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Providing quality, all-scholarship education to undeserved boys of all faiths
Founded in 2003, the Nativity School of Worcester is a Jesuit middle school that provides a quality, all-scholarship education to underserved boys of all faiths. Drawing upon four pillars - strength, scholarship, character, and service - a Nativity education inspires self-discovery, responsibility, spiritual growth, and a lifelong dedication to learning. Nativity School of Worcester is modeled upon effective practices that provide students from low-income homes the opportunity for academic excellence.
Helping create a world of endless possibilities for our students
Classroom Central equips students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free school supplies. Classroom Central ensures that all children living in poverty have all the tools they need to not only learn but to succeed. When equipped with the proper supplies, we believe there's no limit to what children can achieve. Classroom Central serves high-poverty schools in six school districts: Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell-Statesville, Union, Kannapolis & Lancaster.
SEA educates and inspires ocean scholars, stewards and leaders.
Founded in 1971, Sea Education Association (SEA) is a global teaching, learning and research community dedicated to the exploration, understanding and stewardship of marine and maritime environments. SEA empowers students with life-changing sea voyages of scientific and cultural discovery, academic rigor and personal growth. Our SEA Semester program features an interdisciplinary curriculum and dynamic leadership-development experience - at sea aboard tall ships and on shore.SEA educates and inspires ocean scholars, stewards and leaders. SEA fosters and enhances knowledge about the state of the oceans and coastal communities. It also helps shape public dialogue and policy through long-term environmental research, global partnerships and the continues impact of our students, faculty and alumni worldwide.
Changing lives through challenge and discovery
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility and academic achievement for early adolescents from all communities of greater metropolitan Boston, and the institutions and adults who support them. Using the wilderness as a classroom, Outward Bound guides students through a journey of self-discovery. By combining learning-by-doing, adventure, challenge and fun within a diverse group of students, we set the stage for them to explore their possibilities as leaders, problem solvers, and responsible citizens of the world community.
Worcester's Community Music School
Joy of Music Program (JOMP) was founded in 1989 to help young children develop a life-long relationship with music, by giving them a joyful and solid musical foundation on which to build in a non-competitive environment. The school's offerings include private instrumental lessons, an exciting choice of classes, highly-regarded jazz and classical ensemble programs, and a vibrant Youth Orchestra and Sinfonietta. Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for many years, you will experience a musical kinship and spirit of community at JOMP that is affirming and energizing.
Life. Transforming. Results.
Founded in 1990, The Steppingstone Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs that prepare underserved students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Based on the premise that, regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at high levels with effective preparation and support, Steppingstone programs emphasize rigorous standards and achieve meaningful results.
Creative Jobs for Creative Youth
Artists For Humanity's (AFH) mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. AFH tackles the myriad of problems youth face today with tremendous impact. We celebrate the talents and wonderful energy of young people by giving them hands-on experiences in creativity, business, teamwork, and self-governance. Participants learn the techniques and tools of professional artists and the business world while engaging in education, employment, artistic exploration, and entrepreneurial experience. This produces life-transforming change for youth and for their communities.
Providing a high quality education
Mother Caroline Academy is a private, tuition free school for girls in grades 4-8 from limited financial means. It serves girls of all faiths, races and cultures from Boston neighborhoods. The mission of the school is to provide a high quality education that develops the individual gifts of each student and prepares her for success in competitive secondary schools and college. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, that recognizes the dignity of each person, the Academy emphasizes the importance of scholarship, leadership, spiritual, social and moral development. The Mother Caroline community continues to support and nourish its graduates throughout their secondary and college education.
Our vision is for all children to excel.
Founded in 1992, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in low-income, urban communities. Because we believe in the tremendous potential of all children to excel, we recognize them as scholars. We pursue our mission by expanding learning time in the summer and after school. BELL programs feature small-group instruction in literacy and math with research-based and multicultural curricula, positive adult role models to build self-esteem and respect for others, a wide range of enrichment experiences, and experiential learning through guest speakers, field trips and service projects. BELL currently serve 15,000 scholars annually in partnership with schools and school districts in Boston & Springfield (MA), Baltimore (MD), Detroit (MI), Newark (NJ), New York (NY), Charlotte & Winston-Salem (NC), Spartanburg (SC), and San Jose & San Rafael (CA).
Expanding the learning day for low-income children across the country
Founded in 1995, Citizen Schools operates a growing national network of after-school education programs for students in the middle grades (6th, 7th and 8th). Our programs complement classroom learning by engaging students in hands-on learning projects led by adult volunteers after school and supported by a staff of professional educators. Through the demonstration of our powerful impact and partnerships with out-of-school advocates, we are at the forefront of a movement to transform the learning day and improve the educational trajectories of young people across the country. Today Citizen Schools operates in middle schools in seven states, serving 4,400 kids and engaging 3,200 volunteers.
Nurturing urban youth as students, athletes and citizens
SquashBusters is a sports-based after-school youth enrichment program located in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts. We use the sport of squash, in combination with academic enrichment / homework tutoring, community service, school counseling and placement, and summer opportunities to improve the lives of Boston and Lawrence youth. SquashBusters has served more than 500 young people since its 1996 inception. SquashBusters' Mission is to challenge and nurture urban youth- as students, athletes and citizens- so that they recognize and fulfill their fullest potential in life. SquashBusters aims to ensure that all its students graduate from high school, and matriculate to and graduate from college. By doing so, its students grow to become healthy, civic-minded, educated adults.
Helping thousands of low-income students
Bottom Line is dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. We achieve this mission by providing low-income and first-generation students with one-on-one guidance through the application process and during college. Since 1997, Bottom Line has addressed the low college graduation rates of at-risk urban youth. Our organization was founded on the belief that students need a mentor and a guide during the college application process and throughout college to succeed. By providing consistent one-on-one support, Bottom Line has helped thousands of low-income and first-generation students stay in college and complete their degrees
An independent, tuition-free middle school for children of economically disadvantaged families
Epiphany School is an independent, tuition-free, middle school for children of economically disadvantaged families from Boston neighborhoods. We admit children of diverse faiths, races, cultures, and cognitive profiles, believing in the Episcopal tradition that we find God in and through each other's presence. Epiphany's small classes, individualized curricula, and extended school days provide rigorous academic, moral and social instruction. In close partnership with families, we are an innovative learning community that affords structured support to help students thrive. Together, we are a school that never gives up on a child. Epiphany challenges students to discover and develop the fullness of their individual gifts. We seek to prepare graduates who will contribute intelligently, morally, and actively to the society they will inherit.
game. set. LIFE.
Founded in 1999, Tenacity is a Boston-based organization dedicated to helping at-risk urban youth develop skills, build character and find pathways to excellence. Combining tennis and fitness with literacy, tutoring and mentoring activities, Tenacity has served over 20,000 kids through after-school, in school and summer programs. Tenacity's mission is to improve the scholastic, character and physical development of urban youth by combining tennis instruction and academic support with a focus on life skills.
Empowering urban talent to reach their potential
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 2,700 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida.
All kids deserve camp
Established in 1910, Channel 3 Kids Camp offers traditional over night and day camp opportunities for thousands of children in Connecticut and throughout New England. Their unique, year-round program makes it possible for all children to attend camp without financial restrictions. The Kids Camp's positive programming promotes hands on learning and promotes leadership, diversity and integrity with activities that broaden self-esteem, communication and respect for others. It focuses on helping children develop personally and interpersonally and focuses on fostering the skills necessary for personal, social, and career-related success.
Empowering young scholars by affording underserved students access to some of the country's finest independent schools
REACH Prep helps motivated and talented Black and Latino students from underserved communities in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and the Bronx gain admission to and thrive in rigorous independent schools. Upon placement, students benefit from a twelve-year educational continuum, including comprehensive academic enrichment, leadership training and supplementary individual and family guidance, which prepares them to succeed at competitive colleges.
Inspiring minds, building community, transforming lives
Horizons National is a network of high-quality academic enrichment programs that provide long-term deep engagement to low-income public school students. The hands-on approach is designed to fuel a life-long passion for learning, using a blend of high-quality academics with arts, sports, cultural enrichment, and confidence-building challenges, particularly swimming.
Empowering underserved youth
The Urban Assembly is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for postsecondary success. We create and support unique, small public schools that are open to all students, scale up promising programs, and partner with hundreds of organizations in the private, public, non-profit and higher education sectors. Our goal is to prepare 100% of our graduates for success in the 21st century economy through rigorous college preparation and cutting-edge career and technical education.
Enriching the lives of students and the community
Founded in 1992, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy (BYCA) offers exceptional music training and choral performances to enrich the lives of its students and community. Through music study and professional-level performing experiences, BYCA unites children of diverse backgrounds and helps them develop into confident and expressive musicians and individuals. BYCA strives to advance the artistic role of youth choruses through innovative concert programming, collaborations, and the commissioning of new choral repertoire. BYCA currently serves more than 450 students in its own building at Cobble Hill and at its Bedford-Stuyvesant Music Annex.
Welcoming young musicians into a richly supportive music community
Founded in 1993, the Perlman Music Program (PMP) welcomes young musicians of rare and special talent into a richly supportive musical community. Through intensive summer programs, year-round mentoring, and on occasion, an international study or performance tour, the program offers unparalleled musical training for students, ages 12 to 30, who play the violin, viola, cello, bass and piano. With a faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the Program offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students' lives forever. PMP seeks to ensure that the very best musicians can take advantage of this opportunity, regardless of their economic background or financial means.
Care. Innovate. Educate.
The mission of AIM for Seva is to bring millions of rural Indian children to schools and help them stay there by improving access. Programs include: establishing holistic learning 'student homes' in close proximity to schools, providing guidance and supervision with a trained caregiver, providing a program of coaching and tuition to help rural children cope with the curriculum and empowering students with extracurricular programs teaching culture, art and life skills to shape character and personality.
Helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships
The mission of the Shawn Carter Foundation is to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at post secondary institutions. The Shawn Carter Foundation was established in 2003 as a public charity (“Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund”) by Shawn Carter and his mother, Gloria Carter. Since the Foundation's inception, over $3.6M have supported initiatives to empower youth and communities in need through the Foundation's signature scholarship fund, annual college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and giveback programs.
Providing the ideas, inspiration, and resources to close the gap.
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was formed to address one of this nation's greatest economic and intellectual threats - the declining number of students who are prepared to take rigorous college courses in math and science and equipped for careers in those fields. To flourish in the 21st century, the United States must continue to generate intellectual capital that can drive the economic engine of our future prosperity. American students are falling behind in the essential subjects of math and science, putting our position in the global economy at risk. The mission of the National Math and Science Initiative is to help provide the ideas, inspiration, and resources to close the gap.
Arts for learning
Founded in 1952, Young Audiences (YA) works to help make the arts an essential part of young people's education. YA advances the artistic and educational development of youngsters by bringing them together with professional artists of all disciplines to learn, create and participate in the arts. This year, YA's network of 30 affiliates and 4,600 artists reached seven million children in nearly 7,000 schools with 16,300 performance demonstrations, 60,000 workshops and 3,240 teacher services. YA and its affiliates are engaged in several network projects, including Arts for Learning Lessons, MetLife Dance for Life, and Arts for Learning Interactive Media.
Where arts education meets performance in New York City
The Kaufman Music Center has roots dating back to 1952 when the Lucy Moses School was founded. The Kaufman Music Center brings together music education and performance for students and audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, combining the finest music education for children and adults with boldly innovative yet intimate concert experiences spanning a wide range of music. All three of the Kaufman Music Center's divisions - Merkin Concert Hall, Lucy Moses School and Special Music School - are housed in the Goodman House on West 67th Street in Manhattan. Today, more than 75,000 music and arts lovers use the Goodman House annually.
Enriching the lives of young people
The Harlem School of the Arts enriches the lives of young people and their families in Harlem and the Greater New York City area by providing, unrivaled on-site arts instruction, vital outreach partnerships with New York City schools; presenting quality community performances and programs attracting diverse audiences to our dynamic cultural arts facility, and providing essential workspace for aspiring artists. Through these activities, HSA connects students to the rich cultural traditions, diversity, and talent of Harlem.
Preparing A New Generation of Leaders
SEO was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide talented and motivated young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior educational and career opportunities. Today, SEO runs three programs: SEO Scholars is an eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college-with a 95% college graduation rate; SEO Career is the nation's premier summer internship and training program for underrepresented college students, specializing in banking, private equity, corporate leadership, law, and non-profit; SEO Alternative Investments provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investments sector.
Creating a Generation of Diverse Leaders
Prep for Prep develops leaders through access to superior education and life-changing opportunities. Since 1978, Prep has identified New York City's most promising students of color and prepared them for placement at independent schools in the city and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep offers support and opportunities to ensure the academic accomplishment and personal growth of each one of our students. More than 4,500 members of the Prep Community, who are rapidly assuming leadership positions in a wide variety of endeavors, are living proof that the potential for academic and professional success exists in all ethnic groups and socioeconomic classes. Our students, who come from modest backgrounds, succeed at the best independent schools in New York City, the top boarding schools in the country, and the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world.
Engaging families and communities in education
Founded in 1956 as the New York City School Volunteer Program, Learning Leaders was the first program of its kind in the country and served as a model for developing school volunteer programs in other major cities. Learning Leaders has grown to become the largest school volunteer and parent engagement program in the city and a valued partner of the New York City Department of Education. Learning Leaders has helped students succeed by providing individualized instructional support through the implementation of the Fundamental Program, essentially the one-on-one tutoring model. This program establishes volunteers to assist with reading, writing, ESL, math and other academic activities. Learning Leaders recruits, trains and supports up to 10,000 school volunteers who work with over 230,000 students.
Expand the Possible. Own the Future.
Our VisionStorefront Academy Harlem is a trailblazer with nearly 50 years of success in educating urban youth of all learning abilities, from pre-k to 8th grade. A forerunner to charter schools, it serves as a national model for urban education - creating academically strong and emotionally healthy students.Academically demanding yet strategically nurturing in values and life skills, the whole child and family model develops students from the inside out to build resilient character, excitement about learning and a powerful sense of self.About usFounded in 1966 as The Children's Storefront, Storefront Academy Harlem is a tuition-free private school, educating urban youth of all learning abilities, from pre-k to 8th grade. Storefront Academy admission is lottery-based, which means that we accept all students, regardless of academic ability or financial means.
Fostering the creative and intellectual development of young people through quality visual arts programs
Founded in 1977, Studio in a School (STUDIO) fosters the creative and intellectual development of young people through quality visual arts programs directed by professional artists, and collaborates with and enhances the capacity of those who provide and support arts programming for youth. STUDIO's unique method brings professional artists into school and community organizations to lead classes in drawing, printmaking, painting, and sculpting, and work with teachers to link art with other academic subjects. While children gain the valuable experience of making art and learn how to verbalize their creative process, their participation in the arts extends to learning in other disciplines and promotes good oral, written, and problem-solving skills. STUDIO provides programs to more than 170 schools throughout the five boroughs annually.
Providing critical food and education to Ethiopian Jews
The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ) is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 with four mandates: to help Ethiopian Jews survive in Ethiopia, to assist them in reaching Israel, to aid in their absorption into Israeli society, and to preserve their unique and ancient culture. In Ethiopia, NACOEJ provides food, education, and religious programs for about 8,700 Jews. In Israel, NACOEJ's work includes an after-school program of intensive education assistance for over 1,100 Ethiopian elementary school children, a high school sponsorship program to help over 1,300 Ethiopian teens attain a quality high school education, and a college sponsorship program that enables over 300 Ethiopian students to pursue university degrees.
Raising the Bar
Legal Outreach prepares urban youth from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence, and facilitating the pursuit of higher education. We use law to attract junior high school students to academic programs that inspire and motivate them to strive for academic success. From the 8th through 12th grades, students work after school, on weekends, and during summers to build the skills and confidence they need to achieve their goals. Once in college, students who wish to pursue law school are eligible to participate in our College to Law School Pipeline Diversity Program.
Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world. Our work with scholars includes up to ten years of one-on-one support, after-school and summer coursework, and pre-career training. As a result, 100% of scholars graduate high school. For the Class of 2017, 94% were accepted into U.S. News and World Report's top 100 schools.
TADA! Here We Are!
Since 1984, TADA! has been providing young people of all different backgrounds, including a large number of disadvantaged children and families, the opportunity to explore and perform musical theater together in an educational, supportive, and professional environment. Every year, TADA! produces three original musical theater productions with a discounted ticket program; free pre-professional training and youth development opportunities through the Resident Youth Ensemble composed of over 80 NYC kids ages 8-18; renowned Arts Education in-school residencies and after-school programs that are subsidized by our funders; and theater classes for kids of all ages taught by professional teaching artists and for which need-based scholarships are readily available. Through TADA!'s high-quality work, young people gain confidence and learn commitment, responsibility, communication and teamwork...skills that are critical to their success both in school and in life.
Transforming Schools, Changing Lives
NYC Outward Bound Schools transforms schools and changes lives by bringing out the best in New York City's students, teachers and school leaders. We operate a citywide network of public schools in partnership with the City's Department of Education, which primarily target students from underserved neighborhoods. Our educational approach delivers rigor through active, real-world learning, develops character skills, inspires students to serve their communities, and instills in them the grit to overcome challenges. Our graduates succeed in more than just college and careers - they're active citizens who make their communities better for all.To further extend our impact, we provide a robust set of supports to the students and alumni of our network schools via our To & Through College initiative. We also reach schools outside of our network through our Adventure & Team Building programs and the targeted professional development we offer teachers through our Associate Schools work.
NAF helps solve some of the biggest challenges in education and our economy by transforming the high school experience.
NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. NAF's educational design ignites students' passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America's future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships. Since 1982, NAF has been partnering with existing high schools in high-need communities to enhance school systems at a low cost by implementing NAF academies - small learning communities within traditional high schools. NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences.
Building the movement to eliminate educational inequity
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates, professionals, or graduate students who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Teach For America's mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. In the 2015-2016 school year, more than 8,000 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members are teaching in 52 regions across the United States. Since 1990, Teach For America corps members have reached more than 10 million students. Teach For America's 42,000 alumni are providing critical leadership -- as teachers, school and district leaders; elected officials and policy advisers; and founders and leaders of education and social reform initiatives -- to ensure all children have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Engage. Educate. Elevate.
Founded in 1989, HEAF (Harlem Educational Activities Fund) is an education and youth leadership organization that helps motivated public school students in New York City who are educationally and economically disadvantaged develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values, and personal resiliency they need to ensure success in school, career, and life. HEAF identifies students in middle school and supports them until they are successfully graduated from four-year colleges through a variety of after-school, Saturday and summer educational and youth leadership programs. Since its inception, HEAF has served over 1,000 students through its remarkable school partnerships and community based programs.
Promoting and supporting music instruction in disadvantaged schools
Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) promotes and supports music instruction in disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary and middle schools that lack the resources to develop school-wide music programs. We ensure high-quality instruction by hiring qualified music teachers, providing ongoing training, and performing regular program assessments. We encourage academic teachers and music teachers to collaborate so that music can reinforce learning and development in all areas. And we help schools embrace music as a core subject by involving all members of the school community. ETM provides advisory services to organizations and schools around the United States, including ETM-LA, Inc., an organization founded in 2006, which we have licensed to implement our model in Los Angeles.
Developing youth leaders for the global stage
Founded in 1989, Global Kids (GK) works to develop youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. Global Kids inspires underserved youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world. Their vision is to create an ever-growing network of young people from diverse backgrounds who attain leadership on all levels of society and enter fields of international affairs and public policy. Young people examine global issues, make local connections, and create change through peer education, social action, digital media, and service-learning, while receiving intensive support from GK staff.
Share a page in a child's life
Since 1991, Read Ahead (formerly known as Everybody Wins! New York) has been devoted to promoting children's literacy in the New York metropolitan area, through our signature reading mentors program. Read Ahead intervenes at a pivotal point in children's schooling to improve their odds for a better and more literate life. By taking part in our reading-based mentoring program, students who struggle with reading are able to increase their proficiency and improve their self-confidence, motivating them to read more for pleasure in school and at home. The reading mentors program does more than develop necessary reading skills. It enables children to create lives for themselves that are fulfilling, and often, inspiring.
Engaging students. Supporting teachers.
Classroom, Inc.'s innovative curriculum engages students with the greatest needs and helps them develop academic skills essential for success in school and the workplace. Since 1991, our programs have been in over 700 sites in 15 states, and we have served over 600,000 students. Classroom, Inc.'s content-rich instructional programs turn classrooms into learning environments that motivate students through innovative teaching methods and materials based on the idea that young people learn better when they are compelled by their work. We develop computer software simulations that place students in virtual workplaces, create print curriculum materials corresponding to each simulation, and provide a comprehensive professional development program that helps teachers to effectively integrate our curriculum into their classroom instruction.
Inspiring Children Through Music
Founded in 1992 by the world-renowned violinist, Midori, and a committed board of directors, Midori & Friends has enhanced the lives of almost 200,000 under-served New York City children and their families through providing high-quality music education programs and initiatives. We serve over 15,000 students annually in 40 public schools and community agency sites within New York City's most disadvantaged communities. Focusing on children with little or no access to the arts, our programs are offered at no cost to students and available to all children regardless of their musical ability, education, or economic background. In many cases, our music programs provide the first experiences in which children become engaged in school, realize a sense of accomplishment, and attain self-confidence.
Helping students develop academic excellence, moral integrity, courtesy and commitment to their futures
Founded in 1963, the East Harlem School educates middle school students from low-income families. The East Harlem School values teaching children who exhibit a desire to learn, and an eagerness to embrace new challenges. The School addresses the needs of the whole child by promoting intellectual, moral, aesthetic, and kinesthetic development. Through a rigorous curriculum that stresses interdisciplinary learning, skill acquisition, focused exploration, and cooperative learning, The East Harlem School instills confidence, skill, discipline, and moral accountability in its students. The school helps students develop academic excellence, moral integrity, courtesy, and an unshakeable commitment to their future and the fate of their community.
The art of inspiring education.
DreamYard collaborates with Bronx youth, families and schools to build pathways to equity and opportunity through the arts.DreamYard programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples' desire to make change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, we support young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. We believe that young people in the Bronx need a continuous set of supports to help them towards positive outcomes as they navigate their educational pathway. We have every expectation that through offering sustained and meaningful supports our youth will develop the tools to become creative and engaged citizens, life-long learners and the leaders and innovators of the 21st century.
Stimulating and sustaining quality arts education
Established in 1996, the Center for Arts Education (CAE) is committed to stimulating and sustaining quality arts education as an essential part of every child's education in the New York City public schools. CAE provides information and resources that demonstrate the benefits of and need for arts education as part of a quality, balanced education. CAE also identifies and supports exemplary partnerships and programs that demonstrate how the arts contribute to learning and student achievement. CAE is dedicated to influencing educational and fiscal policies that will support arts education in all of the city's public schools.
Technology with Purpose
Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good. We empower all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. We are committed to creating more diversity in STEM and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.
Afterschool is the difference
The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) is a child-focused organization that promotes and supports quality afterschool programs, particularly those serving young people from underserved communities. PASE is here to ensure that the afterschool part of that equation is of high quality and is available to all youth. PASE accomplishes its mission by building the capacity of individual afterschool staff, youth-serving organizations, and the field as a whole, all with the goal of increasing the availability of quality services to youth in out of school time.
Helping talented students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges.
The TEAK Fellowship helps talented New York City students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges. Along with academic support, TEAK provides leadership training, exposure to the arts and outdoors, mentoring, career experience, and assistance with the high school and college application processes.
Transforming the lives of young people through arts education.
Exploring the Arts (ETA) was founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto. ETA's mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA's programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. ETA currently serves 17 Partner Schools throughout New York City's five boroughs and in East Los Angeles.
A gift to Birthright Israel Foundation is a gift to the Jewish people for our present and our future.
Birthright Israel Foundation raises funds in the United States to support Birthright Israel, a program which currently provides 45,000 young Jewish adults annually the gift of a 10-day trip to Israel. It is our goal to ensure the gift of Birthright Israel continues to strengthen Jewish continuity and provide even more young Jewish adults with a connection to Israel for years to come.
Creativity is the future of education.
Ghetto Film School educates, develops, and celebrates the next generation of great American storytellers. The programs teach the arts of cinematic storytelling to the young people in the Bronx and beyond. The organization is supported by a wide network of filmmakers, media professionals, corporate and government partners. Ghetto Film School operates three inter-related programs; each year we educate 650 young storytellers with our South Bronx programming, and over 100,000 nationwide and beyond through strategic collaborations and an online MasterClass series.
An online charity connecting you to classrooms in need.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org allows citizen philanthropists to fund specific project requests from teachers in U.S. public schools. We make it personal: donors choose a project that moves them, and then they hear back from the classroom with photos and updates. DonorsChoose.org validates the project request and purchases the resources for the teacher. To date, we have funded over 400,000 classroom projects to bring learning alive for students, providing more than 11 million children with books, technology, supplies, funding for field trips or class visitors, and other resources. Our vision is of a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.
Kids don't just build boats, boats build kids.
Rocking the Boat empowers young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves. Adam Green launched Rocking the Boat in 1996 as a volunteer project in an East Harlem junior high school. It has since developed into a fully sustainable independent non-profit organization annually serving nearly 3,000 young people and community members. Kids don't just build boats at Rocking the Boat, boats build kids.
Our school house rocks
Harlem Village Academies is a K-12 public charter school district in Harlem, New York. Their culture of teacher ownership, teamwork and learning attracts the best and brightest educators whose vision is for students to become intellectually sophisticated, wholesome in character, avid readers, independent thinkers and compassionate individuals who make a meaningful contribution to society.
Educate and Elevate. ORT Works!
ORT America is a Jewish organization committed to strengthening communities throughout the world by educating people against all odds and obstacles. ORT America supports a global network of schools, training programs, and other support efforts that reach throughout the Americas (including the Caribbean), Israel, Europe, the Baltic and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Asia, and Africa. ORT programs serve hundreds of thousand of people every day in more than four dozen countries.
Supporting students and transforming schools
Founded in 1912, Partnership with Children works to strengthen the emotional, social and academic skills of at-risk children to help them succeed in school, society, and life. Partnership with Children provides trauma-informed counseling, crisis intervention, school-wide services, and family and community outreach to New York City's public school students who are at the highest risk of academic failure and drop-out. We have a long tradition of helping New York City's children overcome the severe and chronic stress of growing up in poverty, working with public school students to ensure that they arrive at school each day ready to learn.
Providing quality education in music and the arts
Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation's oldest community music school, was founded in 1894 by Emilie Wagner, who believed that music could offer the impoverished immigrants of New York's Lower East Side some respite from their daily struggles. Today, more than a century later, Third Street serves more than 3,500 students each year both at the School and through its MILES (Music Instruction on the Lower East Side) Program in the public schools, where it reaches a sizeable immigrant population and hundreds of children who lack affordable options for quality training in the arts. A generous program of tuition assistance, scholarships and program subsidies benefits three-quarters of all students served.
Building Israel. One child at a time.
Founded in 1925, AMIT is the world's leading supporter of religious Zionist education and social services for Israel's children and youth, nurturing and educating Israeli children to become productive, contributing members of society. Our more than 70 schools and programs constitute Israel's only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education, incorporating academic and technological studies. These also include youth villages and facilities for children in foster care. At present, AMIT's more than 20,000 children come largely from impoverished and/or dysfunctional families; significant numbers are new Ethiopian and Russian immigrants, as well as young people of Sephardic backgrounds.
A community school for music, musical theatre, and music therapy
The Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) is a diverse community of people with a shared commitment to the arts, where students of all ages and abilities develop their talents in ways that support their individual goals and interests, guided by dedicated, excellent faculty. Founded in 1929, the Conservatory today serves over 3,500 students ranging in age from six months to 87 years, from 102 communities in a five-county area and representing more than 30 nationalities. All students are accepted; our doors are open to everyone. MCW is one of only 18 non-degree granting institutions to hold fully accredited membership in the National Association of Schools of Music.
Music education = brainpower
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. Founded in 1997, VH1 Save The Music was the first organization in existence dedicated to restoring music programs in America's schools. For nearly 20 years, the foundation has donated over $53 million worth of new musical instruments to 2,024 public schools in 247 school districts around the country to date -- impacting the lives of more than 3 million public school students. Learn about the foundation's Play It Forward campaign in celebration of its 20th anniversary here: on.vh1.com/playitforward
Helping kids grow one move at a time
Chess-in-the-Schools is dedicated to improving academic performance and building self-esteem among inner-city public school children. Since 1986, Chess-in-the-Schools has taught, inspired, and empowered more than 450,000 students in New York City public schools. All schools served by Chess-in-the-Schools are classified as Title I. In these schools, more than 40% of the students are eligible for free or reduced cost lunch (an indicator of socio-economic disadvantage.) Through structured classroom, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, we use chess as an educational tool to promote learning and to help young people develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving.
Where drawing, painting and sculpture are debated in depth
Opened in 1963, the New York Studio School is committed to giving a significant education to the aspiring artist that can last a lifetime. The New York Studio School is where drawing, painting and sculpture are studied in depth, debated energetically and created with passion. Our goal for young artists is for them to find their own personal vision through the investigation of art and the visual world around us. The School continues to grow in strength and has maintained a belief in its original vision: faith in the great language of art; a total commitment to research and excellence; the support for intensity, integrity and serious work habits; the encouragement of an open mind, and the conviction of the power of art to change one's life.
Teaching freedom since 1967
The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) seeks to create a brighter, more prosperous future by preparing young people for leadership, teaching them the ideas of freedom and a free-market economy. Our approach is to recruit young people likely to pursue careers in public policy, journalism, international affairs, business, government and related fields, and to educate them in the ideas most conducive to human achievement - individual liberty and personal responsibility. Founded in 1967, TFAS organizes programs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
Project Lead The Way, a K-12 STEM Solution
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. As a nonprofit organization, PLTW's mission is simple: prepare students for the global economy. PLTW's world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. Courses are designed to complement math and science courses offered by a school and in some instances are used as the core curriculum. PLTW programs can be found in over 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 100% of all philanthropic gifts go directly to support grants for schools, student and teacher scholarships, PLTW event sponsorship, or donor-approved projects.
Building a movement of young people talking about Israel in their own words
The David Project positively shapes campus opinion on Israel by educating, training, and empowering student leaders to be thoughtful, strategic and persuasive advocates. Our approach, which we call relational advocacy, emphasizes building relationships with diverse communities on campus and helping students to use their Israel experience to relate to their peers. We encourage them to get to know what is important to the student leaders they are engaging and find common ground. Then, by helping our students plan innovative programming that brings together two or more groups, we are elevating the campus conversation. More students are being reached and, often for the first time, Israel is brought into their world views. This improves both Israel's perception and the campus overall.
We equip and serve the youth of the East End to make transformative decisions about who they are and aspire to be.
Church Hill Activities and Training (CHAT) is a system of integrated programs that empower aspiring youth to break cycles of poverty and reach their goals. CHAT began in the Church Hill home of Percy and Angie Strickland, CHAT's CEO and wife, when they opened their home to neighbors for fellowship and food. In February 2007, CHAT acquired a Church Hill property to accommodate its growth. This home, referred to as the “Lighthouse,” has become CHAT's home base of activity. CHAT continues to invest in the lives of aspiring youth, in a city and neighborhood deeply affected by years of structural injustice, with a passionate belief in the power of Christian fellowship to transform communities.
Education & Conservation.
National Archery in the Schools Program promotes the teaching of target archery as a part of the in-school curriculum to improve educational performance of students and encourage their participation in the shooting sports. Some basic operating principles were established and implemented in twenty one pilot middle schools in Kentucky in March, 2002. These same operating principles remain constant today and account for the steady growth and continued interest in 12,000 schools in five countries. More than a million students will learn archery from their teachers this school year.
Leaders. Champions, Student-Athletes.
New Heights creates opportunities and provides support for promising youth to fulfill their potential in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Our mission is to educate and empower promising inner-city youth to be leaders, champions and student-athletes by developing the skills necessary for success in high school, college and life. Specifically, our organization uses basketball as a "hook" to engage youth in the program, help them access high quality educational opportunities, and instill in them the values and life skills that will prepare them for success in life beyond sports.
Curiosity, courage, compassion.
Founded in 2006, Community Partnership School is an independently operating PAIS accredited school that provides a well-rounded, affordable education, while fostering a supportive network among students, school, family and community. This partnership prepares our graduates to flourish in some of the highest performing middle schools and high schools in the region — academically, socially and emotionally. Community Partnership School's mission is to meet talent with opportunity by providing pre-kindergarten and elementary age children from low-wealth, low-income backgrounds in North Central Philadelphia with a high-quality, affordable education that prepares them for lifelong success and strengthens the communities to which they belong.
Building A Brighter Future One Child At A Time
Caring for Cambodia (CFC) believes that when knowledge cannot be handed down, it must be handed out. We work to educate one child at a time today, to make a difference for Cambodia's tomorrow. We create and sustain safe, modern, technologically equipped schools; mentor and professionally train teachers; and fund supplies and other tools needed to teach those who want to learn. CFC provides educational opportunities for Cambodian children so they may reach their highest potential and make valuable contributions to their communities.
Preparing every child in LA's Promise Neighborhood to be college and career-ready, healthy and successful in life.
LA's Promise's mission is to graduate every student attending an LA's Promise neighborhood school college and career ready. Through a robust school turnaround model, LA's Promise partners with a cadre of schools committed to ensuring that students growing up in poverty receive an excellent education. LA's Promise Neighborhood is an enrollment zone that includes two large South LA high schools (Manual Arts and West Adams Prep) and one middle school (John Muir) operated by LA's Promise in a first-of-its-kind performance contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Within this zone, LA's Promise transforms chronically failing public schools, opens new schools and remakes schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. By doing this, LA's Promise will prepare every child in LA's Promise Neighborhood to be college and career-ready, healthy and successful in life.
Preparation. Placement. Persistence to degree completion.
College Bound provides promising students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, workforce development, social supports, and life skills needed to apply, matriculate, and succeed in four year colleges and careers. In 2006, two school districts approved the CB program, and 36 students placed their hopes for a better future in College Bound. The organization has grown to serve a projected 1,700 students (2012-13 school year) and their families through a variety of programs, including full scale implementation to 9th graders in four partner schools, and a comprehensive program that begins in 10th grade and serves students until they graduate from college. College Bound students come from 39 area high schools and are attending 70 colleges and universities nationwide.
Transforming lives through reading, writing, and the GIVING power of used books
Open Books transforms lives through reading, writing, and the GIVING power of used books. Through our nonprofit social venture model, we operate two retail bookstores in the West Loop and Pilsen that help to fund our literacy and book granting programs. Each year, Open Books brings the joy of literacy to 4,500 youth through experienced educators and volunteers, safe learning environments, and access to tailored curricula and books. Our literacy programs ignite a passion for the written word and introduce students to new ways of expressing themselves. Through our book granting programs, we donate more than 130,000 books to youth and under-resourced communities across Chicago.
To transform Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education.
Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) focuses on raising student performances in the critical areas of math and science across all 33 Santa Clara County school districts. Our goal is to be the leading advocate for public education in the region. SVEF was founded on the belief that a new kind of organization is needed- one with a different philosophy and approach to the challenges in legacy systems. A nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators, SVEF is dedicated to putting all students on track for college and careers, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Empowering child survivors of war in rebuilding their lives ones step at a time
Fugees Family Inc. is devoted to working with child survivors of war. The organization empowers refugees to integrate successfully into their new country by providing them the support and structure they need to realize their vast potential. The Fugees Academy serves a pressing need not currently being met by Georgia's traditional public education system – the education of refugee children in an environment that understands their unique academic challenges.
Every student can grow, learn, achieve and lead
Founded in 2009, EPIC Academy is a charter public high school serving families who live in the South Chicago, South Shore, South Deering, Calumet Heights and East Side neighborhoods. We believe that every student can grow, learn, achieve and lead. We dare our students to imagine, and we prepare them to succeed. And the great thing is---they DO succeed. Over 90% of the students in our first graduating class were accepted to a 4-year college---and this in a neighborhood where 84% of the adults do not have a college degree.
Maintaining high standards of academic excellence in an environment infused with the richness of Jewish life.
Gottesman RTW Academy, founded in 1967, is a co-educational pluralistic, Jewish community day school serving approximately 200 children starting with infant care to early childhood education through eighth grade. Gottesman RTW Academy maintains high standards of academic excellence and nurtures students in an environment infused with the richness of Jewish life. GRTWA inspires intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and personal integrity to enable our students to emerge as lifelong learners, compassionate individuals, and successful members of society who are rooted in their heritage. As a community day school, GRTWA welcomes families from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of the American Jewish community today.
A national cultural treasure
WheatonArts and Cultural Center engages artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity. We are a leading resource of American craft with an emphasis on the medium of glass, a stronghold in New Jersey's cultural history. Programs include museum and gallery exhibits; interpretive demonstrations in various craft mediums; an artist fellowship program; outreach and on-site school programs; and collector's seminars. All serve to educate a multi-level audience on the role of the crafts in both traditional and contemporary life.
Giving motivated students the opportunity to reach for their dreams, regardless of family income
Community Preparatory School serves culturally and economically diverse students who are well qualified to benefit from a rigorous academic education in an atmosphere of mutual respect, especially students who would otherwise not have access to such an education. The school's goal is to help its students succeed in college-preparatory high school programs and to become community leaders. Community Preparatory School challenges students to become confident, independent learners and develops a strong sense of public service in students through community service and stewardship. It engages parents, students and teachers in goal-setting and planning in an effort to ensure academic and social success for each student.
Helping children see a broader palette of life choices
Raw Art Works (RAW) creates a culture where every artist feels welcomed, connected, and committed to our community. RAW is there for kids when they struggle with a piece of art or a piece of their lives. RAW's clinical art therapists and professional artists build meaningful relationships with each kid, helping them see a broader palette of life choices. They challenge them to change negative patterns while giving unrelenting support to reach what may seem unattainable. Recognizing the positive impact that RAW has on the lives of the kids we serve, RAW's programs have evolved beyond the making of art and film. We have created platforms for success by providing mentoring for college access and SAT prep, financial aid access, youth employment, and opportunities to develop life skills like public speaking and personal financial responsibility. RAW serves as a place that increases access to possibilities for the young artists that walk through our doors.
LEAP for Life
Founded in 1992, LEAP works to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who implement year-round, community and school-based programming designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children living in high poverty urban neighborhoods. LEAP reaches into neighborhoods that are laden with a shortage of positive resources, and we empower the children and youth of these communities to be positive resources themselves. The very essence of LEAP stands for the primary components of a developing student's life: Leadership, Education, Athletics, and Partnerships.
For inspiration and recognition of science and technology
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Since its beginning, FIRST has had a positive impact on students and academic communities.
Changing Lives Through Education
New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) changes the lives of motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families by transforming their educational opportunities. We ensure that our students have the knowledge, skills, access and support to thrive at the nation's finest schools and colleges. We strive for a world in which young people's initiative, creativity and intellect can flourish without regard to socio-economic status.
believe. become. belong. be promise.
Our mission is to equip Camden's children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership. We strive to fulfill this mission through after-school programs, summer camps, two schools, experiential learning, job training, and a host of other programs that challenge youth to develop and realize their potential.
Building Community through the Arts
The Arts Council of Princeton's (ACP) mission is building community through the arts. Programs include arts education, exhibitions, concerts and events in the Paul Robeson Center in downtown Princeton and throughout the community. ACP was developed with the belief that the arts and arts education: Are fundamental to a healthy society; Directly impact academic achievement and improve literacy for school students; Positively contribute to the quality of life for all area residents; Contribute significantly to economic development; Promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation.
Opera Stars of the Future
Founded in 1934, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is the only tuition-free institution dedicated exclusively to the study of voice. The AVA's mission is to provide vocal and opera training of the highest quality to exceptionally talented and committed young singers who have the potential for international stature, and to present them in professional performances that are accessible to a wide community. Gifted singers have come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that The Academy of Vocal Arts offers. Admission into AVA's four-year program is highly competitive, with approximately 30 singers enrolled in any given year. Those who are accepted are immersed in an intensive performance program led by some of the most dedicated and inspired teachers and creative artists in the world of opera.Recent graduates include Stephen Costello, Ailyn Perez, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Bryan Hymel, Eglise Gutierrez, Burak Bilgili, Ellie Dehn, and James Valenti.
Providing high quality instruction and activity in music dance, and the related arts
Settlement Music School (Settlement) was founded in 1908 as the music program of the College Settlement in the Southwark section of Philadelphia. Settlement is dedicated to its mission of providing children and adults with the highest quality individual and group instruction and activity in music, dance and the related arts. Settlement provides a wide range of programs for preschool, school age children, adults and seniors. Settlement Music School is the largest community school of the arts in the United States. With six locations in South, West and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Jenkintown and Camden, New Jersey, the School serves more than 15,000 students each year without regard to age, race or financial circumstances.
A Union of White-Williams Scholars & Philadelphia Futures
Philadelphia Futures: a union of White-Williams Scholars and Philadelphia Futures provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Working with volunteer mentors, donors, and school and college personnel in direct service to students, in partnership with educational institutions, and in advocacy activities in the broader community, Philadelphia Futures increases the percentage of Philadelphia graduates prepared for higher education, while simultaneously reducing the institutional barriers to their academic success. Philadelphia Futures operates on the belief that a college education is the portal to economic self-sufficiency and a satisfying life.
Leadership, Education and Development
We strive to address education access and excellence by establishing a cross-sector collaborative of corporate, government agency, higher education, and non-profit partnerships, that focus on developing high potential youth of diverse backgrounds into high achievers and responsible leaders. LEAD accomplishes this mission by fostering a vibrant community for students to gain the skills, experience and encouragement they need to fulfill their educational and professional aspirations in the fields of business, engineering and computer science.
Helping Optimists help kids
Established in 1971, the Optimist International Foundation has been instrumental in providing significant funding for the charitable, literary and educational purposes of Optimist International, a community service based organization committed to creating a more optimistic future for young people through innovative programs. Optimist volunteers serve as leaders, mentors and friends to help kids achieve a more positive and productive life. Optimists create opportunities for youth as they develop into adulthood and become role models for future generations. Optimists believe that a positive approach can make all the difference in the world. Through service programs, Optimists develop positive attitudes and approaches to life that enable young people to excel in school and in their community.
Opening the door to greater educational opportunities since 1963
A Better Chance is the oldest and only national organization of its kind changing the life trajectory for academically talented youth of color via access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12. Founded in 1963, our mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. We carry out our mission through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program, which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 scholars at more than 300 member schools in 29 states. More than 13,000 alumni have now gone on to distinguished careers as physicians, artists, educators, lawyers, politicians and corporate executives.
Education. Preparation. Transformation.
Founded in 1974, LINK Unlimited Scholars provides educational college preparatory opportunities for economically disadvantaged African American high school youth. In so doing, it integrates mentoring relationships, college readiness and leadership development to foster academic success, personal development and interracial understanding and harmony. LINK programs challenge each scholar academically and personally, compelling them to push beyond what they thought were their limits to reach higher levels of excellence.
Illuminating minds since 1958
Since its establishment in 1958, East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) has been one of the most successful after-school educational programs in New York. Recognizing that each child has unique talents and learning styles, EHTP's After School Program relies on the interaction of parents, teachers and children in promoting literacy-based educational enrichment and personal development activities for enrollees between the ages of five and twenty-one. As a vital East Harlem education and enrichment center, EHTP works with children from early childhood through adulthood to ensure that they have the resources needed to access opportunities for academic, social and career advancement while fully engaging parents and caregivers in their children's development.
Surrounding students with a community of support
Communities In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County (CISPAC) is a dropout prevention organization bringing coordinated, integrated student services into public schools to meet the needs of at-risk students. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISPAC remains mission-driven by focusing programming on 3 different types of support aimed at empowering students: in-school services, after-school programming, and alternative learning academies.
Unlocking the power of education
NEED provides career and college access services which empower youth from the Pittsburgh region to aspire to, learn about, prepare for and complete higher education. NEED's vision is to unlock the power of education by helping youth meet their highest potential and enhance their quality of life, thereby strengthening the Pittsburgh regional economy. We provide a plethora of services, including scholarships, annual Historical Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Tours, Access to College & Career Education training programs, the AAMMI mentoring program, to name a few. Since our founding in 1963, NEED has supported over 19,000 deserving young people by providing nearly $20 million in grants.
You can learn anything. For free. For everyone. Forever.
Khan Academy works to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
Live to Lead.
C5 Georgia is dedicated to creating Character-driven, Community-focused, Challenge-ready, College-bound teens Committed to a better future. Our five-year program of immersive, intensive student involvement is unique and recognized as an exemplary model. In 2010, we celebrated the graduation of the very first students to complete the full C5 Georgia program. The mission of C5 Georgia is to inspire high-potential youth from risk-filled environments to pursue personal success, to prepare them for leadership roles in college, work and community, and to motivate them to become role models for others.
Improving the lives of young people from underserved communities
iMentor's mission is to improve the lives of young people from underserved communities through innovative, technology-based approaches to mentoring. Over the past ten years, iMentor has transformed over 20,000 lives. iMentor cultivates relationships between young people and volunteer adult mentors through an innovative combination of e-mail correspondence and in-person meetings. To-date, iMentor has matched over 10,000 mentor-mentee pairs, partnering with 30 NYC schools and after school programs in four of New York City's five boroughs and programs all over the country through iMentor Interactive. iMentor's vision is that one day, all youth will be connected to adult role models who motivate and guide them through high school and college graduation.
School Supplies. Changing Lives.
Founded in 1995, Kids In Need Foundation works to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The mission is achieved by providing free school supplies to students and teachers through the Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers, awarding grants to teachers for innovative classroom projects through the Kids In Need Teacher Grants program, developing community school supplies giveaway programs through the School Ready Supplies program, and equipping students to go back to school after a natural disaster through the Second Responder program.
A free store for teachers
Crayons to Computers (C2C) was chartered in 1996 to serve the educational and imaginative needs of children in the greater Cincinnati area. C2C distributes donated, value purchased, and created product through our teacher's free store. Full-time certified teachers from public, parochial, or private schools may shop for free if a high percentage of their students participate in the free or reduced price lunch program. C2C serves 245 eligible schools in 16 counties of Greater Cincinnati. C2C distributed $11.5 million worth of free school supplies to local classrooms through 18,971 teacher visits during the 2009-2010 school year.
Empowering children - one scholarship at a time
City Academy serves families seeking a challenging curriculum, low student-teacher ratio and high expectations of students and faculty. We are a private, independent, elementary school located in North St. Louis serving children ages four through the sixth grade. We provide a nurturing environment that promotes citizenship and instills a love of learning in students.
Inspiring lifelong environmental and community stewardship
Founded in 1998, IslandWood is a unique 255-acre outdoor learning center designed to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. We offer programs for everyone - children, graduate students, teachers, families, and adults. Through its flagship School Overnight Program, IslandWood's educators combine scientific inquiry, technology and the arts to help Puget Sound-area students discover natural connections with the outdoors. A wide range of community programs is available for children, adults and families that enhance individual exploration and understanding of the natural world. IslandWood offers hands-on learning opportunities using the unique ecology and natural history of the Puget Sound. Lifelong learning is encouraged to inspire environmental and community stewardship.
Students helping students to and through college
Let's Get Ready envisions a future when students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the support they need to attain a college education. Let's Get Ready provides low-income and under-served high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Trained college student volunteers deliver these services and offer encouragement, inspiration and confidence. These college student volunteers mobilize, equip and empower the next generation step up to college and opportunity at campus and community-based chapters.
Experience is the teacher
Founded in 1977, the Ocean Institute works to inspire all generations through education to become responsible stewards for our oceans. The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. More than 110,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute's 61 award-winning, immersion style programs. We are an educational facility specializing in innovative marine and social science programs. To learn maritime history and literature, students spend an entire night aboard the brig Pilgrim - each student hauling lines, hoisting sails, standing night watch and swabbing decks. Our vision is to be the world's best experiential ocean educational organization.
From here you can step anywhere.
Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor's mission is to empower low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic, and family programs. From our Santa Ana campus, The Wooden Floor annually gives under-served local youth the tools to live fuller, healthier lives through a unique approach grounded in dance. We make a long-term investment in each of these young people. They engage in intensive dance education supported by academic and family services that change the way they make decisions, helping them to discover and pursue their full potential.
Empowering future innovators, dreamers and creators to follow their passions and achieve their dreams.
The Taco Bell Foundation focuses on investing in the potential of America's youth by providing resources and experiences that help them pursue their educational goals and career aspirations. We leverage our scale and reach to convene the right partners and build the right programs to give youth (ages 14-24) access to opportunities to help them be successful in the pursuit of their passions. Founded in 1992, The Taco Bell Foundation believes all young people deserve the chance to follow their dreams and reach their full potential though a high school diploma and beyond.
The First Tee of San Diego
Pro Kids Golf Academy's mission is to challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life-skills, and values through education and the game of golf. We aim to be a leader in providing opportunity and hope through positive life-changing experiences to underserved youth in San Diego County. Pro Kids was founded by former AFL player Ernest H. Wright, Sr. and incorporated in 1994. That same year, we partnered with the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District to use Colina Park Golf Course as an outdoor classroom to teach life-skills and golf to inner-city kids. In 1997, we were used as a model for The First Tee, an international organization and became The First Tee of San Diego. We initiated a scholarship program in 1999 awarding $1 million to 80 students over the past ten years.
Ensure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems.
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems.
Educating children, empowering communities
Developments in Literacy (DIL) launched in 1997 by Pakistani-Americans with a desire to improve the dismal state of education in Pakistan's underdeveloped areas. DIL currently operates and manages 120 schools with an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students. DIL is dedicated to providing quality education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, by establishing and operating schools in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan, with a strong focus on gender equality and community participation. DIL establishes, adopts and manages primary and secondary schools for underprivileged children in partnership with non-governmental organizations in all four provinces of Pakistan. In addition, DIL directly operates community schools in Punjab and Sindh.
Young live transformed through science
Ocean Discovery Institute empowers urban and diverse young people to protect our ocean and natural environment, improve the health of our communities, and strengthen our quality of life. Founded in 1999, we were created to leverage San Diego's natural environments as a means to engage young people from underserved communities and inspire them to become part of the next generation of scientific and environmental leaders. We spearhead a series of initiatives that incorporate education, scientific research, and environmental stewardship. Currently these initiatives reach 5,000+ low-income students and community members each year. All of our programming is provided tuition-free.
Education. Opportunity. Transformation.
The mission of the Monarch School is to educate students impacted by homelessness and to help them develop hope for a future with the necessary skills and experiences for personal success. Monarch School provides an excellent academic and supportive environment in which any student in San Diego County who is impacted by homelessness will receive a rigorous education and grow personally to become a highly motivated, contributing member of society. Monarch removes barriers typically encountered by homeless students and provides programs and services not offered at traditional schools.
Educating Inner-City Youth: From Middle School, through High School, to College.
Nativity Prep Academy is a private, WASC-accredited, all-scholarship middle school in the Jesuit tradition dedicated to providing a rigorous and enriching education to hardworking young men and women from low-income families who will be the first, or among the first, in their families to graduate from college. Our programs support more than 230 students in middle school, high school, and college. We make an 11-year commitment to our students, continuing our support after middle school through a comprehensive Graduate Support Program, to assure our students transition to and succeed at a top regional high school and matriculate to college or university. Our Vision is to be a regional leader in the education of young men and women from impoverished families, well known for the caliber of its teachers, the rigor and creativity of its programs, and the academic and service achievements of its students. Our vision is that our students excel in high school, college, and career, and that they become role models and leaders in their communities.We believe the best hope for low-income children is a great education earned through hard work, founded on personal care, and focused on service to others.
Enriching the lives of children and promoting creative learning by uniting arts and education
The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning enriches the lives of children and promotes creative learning by uniting arts and education. In 60 years, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (formerly Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio) has served nearly 7 million students in 18 counties through arts education, and has reached even more through our advocacy efforts, professional development, and community programs. Arts education is what we do, and it's the one place where you can do it all, dance, theater, music, digital arts, visual arts, on-location performances, workshops, residencies, and professional development. Plus, our experienced Education Staff can help customize all of our arts-programming.
It's not just a day, it's an experience
Founded in 1974, National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. The future of democracy depends on an inspired, thoughtful and informed citizenry. Historical understanding is crucial to that process. National History Day teaches essential historical literacy that motivates students to secure the future of democracy. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Where the arts change lives
Rainey Institute is dedicated to positive change for Greater Cleveland's youth and families through education and participation in the visual and performing arts. Children ages 3 and up attend Rainey after school, on Saturdays, and during the Summer to explore music, dance, drama, sewing and art. They develop their artistic abilities and their character. Rainey students learn to be leaders and positive role models. They are prepared to be “on stage” at all times, enabling them to succeed in school and life.
Empowering Youth. Strengthening Community.
The mission of the Center for Leadership Development is to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. CLD has developed programs and events which deliver exceptional experiences to both students and parents. The programs are based on CLD's Five Principles for Success – character development, educational excellence, leadership effectiveness, community service, and career achievement.
Courage. Character. Community
With a reputation for excellence for over 125 years, Glenwood Academy is greater Chicago's only boarding school that offers a safe, nurturing environment for disadvantaged children. Willing and able to learn but constrained by difficult social and economic situations, each year approximately 150 of these children come to Glenwood to live and learn - both in and out of the classroom. Here, young minds are challenged, character built, family relationships strengthened, and potential attained. More than just a school, Glenwood is a bright new world of promise for disadvantaged children with the ability and desire to succeed. Glenwood is a special organization whose services meet the needs of a very specific population - children whose future successes are threatened by their surroundings. Glenwood programs are centered on parental partnership and preventative intervention for economically and socially disadvantaged children from low-income, single-parent families undergoing crisis.
Conducting activities conducive to the artistic development of the region
The purposes for which the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) was formed in 1879 are: to found, build, maintain, and operate museums, schools, libraries of art, and theaters; to provide support facilities in connection therewith; to conduct appropriate activities conducive to the artistic development of the region; and to conduct and participate in appropriate activities of national and international significance. The AIC encompasses both the museum and the school. The School is one of the largest accredited independent schools of art and design in the country, providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The museum's collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world.
Making music . . .building lives
Merit School of Music provides high-quality music education to students in metropolitan Chicago. Its primary goals are to help young people achieve their full musical potential, to remove economic barriers to participation, and to stimulate personal and educational growth through music. Merit offers a full range of music programming for children, ages newborn to 18 years, including early childhood classes, beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumental and vocal group instruction, private lessons, theory classes, ensembles and musical theatre. Merit's classes are offered at dozens of sites throughout Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This year, the School will reach nearly 5,000 young people throughout Chicagoland.
Improving literacy for every at-risk student.
Reading In Motion's works to get every at-risk student reading at or above grade level within the first years of school through the power and discipline of the arts. To accomplish this, we partner with schools and teachers to create and deliver an innovative, supplemental reading program that uses music and drama to engage students. Reading In Motion is currently in 140 Chicago-area classrooms and has helped more than 45,000 students since it was founded in 1983.
Unlocking Potential for Chicago Youth & Parents
Midtown Educational Foundation guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. Our proven enrichment programs embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental engagement. The Midtown-Metro experience is highlighted by a curriculum that combines academics, character education and enriching extracurricular opportunities in business, technology, the arts and more. MEF also encourages the parents of its students to be actively involved in their child's educational and personal development. Finally, a corps of more than 350 weekly volunteer tutors and mentors helps our Chicago urban youth achieve college enrollment at a rate of nearly five times that of their peers nationwide.
Educating and inspiring under-served young people through the visual arts
Established in 1987, Marwen educates and inspires under-served young people through the visual arts. Marwen offers four program arms: Studio, College & Career, Alumni, and the Marwen Institute. The studio program is at the core of Marwen's mission. Each year, we offer more than 85 courses in six state-of-the-art studios. We challenge students to excel through comprehensive, in-depth instruction in a wide range of media including painting and drawing, ceramics and sculpture, printmaking, technology, and more. The Marwen Institute advances Marwen's existing work with Chicago's teachers and schools; pursues new initiatives in training Marwen staff and faculty; and directs the investigation, articulation, and dissemination of Marwen's practices.
Developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions
SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our supportive, non-competitive environment helps youth build self-esteem and confidence in a community that celebrates diversity. SteppingStone's programs foster creativity, self-expression and self-confidence; teach children and youth about history, diverse cultures, literature and the arts through engaging and entertaining learning; and help to create in youth a lifelong appreciation for the arts. We serve youth from diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Since the theatre's founding in 1987 from the education programs at the former Chimera Theatre, more than 750,000 children, families and educators have attended or participated in SteppingStone Theatre events.
Ensuring that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed.
Communities In Schools of Chicago is a dropout prevention organization that works. Our model is backed by data and rigorous research. This year we are partnering with 135 Chicago public schools, helping more than 50,000 students succeed and stay in school. We do our work by connecting schools with needed programs and services and providing one-on-one and group counseling to specific students. Our team of 30 professionals relies on a set of organizational core values that guide our approach to working and serving students, schools and the community-at-large. We began working in Chicago in 1988, and have a rich history of serving, in total, more than 900,000 Chicago students. The mission of CIS of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
CAPE engages students, inspires teachers, transforms schools, and demonstrates impact through the arts.
Founded in 1992, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)'s mission is to increase students' academic success, critical thinking and creativity through research-based, arts driven education.CAPE inspires students' passion for learning by weaving visual and performing arts into their classroom lessons. To bring academic subjects to life through art, CAPE partners teaching artists with Chicago Public School teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans. These lessons integrate music, dance, drama, digital art, video and photography into classrooms, and expand learning beyond school walls and into the community CAPE's unique approach to enhancing education with the arts better engages students, improves their understanding of class material, and boosts their grades. CAPE commissions rigorous, long-term research studies that show that integrating art into education continually improves students' critical thinking, self esteem, and confidence.
Education + Mentorship + Leadership = Transformation
Chicago Scholars is transforming the leadership landscape of our city by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to our Scholars through each phase of our program: College Access: Launch, College Persistence: Lift and College to Careers: Lead, we ensure that they realize their full potential as students and leaders.
Dedicated to nurturing and challenging the body, mind, and spirit to the glory of God.
Chicago Hope Academy is a coed non-denominational college and life preparatory high school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person- body, mind, and spirit- to the glory of God. We offer a challenging college preparatory curriculum that balances physical, mental, and spiritual development and gifted teachers who encourage and mentor students.
Equipping young people to succeed in college
Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. We do this by building a web of dynamic relationships that brings together schools, families and community partners to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low-income youth and the resources they need to thrive. Umoja believes that education is the great equalizer. If we as a community are serious about Chicago standing as a competitive global city, then we must be equally serious about educating each and every one of our young people in every Chicago neighborhood.
Science education, discovery, youth development
Project Exploration is a nationally recognized nonprofit science education and youth development organization whose mission is to make science and engineering accessible to traditionally overlooked communities, particularly minority youth and girls. Since 1999, Project Exploration has engaged Chicago Public School students in hands-on experiences with real science and real scientists, and has provided critical leadership in the national conversation about out-of-school time STEM education. Our student-centered approach promotes long-term relationships between students and scientists, and empowers youth to become active partners in their education by encouraging them to study science-related topics that they find interesting. There are no fees or academic prerequisites, and we strive to recruit students who are inquisitive and ambitious, but are not necessarily "straight-A" students.
We offer youth the tools & skills to express their voice & vision
Free Spirit Media cultivates diverse youth voices to transform media and society. Free Spirit Media provides education, access, and opportunity in media production to over 700 underserved urban youth every year. Since 2000, Free Spirit Media has offered life-changing experiences to youth across Chicago. FSM is advancing education and digital learning through our innovative program model. Hands-on and project-based media production opportunities with FSM are helping young people develop their authentic voice while actively learning about and addressing community issues.
Every art. Every child. Every day.
Urban Gateways educates and inspires young people by delivering high-quality, accessible arts experiences that advance their personal and academic growth.We ensure that young people experience the joy of learning through artist-in-residence, apprenticeship and performance programs in the following ways:- Utilizing the city as a classroom when creating innovative and culturally diverse arts programs in a variety of learning environments - Implementing data-driven best practices aligned with current educational standards that effectively increase student achievement- Providing ongoing professional development for teaching artists and school teachers in partnership with experts in the field- Engaging in strategic and sustainable collaborations to promote arts-centered communitiesTogether with our partners, Urban Gateways transforms today's arts education experiences into tomorrow's lifelong success stories.
Dedicated to the promotion of world friendship through the universal language of the arts
Founded in 1928, Interlochen Center for the Arts engages and inspires people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs, enhancing the quality of life through the universal language of the arts. Interlochen Center for the Arts currently enrolls 2,500 students for our Summer Arts Camp and 500 students for the Arts Academy Boarding High School. Areas of study include creative writing, dance, motion picture arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and challenging and comprehensive college-preparatory academics. Through our major outreach programs, Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Public Radio, and Interlochen College of Creative Arts, we offer students, faculty, and staff opportunities for frequent public participation in a structured and supportive environment.
A Christ-centered elementary, middle, and high school
In 1981, The Potter's House was started by a group of Calvin College graduates who decided they wanted to make a difference in their community. Seeing a need for education, they formed The Potter's House, a truly Christ-centered school. The Potter's House offers an excellent academic program in an urban environment. Rooted in Biblical principles and values, The Potter's House encourages students to reach their full potential by maintaining a healthy spiritual, physical, social, and emotional life. The Potter's House challenges students and their families to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Potter's House promotes unity and reconciliation in the Roosevelt Park Community.
STEM Learning for Children & Teens
DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) works to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue degrees leading to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields through K-12 supplemental educational programming. During the fall and spring, students attend courses that take place over 5 consecutive Saturdays on university, professional, and community campuses. In the summer, students attend commuter or residential camp at Michigan universities, gaining exciting exposure to college life! We also offer in-school programming at select schools.
Changing Detroit one child at a time
Mission-Our broad and beloved community of friends will make possible an excellent education for children so as to prepare them for life and leadership. On this journey we will seek to follow Jesus as a sure path to a fulfilling life and servant leadership. Website - www.CornerstoneSchools.org -In its 20th year, Cornerstone is renowned in Metro Detroit for its success in graduating well-prepared, high achieving youth. 95% of its students graduate from high school in a city with the lowest rates in the country, and 91% of its high school graduates will pursue higher learning opportunities. Cornerstone's school-wide average performance rate is 20% above the national average. July 2009, Cornerstone expanded its educational model to the public school sector with the acquisition of two public school charters, Washington-Parks Academy and Lincoln-King Academy. August 2010, they will open the Leadership and Business High School. Over 1400 children are currently enrolled at our schools.
Creating lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau bioregion
Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (FCS) was founded in 1984. Based in Monticello, Utah, FCS provides place-based outdoor education on and about the Colorado Plateau (Northern Arizona, Southwestern Colorado, Northwestern New Mexico, Southern Utah). Our mission is to create lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau bioregion for people of all ages and backgrounds through education, service, adventure, and conservation programs.
Navigating Student Success
GPS Education Partners exists to create partnerships between local businesses and education to meet the needs of non-traditional high school learners. These partnerships offer educational programs that provide students with an opportunity to earn their high school diploma through an integrated learning experience linking academic standards with real-world applications.
40 Years of Inspiring, Educating, Connecting.
BestPrep is a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission to prepare students with business, career, and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life. BestPrep's programs engage 4-12 grade students and their educators in active learning, while connecting them to the world outside the classroom. With the help of more than 4,000 professional volunteers each year, BestPrep bridges classroom curriculum and the business community, enriching the teaching and learning experience for students and educators.
As the nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools, our shared goal is every student career and college ready.
As the strategic nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), our shared goal is every student career and college ready. Each year we offer personalized resources and support for 9,000 students through our Career & College Centers in MPS high schools, provide 750 paid internships and work readiness training for Minneapolis youth through the STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program (part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program), connect 800 community volunteers with students as Graduation Coaches and career exploration volunteers, raise support for MPS strategic priorities, and manage MPS school and department funds. Learn more at www.achievempls.org.
Building positive school communities
Founded in 1987, Youth Frontiers' (YF) mission is to partner with schools to build positive school communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically. Our vision is to change the way kids treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom in America. Our focus on school community is embedded in educational research that has consistently found that a positive school climate is associated with academic achievement, effective risk prevention and positive youth development. Both mission and vision are realized through the delivery of daylong retreat programs that focus on building the capacity of students in grades 4 - 12 and educators to engage in igniting change in their own, and school's, attitudes and behaviors. Each program uniquely engages all learners through the use of the experiential learning model, defined as learning through reflection or doing.YF partners with 650 public, private and charter schools annually, mainly across the Midwest.
Promoting lifelong learning through music
MacPhail Center for Music is a community resource for education and performance experiences in the musical arts. From its inception in 1907, MacPhail Center for Music has grown to become a passionate organization at the forefront of music education and appreciation for the arts, and a leader in music therapy, Suzuki Talent Education, Early Childhood Arts and community partnership programs. During its near-century long history, MacPhail has become a vital part of the fabric of organizations that make the Twin Cities a vibrant arts community and a uniquely wonderful place to live and work. Exceptional instruction for individuals, groups, and ensembles, as well as partnerships with schools and arts organizations enable MacPhail to transform the lives of people of all ages, in the greater Twin Cities area and beyond.
Dream, Plan, Succeed
Project SUCCESS motivates and inspires young people to dream about the future, helps them take steps to get there and gives them the tools they need to achieve their goals. We have a comprehensive curriculum delivered each month in a student's English classroom that provides time, space and support for students to reflect. We invite students and families to see professional theater. We host college tours, and provide students with support with their post-secondary plans. Each summer, we take middle school students on an immersive, seven day adventure in the wilderness, where they have opportunities to gain new skills, experience, and support.
Open a world of opportunity
College Possible was founded in 2000 because far too many college-capable low-income students fail to earn admission to college and complete their degree. A student from an upper income family is ten times as likely to earn a college degree as a low-income student. This trend has been widely identified not only as a fundamental problem of injustice, but also as a factor that will inhibit our country's ability to compete in the global economy in the years ahead. By providing low-income students with both the guidance and the basic tools necessary to compete effectively, College Possible has demonstrated that its program can dramatically improve students' chances of earning a college degree. To date, 98% of our students have earned admission to college and nearly 80 percent have graduated or are persisting towards their degree.
Helping children, teachers and parents to prevent bullying and drug use through music
Rock in Prevention helps children, teachers and parents learn the methods and skills to prevent bullying and drug use through music with our Rock workshops. Since 1990, Rock in Prevention has helped more than 1.5 million students and parents. Today, Rock In Prevention is excited about making new discoveries and will continue to connect the dots of increasing parental involvement, student supports, guidance, literacy and the academic goals of schools to help children live to their fullest potential.
The Community College Project
One Million Degrees empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work, and in life. Formerly the Illinois Education Foundation, One Million Degrees was founded in 2006 by a group of social entrepreneurs who understood the specific challenges facing a uniquely overlooked student population - community college students. One Million Degrees believes that when given a solid system of support, every student has the ability to reach his or her full personal and professional potential.
A School Where Children Learn to Listen, Talk, Read, and Succeed.
Since its founding in 1914, Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) has demonstrated that regardless of how severe their hearing impairment, children can learn to speak and to understand the speech of others when early and appropriate education is provided. Today, cochlear implants and powerful digital hearing aids, combined with educational techniques developed at CID, are enabling more children to learn to listen, talk, read and succeed academically. CID teachers and audiologists are experts at helping deaf and hearing-impaired children gain the best possible benefit from today's rapidly changing technologies. We offer a language-rich, assessment-based educational program individualized to help every child achieve success.
Promoting diversity and inclusion in American business
Founded in 1966, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is an alliance of the leading American business schools and some of our country's top corporations. The Consortium works to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools' enrollments and the ranks of management. We recruit for graduate business education qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents from these underrepresented groups, as well as other persons who can demonstrate a commitment to the Consortium's mission and can best assist the Consortium in pursuing this mission.
Enriching Lives and Building Community Through the Arts
COCA - Center of Creative Arts is a nationally recognized not-for-profit arts organization whose innovative programs encourage people to see, think and express themselves in new ways. As a leader in arts education, and the largest multidisciplinary arts institution in St. Louis, we annually serve more than 50,000 people of all ages and skill levels, from enthusiastic amateurs to emerging professionals-all taught by a faculty of distinguished arts educators. We provide meaningful arts experiences in our own studios, gallery and theatres as well as in schools, community centers and business settings in order to build a vibrant community that is creative, connected and inclusive. To ensure diversity and accessibility in all of our programs we are committed to eliminating economic and social barriers to participation in the arts. Since 1986, COCA has helped the people of St. Louis-from schoolchildren to business executives-discover their creative potential.
Educating Girls for Life
Founded in 2000, Marian Middle School is a Catholic school serving adolescent girls of all religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. We are committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by fostering girls' spiritual, academic, social, moral, emotional, and physical development in preparation for and for successful completion of college preparatory high schools.
Opening doors for a new generation of leaders
The Opportunity Network (OppNet) levels the playing field for young people from underserved communities throughout New York City by creating access for them to best fit colleges, professional networks, and career opportunities. In our founding six-year Fellows program, students receive critical college access and success training, career exposure, and professional development and network building opportunities, leading them to graduate with the skills, experience, and network to fulfill their potential. Additionally, OppNet works with schools and youth-serving organizations nationwide through our Career Fluency® Partnerships program. OppNet leads partners through the process of adapting our effective curriculum into their existing programs to amplify college and career outcomes for their students.
Connect. Engage. Thrive.
We connect with students to help them engage and thrive in education and their future. The Pando Initiative has been successfully connecting with more than 200,000 students in area schools since 1990. Our core model focuses on individual students who are struggling with school and life. We position a dedicated staff member inside partner schools in Wichita, Derby and Haysville public schools.
Preparing Students for Success
Founded in 1991 by the Charles Koch Foundation, Youth Entrepreneurs (formerly Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas) teaches students business and entrepreneurial education to help them prosper and become contributing members of society. We believe teaching entrepreneurship better prepares students for success in business and other future career and education endeavors. We stimulate economic thinking skills; encourage creative, intelligent risk-taking; provide practical business experience; and instill independence and personal responsibility.
Shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical expression.
Founded in 1956 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement,Chicago Children's Choir is a nonprofit organization committed to peacefully uniting a diverse world through education, musical expression and excellence.Serving more than 4,300 children annually, Chicago Children's Choir empowers singers to bridge cultural divides and become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in 79 Chicago schools, 10 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children's Choir reflects the cultural landscape of the city.
A private, Christian, college-preparatory boarding school for highly-motivated students. Over 90% on scholarship.
Founded in 1975, North Central Texas Academy (located on the beautiful, 500-acre campus of Happy Hill Farm) is an independent, accredited, coeducational, interdenominational college-preparatory, day, boarding, and international school.North Central Texas Academy equips a unified, but diverse, student body for lifelong success by providing a comprehensive education from a Christian worldview that cultivates the mind, transforms the heart, and develops each student's character and God-given abilities.
Nurturing young scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), founded in 1983, nurtures careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology for academically talented high school and college students. CEE is dedicated to encouraging international understanding among future leaders of the world. CEE's programs challenge students and assist them on a long-term basis to become the creators, inventors, scientists, and leaders of the 21st century. The Center's programs help keep the United States competitive in science and technology and further international understanding among future leaders of the world. Today, the Center sponsors three programs for high school students and teachers: the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad and the Teacher Enrichment Program.
Learning by doing
Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as "living classrooms." Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore-Washington based non-profit educational organization with a distinctive competency in experiential learning - literally learning by direct experience, or what we call "learning by doing." We educate students through our own charter school, through after-school and supplemental education programs, and through environmental experiences, with special emphasis on serving students who live in high-risk environments. We also eliminate barriers to success for young adults and families through community development, workforce preparation, and life skills training.
Closing the opportunity gap for middle school youth
Higher Achievement was founded in 1975 by Greg Gannon, a teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement's proven model provides a rigorous year-round out-of-school-time learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Over the past 35 years, Higher Achievement has worked with more than 10,000 youth in the DC Metro area. On average, 95 percent of Higher Achievement scholars advance to top academic high schools and 93 percent go on to college.
To college. Through college
CollegeBound works exclusively in Baltimore City public schools to encourage and enable students to pursue a postsecondary education. A secondary goal is to improve the social and economic fabric of the community through an educated workforce. CollegeBound's nationally recognized college advising model has transformed the lives of thousands of high school students. Alumni of the CollegeBound program credit the High School Specialists and the highly individualized college advising program with their success.
Public Allies, founded in 1992, links diverse young Americans who want to make a difference with nonprofit organizations in their communities who need them. In the process, we show young leaders how to turn their passion for making a difference into a viable career path. Public Allies is the leadership and human capital solution our diverse communities need. Our mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. Since 1992, Public Allies has grown to 21 communities and graduated more than 4,000 diverse Allies committed to a lifetime of nonprofit and community service.
Delivering possibilities for children in need
First Book is a nonprofit, social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and essentials to children in need. First Book has distributed nearly 150 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book's membership of more than 250,000 teachers and program leaders is the largest and fastest growing network of educators serving children from low-income families. By making new, high-quality books and essentials available to them on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming lives, so that every child can have equal access to a quality education.
Energies combine, potentials emerge
The mission of the Ingenuity Project is to prepare highly capable and motivated Baltimore students to achieve at nationally competitive levels in mathematics and science. The goal is to give city students the classroom advantages that wealthier county and private schools offer their populations with the expectation that Ingenuity students will take advanced placement courses in high school, attend college, and ultimately be prepared to become leaders in their chosen professions.
Connect to your future
Founded in 1993, College Summit helps bright, low-income students - with the right support during the post-secondary transition - propel their lives (and communities) in a positive direction. Over the past decade, College Summit has worked in partnership with schools, school districts and colleges to develop a sustainable model for raising college enrollment rates in the community. College Summit builds the capacity of schools to dramatically increase college-going school- and district- wide. Trained student influencers build college-going culture, while teachers and counselors use a managed curriculum and technology tools to help all students create postsecondary plans and apply to college. We are committed to the day when every student who can make it in college makes it to college.
Democracy is a verb!
Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. We help low-income Chicago youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, we honor the Mikvas' decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics. Since 2000, Mikva Challenge has trained over 40,000 young people through our elections, activism and policymaking programs. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants.
Empowering Women Since 1881
American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW believes that together we can transform society for the better. Our vision is simple - we bring people together united behind the common goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls. By joining our more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners, you become part of AAUW's powerful voice. Since its first meeting in 1881, AAUW has been a catalyst for change. When more than a century ago a Harvard physician claimed that higher education jeopardized women's health, AAUW conducted research that proved he was wrong. When the number of female college students grew, AAUW funded fellowships to support them. When girls and boys were treated differently in school, AAUW research put gender bias on the national agenda. When women receive less pay than their male colleagues for the same job, AAUW continues researching, educating, and advocating for equity.
Inform. Educate. Inspire.
Society for Science & the Public is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate and inspire. The Society is proud to continue to convey the world of science to our global community. Educating and informing students, parents, teachers and the greater community about the evolving and influential world of science, we inspire the endless possibilities they have to offer.
Educating students socially, academically and morally
An Achievable Dream (AAD) is a nationally recognized K through 12 program dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic background. AAD operates two schools in a unique public/private partnership with Newport News Public Schools (NNPS). NNPS provides instructional and support elements common to all city schools, including basic curriculum and staffing, student services, transportation, food service, and maintenance. An Achievable Dream raises funds for and operates additional components that contribute significantly to the program's effectiveness. The focus at all grade levels is that college and successful careers are achievable for everyone.
Educating Students Socially, Academically, and Morally
An Achievable Dream Middle & High School works to provide a unique challenging disciplined academic environment for children in elementary grades through high school. It is our mission to challenge and motivate all students to exceed their own expectations in academic achievement and social progress and to instill in all children respect for themselves, respect for their adult leaders and respect for core human values by providing all children with a social academic, and moral education. It is our mission to enable each child with the support of his/her family, to attain a vision; to develop a personal, Achievable dream that will light the way for success and job in life as a productive citizen.
Helping kids stay in school
Communities in Schools of Richmond (CIS) helps kids stay in school by identifying and addressing the unmet needs of children and families. In partnership with Richmond Public Schools and Henrico County Public Schools, CIS identifies the most critical needs of students K-12 and their families and locates and coordinates community resources, dedicated volunteers and agencies to serve in partnership with the schools. CIS ensures that the work of these outside agencies and volunteers is interconnected and integrated, providing the support students need the most.
Preparing underserved students for success in college
The SEED Foundation partners with urban communities to provide innovative educational opportunities that prepare underserved students for success in college and beyond.We open and support college-preparatory, public boarding schools that provide a 24-hour-a-day nurturing environment designed specifically for children who would most benefit from SEED's comprehensive model and the opportunities it provides. Read more about our student demographics here.SEED's innovative model integrates a rigorous academic program with a nurturing boarding program that teaches life skills and provides students with a safe and secure environment. Our model includes academic, residential, mental health, physical health, social, and enrichment programs. SEED nurtures positive contact with families and community leaders, thereby strengthening students' support structures and surrounding communities.
Providing a pathway to a better future
The National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF) supports and advocates on behalf of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, jointly funded by the federal and state governments, that provides a 17-month rigorous educational program, including a 22-week long residential phase, for high school dropouts. Participants receive academic training leading to credit recovery, a GED, or a high school diploma as well as extensive training in leadership and life skills. The Foundation contributes to the Program by, among many things, raising national awareness of the dropout crisis, advocating to the state and federal governments on behalf of the Program, soliciting corporate partners to enhance the quality of the Program, providing scholarships to Program graduates, and helping develop programs such as STEM training to strengthen the academic phase of the Program.
A catalyst for character, creativity and leadership development for the young people of China
Junior Achievement China works to serve as a catalyst for character, creativity and leadership development for the young people of China by implementing principle-centered, interactive business and economics education programs through a partnership between business and education. JA China helps China develop global talents through its provision of a trustworthy platform that connects the business and education spheres in a mutually-beneficial manner. JA China surpasses the traditional bounds of school, company, and society, and brings top-tier business talents into the classroom to help students prepare the skills and mentality needed to successfully enter society.
College graduation. Period.
OneGoal, founded in 2003, exists to provide urban students with the resources, support, and network to enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges. As the nation's only teacher-led college persistence organization, the organization identifies, trains, and supports highly effective teachers to guide underperforming students in low-income high schools toward success in college and beyond. In fulfilling its mission, the organization provides comprehensive, program-based fellowships to teams of students.
Preparing bright, motivated students for success
Harlem Academy is an independent school (grades 1-8) that prepares bright, motivated students for success at top secondary schools and lifelong learning. The school offers merit-based admissions, cultivates strong family partnerships, and ensures its economic diversity by meeting all demonstrated need for tuition support. Harlem Academy is a school offering the highest standards of academic rigor and character development as a catalyst for lifelong learning, thoughtful citizenship and upward mobility. The school opened in 2004 with a first grade class and now has 113 students in grades one through eight.
Empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life
Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area (CIS) provides a dropout prevention program that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS partners with Charleston and Berkeley County School Districts to serve over 13,200 students in 28 schools, using an evidenced-based comprehensive approach to bring community services to students, their families, and schools. During the 2013-14 school year, 96% of students promoted to the next grade and 95% of seniors graduated. Out of the seniors that graduated, 88% went on to college and 10% joined the military.
A Dictionary is a Necessity!
The Dictionary Project works to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade. Since our founding in 1995, over 18 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States.
A gateway to a bright future
Although founded 36 years before the birth of the nation, Bethesda Home for Boys is more focused on the future than the past. Bethesda provides educational, residential, and guidance programs to disadvantaged boys who have been placed in the home for various reasons. Today, we have 120 boys attending school at Bethesda with 40 residing on campus. It's their futures we're the most concerned about. It's what continues to make Bethesda, as founder George Whitefield envisioned, a house of mercy to boys in need.
When it comes to making sure children get exactly what they need to succeed in school and in life, we never give up.
For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We believe that it's relationships--not programs--that change children, and so our organization focuses on the power of a caring and connected adult. Our unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students' needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it's food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.
Linking community resources with Nashville Public Schools
Founded in 1982, PENCIL Foundation is the premier organization linking community resources of both volunteers and materials with Metro Nashville Public Schools. PENCIL administers eight educational programs that involve the community as volunteers and mentors, provide academic enrichment opportunities, prepare students for graduation and get school supplies in the hands of children who need them.
A Safety Net of Support
Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. is an affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, the nation's leading dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We are committed to helping students achieve success in school and continue their education in college or other post-secondary training. As a result, our youth will be better equipped to find meaningful employment, lead productive, gratifying lives, and become contributing members of our society.
Working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education
Founded in 1989, A Child's Place (ACP) works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. Our purpose is to enable client homeless children to have the same educational opportunities and advantages as other children. Most of our client families are working poor, and virtually all of them live well below the poverty line. For them, homelessness is not a way of life, but a time in their lives. By minimizing the impact of this difficult time on the academic progress of children, ACP contributes to the likelihood that they will be promoted each year, graduate from high school and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.
Helping kids stay in school and prepare for life
Communities In Schools (CIS) is a network of nonprofit organizations focused on improving student and school success by providing needed support and services to students and schools. Our ultimate goal is to see that all students are successful in school and complete their education at least through high school. Communities In Schools of Georgia (CISGA) provides services to communities seeking to improve outcomes for students and schools in their communities. CIS provides communities with support in developing programs and services to combat the problems of school failure and dropouts in their schools. CISGA supports the work of local CIS affiliates, Performance Learning Centers and High School Graduation Coaches in Georgia.
Learn at the Helm
The Chapman School of Seamanship works to meet the changing and expanding educational and training needs of professional mariners and other marine industry specialists as well as serious recreational boating men and women. The School's location of less than 90 nautical miles from the Bahamas, which also allows convenient access to some of the best cruising waters in the Caribbean for our Offshore Training Programs. The School continues to focus on its mission of providing the highest quality boating education in a "Learn at the Helm" approach for both the novice and experienced, professional and recreational boater.
Offering hope to families
The mission of Hope Rural School is to offer hope to families. The school primarily serves children from immigrant families by providing them with a Catholic Elementary education in grades Pre-K through 5 in an environment that nurtures the Gospel values of mercy, justice, and love. We do this through fostering the principles of Christian discipleship; supporting, guiding and encouraging parents in the education of their children; developing an appreciation and respect for heritage; and encouraging and enabling graduates to reach their full potential through advanced education.
Supporting young artists as they pursue their dreams
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.
For excellence in Miami-Dade Public Schools
The Education Fund's mission is to maximize every child's potential and to ensure that each one graduates with every opportunity for success. The Education Fund engages the entire community in making educational excellence a top priority, ensuring that every child learns and succeeds in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Serving students, teachers and schools
The Hillsborough Education Foundation serves the students, teachers and public schools in Hillsborough County. The Education Foundation has invested more than $80 million in our public schools since 1988. Our objectives are two-fold: We want to make sure that every child and teacher have the critical resources they need to have the best learning experience in our schools, and we want to support the mission of Hillsborough County Public Schools.
Helping students choose success.
Communities In Schools (CIS) was founded in 1977 in New York to help adolescents stay in school and graduate from high school. Communities In Schools of Jacksonville grew out of the concerns of community leaders about the high social and financial costs related to the problem of dropouts in the local school system. Since its inception in 1990, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville has grown from one site at Jefferson Davis Middle School to serving more than 35 schools and reaching nearly 7,000 students annually through case management, after-school, mentoring, and literacy tutoring programs. Communities In Schools of Jacksonville is unique in its ability to link valuable resources with those students in danger of falling through the cracks, enabling them to successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
No child should miss out on a chance to succeed merely because they lack the tools
Since 1998, A Gift for Teaching (AGFT) has worked to improve public education by transferring our community's surplus materials and resources free to teachers for their students in need. AGFT's concept is beautifully simple: local businesses take unwanted supplies or surplus merchandise that would otherwise get thrown away and donate it for distribution through the Free Store for teachers. More than 7,535 teachers from Central Florida's highest need schools can then shop for free to make sure the more than 180,000 students in our community have what they need to learn. At AGFT, we offer additional programs that expand the scope of learning for students and teachers in music, art and physical education.
Family literacy, family progress
Founded in 1989, the mission of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is to create a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. NCFL works to: create understanding about low literacy; develop, evaluate, and replicate programs and interventions poised to break the cycle of low literacy for families with the greatest barriers to success; creative innovative solutions to learning English and achieving literacy proficiency for the nation's immigrant population; support teachers, practitioners and community providers who deliver literacy services; provide families with tools and information necessary to build literacy into their home and daily life; and assist communities and service organizations in designing and developing strategic programs.
Providing Bible history education to public schools
Bible in the Schools provides Bible history education to public schools. Bible in the Schools aims to enrich the next generation with the wisdom and knowledge of the Bible by developing curriculum, training, and financial resources for elective, for-credit courses in Bible history, using the Bible as a text, taught in a controlled curriculum by trained and certified middle and high school teachers employed by the Hamilton County Department of education. Teachers are employees of Hamilton County Department of Education, and Bible in the Schools reimburses HCDE for teacher salaries and benefits.
Fostering a love of reading among preschool children.
Dolly Parton founded the Imagination Library in 1995 to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee with the goal of fostering a love of reading among her county's preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family's income. Beginning in 2000, the program is available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally.
Working to be an instrument of God
Binghampton Christian Academy (BCA) is a Pre-kindergarten through Eighth grade Christian school for children who need more love and hope. Most come from the Binghampton community with the largest number coming from housing projects near the school. BCA works to be an instrument of God to bring the hope that is in Jesus Christ to the children of Binghampton and their families by seeking to lead them to Him as we nurture them spiritually, mentally, and physically so that they may become productive, self-supporting, and godly citizens.
A model of excellence in urban education
Cornerstone Schools of Alabama was founded in 1993 by the late C. Molton Williams and area business and community leaders. These leaders sought to end the cycle of poverty that goes hand in hand with an inadequate education. The mission of Cornerstone Schools is to provide Birmingham's urban children a Christ-centered environment of excellence in learning, character development, fine arts, and service to community. Cornerstone recognizes the unique challenges facing today's urban families and provides the tools and resources necessary for children to develop to their fullest potential while supporting parents in nurturing their child's personal and spiritual growth, enhancing self-esteem, and teaching personal responsibility.
Empowering Children - Reducing Illiteracy - Improving the Community
Better Basics' mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. Incorporated in 1994, we currently provide our services to 52 schools in Birmingham and surrounding school systems. During the 2013-2014 school year, Better Basics reached roughly 24,000 children and parents, gave away over 41,000 books to at-risk children, and provided enrichment programs to 14,000 students.
One Fine Place
French Camp Academy, a Christ centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God. We provide a safe, stable, healing place for young people from families in crisis. The Presbyterian church established two schools in 1885: as The Central Mississippi Institute for girls and French Camp Academy for boys. In 1915, fire destroyed the girls' institute and the schools were combined under the name French Camp Academy. French Camp Academy accepts young people from all over the country who, for one reason or another, need a place to live and learn away from home. Though French Camp Academy has primarily served young people since its founding, it is currently developing programs to offer families that promote health and healing in relationships.
Leading through reading
The mission of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, founded in 1989, is to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. Our goal is to ensure that every child and every adult in Palm Beach County becomes a reader. Through extensive outreach and collaboration with a network of community partners, the Literacy Coalition strives to ensure that individuals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need.
Education. Empowerment. Hope.
The Immokalee Foundation is dedicated to building pathways to success for the children of Immokalee. We empower Immokalee's children through programs focused on education, vocation, and life skills that lead to economic independence. The Immokalee Foundation offers students the tools, opportunities, and encouragement they need to succeed at each level of their education and in their careers. Since being founded in 1991, The Immokalee Foundation has served over 1,000 students, achieved a 100% high school graduation rate for participants, as well as a 85% post-secondary graduation rate.
Reinventing education through the arts
Center for Creative Education reinvents education through the arts. Creative approaches are infused into classroom curriculum and after school settings, to enhance the teaching of traditional academic subjects - improving each child's learning potential and academic performance, increasing overall enthusiasm about school and shaping more productive, responsible community members that exercise creative problem solving throughout life. The Center for Creative Education uses the arts to enrich and transform a child's educational experience. We use visual, performing and language arts to enhance children's knowledge of literacy, math and science. We help bring learning to life!
Improving the health, education and independence of people with disabilities, disadvantaged youth and their families
Shake-A-Leg Miami is South Florida's premier adaptive water sports community that serves people of all abilities. With many programs offered seven days a week, Shake-A-Leg Miami provides many opportunities for children, youth and adults with or without physical challenges to experience beautiful Biscayne Bay. We use the marine environment to improve the health, education and independence of people with disabilities, disadvantaged youth and their families in an inclusive setting.
We give teachers a hand
AdoptAClassroom.org gives teachers a hand by providing needed classroom materials so that students can succeed.It is estimated that more than 15 million children don't have the resources they need to succeed in school and that teachers spend more than $1 billion a year stocking their own classrooms due to a lack of funding in schools. Supporting K-12th grade students, including public, private, and charter school classrooms, AdoptAClassroom.org makes it easy for donors to provide funding and support to classrooms throughout America. Teachers register their classrooms and needs online; donors discover classrooms through simple search tools, and make targeted contributions. As an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are able to connect donors with every classroom in the country.
Supporting the Achievement Centers for Children & Families
The Achievement Centers for Children & Families Foundation is the fundraising division for the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. The Foundation office implements all fundraising initiatives and marketing campaigns that support the Centers' programs and services. Founded in 1969, the Center's award-winning services and nationally accredited programs serve over 700 children and 350 adults on two campuses in Delray Beach. Comprehensive services include quality, affordable childcare, after school and extended day programs, teen programs, adult education and community outreach services. Services target children who are at the highest risk for poverty, abuse, abandonment or neglect and for low-income families and adults.
Inspire. Empower. Enrich.
Opened in 2003, the mission of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) is to inspire and empower youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services. OYC programs are designed to engage children in educational and recreational activities that promote their physical, cognitive, motor, social, and emotional development. After-school services are provided both at our site and within our partner schools and are coordinated closely with in-school services. During the after school hours, students attend daily educational enrichment classes focused on homework assistance, skill building, FCAT preparation, and remediation. Students participate in daily recreational activities that include culturally diverse forms of physical exercise and creative arts.
Inspiring young people and expanding their learning through the arts
Founded in 2001, Arts for Learning (A4L) is dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources. As a leading source of arts integrated programs in Miami, A4L connects the arts to other subjects to support academic achievement and child development. A4L's comprehensive services include teacher and artist professional development, arts-integrated instruction, student studio programs, community art programs, student internships, and mentoring.
In pursuit of musical excellence
Boston Children's Chorus envisions a city defined by meaningful relationships among its community members. Through participation in a rigorous choral curriculum supplemented with lessons to foster compassion, BCC singers will use the shared experience of music to create a better understanding of their part in the world around them. BCC is in pursuit of musical excellence, which the organization believes can be used as a tool to create dialogue around difficult issues. By encouraging conversations around these issues, our singers pave the way for a more connected Boston and leading to creative social integration.
Providing pathways out of poverty by educating children and families
Grace Place for Children and Families is an educational nonprofit organization guided by our faith-based core values. The idea of grace comes from the generosity of God. Grace Place expresses this generosity as an educational center that provides pathways out of poverty through educating children and families. A large number of our donors and volunteers come to Grace Place through their faith communities. Grace Place does not proselytize. This means that we will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith. The mission of Grace Place is to put our faith into action – providing pathways out of poverty by educating children and families. What a wonderful way to fulfill the greatest commandments, to love God and neighbor! Our vision is that all families have access to education to break the cycle of poverty.
Helping Young People Soar.
Summer Search is a national youth development nonprofit organization. We work with low-income high school students to transform what they believe is possible for themselves. We help students develop the skills and character traits they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities. Our mission is to help low-income teenagers transform what they believe is possible for themselves and develop the skills they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities.
In the Jesuit tradition
Founded in 2001, The Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School, operates a tuition-free co-educational school for grades kindergarten through seventh for inner city at-risk children. The Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School seeks to help low-income, urban youth in order to realize their fullest potential as productive members of society by providing them with an extended-day, year-round, quality education, integrated with personal, moral and spiritual development, and continued guidance during the students' further education. Students are enrolled without regard to race, color, religion, or ethnicity.
Transforming the lives of at-risk students since 1973.
To create a supportive community for students who have chosen to continue their education in a non-traditional setting. Our comprehensive and individualized services enable students to reach their potential and become responsible and productive adults.
To develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts
The Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain is a private, non-profit organization with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. Since 1977, the Oklahoma Arts Institute has recruited nationally renowned artists to teach a fine arts program for talented Oklahoma youth and a series of continuing education workshops for adults. All programs are held at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.
There is no greater gift than opportunity.
Beacon Academy provides a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades to promising, motivated and hard-working students from Boston and surrounding urban areas. Inspired by a challenging curriculum and stimulating co-curricular experiences, students learn vital academic skills and develop habits of mind that empower them to change the trajectory of their lives. They emerge as active learners with increased confidence, critical thinking skills, and broader vision, prepared to thrive at competitive independent high schools that share our commitment to their success. Beacon Academy supports its alumni as they continue their journeys. The school welcomes opportunities to work in partnership with teachers and schools to help create and maintain inclusive communities for all.
Enabling progress through entrepreneurial action.
Enactus is global community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Guided by faculty advisors and business experts, participating students form teams on their campuses to create and implement community projects that empower people in need. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the skills and perspective necessary to become effective, values-driven leaders. Founded in 1975, Enactus today has more than 69,000 student participants on campuses in 36 countries.
Helping Denver's at-risk youth
The Colorado I Have a Dream® Foundation (CIHADF) helps Denver's most at-risk youth achieve their dreams through an award-winning, 12-year program of mentoring, academic assistance, life-skills development, cultural enrichment and partial scholarships for higher education. The seeds of failure take root on our inner city streets: poverty, drugs, violence, hunger, crime, underperforming schools, language barriers, whole neighborhoods disenfranchised. Through it all, or perhaps in spite of it, our children dream.
Creating first-generation college graduates.
Breakthrough Austin provides out-of-school learning and academic case management from middle school through college to students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college. We believe that all Central Texas children from low-income communities should have the opportunity to go to college. Unfortunately, statistics say this won't happen without significant intervention. In fact, less than 6% of Central Texas middle school students from low-income communities will finish college, and only 11% of low-income high school graduates. To combat this trend, Breakthrough makes a 12-year commitment to successfully guide each of its students and families through the long and complicated process of preparing for, enrolling in and completing college. We believe that by providing innovative educational programs to children and their families, we can replace the cycle of poverty with self-sufficiency.
Art for life
The Southwest School of Art works to teach, preserve, and advance the visual arts. We expand the creative potential of our community and connect cultures of the world through participatory learning experience. An additional part of our mission is to preserve the former Ursuline Convent and Academy as a place of historic significance. The Southwest School of Art is a nationally-recognized leader in arts education, currently offering studio programs for more than 4,000 adults, children and teens annually on its campus. The school also organizes contemporary art exhibitions, and houses a small history museum, and a lunch café.
Helping kids succeed in school and achieve in life
Communities In Schools Dallas Region (CISDR) was founded in 1985 to address the growing number of high school dropouts in Dallas and surrounding areas. The mission of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc. is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.Currently, CISDR operates in 62 schools in 12 school districts in Dallas, Collin, Ellis, and Hunt counties. CISDR's vision is to be recognized as experts in the field of dropout prevention and the leading provider of the highest quality, most effective services to at-risk schoolchildren.
Making imagination a part of everyday learning
Big Thought partners with public and private organizations to provide creative learning programs that enrich the lives of youth from under-resourced communities. Big Thought brings relentless optimism, innovation and imagination to the biggest problem facing education today: the opportunity gap. Big Thought makes imagination a part of everyday learning by delivering campus and community programs focused on arts, culture, and STEM learning that impact academic achievement and youth development.
Helping kids stay in school and prepare for life
Beginning in 1979, Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) began making a difference in the stay-in-school and graduation rates among Houston area schools! The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS is based on the belief that programs don't change people-relationships do! CIS of Houston works with at-risk students in grades pre-K through post-secondary, by placing a full-time social service provider on the school campus to implement a student-centered, goal-oriented, solution-focused case management model, which is a process for assessing and meeting a student's needs. CIS Project Managers are committed adults who invest in at-risk students' personal and academic success, building significant relationships with students to encourage him/her to set and attain academic, personal, and career goals.CIS mental health professionals provide mental and behavioral health support services for over 6,600 students annually, and partners with community mental health providers under the CIS Mental Health Initiative. Within that initiative mental health services are provided to meet the specific needs of Newcomer students and their families who are recent immigrants or refugees. The CIS Project MOVE Dental provides preventative and restorative dental care to 1,200 students annually in partnership with the University of Texas Dental Branch. The collective impact of these and hundreds of CIS partnerships throughout the community projects well into the future with each student who successfully completes school and succeeds in life.
Graduation Really Achieves Dreams
Project GRAD Houston (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) is an education reform model with a goal of creating the most cost effective and research-based methods for addressing the needs of students and families in low-income communities so that students graduate from high school, then access and succeed in college. The GRAD Scholarship Program provides financial assistance toward a college education to eligible seniors in Houston, Texas. To aid the delivery of College Access and College Success services, GRAD is leveraging expanded partnerships and collaborations to respond to the growing demand for efficient services. These partnerships include community-based organizations and institutions of higher education, as well as public, charter and private schools.
Supporting literacy through newspapers in education
The Readers Are Leaders Foundation was founded in 1999 by The Houston Chronicle to promote newspapers as effective tools for improving the academic skills of young people in the Greater Houston, Texas area. The Foundation has a two-fold purpose: to encourage schoolchildren to read, and to foster a better understanding of current events and world affairs by these children. Programs include the Adopt-a-class program, which provides free newspaper subscriptions and a variety of teaching guides to needy classrooms; the Family-based Literacy program, providing educational assistance to students and family of 47 inner-city school communities in the Houston area; and Club Chronicle, where children and adults can improve their reading skills by reading serial stories.
Every child in school and learning well
Pratham is the largest non-governmental organization providing quality education to underprivileged children of India. With a budget of less than $14 million, Pratham uses very low-cost and scalable methods and works in collaboration with the government, local communities, parents, teachers and volunteers across the country to educate millions of children every year. Pratham's mission is "Every Child in School and Learning Well." Pratham USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator, accepts tax deductible contributions from U.S. donors to create educational reform throughout India. For more information, visit www.prathamusa.org.
Teaching, supporting and nurturing children living in poverty
Yellowstone Academy exists to promote human flourishing among Houston's neediest families. The school serves children from very low-income families with a program designed to provide the educational, spiritual, social, and practical resources they need to succeed. Yellowstone Academy uses a faith based, comprehensive approach to addressing the multi-dimensional challenges of poverty in the lives of children. Through education and intensive intervention, these children can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and grow up to become responsible, productive adults.
Inspiring hands-on learning
Founded in 1994, the RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) mission is to help educators transform a child's learning experience through hands-on education to inspire the joy and discovery of learning. We provide educators and community groups with creative ideas, materials, and training to promote hands-on learning in science, math, technology, and art. To learn 21st century skills - critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration - students need to be actively engaged in solving meaningful problems. RAFT connects thousands of educators with the inspiration and affordable resources students need to work, think, innovate and learn creatively.
Helping children become lifelong readers
Founded in 1999, the mission of Reading Partners is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning. We do this by focusing on children from low-income communities; giving one-on-one instruction at the student's reading level; recruiting and training community volunteers to work with children; partnering with high-need elementary schools to offer free services on the school campus; and providing a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child's life.
Preparing Jewish day school graduates to succeed in an ever-changing global society.
The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE) is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 to enhance and enrich the quality of Jewish education throughout the United States. We believe Jewish day school graduates should be prepared to succeed in an ever-changing global society and to reach their potentials in their future careers and in life. To that end, CIJE seeks to upgrade the technology and programs available to Jewish day schools and yeshivot so that the education these schools provide is world-class.
Healing traumatic stress and raising performance in at-risk populations
The David Lynch Foundation, was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities, including the Transcendental Meditation program, for at-risk populations such as underserved inner-city students; veterans with PTSD and their families; women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse; American Indians suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high suicide rates; homeless men participating in reentry programs who are striving to overcome addictions; and incarcerated juveniles and adults. The Foundation also funds university and medical school research to assess the effects of the program on academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and diabetes.
Building long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth
Founded in 1982, Colorado UpLift offers a unique, comprehensive solution to the issues faced by urban kids. Colorado UpLift provides full-time, salaried teachers, who begin building relationships with kids in 2nd and 3rd grade. Staff follow students from grade to grade until they graduate from high school and go on to pursue post-secondary education. Along the way, staff members teach classes, mentor kids, build resiliency and prepare kids for college. Colorado UpLift's overall goal is to empower urban young people to become leaders and productive citizens through long-term, relational support.
Bringing hope to Denver's at-risk youth
Founded in 1985 by Tom Tillapaugh, The Denver Street School (DSS) is a Christian alternative high school primarily serving the troubled and at-risk youth of the Denver metropolitan area. DSS offers struggling students a second chance to earn a high school diploma through a fully accredited program in a small classroom setting. We believe that a quality education is the most effective approach to transforming many underprivileged members of our society into productive citizens, and serves the population of students in Metro Denver that have struggled with, dropped-out or been expelled from the public school system, helping them toward self-sufficiency through education.
Every Student Counts. Every Student Graduates.
Denver Kids, Inc. exists to support Denver Public Schools (DPS) students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments, to successfully complete high school, pursue a post-secondary option, and become contributing members of the community. The Denver Kids, Inc. educational counselors are the core of our program. Averaging caseloads of 55 students, our educational counselors provide the one-on-one support and advocacy necessary to empower our Denver Kids, Inc. students to succeed academically, personally, and socially. Stationed at our main office at 1860 Lincoln Street and five satellite offices throughout DPS, the educational counselors interact with school personnel, families, mentors, and various community members and agencies to provide support for their students to help them reach their full potential.
Inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.6 million students per year in 113 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
Raising environmental awareness and inspiring stewardship and sustainability.
Walking Mountains Science Center works to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. As a science learning center, we offer hands-on, innovative field science programs for over 3,500 students each school year, summer youth science camps, adult seminars, guided half and full day hikes, and year-round interpretive programs for people of all ages. Residents and visitors can participate in our programs at our main campus in Avon, the Vail Nature Center, and the Nature Discovery Center at the top of Vail Mountain. Previously called the Gore Range Natural Science School when it was founded in 1998, Walking Mountains began as a grassroots effort that has grown year-by-year, bolstered by tremendous support from the community. At Walking Mountains Science Center, we believe that nature is for everyone.
Celebrating 20 years teaching children excellence
NDI New Mexico was founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. Our work is guided by our belief in children, as well as our commitment to social responsibility, excellence, sustainability and financial integrity.
Educating homeless teens, investing in Arizona's future!
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation of homeless unaccompanied youth throughout Southern Arizona. The youth we serve are in grades 6-12 (up to age 21) and have been abandoned through no fault of their own. Students are enrolled in Pima County public schools - including charter and alternative schools - and are motivated to obtain their high school diplomas despite personal and financial hardship. YOTO provides these tenacious young people with financial assistance, basic needs, and guidance as they work towards their high school graduation.
Learning. Literacy. Living.
Since 1966, Guadalupe School has provided hope to thousands of Utah's children and adults through the transforming power of education. Our mission is to teach economically disadvantaged children and non-English speaking adults the vision and skills needed to live productive, rewarding lives.
Support and Empowering students to stay in school.
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We are actively engaged with policy makers, school staff, parents and business partners to ensure that Communities In Schools' services are extended to as many K-12 students as possible and that those students have access to college. Independent research demonstrates that Communities In Schools is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it increases graduation rates. The study also shows that a higher percentage of students served by Communities In Schools reach proficiency in 4th-grade and 8th-grade reading and math.
Pilchuck Glass School inspires creativity, transforms individuals and builds community
Pilchuck Glass School is an international center for glass art education. From May through September every year, Pilchuck's summer program offers a series of courses as well as residencies for established artists in all media. Summer sessions vary in length and offer five concurrent courses in a variety of glassworking processes for artists of all skill levels. Small classes taught by world-renowned artists and instructors emphasize experimentation and teamwork while fostering individual initiative and expression. Pilchuck also offers residencies for both emerging and established artists during the fall and spring.
Real World Experience. Life-Changing Results.
Washington Business Week helps people realize their potential by creating an experience in which students, business leaders and educators partner to teach and inspire one another to be responsible employees, employers and citizens. Washington Business Week inspires personal and professional success in the global economy, thus furthering the values of free enterprise. The most compelling story of WBW is the impact we have made in the lives of teens throughout Washington State for almost 40 years. Continually we hear back from alumni of the program who point to Business Week as life-changing. That's our truest story – told through the lives of remarkable constituents of Washington Business Week.
Changing lives one boat at a time.
The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is a hands-on maritime museum serving residents and visitors to the Northwest's Puget Sound region. The CWB mission is "to provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations". - CWB envisions a future where lives are enriched with the knowledge of where we fit into the continuum of history and human experience by collecting, preserving and telling the story of wooden small craft and maritime culture. - CWB envisions a future where every child has the confidence to pursue their full potential by providing challenging physical and mental experiences in wooden small craft.- CWB envisions a future where people of all ages use their hands and minds to connect to their culture and their physical world by making maritime craft and skills education a lifelong experience.- CWB builds community and creates access to the water
Equipping Students For Success
TAF Academy is a 6th-12th grade STEM-focused partner school formed in partnership with public school districts that prepare students for college and careers. One of our primary goals is to enlist students as active participants in their own education. When TAF Academy students graduate, they receive a diploma that meets all Washington State and district requirements, and are academically and culturally ready for college.
Stretching minds...Launching futures.
Rainier Scholars is a community of energetic people who are passionate about the power of education and the immeasurable value of opportunity. Our scholars come from those groups most underrepresented on college campuses-including African Americans, Hispanic Latinos, Native Americans and first generation Asian Americans. We particularly recruit those students who have the greatest number of barriers to a college education. More than 80 percent of our scholars qualify as low-income. More than 85 percent come from households where they will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. Our scholars are distinguished as much by what they have as by what they don't have. All Rainier Scholars demonstrate innate cognitive ability, motivation and a strong work ethic. They share a desire to use education as a pathway to new possibilities.
Committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math.
Founded in 2001, Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. We envision a world where a true level playing field exists – a world where everyone has equitable access to opportunities, including the historically disenfranchised. LPFI provides the resources and support to ensure that underrepresented students of color throughout our nation can overcome barriers and obstacles to their success and thrive in STEM fields of study, from K-12 through higher education.
Helping to inspire the artists, audiences, patrons and creative citizens of the future
Founded in 1958, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington has evolved from presenting only a few classical music performances to currently providing a roster of over 200 skilled residency and performing artists with programs in multiple artistic disciplines and cultures. We connect these artists with classroom teachers and together they use the arts to make learning come alive for their students. Our mission is to enhance children's learning with creative resources from the arts community. Through Young Audiences' Run For The Arts, schools raise the funds that make it possible to bring artists into their classrooms, pay for field trips to see performances and exhibitions and purchase art supplies.
Making adventure travel accessible to everyone
Founded in 1978, Wilderness Inquiry's mission is to provide equitable, inclusive access to the many benefits of the natural world for all communities. We do so through shared outdoor education and adventure programs that inspire personal development, enhanced environmental awareness, and community integration for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, including those marginalized from the mainstream. Over 37 years, WI, with its many partners, has pioneered innovative programs to serve over 411,000 people from all walks of life. Annually we offer over 400 experiences ranging from outdoor workshops at local community events to multi-day trips worldwide. WI adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.
Making a difference for North Portland youth
Since 1971, Open Meadow Alternative Schools has been making a difference in the lives of North Portland youth. Open Meadow Schools offers a personalized educational experience for middle and high school youth. Our mission is to educate youth in small, relationship-based programs that emphasize personal responsibility, academics, and service to the community. Open Meadow successfully re-engages disconnected youth in their education, providing academic and support services to those at high risk of dropping out of school. We educate students in small middle and high school programs and provide an array of transition services that help students move smoothly from middle school to high school and from high school to college and career. In 2007-08, Open Meadow served more than 700 youth in our programs.
Find your story here
The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature. Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary center located in downtown Portland, with a 32-year history of serving Oregon's readers and writers. Our programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country's largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon's writers and independent publishers; Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach semester-long creative writing workshops in Portland's public high schools; and Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival, which builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more. We also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.
Start Making a Reader Today
SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Teachers recommend students for participation in the program, which complements the school's curriculum. Local SMART Coordinators recruit and train community volunteers to read once a week from October to May with two children. The consistent, one-on-one relationship gives children the attention, self-confidence, and skills to succeed in school and beyond. SMART further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving them new books each month. SMART serves about 10,000 children each year.
Partnering with nature to teach kids science
Our mission is to Inspire Enthusiasm for Science and a Love of Learning in Pre-K through 6th-grade students in Santa Clara County, CA. We teach inquiry-based, life, physical, earth, and social science to nearly 30,000 children per year. Since our founding in 1953, we have taught hundreds of thousands of children. Our two youth programs are School & Group Programs and Summer Science Camps. We are committed to ensuring these programs are available to low-income, academically at-risk, and underserved populations. We also offer family Science Safaris (weekend and evening programs). YSI maintains 3 park-based Science & Nature Centers (San Jose, Saratoga, and Los Gatos). Each Center has specialized and unique artifacts, collections, and resources that connect children with nature while teaching science. Our programs are founded on the best practices of both hands-on science and experiential environmental education, and are correlated to the science content standards for CA public schools.
Explore the ideas of liberty
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) was founded in 1961 by Dr. F. A. Baldy Harper. Harper set up an institute devoted to research and education in the conviction that greater understanding of human affairs and freedom would foster peace, prosperity, and social harmony. Today, with a primary focus on students, the Institute continues the work begun by Baldy Harper. The mission of IHS is to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and who demonstrate the potential to help change the current climate of opinion to one more congenial to the principles and practice of freedom.
Creating outstanding performances
The mission of the San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) is to create outstanding performances featuring the unique and compelling sound of young women's voices through an exemplary music education program. Our vision is to provide music education for girls and young women from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and to give the students who participate in Chorus programs the skills, self-discipline and confidence to succeed in music and in life. SFGC strives to be a leader in all aspects of choral music. Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus is a regional center for music education and choral training for girls and young women, ages 7-18. More than 300 students participate in this internationally recognized program. SFGC is committed to economic and ethnic diversity, and 32% of students receive scholarships.
Ready for work and life
New Door Ventures helps at-risk youth get ready for work and life. Through real opportunities to work and learn, we provide assistance to young people ages 16-21 who need support in making the increasingly difficult transition to adulthood. We provide youth with the meaningful jobs and training that they need to succeed in the workplace, and the personal support they need for the rest of life. We offer a comprehensive approach to helping youth succeed through: jobs, job readiness, supportive community.
Hope, home, and education
First Place serves families in crisis by providing excellent culturally competent education, housing and support services enabling families to achieve permanent stability.First Place seeks to empower low-income families and their children to achieve self-sufficiency.Since 1989, First Place has been a community leader, statewide advocate and national model for breaking the cycle of poverty.We create an empowering environment for families struggling to overcome poverty which inspires them to obtain and maintain permanent housing and achieve educational and career goals to bring stability to their lives.
Training diverse young people in digital media and technology.
Founded in 1992 in Berkeley during a period of heightened youth violence and homicide, Youth Radio was established as an outlet for Bay Area youth to process their experiences and provide an alternative perspective to the prevailing media dialogue. Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology. Partnering with industry professionals, students learn to produce marketable media for massive audiences while bringing youth perspectives to issues of public concern. Our mission is to launch young people on career and education pathways by engaging them in work-based learning opportunities, creative expression, professional development, and health and academic support services. Youth Radio operates bureaus in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, DC.
Closing the achievement gap that persists for low-income, minority students
Eastside College Preparatory School is an independent 6-12th grade school serving low-income students who will be the first generation in their family to go to college. All students attend tuition-free. The school's approach is geared toward one central mission: the enrollment of every graduate in a four-year college. Since Eastside was founded in 1996, 100% of Eastside's graduates have been admitted to four-year colleges across the country. Eastside has a residential program for students who benefit from the safety, stability and structure it provides. Eastside students come predominantly from East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park, as well as from other educationally underserved Bay Area communities.
Where youth choose to lead
Alternatives in Action inspires Bay Area youth to realize their leadership potential and prepares them for college, career, and community life through dynamic educational, skill-building, and real world experiences. Our schools, programs, and partnerships provide innovative opportunities and support that help children and youth succeed and ultimately become contributing adults. We envision generations of young adults inspired and prepared to take meaningful action that positively transforms their lives and their communities.
We build youth dreams!
Good Tidings Foundation, founded in 1995, is a 501-(c)-3 children's charity that looks to equally support ARTS, EDUCATION, ATHLETICS and DREAMS for youth from communities of need in Northern California. Good Tidings creates original projects and works in partnership with professional sports franchises and professional athletes, businesses, and agencies throughout the region, leveraging resources in order to increase access to enriching opportunities by deserving youth. We design, fund and build projects that are maintained and programmed in perpetuity by school districts, recreation departments, or city governments. We believe that every child deserves to have the means to achieve his or her dreams regardless of financial status, ethnic background, religion, or region of living. It is the spirit of the holiday season that we were founded upon and that we look to emulate all year long.
Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. This national organization provides safe, healthy, inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Founded in 1996, Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time adults, called "coaches" to low-income, urban schools. Directly and through training others, we create a place for every kid on the playground - a place where they belong, have fun and are part of the game. Playworks creates safe, inclusive school environments that allow kids to thrive. Playworks currently serves more than 1,200 schools across the United States and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.
Empowering students from underserved communities to reach their dreams of a college degree
College Track is the catalyst for change for under-resourced high school students who are motivated to earn a college degree. Since its inception, College Track has grown each year, strengthening its services and expanding its program to support more and more students. College Track is an after-school, college preparatory program. Through our center-based approach and core service areas, College Track has created a culture of high expectations. We ensure that each student is college ready and provide support that many students do not have in their homes or at their schools. Together, these components make a powerful, comprehensive program that empowers students to achieve their dream of a college education.
GreatSchools helps millions of parents get a great education for their children.
GreatSchools is an independent organization that improves education by inspiring parents to get involved. It empowers parents with information and tools so they can choose the best school for their children, support their children's education, and improve schools in their communities. Parents choose GreatSchools to connect with each other - to find the right schools, to share stories and advice, and to get their parenting questions answered. Today, GreatSchools features more than one million parent ratings and reviews nationwide for more than 200,000 PreK-12 schools.
Our Students. Our Future. #OurSanFrancisco
First Graduate is a San Francisco-based college success program that helps students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college prepared to begin meaningful careers. We make a 10+ year commitment to each student, starting the summer after sixth grade through college graduation. Our students receive free academic instruction, tutoring and support; high school and college coaching; mentoring; family engagement activities; career exploration activities; and access to college scholarships. We believe that a college degree is the best way to: break the cycle of poverty within families; and build a productive, educated workforce.
In Business to Learn
BUILD (Businesses United in Investing, Lending & Development) is a national nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship education as the motivator to get low income students interested in applying to and attending a four-year college. BUILD's unique program offers students a four year entrepreneurship experience designed to reinforce the Common Core, develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As they journey through high school, BUILD provides students with support in navigating the college application process and the opportunity to explore college and career options, while expanding their businesses or opting into community internships. Today, BUILD operates 5 regional programs in: the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; and, starting in September, 2016, New York City
Empowering and equipping teachers to create music programs as diverse as the students they serve.
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers in its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates all the instruments and resources needed to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. Little Kids Rock is a pioneer and leader in the area of youth-centered music education in our nation's public school system, now bringing free, weekly music lessons to more than 250,000 students, through the efforts of more than 1,700 teachers volunteering in 124 public school districts nationwide. Since its inception as a single after-school guitar class, Little Kids Rock has since exploded into a national movement that to date has served more than 500,000 students. More info at www.littlekidsrock.org
A Proving Ground for the Future of Opera
Named for Gaetano Merola, San Francisco Opera's first General Director, the Merola Opera Program is an 11-week summer training program featuring classes and public performances of operas to give the selected artists a comprehensive education at this early point in their careers. Each year, nearly 800 artists between the ages of 20 and 34 audition at sites across the country and approximately 29 are chosen, making it an illustrious honor to be accepted into the program. Merola participants receive intensive training for 11 weeks. The program is offered free of financial burden to the artists, including their transportation, housing, all training, and a weekly stipend.
Santa Barbara's renowned classical music school & festival
Founded in 1947, the Music Academy of the West is among the nation's preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians. The Academy provides these promising musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and frequent performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Based in Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West presents more than 200 public events annually.
Supporting and advancing education and cultural development
The Idyllwild Arts Foundation is committed to supporting and advancing education and cultural development by providing instruction and enrichment in the arts through the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. The Idyllwild Arts Academy is a fully accredited boarding high school for students who are talented in the arts, providing pre-professional training in the arts and college preparatory academic studies. The Idyllwild Summer Program offers 115 different courses over eight weeks in all the arts for children, junior and senior high school students and adults.
Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. CRF specializes in social studies for K-12 schools, providing programs and curriculum materials that engage students in learning content and skills of informed and engaged citizens, including critical thinking, evidence-based writing/arguments, collaboration, and civil discussion.
To educate, inspire and preserve
Established as the charitable arm of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1959, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation utilizes the resources and membership of the Television Academy to develop and sponsor educational and archival programs. The Foundation addresses a variety of issues, such as career guidance and student achievement. Our programs foster personal skill development, address diversity and document the evolution of television and digital media. Our primary focus is to use the history and artistry of television to preserve our past for posterity, and guide those who will be our future. The Archive of American Television strives to preserve the rich history of television. The Education Programs Department extends informational opportunities to our members, the telecommunications community and community at large.
Empowering youth through education
As a college access organization, the Fulfillment Fund is dedicated to making college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. Through classroom instruction, college counseling, mentoring and scholarships, we transform the lives of students, beginning in high school and extending to college graduation. Our impact spans beyond the students we serve directly. They, in turn, influence siblings, peers and their community by becoming role models, volunteers, mentors and donors.
Improving the lives of children by providing arts education
P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, music, theater, and visual arts to every child in a school during the regular school day. Without our programs, children in these underfunded school districts would not have access to the arts. P.S. ARTS also coordinates with school administrators and parent groups to provide community outreach services designed to increase the community's capacity to advocate for educational equity and to provide critical cultural experiences for the entire family. P.S. ARTS programs help level the educational playing field by teaching creative and cognitive skills to students struggling to overcome economic, ability, or literacy barriers that will better equip them to be competitive and successful people.
An oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row
Inner-City Arts provides elementary, middle and high school students, many living in Los Angeles' poorest neighborhoods, with the tools and skills they need to succeed academically and personally. Our unique approach to arts education brings elementary, middle and high school students, educators, families and the community to Inner-City Arts' award-winning campus an oasis of creativity and learning in one of the nation's poorest neighborhoods to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios and performance spaces.
People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education
PUENTE Learning Center helps children, youth, and adults build strong educational foundations, find meaningful employment, and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. The organization provides education and workforce training in East and South Los Angeles, communities with high unemployment, low educational attainment, and great potential. Offering tuition-free, technology-enhanced instruction to 4,100 students annually, PUENTE has impacted over 85,000 individuals since 1985. PUENTE sets children and youth on a pathway to college and careers through academically-focused preschool, charter kindergarten, and after-school programs. Adults become fluent in English, earn their high school diploma, gain digital literacy and 21st Century workplace skills and can achieve an industry-recognized IT credential. Through individualized instruction, PUENTE meets all students where they are, including providing services tailored for the needs of veterans and their families.
Tutoring homeless children since 1993
The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear. We bring the message to our students that they are cared about and important. Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from getting the academic stability and help they desperately need. The heart of the School on Wheels' programs is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal – to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life.
Creating innovative educational reforms for at risk children, youth, and communities.
Coalition for Engaged Education focuses on youth in crisis: foster youth, incarcerated youth, dropouts, and youth with significant social and economic barriers to success. In all of our programs we connect youth with caring adults, we match them to the ideal educational opportunity, we identify their passion(s), and we stay with them throughout their journey. CEE is not about 1-month or 6-month interventions; it is about partnering with the students and staying with them through their academic careers and beyond.We create individual relationships with our students and look for the things that will excite them. We partner with organizations that offer arts education so that our students can express themselves and feel heard. We surround our students with love and hope and let them know there is always another chance. Ultimately, we want all of our students to be successful in whatever they are passionate about and to find their way to meaningful, sustainable lives.
Changing Attitudes. Creating Opportunities.
College Bound provides comprehensive programs and services that prepare students for admission into and graduation from accredited four-year institutions of higher education. College Bound has helped over 800 underserved students achieve their dreams of going to college. We envision a world in which every generation is educated and prepared to achieve their highest potential as active participants in a global society.
Giving youngsters the many benefits of music education
Founded in 1996, The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation (MHOF) donates musical instruments to underserved schools nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. MHOF was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland's Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film's composer, Michael Kamen, founded MHOF in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education.
Project GRAD Los Angeles is an exemplary college readiness and success organization that works to raise the college graduation rate in a high-need region of Los Angeles by helping students and families navigate the path to and through college. We believe that the transformative power of a college education ignites the full potential of first-generation students, their families, and their communities.
Music changing lives in L.A.
Harmony Project is an award-winning research-based nonprofit organization that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles. We promote positive youth development through year-round music lessons and ensemble participation. Our mission is to: promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music; to build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music; to develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. We accomplish this by bringing quality music instruction and ensemble playing to children who otherwise would not have access to it; complementing music education with supporting resources and opportunities; and, fostering a community of families that actively support their children's growth and development.
Social entrepreneurship, growing organic food & young leaders for a sustainable Hawaii
Founded in 2000 as Wai‘anae Community Re-Development Corporation, MA'O Organic Farms works to promote social entrepreneurship, growing organic food, and educating young leaders for a sustainable Hawaii. Our strategy impacts five critical areas of need: out-of-school youth, sustainable economic development, agriculture, health, and Hawaiian culture. Youth leadership and social enterprise development is our core objective, with strategies to build a localized movement to put the value of aloha ‘aina into action.