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Thinking about Tomorrow

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Thinking about Tomorrow, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to impacting the everyday lives of at-risk youths by helping them receive ALL they need to create a base of knowledge and a love of education. We believe that learning never ends and aim to inspire today’s children to become leaders in tomorrow’s community. With a thoughtful focus on the values we cherish; • Teamwork • Honor & Appreciation • Integrity & Honesty • Never give up • Keep consistent We hope to not only instill a sense of individual togetherness, but a sense of community togetherness as well.

Results: Through these programs, students have become more proficient in core subjects, had successful transitions into middle and high school and are more college/career ready. The communities in which we operate have also seen remarkable improvements in areas such as school truancy and high school graduation rates among others.

Target demographics: educate at-risk youths about the importance of education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15 public schools affecting over 10,000 at-risk youths.

Geographic areas served: the local level with 'Title 1' public schools

Programs: Our “School is Cool” initiative: Thinking about Tomorrow believes that LEARNING never ends and is an important part of personal growth and for the growth of our community. Our “School is Cool” initiative creates high impact and meaningful programming to help ensure the success of all students. We’re ALL Here, Attendance Improvement Program - Schools that employ challenging curriculums and reinforce high expectations for academics are schools that give students the motivation to attend. Through our initiative, we make attendance a priority and reach out to all students to promote and encourage academic excellence by increasing their level of education through participation in classroom activities. Our program challenges kids to be at school everyday, rewards for perfect attendance, teaches teamwork, creates competitiveness and helps them learn to accept responsibility. By teaching students to value the importance of education, we aim to increase their overall interest while helping to bridge the gap between the educational inequities that currently exist. Back to School, School Supply Drive - Students living at or below the poverty line lack access to sufficient school supplies, and budget cuts to our school systems leave schools and teachers unable to provide these necessary items. Our support brings vital opportunities to high-risk students, affording critically needed educational stability. Kids on Campus, Higher Education Motivation - We believe in the value of higher education and motivation to do well NOW for the benefit of the future. Offering students a chance to visit with local universities in an effort to increase educational interest generates a sense of empowerment and a feeling of success, not only essential for academic achievement, but imperative for growth and development.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I always look forward to all of the events and fundraising that they do. So rewarding for the children!! Excellent program!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always a great experience with this group, they really do make a difference!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whether you are looking to volunteer or donate, this charity is a perfect candidate. Not only are the founders so incredibly gracious they have also been very successful in helping children. They have helped by giving 30,000+ backpacks stuffed with school supplies to students that wouldn't have been able to afford them but are essential for a child to have a successful school year. They teach at-risk youths about the importance of education. They visit the schools and instill incentive programs for perfect attendance...the list goes on...this organization is really making a difference. This is my favorite charity by far.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's always a pleasure to work with TaT every time they need somebody to volunteer! I love the work they do for their community and the at-risk students enrolled in public schools; getting kids excited about going to school everyday isn't easy and they manage to do it EVERY year!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with Thinking About Tomorrow in 2009. I have worked in nonprofits for 7 years, and have always been impressed with the motivation and conviction of this organization. Thinking About Tomorrow saw a problem in their community, and decided to take an encompassing approach. With their school is cool initiative they engage students and their parents, which I believe is the most successful way to make a difference. I also believe their programs that show children college is a definite, and not a distant possibility are an asset to the Los Angeles community and Title-1 schools. The organization has fresh ideas and the passion to carry them out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is always a pleasure to help others, but volunteering to help our future leaders gave me a feeling of worthiness...it made my day!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly one of the BEST Los Angeles has to offer! Working with TaT is such an amazing and rewarding experience; it is such an honor to see the smiles on all of the kids' and parents faces. I look forward to working every event to give back to our community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my favorite charity to work with in Los Angeles. The people behind the scenes are excellent at what they do and really care about the work that is accomplished. The events at Dodger stadium are a blast!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We LOVE doing what we do! And the BEST part... making so many new friends along the way!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people are great at THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW... The values and mission they follow make the world a better place... This organization has a bright future ahead of them because of the people involved.