Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
See more photos of THINK Together's programs on Flickr ... See more photos specifically from THINK Together's various 2009 Summer Learning Programs.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have been in THINK Together since the first grade. I was the only first grader in the THINK program last year because the Vice Principal put me in there. I was really bad and I could not control my anger. I was hitting people and I even stole a phone. My Program Leader helped me to fix this stuff.
We do a lot of character education. We learned how to control our anger, like counting to ten. We learned how to have people trust you. My mom and dad always come home late and I like coming to THINK Together because there is always someone here.”
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
THINK Together Site Coordinator Vetta Samarin photographed these 2008-09 school year activities.
Students in THINK Together's programs generally show improvement twice that of peers on their California Standards Test scores (CST) than local peers. Where THINK Together's after-school programs are aligned as part of an eco-system surrounding school-day learning, students on average show improvement almost four times greater.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
There's even a THINK Together group you can join after you create a profile on LinkedIn where you'll find recent news about THINK Together, be able to chat among each other and have access to other related resources.
What is LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is Facebook for professionals. Many people who chose not to maintain a Facebook presence do develop a professional profile on LinkedIn.
Basic profiles are "free" to establish.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 40 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. It allows you to post articles and other reference links; keeps your contact list current; and like Twitter or Facebook, it allows you to create 140 character status updates for your contacts to see.
Job openings and volunteer opportunities at THINK Together frequently pop-up as part of our LinkedIn profile and feeds.
Click on the graphic above right or this link to visit THINK Together's LinkedIn Profile.
Jobs @ THINK Together
Volunteer @ THINK Together
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
From the profile:
"The Achievement Gap is the Civil Rights Issue of Today."You can follow Randy Barth on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/THINK_CEO (THINK_CEO).
Randy Barth brings to the DoE Leadership Council a background rich in experience and accomplishment and an intense dedication to make the world a better place. Especially for the past eleven years he has focused his skills and expertise on improving environments and opportunities for children. From his involvement with the Shalimar Learning and Teen Center in a gang-infested neighborhood of Costa Mesa to his current position as CEO of THINK Together, a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation providing after-school services, Mr. Barth exemplifies a standard of excellence for meaningful community engagement and strategically targeted contribution of human and material resources.
Hear how Stephen Covey's "7 Habits" impacted THINK Together Founder & CEO Randy Barth in this video clip:
Friday, August 7, 2009
THINK Together 2009 Summer Interns
Shea Savaso, Bank of America Student Leader: Shea will be a Senior this fall at Orange County's Lutheran High School (Orange). She is an active volunteer in a wide variety of school activities and in the community. Shea leads by example. She initiated and organized the annual food drive at her school to benefit the Orange County Rescue Mission and St. John’s Lutheran Food Pantry. Shea also participated in a renovation project with House of Hope Women’s Shelter. She is the Associated School Body Vice President. With her school leadership team she participated in “Day of Dreams” program engaging in activities with developmentally disabled adults.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Preparing a child for a new school year may be time consuming, costly and hectic. Kim Danger, founder of MommySavers.com and mother of two, and Uniroyal Tire make the back-to-school transition smooth and cost-efficient with a new, free e-book titled "Back to School on a Budget."
This free e-book is full of advice on how to shop frugally for new school supplies, save money on extracurricular activities, and help your child avoid the back-to-school blues. You can download the e-book at http://bit.ly/zCmzn.
Press Release: Beat the Back-to-School Budget Blues
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
THINK Together 2009 Summer Interns
Joanna Chen, Bank of America Student Leader: Joanna is graduating from Loara High School (Anaheim) and will attend college in the fall at University of California, Berkley (Cal). She is an active volunteer in school and in the community. Joanna is the secretary of her school’s Key Club and assists in planning and organizing weekly volunteer events. She is a leader mentor, with Tiger’s Action Plan and co-facilitated mentoring sessions with the Anaheim Police Dept. for at-risk youth. Joanna also is a foreign youth ambassador with the City of Anaheim and traveled to Japan to represent Anaheim and research youth leadership initiatives. Joanna regularly volunteers at Corazon de Vida, an orphanage in Tijuana. She also volunteers as a teacher’s assistant at a local junior high school and serves as secretary for Youth Leadership America.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
See Original Flickr Photo Set.
Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Sue Duncan has taught poor kids at her after-school center on Chicago’s South Side for 48 years. She says her son Arne spent seven days a week there as he was growing up.
“It was absolutely formative,” Arne Duncan, 44, said of working with his mother. He learned that “kids from totally dysfunctional home situations, total poverty, can do extraordinarily well if we give them a chance.”
What he absorbed matters because Duncan is now U.S. education secretary, in charge of improving a public school system that ranks below those of other developed nations in some studies. He’s armed with $100 billion in stimulus money from his friend, President Barack Obama, more than twice the budget of any of his predecessors. (Original Story)
Monday, August 3, 2009
THINK Together 2009 Summer Interns
Pablo Quintero, Bank of America Student Leader: Pablo is graduating from Savanna High School (Anaheim) and will attend college this fall at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an active volunteer in a wide variety of school activities and is passionate about community involvement. He is president and chapter founder of Friday Night Live, a community safety and leadership club. He led events such as their Community Holiday Talent Show and Sober Prom, and initiated No Elderly Left Behind campaign. Pablo brought the club to his new school in the 11th grade and doubled the membership in his first year. He is president of his school’s National Honors Society and plans field trips and community service events. He is involved with the Associate Student Body and oversees club relations and charity events.
THINK Together is serious about helping kids achieve!
THINK: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids.