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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 December 2016

December 9th, 2016|

This week Pitch In students rocked in earning many Pitch In tickets and high fives from both mentors and staff! Our 4th graders are continuing to read for book club learning more about their individual

Family Dinner Week

December 5th, 2016|

Last week Pitch In enjoyed three family dinners, student presentations, several special guests and more!   The Pitch In Breakdown: 6th Graders learned about restorative justice this month, the three pillars and how to use

Logos with Y & R Chicago

November 14th, 2016|

Last week our Pitch In 4th graders got to see the transformation of the logos they created with our friends at Y & R Chicago. They were delighted with the result and couldn't wait to

Restorative Justice in 6th Grade

November 14th, 2016|

This month our Pitch In 6th graders are learning about the pillars of restorative justice and solving conflict through discussion. Through videos, special guests breaking down the golden role through an African history lense and

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

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