November 2010 Presentation

On November 17, the Workforce Development Committee was pleased to welcome guest speaker Randy Barth, President and CEO of THINK Together.THINK is an acronym that stands for Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids.

THINK Together is one of the nation’s largest and leading nonprofit providers of after-school and other high quality out-of-school learning programs.  The staff of 1,700 along with hundreds of volunteers serves 70,000 at-risk and low-income students at more than 225 sites across a five-county footprint of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino & San Diego Counties).

THINK Together’s dedicated staff and high-quality learning programs have demonstrated they can successfully help students and local schools close the academic achievement gap and job gap. A multi-year longitudinal study indicates that in general, students who participate in THINK Together’s after-school learning programs show twice the rate of growth in their California Standards Test (CST) scores as compared to their local peers.

THINK Together was originally developed as a tutoring program for students living in a rough neighborhood in Costa Mesa. Parents in the community came together to create solutions for their children, providing them with a safe, quiet place to study and learn outside the classroom. While there are more than 4,400 afterschool programs throughout California, many of them are ineffective. THINK Together works with parents and students to achieve academic excellence by providing students with the opportunities they need to succeed.

In the course of a year California’s students are in school approximately 9% of the time.  Teachers are often overburdened with competing demands and tend to teach to the middle of the class.  THINK Together provides students with much needed individual attention and time with tutors, providing them with a solid foundation for success in school.

THINK Together is delighted to be working with Valley High School in Santa Ana.  THINK Together is making incredible strides including its partnership with High School Inc., which resides on the Valley High School campus. With the inclusion of THINK Together, Valley School was the most improved high school last year in the state of California with its API scores moving up 46 points. For more information, please visit THINK Together at www.thinktogether.org/.

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