A recent survey of at risk youth found that only one out of three teenagers believes there are people in the community who really care about them. Even fewer (about one in four) have a mentor or are involved in any after school programs.

Yet, the same survey found almost nine out of ten teenagers have a positive view about themselves, and a strong majority have a positive view about the future.

Third Street Foundation attempts to address this opportunity gap. Matching young adults who want to succeed with the people who can help them . So maybe everyone can’t go to schools like Harvard. But we can bring Harvard to them.

What We Offer:

Third Street foundation works with small groups of high school youth on a year long intensive development program. Students are selected based on need, and desire. The after school program meets bi-weekly throughout the academic year. Our goal is to help high school students achieve their goals, whether that’s post secondary education, or a successful career. Its a rigorous training program with Harvard trained instructors, and scientific expertise from cognitive development. We provide a mentorship network that goes beyond the program.

What makes us Different

There is no program like this available anywhere. Our focus is on the skills that the OECD and others have deemed critical to success: communication literacy, social awareness, and autonomous control. The program is based on the latest understanding from neuro science on what motivates us all and how best to develop the cognitive capacity to improve social intelligence skills.. We provide practical tools to help youth stay focused on task, and manage emotions. Our interventions have been tested clinically with scientific rigor. Once this critical foundation is provided through interactive experiential learning we build the social intelligence skills that will be most in demand, not only professionally but personally.

Why we are Passionate About this

We simply do not teach people how to solve adaptive problems. Adaptive problems require changes in beliefs or attitudes. It requires an ability to surface disputes, communicate and negotiate differences in a way that builds not destroys value. If you want any evidence of this look at the ultimate expression of our societies attempt to manage difference- our democratic governments. They are all facing a crisis in confidence with pessimism that the capacity exists to deal with these problems is disappearing.