ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

 

"Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor" ~Lailah Gifty Akita

2019-2020 Annual Report

The Story

Towers of Excellence, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2015, to provide youth with the necessary tools to navigate and succeed in their daily lives. We work with youth to inspire and empower them to live up to their fullest potential. Mentoring in small groups ensures students receive the support they need to grow and thrive.
 
We believe providing students with quality mentoring through academic guidance, social and emotional learning (Be SMART Core Values), service learning and experiential learning opportunities, our students will be equipped to face the joys and challenges of their daily lives and be change agents in their communities.
 
We continue to grow and expand our services each year with the support of our donors, sponsors, and partners. Our rigorous and engaging grade level program modules meet the needs of all of our middle school students. We continue to work together to develop a structured and engaging module for our high school students.
 
Towers of Excellence Mentoring Program Modules
 
5th Grade Module, Character Drives Success- designed for each student to obtain and develop their knowledge around our Be SMART (Be Self-Aware, Be Mindful, Be Accountable, Be Responsible, and Be Tenacious) core values. Students apply their learning in rigorous studies, real-life experiences, and weekly small-group meetings.
 
6th Grade Module, Creating Curious Minds- designed for each student to obtain and develop their knowledge around our Be SMART (Be Self-Aware, Be Mindful, Be Accountable, Be Responsible, and Be Tenacious) core values. Students apply their learning in rigorous studies, real-life experiences, and weekly small-group meetings.
 
7th Grade and 8th Grade, Creating SMART Minds- designed for our 7th and 8th grade students to find and develop their entrepreneurial spirit through Sports and Entertainment Media class, led by Clement Townsend. Students collaborate with each other to develop presentation skills and interpersonal skills each week through the lens of sports and entertainment media.
 
High School, Trailblazers: Forging a New Fontier- designed for our high school students to support their personal growth through service learning, internship and youth mentoring opportunities.
 
College Bound: Coming Soon
 
Career Readiness: Coming Soon
 
Our middle school program is designed to support our student's academic growth, nurture and guide their social and emotional well-being, and inspire them to explore and develop their academic and career aspirations, while having fun and working together. Students engage in weekly small group lessons, yoga hour/meditative practices, quarterly experiential learning outings, such as rock climbing, Broadway Theater, simulated skydiving, private cooking classes, college and career speakers, college tours, and much more. Students receive the individual support they need to be academically, socially and emotionally prepared for the joys and challenges of life. Our goal is for each student to grow and evolve into caring, compassionate life-long learners and productive members 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.
 
Please email to learn more about our mission.
Thank you for your support,
Katie List

Our Core Values

Be SMART:

1

Be Self-Aware:

It’s your ability to notice your feelings, your physical sensations, your reactions, your habits, your behaviors, and your thoughts.
2

Be Mindful:

Being someone who pays attention in order to learn, grow and make good decisions.
3

Be Accountable:

Be willing to accept responsibility for your actions.
4

Be Responsible:

Doing something you are expected to do, doing the things you are supposed to do, and taking the praise or the blame for something you have done

5

Be Tenacious:

Being someone with a vision, constantly working to achieve this vision.


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