens of millions of Americans become agents of their own uplift and transformation. 

Inspiring Young Americans

Opportunity Education’s curriculum team has designed the Woodson Center’s black history and character curriculum in its innovative quest format for student-driven, skills-forward learning. The curriculum is freely available from the Woodson Center, and the project-based versions from Opportunity Education.

By offering these important biographies for a project-based learning approach, Opportunity Education enables teachers anywhere to help students explore the stories of black Americans whose tenacity and resilience enabled them to overcome adversity and make invaluable contributions to our country.

Joe Ricketts portrait

“I respect what Bob Woodson and his team at the Woodson Center are doing. Like the work at Opportunity Education, Bob and his team are focused on empowering individuals so they can determine their own futures. I am delighted to support that important work and to help it reach students worldwide.”

– J. Joe Ricketts, Opportunity Education Founder & CEO

“As someone who has spent a lifetime working in communities that are often poorly served by our existing system of education delivery, I am delighted to partner with Joe Ricketts and Opportunity Education. Their truly innovative solutions have produced unimpeachable results for the students and families they serve. I couldn’t be happier that they are now helping students delve deeper into Woodson Center’s Black History curriculum in a manner that supports actively engaged, skills-based learning.”

– Robert L. Woodson, Sr. Founder and President, Woodson Center

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Further Reading

Read the op-ed from our CEO and Founder, Joe Ricketts and Woodson Center Founder, Bob Woodson


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