DOBBINS HEIGHTS — Since 2018, the non-profit S.W.E.L.L. (STEM Wellness Empowering Lifelong Learners) has addressed barriers preventing children from thriving and improving their academic outcomes.
Co-founders Denise Cozart and Jeff Epps combined their organizations, Asha B’s Closet and STEMerald City to provide students with an opportunity to excel outside the classroom, and take their knowledge with them to school.
They saw a lack of overlap between mental health and STEM activities, so they decided to combine them to form S.W.E.L.L. A lot of kids come to the program already having experience with the juvenile justice system. S.W.E.L.L. wants to address behavioral problems while being compliant with probation rules, and have them emerge from their classes in good standing.
“We’re meeting kids where they’re at,” Cozart said. “That’s how we came to launch eSports. That’s what