Towers of Excellence Foundation was founded to provide underserved youth with the necessary tools to navigate and succeed in their daily lives. Through quality mentoring, academic guidance, and valuable life experiences, students will be equipped to face the challenges and joys of the world.
My name is Katie List, I am the Executive Program Director for Towers of Excellence Foundation. For over 10 years, I had the opportunity to serve as a Principal, Curriculum Director, Dean, and Lead Teacher in CPS and The Catalyst Schools. These experiences, serving students and their families, evolved my belief that all students, regardless of life circumstances, deserve the following: quality education; academic, social, and emotional support; career opportunities; and, valuable life experiences.
In 2016 Towers of Excellence launched and welcomed its first cohort of 6th grade students. We now serve over 20 students in the 6th thru 8th grades. We have 5 incredible mentors to guide our students to success. We continue to grow and expand our service each year with the support of our donors, sponsors, and partners. We have a structured program, which we continue to refine to meet the needs of all of our middle school students.
Middle School Towers of Excellence Program- 3 Modules:
1. Character Drives Success- 6th Grade Module, designed for each student to obtain and develop their knowledge around our Be SMART (Be Self-Aware, Be Mindful, Be Authentic, Be Responsible, and Be Tenacious) core values. Students apply their learning in rigorous studies, real-life experiences, and weekly small-group meetings.
2. Creating Curious Minds- 7th Grade Module, which is aligned with our Be SMART core values, students create a Road-map to Success. This is a detailed plan designed to prepare our students for their future academic future and professional careers.
3. Creating Young Entrepreneurs- 8th Grade Module, designed for 8th grade students to apply our Be SMART core values to further develop their entrepreneurial spirit. Students will explore and develop business ideas and models. Students will also engage in rigorous preparation for high school, college, and career readiness.
Our middle school program will prepare each of our students for high school, college, and beyond. Students will receive the individual support they need to choose and attend a quality high school, college, and plan for their career of interest. Our goal is for each student to become a productive member of society.
I am grateful each and every day to serve as the Executive Program Director for Towers of Excellence. It brings me joy in my personal and professional life to work with such a dynamic group of adults and students.
A special thank you to our donors.