The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (AACPA) is a model public charter school whose goal is to offer academic programs designed to enhance a child's character, respect, motivation and self-discipline, while preparing its students for college. Located in the heart of Las Vegas' most at-risk neighborhood, AACPA was founded in 2001 specifically to improve skill levels and combat lowered academic expectations while creating a climate of hope among this community's most challenged children. www.agassiprep.org
Orangewood Children’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and one of the leading providers of services to children affected by child abuse and neglect. Their mission is to end the cycle of child abuse by providing an array of programs and services including the Orangewood Children’s Home. Located in Orange, California, the home provides refuge for over 2700 young people each year. Through financial assistance, mentors, daily living skills workshops, transitional housing and college scholarships, they give young people a second chance at happy, productive lives. Last year alone Orangewood scholarships totaled almost $732,000 and helped make the college dreams come true for 258 former foster children. In their 27 year history, Orangewood has helped over 62,000 young people. www.orangewoodfoundation.org
The Pine Bluff School District (PBSD) in Southeast Arkansas is home to over 5,000 students grades K-12. This Jefferson County district aims to offer a comprehensive educational experience to all students while also meeting the needs of each individual throughout all 10 district schools. With a proud tradition of stability and community support, PBSD is committed to preparing today's students to be leaders for the future. While PBSD is the largest district in Pine Bluff, elements of the Torii Hunter Project will also reach middle school students in the three other area districts: Whitehall School District, Dollarway School District, and Watson Chapel School District.