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. The two Summer Institute programs are located in New York City (at Horace Mann School) July 28 – August 3, 2019, and in Colorado (splitting time between University of Denver and a mountain campus) June 20 – 28, 2019.

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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.

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Please note that the application for the Summer Institute Program includes a $10 nonrefundable application fee. The tuition for New York is $1,950 per student and Denver is $2,250 per student not including travel costs, scholarships are available.  To apply, visit the online application and complete the steps. Please take note of the application deadline. An important part of the application process is the 1000-6,000 essay response.

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“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.”


2019 Summer Institute Schedule

New York Institute/Horace Mann & Manhattan College (residence): Sunday, July 28 to Saturday, August 3, 2019. Click here to apply for Bronx Scholarships.