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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

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

The Latest Pitch In News!

Back To School With New Back Packs!

September 12th, 2016|

LCA students were blessed to end their first week back to school with new back packs filled with school supplies thanks to the generosity of Draper and Kramer! This is the second year in a

Behind the Scenes at the Brookfield Zoo

August 31st, 2016|

Our last week of the Pitch In summer program was filled with excitement, new activities and our final field trip to the Brookfield Zoo! Throughout the week students made their own lunch with our very

Exploring UIC

August 22nd, 2016|

Pitch In students were excited to explore UIC's beautiful campus last Wednesday. Throughout the tour we learned fun facts about the University, sat in a real live lecture hall, saw students moving into the dorms, got

Mural Work & Chefs in Training

August 15th, 2016|

This past week Pitch In summer students were extremely busy with our partners! We painted murals on our schools' walls with Connect Force using our student's work from previous sessions in which students created positive

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Trip

August 8th, 2016|

Pitch In students explored interactive exhibits, creatures and the trails at the Nature museum field trip. We had a great day learning about weather patterns, delivering the weather via broadcast, learning about swamps and marshes,

SNAP Kitchen Field Trip

August 8th, 2016|

In July Pitch In students were thrilled to visit Old Town's Snap Kitchen! While visiting students were able to try a variety of healthy foods including juices, entrees and deserts while guessing the healthy surprise

Meet Pitch In MVP Tricia

July 25th, 2016|

When Kerry and Sarah first started the Pitch In mentorship program, they wanted it to be different than most mentor programs. They decided that in order for their program to really be effective, there would

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