THINK Together and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

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Teaming up to provide underserved youth with robust college readiness programs

THINK Together, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational services provider to reach underserved youth with robust college readiness programs is partnering with The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. This partnership will launch the THINK Together College Series presented by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Through a generous grant of $10,000 from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the THINK Together program will organize a comprehensive college and career series for middle school students in the Los Angeles region. This series will include college tours at local universities and community colleges, exposing young people to the opportunities for attending college.

“As a sports organization, the Dodgers have continuously supported efforts that enrich the lives of underserved youth through educational programs that help them prepare for and succeed in college,” stated Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We are excited to partner with THINK Together which provides youth with the opportunity to learn about the importance of college through mentoring and coaching as well as through college field trips, especially during this critical stage in their life.”

THINK Together’s college readiness program serves over 2,300 students each day after school across 23 middle schools in Los Angeles County. The program shows students and families in low-income and under-represented communities that higher education is within their reach. Students learn about course selection, academic performance, and the entrance requirements of the community colleges, CSU and UC systems as well as criteria for successful performance when admitted. Students participate in enrichment activities in Math, Science and English Language Arts, including the Socratic Smackdown where students use textual evidence to make connections and ask thought-provoking questions.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation in providing this program to hundreds of Los Angeles County students, helping them learn about the various opportunities in higher education,” said Randy Barth, Founder and CEO of THINK Together. “Being on a college campus is a very motivating influence for these students as it helps them visualize themselves in that setting.”

Since 2014, LADF has granted nearly $2.5 million to over 100 charitable and community organizations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

About The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion our fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in under-served communities. Visit the Dodgers Foundation online at http://www.dodgers.com/ladf.

About THINK Together
THINK Together is a nonprofit organization collaborating with communities, parents, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to help transform and galvanize the K-12 educational system, creating excellence and equity for all kids. THINK Together is California’s largest provider of Expanded Learning Time programs. Through its affiliate, Principal’s Exchange, THINK Together also provides research, professional development and consulting to underserved schools. Combined, THINK Together and Principal’s Exchange serve over 150,000 students at more than 400 locations across more than 45 school districts from Silicon Valley to San Diego. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, THINK Together’s dedicated team of more than 2,500 employees are helping students statewide reach their full potential. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit http://www.facebook.com/THINKtogether.

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