Our Community Members
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”
- Helen Keller
- Helen Keller
"A dull mind gets bored easily. A curious mind expands forever."
- Maxime Lagacé
Our youth are middle schoolers who are interested in building their community, working and learning with adults, developing their identities, and setting and achieving their own goals.
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."
- Margaret Mead
"Each of us has a spark of life in us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in on another."
- Kenny Ausubel
Facilitators are young adults from diverse backgrounds who enjoy supporting youth and model racial equity, engaged learning and growth, and community building. They will also model healthy communication and will provide youth with coaching and a supportive sounding board. Facilitators are on four different teams: administration, programing, development and tutoring. Read more about these teams and meet the Team leads: here.
"The key to being a good mentor is to help people become more of who they already are -- not make them more like you."
- Suze Orman
Community Mentors are enriched by the hobbies, skills and professions in their own lives who want to share one or more of those activities with young people. Community mentors offer an hour or more of their time to open young people's eyes to potential outlets for the youth's skills and interests.
Administrators and Coordinators
“You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”
- Buckminster Fuller
Our Program Administrators and Coordinators support Grow Your World programming in many ways, building relationships with community partners, providing support and planning professional development opportunities for our facilitators, and ensuring the safety and flexibility of program operations.
"Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning."
- Bruce Lee
Families are partners and guides in how to best support young people. We are grateful to families for sharing their wisdom and for being willing to join us in growing our worlds.
"Great leaders surround themselves with esteemed advisors."
- R.E. Shockley
Our Community Advisory Board comes from a variety of backgrounds and is here to ensure that our program aligns with the values of many communities we work with and is on the cutting edge of cultures and community development and engagement. Our advisors bring their lives and expertise in a variety of areas, including program and systems design, economics, conflict resolution, youth enrichment and aging, among other fields.
"A lot of people have gone further than they thought because someone else thought they could."
Grow Your World utilizes the wisdom of Community Partners to ensure that our program is steeped in the wisdom from trusted community leaders' experience. We also count on our Elders to show up for us, providing encouragement and advice when times get tough.
"Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection."
- Mark Twain
We seek support and expertise from researchers, educators, professionals and consultants in a wide variety of theories and tools to support Grow Your World programming. We choose professional developers who align with our values and support our programming staff and community in getting closer to our vision.