Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here. Click on the down arrow to view the answer to each question.

What does Argonaut do?

Through unique, cutting-edge programming in aerospace, maritime and engineering, we help students explore career pathways that will lead them out of generational poverty and set them up for success in life. For more information about our wide range of programs, please see our page What We Do.

How is Argonaut connected with Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District?

Argonaut and CMSD co-founded and launched the Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School in summer 2017 through a unique private-public partnership. Argonaut has an active partnership agreement with the Board of Education of the CMSD which governs its relationship with Davis A&M and outlines the responsibilities and expectations of each party.  Davis A&M/CMSD provides all of the traditional school staff, curriculum, facility, etc., while Argonaut brings the specialized components and expertise necessary for the successful operation of a school focused on aerospace and maritime. Argonaut provides support for curriculum development and weaving the themes of aerospace, maritime, and engineering/manufacturing into classes, and provides hands-on opportunities for students to fully immerse themselves in aerospace and maritime through project-based learning, field trips, guest speakers, career exploration, work experiences, and internships. Four (4) of Argonaut’s full time staff members are embedded in the school on a daily basis.

Who are the students that Argonaut serves?

Argonaut primarily serves students enrolled at Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School, a Title I designated school. The student population at Davis A&M is largely underserved, with 100% of students considered “economically disadvantaged” and all students are eligible for free lunches.  The student population is 25.8% Female and 74.2% Male, and 64.5% African-American, 15.7% Caucasian, 16.6% Hispanic, and 0.9% Asian.  25.35% of the students have a disability, and 13.1% of enrolled students have limited English proficiency.  There are approximately 240 students enrolled at Davis A&M in the current 2021-22 school year.

In the future, Argonaut will also offer summer break programming for middle school students who will primarily come from other CMSD and Cleveland area schools.

Is Argonaut a nonprofit organization? 

Argonaut is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity with recognized tax exempt status from the IRS and State of Ohio.

Do you accept financial contributions?

Yes! Donations are accepted online or by mail. Visit phastar.org/donate to get started. Online donations are accepted via Credit Card or ACH (checking or savings account). If you’d rather mail a check, you can send it to: Argonaut, 1776 Columbus Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44113. All donations are tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt for any donations. If you have any questions about making a contribution, please contact our Development Coordinator, Julie Kent at jkent@argonaut.org.

Do you accept donations of boats, planes, vehicles or other items?

Please contact Jesse Kassbaum, our Director of Operations, at jkassbaum@argonaut.org to discuss any potential donation of goods. We will evaluate these types of donations on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with our current needs.

How do I sign up to receive your emails and newsletter?

Click here to sign up to receive all of the latest Argonaut news and our new monthly e-newsletter. We promise we won’t spam you!

I’d like to volunteer. How do I sign up?

We’re always looking for volunteers for our various programs.  Please contact Tim Sissor, our Director of Programming at tsisson@argonaut.org to get started. Whether you have a specific program in mind or just want to explore the options that are available to you, we will be happy to help you find your ideal volunteer experience.

My company would like to volunteer with Argonaut as a group. Is that possible?

Absolutely!  We are involved in a number of events annually that would be perfect for small to large groups of volunteers, and can also work with you to come up with the perfect volunteer experience for your group. Please contact our Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Annemarie Grassi Amefia at aamefia@argonaut.org to discuss the opportunities and your company’s needs.

Do you require background checks for volunteers?

Yes. Because of our work with children, we require all of our volunteers (and staff) to get a background check.

I’d like to work for Argonaut. How can I apply?

Job openings are posted concurrently on our website at phastar.org/jobs, as well as on LinkedIn and Indeed. Instructions on how to apply are always included in our job postings.

I have more questions. Who can I ask?

We’re always available to answer any specific questions that you may have. Please send an email to: info@argonaut.org