It’s amazing what we can do when we work together.

Through understanding the big picture, the SACTO Foundation will look to partner with local schools, businesses, and other community service organizations in offering positive and proactive programs that will create many opportunities.  With this synergistic approach our goal is to promote cultural identity, foster positive community alliances, and to develop resources that will serve local community members in attaining the necessary skills to become self sustaining.

Program Philosophy and Learning Style:

Program Philosophy:

At the SACTO Foundation we’ve adopted what we like to call a “wrap around programming philosophy”, which speaks to us developing and implementing programs that will assist the entire family.  With this philosophy we are able to meet the family where they presently are, and through various types of programs and resources we strive for outcomes such as stronger family values, job readiness and skills development, educational attainment, social awareness, community advocacy, and the ability to become self-sustaining.

You see we understand that if we only work with the youth within the family unit, chances are everything they learn to become better individuals will be ineffective if the household they return to is left unchanged.  However, if we offer programs to the entire family, while the students develop their life skills, the parents too will engage in programs and receive resources that will serve to strengthen the entire household and develop families that now have the necessary tools to become self-sustaining, and gain the ability to give back to the very communities in which they reside.  

Learning Style:

Our program learning style is founded on the premises of Project-Based learning: 

One of the major advantages of project work is that it makes school more like real life.  In real life, we don’t spend hours at a time listening to authorities who know more than we do and who tell us exactly what to do and how to do it.  We need to be able to ask questions of a person we’re learning from.  We need to be able to link what a person is telling us with what we already know.  And we need to be able to bring what we already know and experiences we’ve had that are relevant to the topic to the front of our minds and say something about them.

Sylvia Chard, Professor Emeritus of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta

Inquiry-driven and project-based learning makes sense for today’s learners because it gives them the opportunity to connect the work they do in school with the larger world around them.  We have to stop saying that school is “preparation for real life” and acknowledge that school is real life for kids while they are in it.  Project-based learning allows that to happen in powerful, meaningful ways.

Chris Lehmann, Science Leadership Academy, in Philadelphia.

Projects make the world go round.  For example any endeavor—whether it’s launching a space shuttle, designing a marketing campaign, conducting a trial, or staging an art exhibit – you can find an interdisciplinary team working together to make it happen.  Youth need to be prepared for life, as they won’t know that they’re living until they are actually living on their own.  And project-based learning will prepare them to understand the subtle nuances of working on a team and bringing something together from its inception to its fruition.  It will prepare them to maneuver the ebbs and flows of society, and adulthood.  

​Rick J. McPhearson   



Community Initiative:
The Foundation will look to serve the community in five areas: economic development, education and training, housing, family advocacy, and neighborhood revitalization.

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