Genius MAP

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Genius MAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on enriching a student’s time in school through mastery, autonomy, and purpose in preparation for college.

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Timeline photos 06/07/2022

Camp Fire starts next week! Register today!




At Genius we believe that International Women’s Day isn't just about a celebration — it's also about making good change. The day began with female workers and mothers fighting for a better workplace and neighborhood, and it's about time we took up that fight once again. One important issue we should discuss is the lack of child care options in America. Good child care is essential to every parent, but it's especially important to working moms because they're out of the home all day long.

Recent challenges around mothering and working have highlighted how these issues are deeply interconnected, and International Women’s Day is a perfect opportunity to address issues such as insufficient child care, poor workplace protections, suppressed pay, and lack of voting protections.

At Genius, we are working to support women, mothers, and young girls who are changing the world!

Timeline photos 03/03/2022

Camp Fire registration is now open! We are excited to partner with Huffman Academy and SAIL to provide a summer experience for rising third and fourth grade students. Students will review and reinforce vital math, reading, and writing skills in the classroom, and put those skills to use on exciting experiences and performances, while working to build a strong community with their peers. Social emotional learning is an essential part at Camp Fire and students participate in activities designed to build self-confidence, communication and collaboration skills.

Summer camp is an exciting time for students, but it's also an important opportunity for them to learn core skills in a playful environment. Campers at Camp Fire spend the bulk of their days engaged in academics, performing arts, and other fun activities — while still learning to make friends, nurture their social skills, and be resilient. Aftercare is also available for all students!


There are some people in this world who have a heart of pure gold - Meryem is one of those people. Genius is excited to announce Meryem Tunagur as our Program Director. Meryem will lead Camp Fire, our summer program for rising third and fourth grade students in Birmingham City.

In 2007, Meryem and her family moved to Birmingham from the Middle East. After a short adjustment period, Birmingham quickly became home and she found herself staying in the city for her Undergraduate Degree. Meryem graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2017 with a B.A in Theatre Educational Psychology; a research major she contracted which focused on theatre therapy for children and adults in marginalized communities.

Over the last eight years, Meryem has worked with many non-profit organizations. She taught theatre classes at the Dance Foundation, worked as a stage manager with local Theatres such as the Virginia Samford Theatre, and Central Alabama Theatre, served on the Junior Board of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), and was a member of YPN Birmingham. Over the last four and a half years, Meryem has served with the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed). The Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed) is dedicated to increasing the number of students in the Birmingham City Schools that are on the path to college, career, and life readiness.

In the fall of 2018, Meryem was promoted to Community Engagement Manager. Under
this role, Meryem launched three successful community engagement campaigns, such as the All In Campaign, to better understand the needs, desires, and experiences of Birmingham City students and families. Through these campaigns and Meryem’s work, Ed was able to engage over 3,000 families and students. In the fall of 2021, Meryem shifted to the Communications and
Outreach Manager. Meryem is so excited to continue supporting Birmingham City students and families in the capacity of Program Director with Genius and Camp Fire. She is elated to once again utilize her background in the arts and experience with Theatre Therapy to help students discover their creativity, grow socially and emotionally and explore through play!


This holiday season, consider giving the gift of Genius!

Timeline photos 11/07/2021

What we are focused on!


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt


We are so excited to announce our first school partnership and kick-off event!!


A lot of supporters have been asking how they can donate to our Night Light Library, and here is how! Our goal is to have a library in each of the third grade classrooms we will be working in this fall (approximately 120 students, WOW). Visit the (don't type www) link or scan the QR code to donate resources directly to students! We appreciate you.


The Night Light Library is GROWING! We have been so overwhelmed with the amount of support this budding program has received since its announcement last week. you all are gifts to my life and to this organization! Thank you so much for your contribution and for who you are. If you'd like to help grow our library (we will kickoff in third grade classrooms in a few weeks) visit the link in our bio! Every book helps 📚🌙🔦


This past week, we launched Night Light Library, a classroom based library that will be filled with high-interest, leveled books for students to deepen their love of reading at home! We got our first donation yesterday - thank you, ..and we hear more donations are on the way! If you would Iike to donate resources to third graders in Birmingham, follow the link in our bio. 📚


It was so beautiful to see Zaila's hard work over the past two years manifest into something as beautiful as her win of the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night.

To get there, the teen had to navigate her way through words like querimonious, solidungulate, and Nepeta, which she said was the hardest word she had to spell in the competition.

When she realized she won, Zaila gave a little spin and jumped in the air as confetti rained from the sky.

Zaila said she hopes to one day play basketball at Harvard before a career at NASA or as a coach in the NBA.

She said she has a variety of interests and was on the lookout for some new challenges to tackle.


Want to shed some happy tears this morning? Search "Zaila Avant-garde" on Google today!


Welcome to Genius MAP! A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Alabama. We are focused on enriching the educational experiences of all students.

Timeline photos 07/07/2021

We are excited to launch Night Light Library - a genius powered library filled with high-interest, leveled books for students to deepen their love of reading at home! Instilling a love of reading early gives a child a head start on expanding their vocabulary and building independence and self-confidence. It helps children learn to make sense not only of the world around them but also people, building social-emotional skills and of course, imagination.

Geniuses will:
1. take books of interest home to enjoy and return - they will also get to take home a clip-on reading light!
2. track books completed - as students log their reading, they will earn points, move up levels, and earn fun badges and rewards (pizza party, anyone?)
3. choose a book to keep each 9-weeks...because we all need a copies of our favorite books.

Visit to donate resources to this program!


At Genius, we are excited to nurture the ways in which we communicate to student what success looks like. Success might look like an A+ on a math test, and success might also look like working REALLY hard on a problem that felt impossible to understand at first.

"Saying 'good job' isn't inherently bad or wrong. But what if we acknowledged them in a more specific and meaningful way, instead? What if when we hear ourselves say 'good job' we added one of these phrases next?

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