ABOUT US

 

THINK Together’s mission is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. Since its inception in 1994, THINK (Teaching, Helping, Inspiring and Nurturing Kids) Together has been committed to improving academic outcomes for children and youth living in under-resourced communities.

Our programs began in response to a plea from a gang-ridden neighborhood in West Costa Mesa to provide a safe place for children to do their homework after school. From those humble beginnings, our organization has grown into one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of extended learning time programs, serving more than 100,000 youth at over 400 locations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties and the Bay Area, in partnership with a wide variety of public and private agencies, including over 30 school districts. In addition to our core after school program, THINK Together offers summer learning opportunities, small group tutoring, early learning programs, and school-age child care.

Throughout our remarkable expansion, we still believe that education is the single most important factor in helping young people to achieve their full potential. Our programs have demonstrated, through independent evaluation, that students who regularly participate in our academically oriented activities reach proficient levels in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics at a rate nearly double that of their peers. Our curriculum has been designed by experienced educators to align with and reinforce the critical content standards by which academic achievement is measured. Our educational expertise is complemented by experienced business professionals with the knowledge and skills required to scale and sustain our programs statewide.

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“If we’re serious about closing achievement gaps, if we’re serious about turning around under-performing schools, we can’t just keep doing business as usual. We don’t need to study this issue anymore. ... We just have to do something about it.” - Arne Duncan Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
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Vision, Mission and Values

While different employee groups throughout THINK Together may perform varied functions in different work environments and geographic locations, the organization’s culture is the “common thread” that binds us together. We are a mission and values driven organization. At the core, we are i...

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What We Believe

We believe that low-income children and children of color have the same bell curve of human potential as society at-large. We believe that children in this category comprise the majority of children in California. We believe that education is the key ingredient for these students to reach the...

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Our History

THINK Together officially incorporated as a 501 ©3 public benefit organization in 1997 in order to replicate and scale a successful academic support program it had started in 1994 in the Shalimar neighborhood in Costa Mesa, Calif. Our founder, Randy Barth, a successful investment advisor org...

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Leadership

THINK Together has assembled a unique blend of executive leaders who hail from business and education backgrounds. Our highly qualified team is made up of some of the most experienced and brightest leaders in the field of extended learning. These leaders are committed to fulfilling our mission...

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Board of Directors

THINK Together is fortunate to have a Board of Directors comprised of respected leaders in business, education, healthcare and government. As stewards of our nonprofit organization, the board provides trusted guidance and leadership as THINK Together strives to close California’s wide ed...

Those who need more detailed information about THINK Together should check out our Publications page for a historical collection of Annual Reports and financial statements. If you need more information, please contact our Marketing and Communications Department at 714-543-3807 Ext. 8119 THINK...

© 2011 THINK Together | 2101-A East Fourth St., Santa Ana, CA 92705-3835 | P: 714.543.3807 | F: 714.543.3852
THINK Together is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, IRS identification number 33-0781751.
Donations made to the THINK Together are tax deductible in the U.S.

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