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Our Belief + Mission

Despite the curveballs that life circumstances may throw, everyone deserves a chance to reach their full potential.
The Wood Family Foundation facilitates collaborative relationships between school partners and families that provide
support and opportunities to empower students to succeed in middle school, high school, and beyond.

The Wood Family Foundation’s premiere program, Pitch In, is an after-school model that employs high-quality
mentoring relationships and exposure to unique experiences to ensure that our 4
th-8th grade students develop the
academic and social-emotional skills and mindsets necessary to transition to high school successfully.

Beyond the after-school component of our model, Pitch In deeply engages with our partner schools to
improve the culture of the middle grades (4
th-8th grade), adding school-day capacity that aligns to principals’
visions for their school communities, providing access to an abundance of resources, and focusing not only on
our students, but also on their families.

Together We Win

Over the past 2 years I have developed extremely special relationships with my mentees. Not only have I formed many new friendships, but I also have began to appreciate what I have as a result of being a mentor. Pitch In has become one of my homes away from home, as I have grown to feel like everyone involved is one big welcoming family.

Danielle Rogers, Mentor

Pitch In has given my grandson the confidence to lead others and speak in front of groups of people.

Pitch In Grandmother

Jaylon has made new friends, bonded with his peers and become more independent since joining Pitch In.

Pitch In Mother

I was really blessed and impressed that Kerry and Sarah were both so down to earth, and working in the trenches with all the volunteers.  Ever since then, I try to help out and support WFF whenever I can, and mentoring for Pitch In is one way I can help.

April Griffith, Mentor

I am so grateful to have spent my first school year with our amazing 4th grade students. I look forward to continuing to serve as a resource and positive influence in their lives as they move on to apply for high school. The Pitch In program is full of unbelievably bright, energetic and creative kids—paired with caring, fun, hardworking mentors and staff.

Mike Borre, Mentor

The Latest Pitch In News!

LCA takes on Washington D.C!

February 8th, 2018|

Pitch In is very excited to feature Lawndale Community Academy's school counselor, Ms. Kirsten Perry, was honored with the National Counselor of the Year award. Awesome, right!? Well the awesomeness didn't stop there; to follow

Cooking with The Kids Table!

January 27th, 2018|

    The first month of the new year was all about living a healthy lifestyle for our 4th graders. They learned about all the food groups and the effects of healthy and unhealthy food.

Celebrating our mentors!

January 17th, 2018|

On Wednesday Jan. 10th, Pitch In hosted a New Year's event to celebrate our amazing mentors. The dedication and love they put into Pitch In and its students is something to marvel at, and so

Pitch In Ended 2017 with a BANG!

January 4th, 2018|

This December Pitch In students took a walk in someone else's shoes with our Pay It Forward theme that carried through all four grades. The holiday season is a very fortunate time for many families,

February Fun

February 3rd, 2017|

This week Pitch In students started their new monthly themes, got on the stage to present to their families and enjoyed family dinner!   We played several games to share what 6th grade students and

An Afternoon with DAVID Seeds

February 1st, 2017|

WFF is extremely esteemed to have partnered with Conagra Brands for the 6th Annual Woody's Winter Warm-Up. The event was an incredible success! We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them and

Pitch In Welcomes 2017!

January 30th, 2017|

This January Pitch In students had a great start to the new year! Here are some updates on each of our three classes. 6th Grade students have been enjoying our partnership with Facets, a nonprofit

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