Founded in 2008, Save A Mind Foundation seeks to increase the percentage of low income urban students who complete high school and continue as productive citizens.
We believe all students deserve the chance to succeed. With the right combination of motivation and support, we believe all students can transform that opportunity into success.
The founder, Lance Funston, joined by his wife Christina, was disheartened by the worsening high school graduation statistics among minority students in the United States. As Lance recalled his youth as a high school student, he recognized the value of the encouragement he received from his uncle, which subsequently led to his college attendance and success. As a successful entrepreneur, he understood that by positively supporting the achievement of young minority students, there would be a positive benefit to the economic well-being of our nation.
In order to explore the very best options for engagement by SAM, in 2009 Lance invited award-winning educator Dr. Judy Lechner Brody, Ed.D. at the University of Pennsylvania to form a research team that includes her Penn Grad School of Education colleague, Christopher Steinmeier, SAM’s Program Director. Since 2009, they have conducted extensive research on the gap of academic achievement, the factors that enhance minority student success, and the numerous reform strategies being implemented.