Since immigrating to the United States from Holland, Marta Batmasian has participated in numerous business and community endeavors, involving herself in areas ranging from education and real estate to politics. As a community leader, she has volunteered on the boards of numerous organizations. Marta Batmasian also cofounded PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership).
A nonprofit organization serving north Broward and south Palm Beach counties, PROPEL assists youth from economically disadvantaged families to improve their grades, to graduate from high school, and to go on to vocational or higher education. As part of this mission, the organization offers programs such as the Hub.
Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Hub brings students together to improve their academic performance. PROPEL also provides participants in the Hub with food. In order to join the program, students must sign a contract. Those who attain certain improvements in their grades will receive rewards as further incentives to keep studying and improving, leading them eventually to become productive members of the community.