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The 2015 Grab The Torch Summer institutes provided an amazing experience for students, speakers, and staff. From Denver to Boston to Maine Grab The Torch students had the opportunity to interact with passionate philanthropic leaders, gain an understanding of their personal values, challenge their leadership skills through outdoor adventure  and build lasting friendships. Please visit the photo gallery  and comment pages to see the students, speakers, and staff who contributed to the success of Grab The Torch 2015.


Applications Now Accepted for 2016 Summer Institutes!

Colorado Institute:  June 25 – July 2 (co-ed)
Boston Institute:  July 23 – 30 (all-girls)
Maine Institute:  August 6 – 13 (all-girls)

Applications accepted and scholarships awarded on a rolling admission basis until
April 30, 2016.

Twin Cities Institute:  coming in 2017


GTT Welcomes David Streight
as Senior Fellow
Sowing Deep Ethical Roots in Education

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David Streight, left, at 2016 NAIS Annual Conference with Dave Aldrich, GTT Founder, and Pat Bassett, GTT Board Member.

Grab The Torch (GTT) announced February 24, 2016, at the annual conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in San Francisco the expansion of its team. David Streight, one of the most respected educators in the independent school community, has joined GTT as its first Senior Fellow.

While his position with the organization is recent, Streight is by no means new to GTT. Since 2012, GTT has benefited from his involvement as an advisor, presenter and sounding board. Founder Dave Aldrich described this addition to the team as a long time coming and believes, “David will enhance and strengthen GTT’s curriculum and expanding summer institutes.”

One of the primary reasons Streight accepted the Senior Fellow position stems from his past experiences with GTT. He has assisted the Summer Institute, and contributed to the programming of school-specific events and a national service learning conference. “I found GTT programs to be relevant, inspiring, and of huge importance as we think about the young people we are preparing for tomorrow’s world,” said Streight.

From 2004 through 2015, Streight was Executive Director for the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE), where he built teams of educators from across North America to address important questions of ethical development in young people. At Grab The Torch, he will help educators clarify answers to the question: What can we do in schools to develop young people who want to give of themselves to work for the common good in later life? This question heavily relates to the mission and purpose behind GTT’s Summer Institutes. As Streight put it, “if we can help educators get kids ready for a Grab The Torch experience, we’re all better off, as is our world.”