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We empower middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good.

Core Values

Imagination

Imagination

We exist to harness the power of a dream, to fan the flame of possibility, and to shape hope into reality. 

Most middle school students are taught to leave their imagination at the door as they transition from being a child to a young adult. We believe that imagination is integral to a life worth living. Albert Einstein once said, 

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” 

We believe that the imagination of a middle student can not only encircle the world, but change it for the better.

Belief

Belief

We believe in middle school students. We believe in their ideas. We believe in their ability to passionately be others-centered, noble, and giving.

Middle school students get brushed aside in society far too often. We genuinely believe that middle schoolers have a passion for life and the ability to change the world with their ideas, passions, excitement and intelligence. We show our students that we believe in them by pairing them with mentors who are wholeheartedly convinced that the adolescents they are working with have ideas not only worth hearing, but ideas that deserve to be acted out in tangible ways.

Development

Development

We value the planting, the growing, and the end product, encouraging gutsy stick-to-itiveness through holistic experiential opportunities. 

TomTod Ideas is both a “now” and “next” proposition. We help students dream and launch ideas in real time. But we also provide training with an eye to preparation for future job interviews, positions of leadership and project management. Students have the opportunity to develop an idea from beginning to end allowing them to see something that began in their minds become an actuality.

Compassion & Justice

Practice Compassion & Justice

We seek to enter into a broken world, equipped with Love and selflessness, to create hope and repair. 

TomTod Ideas recognizes that the world we live in has injustice in it. Because of this, our team and our students work to enhance the common good by ending injustices in our communities, families, schools and beyond to generate hope and repair.

Celebration

Celebration

We foster fun & play, honoring the electric spark of epiphany and sharing the stories of our students and innovators everywhere.

One of the most important parts about TomTod Ideas is our desire to have fun with the students we work with. We want to celebrate in their successes and build an atmosphere that encourages laughter, play and youthfulness. We do this through the ways we interact as a team. We do this through more specific celebrations of our students and their projects. And we do this through embracing a mindset of play.

Ripples

Ripples

We create space for a series of expanding impacts, catalyzing ideas into personal change, community-wide engagement, and societal movements. 

For every student who goes through the TomTod Ideas process, our hope is that their ideas will have a ripple effect on those around them. From the people they directly work with, to their family members, their peers, their city, and the world, we believe the work that our students do will not only cause a personal life change, but will impact many spheres of society and inspire others to take world changing action as well.