Adopt A Class

Name of Non-Profit Organization *

Adopt A Class

Organization's website

Federal Tax ID Number *


Address *

2153 West Eighth Street Suite 200
Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
United States

Your Name *

Katie Burroughs

Your Title *


Contact email address *

Contact Phone Number

(513) 244-8026

What is the mission of your organization?

Adopt A Class Foundation (AAC) is an area non-profit [501©(3)] mentoring program designed to facilitate personal, sustained connections between members of the business community and students enrolled pre-kindergarten through 8th grades. Adopt A Class helps establish mentor relationships with the purpose of providing positive role models and developing practical and social skills for the students and building the culture of philanthropy and teamwork for the business or community group.

Schools participating in the AAC program have significantly high levels of poverty where most children participate in free lunch programs. Poverty creates more than the obvious financial strain for children. It can also create an inconsistency that prevents proper development in mental, physical, social, and emotional health.

Adopt A Class provides a consistent mentoring program for these children with additional support for the teachers. Adopters build relationships with the students through a pen-pal prgram and encourage students to stay in school and bring value to the importance of an education. Adopters also expose the students to a variety a career opportunities post school and give them hope for a future beyond their current circumstances.

Which social causes does your agency address through its programming?
(Check all that apply)

  • Children & Youth
  • Community Building
  • Education
  • Poverty & Hunger

Most schools have between $1000 and $1500 to grant. How could your organization use a grant of this size? *

In addititon to the ongoing pen-pal program, Adopters and classrooms have a holiday and spring event. The schools and children/families cannot afford the cost of a bus to participate in events with Adopters outside the school. Some of our Adopters are high school students (Seton, St. X, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Mercy, Highlands HS of Ft. Thomas) who wish to bring the students to their campuses to highlight the benefits and value of education as well as to view performances at the high school. This money would help provide trnasportation for classes adopted by groups who do not have funds to transport students for events.

Any other comments you would like to share with the students who might be reviewing your request?

A teacher participating in the Adopt A Class program stated that the program, "gives students a chance to interact with professionals who value what education has afforded them. This has a significant impact on students' attitudes toward learning." A school social worker said students at his school used to say they wanted to be rappers, NBA stars, or drug dealers. These students now list 4 to 5 careers of the Adopters with whom they have had relationships with over the years. Other benefits to students include improved written and verbal communication skills, and improved attendance.

Adopt A Class is not a one-year solution to a complex problem. It is an ongoing, year after year process — one of the many pieces of the puzzle that helps enhance the lives of the children in our community and, ultimately, strives toward breaking the cycle of poverty through education, community awareness and opportunity.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for high school students?


List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.

High school students can adopt a classroom. High schools listed above adopt many classrooms in their neighboring communities throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Volunteer coordinator

Katie Burroughs

Volunteer coordinator's email address

Volunteer coordinator's phone number

(513) 244-8026