School & Community

Let Grow Programs

Give students the trust and freedom to do things on their own.

Let Grow school and community programs change kids. Our free, powerful educational resources foster social-emotional growth by giving kids a dose of independence. Students gain a sense of agency as they tackle obstacles, big and small, to become collaborative citizens and independent thinkers. As adults step back, kids step up and reach their full potential, in the classroom and beyond.

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Our student independence programs benefit classrooms, schools, and communities.

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Self-directed and unsupervised activities build student confidence, resilience, and relationship skills. Our ready-to-implement materials also help kids discover new interests.

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Social-emotional skills gained through unstructured play and experiential learning outside the classroom have positive effects on academic success and school climate.

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Our character-development programs encourage independent thinking to nurture students’ emotional intelligence. We’ll also show how to tackle tough topics with respect. 

Let Grow is a perfect fit for all children and all families, allowing for culturally responsive ways for every child and every family in our community to grow and develop into the very best version of themselves.

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Programs

K-8

The Let Grow Project

Students get a transformational homework assignment to do something new, on their own—with a parent’s permission. The result is pride and confidence in their capabilities. The project’s free materials include a school guide, parent letter, and 100+ ideas to choose from.

K-8

Let Grow Play Club

Play Club gives students the opportunity for mixed-age, device-free, unstructured play before or after school. Adults supervise but do not intervene. Using our free implementation guide, all you need is a gym, park, or open space to get started.

K-8

Independent Classroom

The Independent Classroom kit gives educators a strong framework to encourage independent behavior in students. The free materials are designed to be used both in the classroom and at home, bringing educators and parents together.

Middle & High School

Moral Courage™ from Irshad Manji

Advance your school’s work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Moral Courage is a powerful framework that focuses on commonalities rather than differences. Students and educators learn how to engage with one another on challenging topics in healthy ways and without scorn or shame.

High School

Think for Yourself Scholarship

This annual, essay-based scholarship celebrates student voices. Our writing prompts encourage students to share personal stories about independent thinking and overcoming adversity, as well as finding common ground with others. To date, we’ve given away more than $20,000 in scholarships.

After my students participated in Let Grow’s initiatives, I saw a dramatic increase in their confidence level. Even better, I saw a dramatic decrease in their anxiety.

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Professional Learning

K-8 Parents & Educators

Workshops

Our culture has severely curtailed childhood independence. With the audience, our experts discuss how this impacts kids psychologically and academically. Then we look at how dramatically things can change when kids get the chance to think, do and play a little more on their own.

Middle & High School Educators

In-person & Virtual Learning

We have workshops, book studies, and online courses designed especially for educators. Whether you’re looking to explore childhood independence or you want to see how Moral Courage can work for your school or organization, we’ve got the educational resources to help. We understand that teachers are learners first.

Get Involved

The movement to promote childhood independence needs you. Join us to access free educational resources while helping us spread awareness. We also hope you’ll consider donating to keep our mission moving forward.

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