OUR MISSION

Grab The Torch believes each youth will contribute to the greater good and enhance her or his life when given an effective foundation in leadership, ethics, purpose and philanthropy. We amplify students’ life toolboxes by enhancing their self-awareness, essential skills, social-emotional learning and community understanding. Through GTT experiences, we seek to enhance students’ personal relationships, service and college experiences, and career opportunities.

Summer Institutes

Our educational Summer Institutes for high school girls focus on leadership, ethics, purpose and philanthropy. We feel developing knowledge and skills in these core areas is essential to thrive in everyday life, college, professions, and community. Through site visits, group work, presentations and individual exploration, the GTT experience is facilitated by seasoned educators, successful business and nonprofit leaders, and Grab The Torch alumni.

Grab The Torch Online

Available fall 2019, Grab The Torch Online is an experience in leadership, philanthropy, active citizenship and social-emotional growth for high school students. This learning resource is designed to enhance a high school or youth organization’s leadership, service, and social-emotional programming with online learning modules and a Facilitator’s Guide that provides recommended on-site activities to meet learning and developmental goals. Our Online modules can be weaved into advisory programming, leadership councils and programs, service and service learning programs, and academic classes.

Application

Due to COVID-19, some changes to our 2020 Summer Institutes are in the works! Locations, dates, and tuition details will be available soon!

Assistance by email can be provided by our team if you need it, just click on Application under Institute Overview for more information.

Meet Our Team

DAVE ALDRICH

DAVE ALDRICH

Founder and CEO

Dave Aldrich, founder and CEO of Grab the Torch, is teaching youth how to strategically give back, with passion and purpose, learning with high caliber mentors that he wished he had. Growing up in a chaotic alcoholic home and labeled an academic failure while living with severe dyslexia, Dave spent his childhood and early adult years painfully fending for himself.

LUANA NISSAN

LUANA NISSAN

SENIOR ADVISOR

Luana Nissan serves as Senior Advisor and curriculum developer for Grab The Torch. She is also founder of Catalysts for Good that offers resources and consulting to support social good and public purpose work in schools. Luana spent over fifteen years consulting for educational institutions and youth organizations. She has served as a project director in K-12 independent schools, researcher at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and manager in retail customer service and sales.

DAVID STREIGHT

DAVID STREIGHT

GRAB THE TORCH SENIOR FELLOW

David Streight serves as senior fellow for Grab the Torch. He has taught and worked as a school psychologist in public and independent schools in Portland, Oregon. He was Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education, serving the organization from 2004-2015. He is a resident scholar of the Heart of Character professional development organization. David is an author and editor of books for educators and parents, including Structure and Guts of Character Education (2015), Breaking into the Heart of Character: Self-Determined Moral Action and Academic Motivation (2013), and Parenting for Character: Five Experts, Five Practices (2008).

Tracy Krug

Tracy Krug

SUMMER DIRECTOR

A current Board Member of GTT and acting 2020 Summer Director in Colorado. She has held various positions within Gilpin County School District between 2007-2015 including Librarian, Reading Interventionist, Instructional Coach and MS/HS Cheer Coach. In 2015, she joined Jeffco Public Schools as an Instructional Coach and transitioned to an Assistant Principal position. Currently she is the Assistant Principal at Hackberry Hill Elementary, a Gifted and Talented Center. Tracy is active in her church, teaches self defense and is an avid naturalist. Her background in administration in a child welfare agency, educational leadership and service to others provides a safe, nurturing and thought provoking environment for the girls. Tracy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, Masters in Psychology and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.

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What parents and students say:

Parents and students are happy to share their experiences.
McKenzie

McKenzie

Parent

"As a parent, it is wonderful and humbling to be able to watch your kids’ share their inner desires and also to learn from those around them who have proven to be very successful. GTT is an opportunity of a lifetime that results in a life changing experience. I am pleased that both of my kids have been able to participate in this adventure and I am inspired by the lives that they have already touched through their work at GTT."

Kayla

Kayla

Student

“Grab The Torch changed my outlook on life. It made me more adventurous in striving for opportunities that just seemed right. GTT provided the fuel for the fire of passion. I know the possibility of completing a task and goal is greater than ever before.”

Lillian

Lillian

Student

“I’m now a leader in my school and my greater community. GTT
has set the course of my life.”

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