Mission & History

Our mission is to partner with schools to

Change the Odds for Kids

Two schoolgirls smiling at camera at a Think Together event

In 1994, a group of mothers decided they’d had enough. Gangs and drugs in the Shalimar neighborhood of Costa Mesa had created an unsafe environment for their kids. So, they reached out for help.

Community leaders came together to open the doors of Shalimar Learning Center, a safe space for the neighborhood kids to come after school and get help with homework.

Over 100 kids showed up on the first day!

What began as a single neighborhood center has grown into programs in 477 California schools – from San Diego to the Bay Area– serving 200,000 students.  Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids. Think Together delivers nationally-recognized expanded learning programs and school improvement, offered through affiliate partner Orenda Education.

We want a community where all kids get a great education that prepares them for college and career.

Focus Areas

Think Together offers programs and services in four focus areas to meet the needs of our schools and district partners and their students. 

Our programs are aligned with research-based practices to support learning in and out of school so kids can succeed in their journey to college and career readiness.