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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!

Pitch In Painting

July 27th, 2018|

This week’s craft our 4th through 6th grade got creative while painting colorful wind chimes! Each student brought to life wooden pineapples, fish, hot air balloons, or flowers. These beautiful artworks will be a part

Pitch In Lends A Helping Hand

July 27th, 2018|

Last week our 4th through 6th graders went on a field trip to the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center in North Lawndale. This center was organized to provide an opportunity for community service to individuals in

Pitch In Summer Camp Fun!

July 20th, 2018|

  Starting last week, Pitch In Summer Camp is in full swing! Students are getting used to a daily routine including morning yoga, learning a Spanish word of the day, and watering the Pitch In

Step Right Up for the Carnival!

June 15th, 2018|

Today Pitch In hosted our 4th annual end of year carnival. This year carnival was Luau themed complete with inflatable palm trees, toucans and leis. The students participated in carnival fun games including 'Dunking Ducky',

Dr. Whuu visits Pitch In!

May 18th, 2018|

  Last week Pitch In 5th graders learned life forms move in cycles. We're born, nurtured, we grow, we get old, and then we go back into the soil, and its the same for plants! 

Mentors In The Making

May 4th, 2018|

Pitch In 7th graders are on their way to be our first group of graduates next year as 8th graders. As we think about 5 years together, we know this original crew are not only

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