Byron Francis founded the nonprofit World Smart to provide study abroad opportunities to high school students from diverse backgrounds. The global economy is increasingly interconnected. Students from traditionally underserved communities are less likely than their peers to partake in the invaluable cross-cultural experience of traveling to a foreign country that can prepare one for the workforce. World Smart students raise money prior to their travels through domestic paid internships, while acquiring vital skills. Students that travel abroad are more likely to get hired after college graduation, receive a higher salary on average, and obtain a higher GPA. World Smart is committed to improving the quality of education for Chattanooga students and helping to build stronger communities.
Graduated Spring 2015