Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. We foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens.
doing whatever it takes to help students realize their potential.
of students who have been in Thread for 6 years have graduated high school
of students remain enrolled for 10 years, no matter what
of student alumni have completed a 4 or 2 year degree or certificate program
What We Do
Three Ways We Achieve and Measure Our Success
Compelling Student Success
Thread engages students in the bottom 25% of their freshman class and radically and permanently reconfigures their social support structure. Each student is matched with a group of volunteers and provided individualized support for ten years while working toward realizing his or her potential.
Cultivating Volunteers as Agents of Change
The benefits of our student/volunteer relationships flow both ways and are designed to leave lasting imprints not only on our students, but also on our volunteers.
Creatively Linking Community
Thread creatively links students and university- and community-based volunteers to collaborators and resources in the larger Baltimore community, creating a broader, more inclusive social fabric – a “neighborhood” no longer defined by a map.
My [Thread] Family [was] always there and no matter what – no matter how hard the situation was – they always had faith that I would be successful. This past year, I made the Dean’s list and earned my college degree. [Now,] I want to be there for [my family and friends] when they are alone, and I have devoted my life to serving people suffering from mental illness. I want to give them the extended family that [Thread] has given me.”
– Thread Student Alumnus
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