Ean Garrett is an author, speaker, inventor, former national spokesperson for MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership for over 11 years, and is currently the CIO of Infinite 8 Institute, L3C; a low-profit limited liability company and social enterprise. Infinite 8 Institute is a consulting firm whose mission is to design and finance social impact systems. The firm seeks to assist individuals, organizations, and communities become sustainable and prosperous in the new global knowledge-based economy of tomorrow. Ean Garrett has previously authored, directly taught, and certified trained instructors to utilize original educational curriculum for early childhood systems, K-12, post-secondary, and workforce development training. Ean Garrett is also a leader in the field of non-cognitive development having contracted as a Federal grant reader for the U.S. Department of Education, disseminating a total of $3 million dollars to Veterans Upward Bound Programs across America. He has also contracted with the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services Program under a three-tiered review process, as a part of a peer-review group which collectively gave roughly $300 million dollars to new and existing Trio Programs. Additionally, he has served as a peer-reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund, which awards $112,400,000 in the 2015 Federal fiscal year. Finally, while serving as a coordinator for the youth and education department for the Urban League of Nebraska, and working with a personal caseload of over 100 youth, Ean created original educational curriculum helping to bring the organization from a 2.5 starts to a perfect 5.0 starts on the National Urban League's annual assessment during his 1 year tenure with the organization. Past partners include: Georgetown University, Google, U.S. Department of Education, Guadalupe Charter Schools of Kansas City, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha Housing Authority, Home Depot, Nebraska Forest Service, Seraaj Family Homes, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, Cuming County Economic Development, Butler-Ghast YMCA, MAD Dads of Omaha, Lutheran Family Services, Nebraska Children’s and Families Foundation, Creighton University, Mathew-Dickey Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, Durham Hillside High School, Atlanta Mission, Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, and Chicago State University. Certified U.S. Federal Contractor: DUNS 079253346
The focal point of our teaching style involves the utilization non-cognitive development as promoted by Nobel Lauriat James Heckman and Paul Tough, author of "How Children Succeed". Our character development methods are in line with Singapore's Character & Citizenship Model, as well as from the father of modern education, John Amos Comenius. We benchmark our offerings on the top 3 educational systems in the world, Finland, China, and Singapore. Our curriculum for ages 8+, emphasizes short lectures, videos, worksheet exercises, role-plays, and journaling. Our curriculum for ages 6-wks to age 7, emphasizes free play, coordinated free play, environmental discovery, mindfulness meditation, leadership development, bullying prevention, and plenty of outside interaction to stimulate development. Recently we have added drone and mobile technology resources and training to our early childhood curriculum. We also have a 3-tiered certification program for instructors in public, private, in-home schooling, and for workforce development. We cover the entire educational continuum, requiring our certified Infinite 8 "Character Coaches" to have 16 hours of training, which lasts one year from the date of the final training. Program participants, who are instructed by certified Character Coaches, and upon receiving 8-hours of instruction, are certified as Infinite 8 "Practitioners". Both levels of certifications accompany a certificate as well.
2014 Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services – Behavioral Health Division Director’s Coin Award, 2013 Honored by City of Omaha’s Mayoral Office for Leadership and Youth Empowerment, 2012 Creighton University - Upward Bound Achievers Award, 2011 National Mentoring Summit Keynote Speaker (Library of Congress), Burton Holmes Diversity Scholarship Recipient, National Mentoring Recognition Event Guest Speaker 2002/2005, Featured in October 2005 issue of Mott Mosaic Magazine, Featured in the February 2006 issue of Imagine Magazine, Featured in the Handbook of Youth Mentoring by David L. Dubois, Featured in the September 2001/May 2004 issues of the Omaha World Herald, Sallie Mae American Dream Scholarship Recipient, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Recipient
Lean Launchpad Business Accelerator (Maverick Innovations) Omaha, NE Completed May 2015 Accelerate with Google Academy Omaha, NE Certificate of Completion Completed April 2015 Emotional CPR (eCPR) Certification Omaha, NE Certificate of Completion Completed September 2013 Catholic Charities - MicroBusiness Certification Program Omaha, NE Certificate of Completion Completed March 2013 UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA COLLEGE OF LAW Lincoln, NE Degree: Juris Doctorate Graduated May 2011 CBL INTERNATIONAL DUBAI LAW & BUSINESS SCHOOL Dubai, UAE Program Completed Winter 2011 HOWARD UNIVERSITY Washington, DC Major: Legal Communications Minor: Political Science
Bryant Center Board of Directors, 2014-present, Mad Dads Board of Directors, 2014-present, Midlands Mentoring Partnership Board of Directors –Grant Committee Chair 2011-12, President of the Black Law Student Association/Multicultural Legal Society, Founder/President of Howard University Students for Barack Obama. Upward Bound/Trio Programs Congressional Lobbyist, Sallie Mae Scholarship 2006 National Campaign Representative, Georgetown University Junior Statesmen, Campus Pal Community Service Director, Howard University NAACP, Volunteer for Jim Simon for Congress 2006, Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.,