Because our students receive an act of kindness from their mentor/tutors, we ask that they #PassItForward
by doing a good deed for someone in their lives.
Processing and organizational difficulties held Emily back.
Luckily, our family could provide a one-to-one tutor.
Low-income students dropout at 5x the rate
of middle income students.
100% of our students are low-income.
Foreign-born Hispanic students drop out at
3x the rate of Black students &
4x that of white students.
63% of our students were Hispanic in 2022-23.
24% were Black.
According to Youth.gov, students with mentor/tutors are:
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
52% less likely to skip a day of school
55% more likely to enroll in college, despite an opportunity gap
40 - 50 mentor/tutors
14 schools all around Los Angeles
Our mission is to empower underserved middle school students through personalized academic coaching and mentorship. We foster positive relationships that inspire dreams, unlock potential, and champion educational equity while promoting kindness in the world.
We envision a world where every student has the resources to succeed in school, and feels empowered to become a contributing, compassionate, and socially conscious member of society.
“The rapport I’ve developed with my SEA Program student comes from building trust and faith in each other to stay consistent with school work. I believe in consistent support no matter what, and celebration when she does well.”
“I’ve built great relationships with my students. They’ve made so much progress and thanks to the SEA Program, they’ll be able to walk the line at their promotion ceremony—which I am excited to attend!”
“I got so much satisfaction in seeing how the extra help and greater effort my student put into her school work translated to better marks and increased her motivation.”
In 2011, Ellen and Michel Shane founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit, The Emily Shane Foundation, driven by the tragic loss of their youngest child Emily in 2010. Committed to transforming the lives of underserved middle schoolers, they honor Emily's memory through academic aid and kindness initiatives.
Left to right: Barbara Avishay • Ellen Shane • Kelly Uchimura • Melinda Mendel • Emily Elizabeth • Mary Garrison • Kristen Swindal • Margaret Cohn
Not Pictured: Lisa Ellis • Lindsay Roberts Miller • Emily Schmidt Goldstein