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The Growing Leaders Foundation

Committed to breaking financial barriers so that all students can be college and career ready.

More than 1/4 young adults live in poverty.

More than 8/10 young adults plan on moving back home when they’re done with college.

Recent surveys show almost half of employers said they failed to fill vacancies due to lack of basic communication and leadership skills displayed in recent graduates.

Boundaries. Lids. Fences. In both urban and rural environments, students are confined emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually. In some places, students never leave a 9-block radius or a 9-mile radius from their home. They don’t leave the familiar because they're never given the opportunity. We want to change that. We want to broaden their vision, and help them take bigger risks, think bigger thoughts, and pursue bigger goals. We want to enable them to become the best version of themselves.

The Growing Leaders Foundation is a 501c3 organization that exists to provide Habitudes (character-based, student-leadership development) to schools that cannot afford to purchase programs for their students.

Growing Leaders has partnered with over 7,000 schools and organizations since our beginning 10 years ago. In recent years, we have met leaders of schools and organizations who are eager to develop their students with leadership skills, but simply don’t have the funds for such programs. Growing Leaders wants students in underfunded schools to benefit from the same resources as students that are in more affluent schools.

Click here to learn more about the need for Habitudes.

Why bring Habitudes to underfunded schools, organizations, and youth ministries?

In our pilot program of 17,000 students, the vast majority did not recognize the need for ethics and values

  • Student Discipline
    47% reduction in disciplinary incidents per student
  • Self Esteem
    7 out of 10 students said it will make them a better person
  • Student Leadership
    More than 2 out of 3 students said it taught them what it means to be a leader
  • Decision-Making
    More than 6 out of 10 students said it helped them learn how to make better decisions
  • Student Engagement
    7 out of 10 students reported that learning with images helped them pay attention in class  

We want to give all students an opportunity to feel this way.

Help bring these same results to students in underfunded schools. 

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