Education Grant Recipient

Creating Equity in Education

After yet another gang shooting in Westside Costa Mesa in the early 1990s, several mothers in the neighborhood reached out to community leaders for help. The mothers were fed up with the gangs that ran the streets, the sex traffickers who destroyed dreams, and the drugs that robbed lives. They vowed to take back their streets and reached out to community leaders for help. Think Together’s founder answered the call. On the first day of programming, over 100 kids showed up.

What started as a single neighborhood community center twenty years ago, has grown to over 400 programs in California schools serving over 150,000 students annually. Think together believes that we can build a community that provides all kids the chance to succeed. Yet fewer than half of California students are on track to succeed in college or a career.

Think Together is partnering with schools to change these odds. They equip students with the tools they need to succeed. And they equip schools with solutions that transform teaching and learning from the boardroom to the classroom.

Think Together is helping to transform California’s future.


  • Early learning programs
  • Summer Programs
  • Afterschool Summer Programs
  • Customizable Auxillary Programs
  • College and Career Readiness Programs
  • Principal's Exchange
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We get to talk about how our day went, how to improve and how to recognize and praise other kids.

Gabi, Think Together Student

Equity Gap

9 out of 10 Latino & Black students in California will attending a failing school.

Early Literacy

Only 45% of California 3rd graders read at grade-level. The number is lower for African American (34%) and Latino (33%) students, low-income kids (33%), and English learners (18%).

Stacked Odds

By the end of 4th grade, African American, Hispanic and low-income students are already 2 years behind grade level. By the time they reach high-school, they are four years behind.

A Broken System

Less than 50% of California students graduate high school ready for college…and only 35% for Latino and African American.