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WE EMPOWER FUTURE LEADERS.

WE EMPOWER FUTURE LEADERS.

OUR STORY

Over ten years ago, Academy-Award winning artist, actor and author, Common, and educator and former principal, Dr. Mahalia Hines, decided they wanted to inspire youth through mentorship to become the next generation of dreamers and believers.

OUR STORY

Over ten years ago, Academy-Award winning artist, actor and author, Common, and educator and former principal, Dr. Mahalia Hines, decided they wanted to inspire youth through mentorship to become the next generation of dreamers and believers.

The Common Ground Foundation is dedicated to empowering youth from high-potential communities to become future leaders.

I AM A
dreamer + believer

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The CGF Student Creed

I am a dreamer

In my dreams, I see me and all that I can be.
For me, it is no mystery.
I know that I stand on & love my history.
I know that I can be all I want to be because of those who came before me.

I am a believer
I believe in me and the future I can see.
If I am passionate about what I want to be, If I work hard and always believe,
I know because of the God in me,
my dreams I will achieve.

I am a dreamer and a believer.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The CGF Student Creed

I am a dreamer

In my dreams, I see me and all that I can be.
For me, it is no mystery.
I know that I stand on & love my history.
I know that I can be all I want to be because of those who came before me.

I am a believer

I believe in me and the future I can see.
If I am passionate about what I want to be, If I work hard and always believe,
I know because of the God in me,
my dreams I will achieve.

I am a dreamer and a believer.

Programs

Elevate. Educate. Empower.

Our holistic mentoring programs encourage youth to find their purpose, achieve academic excellence, realize their dreams and be the change they want to see in the world.

THE CGF EXPERIENCE

Preparing our future leaders & dreamers

Mentoring
Sessions

Field
Trips

Activities

Global
Steam

SUMMER
Camp

 

Service

Events

OUR IMPACT

The CGF Effect

500+

Students served

Across our programs, we continue to serve and support over 500 students.

100%

Graduate High School

Our efforts have enabled ALL of our students to graduate high school

89%

Enroll in College

Plus, 96% of our students have a post-secondary plan to pursue their dreams

$1M

Awarded in Scholarships

Our high school graduates have collectively received over $1 Million in scholarships
…and it’s
working.

SPOTLIGHT

The CGF News

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Laurence Minter

Hear from one of our alumni students, Laurence Minter – Kenwood Academy Class of 2017, Cornell University Class of 2021, and a rising grad student at Harvard University

We’re Back in Session!

We are hosting our first in-person session since February 2020! This September, we’ll welcome back all of our students, mentors, and staff for our first monthly session of the school year.

Common Ground in USA Today

See CGF in USA TODAY Race in America Special Edition Publication

Leaders Emerge
from Anywhere,
Empowered to
Excel Everywhere.

Our village of partners make it possible to grow our culture of dedication, passion, and support for our students.