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Let Grow Programs

Let Grow Programs

Give students the freedom to do things on their own and they change forever.

Let Grow’s school and community programs give young people a bracing dose of the rocket fuel known as independence.

Trusted with the chance to start doing some things on their own — including plain old playing — kids explore the world, discover new interests, and problem-solve as they go.

With each new navigation, students grow in curiosity and confidence, ready to reach their full potential in the classroom, and beyond.

Let Grow Programs

Our student independence programs make kids more capable, confident and curious.

Teachers notice (as do parents)

Unsplash Kids Looking Out From Inside

Students trusted to try something new on their own build confidence, resilience, and problem-solving skills. Our free, ready-to-implement materials also help kids discover new interests and info.

Kids Playing Pon

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

Irshad Students

Our annual “Think for Yourself” high school essay contest gets students to consider how much they learn when they open themselves to new ideas and viewpoints.


Competence and confidence grow hand in hand.

The Let Grow Project

“Go home and do something NEW on your own.” That simple assignment gets parents to let their kids do more, to take care of themselves, and maybe even do their homework. Watch as students build essential skills for life and school:

  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Resilience

Let Grow Play Club

Let kids of all ages play together before or after school with some loose parts and an adult overseeing only as a “lifeguard.” What skills do students build when adults don’t organize the games or solve their spats?

  • Creativity
  • Cooperation
  • Communication

Independence Initiative

Promote independence as a pillar of your school culture with a school-wide program designed by educators for teachers, parents, and students that will strengthen home-school participation, support empathy and equity, and help with:

  • Behavior
  • Social Emotional Skills
  • Parent Engagement

Think For Yourself Essay Contest

When kids leave their comfort zone, it’s cause for applause. Our high school essay contest awards $8000 in college scholarships for students’ stories about a time they stood up for freedom of thought, speech, or deed in their everyday lives. Scholarships can be used for:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Colleges
  • Trade or Technical Schools
Let Grow Schools Across the Country

Let Grow Schools Across the Country

Let Grow Schools Across the Country

Educators Praise Let Grow

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

Review From Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, Superintendent

Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, Superintendent, New York

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

Review From Jodi Maurici, Middle School Teacher

Jodi Maurici, Middle School Teacher, Sayville, NY

[The Project] encourages problem solving, perseverance, emotional regulation. It’s just really great for building those skills.  

Dana Blumberg, School Counselor, Chicago

We prioritize free play because, ‘Play is the work of childhood.’ The Play Club is integral to our curriculum, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, cooperation, social-emotional and motor skills.

Kevin Smith, Superintendent, Connecticut

Many kids don’t get the social interaction they need to develop into empowered adults. Play Club is an intentional way for us to provide that for our students.

Review From Elementary School Teacher, Central, South Carolina

Elementary School Teacher, Central, South Carolina

Free Chapter Download

Calling All Educators! What happens at school doesn’t stay at school.

Let Grow’s school programs are designed to unlock young people’s brilliance and resilience. Read about the programs for K-8 students in this free download of the chapter for educators in the brand new edition of Free-Range Kids!