About the Gary S Stevens Foundation

My name is Gary Stevens, and I established the Gary S Stevens Foundation in Minnesota in 2004 as a 501(c)3 Private Operating Foundation. The guiding principles of our work start with the belief that investing in youth can have an immense return over their lifetime. I can think of nowhere better to invest time and energy than in kids!

I also am a firm believer that there is a larger benefit to teaching someone a skill rather than giving them a one-time handout. Therefore the work that I support honors the proverb:

"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."

I've also been personally influenced, much to my benefit, by working with my own Life Coaches. It has not only helped me accomplish some things more effectively than I otherwise might have, it has taught me to think in ways that make me more effective overall. Coaching has changed my mindset.

So, what I've done in the past few years is combine these things by working with some amazing Life Coaches designing, delivering and refining programs that we have successfully taken into schools (middle schools and up...so far) with the intent of helping kids learn how to be their best in school, in their peer group, in their families, in their community, and in their life.

This work is extremely powerful. Imagine the thrill of watching an academically struggling kid step up, proving to all that A's and B's are indeed within his/her reach. Imagine a rough and tough kid that is tempted to drop out or to join a gang choosing instead to reach out for more noble dreams that he once believed were beyond his reach. Imagine kids supporting each other and discovering first-hand what it feels like to be looked up to.

When you see these types of changes in kids (and we see them routinely), they stand taller. They achieve more in school. They lift others around them up. This is the power of the mindset that we promote with Thrive101.

See our 501(c)3 IRS determination letter:

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