We believe that supporting middle school students to graduate from high school is a keystone achievement that gives them the self-confidence to lead fulfilling lives.

Young people who have been successful at making valued contributions in their lives, and who are able to build meaning from interactions with their world, can become resilient young adults who are able to identify, create and navigate opportunities for self-growth.

Central to this process is access to strong, sustained relationships with supportive adults from birth to young adulthood and rich developmental experiences.

Our mission is to support programs which foster these relationships and promote empowered students.

We have developed a model to describe our understanding of the success needs of middle school students, which we call the Whole Child framework, where the social and academic needs of successful students are mutually-dependent.  (Shown below.)

 

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