Educational Institutions

THINK Together

  • Santa Ana, CA

Mission Statement

THINK Together's mission is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential.

Main Programs

  1. Extended Learning Time
Service Areas



THINK Together serves over 140,000 students each year across 40 districts in the following California counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

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Principal Officer since 2003


Mr. Randy Barth



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THINK Together




Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


Self-reported by organization

As THINK Together has scaled up to serve communities throughout Southern California, it is making a significant impact among large numbers of students as well. A comparison group study by UC Irvine of over 16,000 students in the Santa Ana Unified School District showed that THINK Together after-school program participants are moving ahead academically at twice the rate on their English Language Arts and Math test scores, compared to similar students who did not attend the program. Students who participated in additional programs (Saturday programs, small group tutoring) progressed at nearly four times the rate of similar students not in the program. These external analyses demonstrate three important trends related to academic achievement among program participants: 1) Longevity in Program Matters: the more students attended THINK afterschool (ELT) or test prep instruction over Saturdays and Spring Break, the more likely they were to experience significant gains on both the CST in Math and in ELA; 2) Targeted Instruction Matters: students who attended small group tutoring in content that met their specific needs experienced significant gains on the CST in both Math and in ELA, regardless of content targeted; and 3) Layering Maters: the greatest gains over one or two years were made by students who participated in multiple programs; in particular the most impressive gains were among students who participated in small group tutoring plus one other THINK Together program (typically, students only enroll in small group tutoring for one year).


Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Extended Learning Time

THINK Together provides extended learning time through after-school, Saturday, summer, and early learning programs to over 30,000 children and youth annually atschool sites and community learning centers in Orange County.Our after-school programs help these underserved students close the achievement gap by providing academic enrichment in STEM, English, social sciences, wellness and the arts, and help in understanding and completing homework in a safe, adult-supervised environment. We provide daily physical activity and nutrition education. Each program site is staffed by a full-time Site Coordinator and part-time Program Leaders sufficient to maintain a 20:1 student-to-adult ratio. THINK Together brings innovative solutions that help build district capacity to prepare them for today's large scale change initiatives such as the Common Core State Standards. Our programs are data-driven and enriching, expanding our student's horizons and positively impacting student achievement.


Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General



Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    THINK Together is a non-profit organization collaborating with communities, parents, and education stakeholders to transform the system, creating educational excellence and equity for kids. We Teach, Help, Inspire and Nurture Kids to reach their full potential.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    THINK Together pursues its mission through three priority program areas: Expanded Learning, Early Learning and Core Learning. ¬We provide Expanded Learning through after-school and summer programs at sites across California and leverage our shared learning platform to provide academic and enrichment elements that are fully integrated with school day instruction, digital learning, STEM and Arts. We also provide a healthy living curriculum that includes physical and mental fitness, character development, and nutrition education.
    In partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, THINK Together provides Early Learning through our Early Literacy and Math Programs at health clinics and schools in Orange County. We provide evidence-based tools to ensure young children have early literacy, vocabulary, and math skills to prepare them for kindergarten. These programs and tools include activities to encourage curiosity and critical thinking.
    Our Core Learning model is based on a partnership with the Principal's Exchange, a boutique consulting firm, which uses their “Response to Systems Intervention” method, a research-validated school and district strengthening model. Based on a thorough systems assessment, they provide customized solutions for core instruction during the school day through professional development and restructuring of systems to provide resources to kids who need it the most, thereby fulfilling our vision of educational excellence and equity for all kids.
    THINK Together utilizes our platform to scale innovation in our schools by facilitating collaboration among leaders through peer networks, conferences, forums and other learning opportunities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    THINK Together is building a unique shared learning platform across California, including collaborative data sharing partnerships – providing a lens into what’s working in schools, and helping innovation travel well within the public school system framework. We have the expertise to derive actionable insights from data and partner with school districts to develop customized solutions around large scale implementation of leading practices.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    A core component of THINK Together’s organizational strategic plan is to provide staff the opportunity and resources to use a variety of data to continuously provide feedback on program quality and ensure high-quality outcomes. THINK Together engages in both internal and external evaluation practices that involve the collection and examination of both formative and summative data for the purposes of identifying the strengths and gaps in our programming that should be either replicated or improved (formative), and articulating overall program impact on student success (summative). The internal evaluation is led by THINK Together’s Director of Action Research, Dr. Tracy Bennett and includes an on-going and annual examination of baseline and follow-up outcomes across several measures including multiple stakeholder surveys, test scores, program attendance and program quality ratings. Outcomes are used for both site-level progress monitoring as well as organizational goal setting.
    THINK collects multiple types of data to assess the strength of programming including 1) student level district data such as gender, ethnicity, eligibility for Free or Reduced Meals, grade level, regular school day attendance rates, English fluency, and change from baseline to follow-up in pre- and post-assessments; 2) required operational program elements such as numbers of parent meetings/family nights, site visits by Quality Assurance Coaches, program observation data from principals and Quality Assurance Coaches; 3) results from principal, student, teacher and parent surveys and interviews assessing stakeholders’ perspectives on program quality, improvements in student achievement and behavior/attitudes toward school; and 4) staff satisfaction surveys assessing areas of need. Used together, these measures help assess overall program quality by triangulating data results, allowing staff to compare desired outcomes with actual results.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Each day after school and during the summer, students receive academic enrichment in English, Arts, character development, career pathways, nutrition and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and participate in physical activity and homework help. Students who attended THINK Together for at least 150 days per year over three years experienced a statistically significant higher growth rate on California Standards Test (CSTs) scores in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math when compared to non-THINK students - 8.9 points higher in ELA and 15.6 points higher in Math.
    THINK Together partners with Dr. Deborah Vandell, the Chair of the Education Department at the University of California, Irvine to measure the effects of its programs. In a three-year study, Dr. Vandell found that students who attended THINK after-school programming had twice the gains in Math on their California Standard Test (CST) scores compared to students not in the program; students in THINK Saturday programs had more than 2.5 times the growth of students not in the program; and those who attended both THINK small group tutoring and THINK after-school or Saturday programming had nearly four times the growth of students not in program.
    At our Shalimar Center, nearly 400 students have graduated from high school and attended college where the high school graduation rate is barely 20%. For the last six years, 100% of the students have graduated and gone to college. Many students have gone on to successful careers, including:
    • America Arias, an Emmy Award-winning producer at an NBC affiliate in Sacramento;
    • Paolo Leon, an architect at McLarand, Vasquez and Emsiek and Member, THINK Together Board of Directors;
    • Javier Diaz, M.A., a school-community liaison at Laguna Beach Unified School District;
    • Ever Arias, who completed a B.S. in Chemistry at UC Riverside and has been accepted into medical school;
    • Rafael Sanchez, completed a B.S. in Engineering at UC Riverside and is a Manufacturing Engineering Planner at RBH Aerospace; and
    • Senior Jose Avonce, who will be attending Harvard University.

    Principals' Exchange has helped Lynwood Unified meet 70 targets for their Adequate Yearly Progress goals in 2013 compared to only 16 in 2011; there are 136 total possible targets. This resulted in Lynwood being named the most improved unified school district in California with API growth of +12 points in 2013. In addition, the percent of students meeting UC and/or CSU entrance requirements increased from 20% in 2010 to 38% in 2013.
Service Areas



THINK Together serves over 140,000 students each year across 40 districts in the following California counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

Funding Needs

THINK Together serves over 600 students each year at our five community sites in Costa Mesa, Orange, and Santa Ana. In addition to academic tutoring, students participate in CAHSEE preparation courses, Kaplan SAT preparation classes, and the College Knowledge program which focuses on academic achievement, career development, financial aid assistance, and exposure to the various opportunities available to students at college campuses. The budget for these community sites is $650,000, which, unlike school-based program sites, is funded entirely by private funding sources. THINK Together serves students each year at 10 elementary and 4 middle schools in Orange and Tustin Unified School Districts. The public funding at each of our school district program sites requires matching funds. Part of this match is met by using in-kind sources such as school facilities as well as snacks given to students. THINK Together still needs to raise roughly $15,000 in private philanthropy per elementary school site and $20,000 per middle school site. Therefore, for our two districts, we need to raise $230,000 in private philanthropy this year.



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Principal Officer

Mr. Randy Barth


Randy Barth is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer. A successful businessman for more than twenty years, he served as an investment advisor with various major Wall Street firms (E.F. Hutton, Drexel Burnham, Smith Barney) for fifteen years. Randy subsequently served as CEO of National Management, a $40 million privately-held regional transportation company. He began his work in the after-school arena as a volunteer when he founded the award-winning Shalimar Learning Center in Westside Costa Mesa in 1994. The success of that model resulted in the establishment of THINK Together in 1997 as a non-profit organization. Randy served as volunteer Board Chair for most of the life of the organization until becoming CEO in August, 2003. Randy holds a B.A in Economics from UCLA and did graduate work at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.



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