Tyrone Thompson Institute


What It Is

IMG_1431_webThe Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence (TTIN) offers a new approach to school suspensions, which often lead to poor academic performance, lost school funding and an increase in juvenile delinquency and dropouts. Through the program, St. Louis Community College students tutor and mentor suspended students in St. Louis area school districts, through eighth grade.



How We Help

imagejpeg_0_webThe Kwame Foundation provides the vision, funding, adult mentors and hope. School Districts in the St. Louis metropolitan area set aside tutoring space and provide support. Currently, St. Louis Community College houses the program at their William J. Harrison Education Center in North St. Louis City. They also help train the college students. The Kwame Foundation is committed to providing St. Louis with a best in class program for youth at risk so that everyone wins. Suspended students get one-on-one attention in their own school settings. College students learn about community service, tutoring and mentoring and parents build skills at required one-day workshops. The local schools retain state funding.

The Details

imagejpeg_3_webTTIN was created with a focus on changing violent behavior as well as giving students the opportunity to stay current on class work through a school suspension program. The TTIN is an in-school program in lieu of Out of School Suspension (OSS). It is designed to make serious changes in the youth’s lives in our community, reduce the violence, and to counteract many of the negative effects of suspension. Instructional time can continue without interruption and special academic help can be provided.

For more information or to volunteer as a mentor, call Sonja Branscomb at 314.862.5344 or sonja@kwamefoundation.org.

Programs Currently Provided

The Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence is currently at Gateway Middle School (Gateway). Students at Gateway come from the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Below is a chart to display the total enrollment, categorized by ethnicity, of Gateway Middle School.

**91.4% of Gateway Students receive Free/Reduced Lunch (FTE)

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