Standing for tomorrow’s ideas today, we empower middle schoolers to explore and launch innovative ideas and spark positive community change. We do this through three primary programs that empower middle schoolers: week-long summer camps, school-based partnerships, and project-based mentoring.
One challenge of early adolescence is that most people see this age only as one of potential rather than as full of individuals with actionable abilities. TomTod programming aims to bridge this gap, connecting the imaginative energy, in-development cognitive ability, and passionate energy of middle school students with the wisdom, resources, and experience of adults. By creating these kinds of dynamic intersections, we are able to unleash thoughtful, innovative ideas to address some of the problems communities are faced with.
Middle school students are primed to be able to think both empathetically and with innovation. They are relational and imaginative, caring and open-minded. Their perspective is necessary to the city of Canton, and Camp What If: Canton not only gives students opportunities to learn about their community, but also allows adult leaders to listen to middle schoolers’ perspectives.