Our Mission

A genuine and commonsense approach building a foundation of leadership, ethics, purpose and philanthropy. We invest our knowledge in the youth of America through summer institutes, on campus presentations, and mentoring programs. The summer institutes are a balance of academics, site visits, presentations by non-profit leaders, educators, business people and entrepreneurs. Our goal is for participants to leave with a new-found sense of awareness, purpose, vision and the non-cognitive skills for life.

Summer Institutes

Our educational Summer Institutes for high school students focuses on leadership, ethics, purpose and philanthropy. The core values of Grab The Torch summer institutes are essential to everyday life skills, college preparedness and professional advancement. The curriculum is delivered by seasoned educators, successful corporate leaders, Grab The Torch alumnae and top consultants in academia, in an interactive environment both in and outside a classroom setting. The program locations are Bronx, New York, and Denver, CO. The outdoor leadership and team building programs provide a unique learning environment which creates lifelong friendships and life changing moments.

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Adult Programs

Grab The Torch’s nationally known summer programs for students inspire high school students to use their skills and devote their lives to making the world a better place. The summer institute for educators came into being with the realization that the groundwork for a transformational summer experience is best done in a school culture that fosters goodness and interest in serving the common good.

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Please note that the application for the Summer Institute Program includes a $10 nonrefundable application fee. Tuition is $1,950.  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

Colorado Institute/Denver/University of Denver: June 20 – 28, 2019

New York Institute/Horace Mann & Manhattan College (Residence): July 21 – 28, 2018