Education Partners

Our educational grantmaking programs focus on enrichment for middle schoolers during the critical out-of-school hours, in order to prepare them for successful transitions to high school and throughout life.

Why do we focus on middle school transitions?

Research suggests students who begin high school “on track” are four times more likely to graduate and go on to college, which is why the Foundation focuses on an array of educational enhancement programs for middle school and high school students.

In 2013, we implemented a new targeted focus of supporting educational enhancement specifically supporting afterschool and summer programs that help disadvantaged middle school students make a successful transition to high school, both academically and socially.

Since then, and we have invested close to $60 million in grants to this focus area. It has become one of the Foundation’s priorities to help middle school students’ transition from middle school to high school and afterschool and summer learning programs are critical components.

Helping middle-schoolers prepare for life