Model & Strategy

Wishbone puts relevance and passion at the forefront of education by bringing low-income students access to high-quality after school and summer programs. Wishbone sources low-income students with high potential and connect them to an appropriate database of programs. They ignite students’ families, teachers and schools to support them. Wishbone also aggregates financial aid from various sources to send students on path-changing experiences.

After their Wishbone participation, students find personal relevance in school and ambition for their future. The students become empowered not only to complete high school, but also to attend college or start meaningful careers.

At a Glance
Founded: 2012
Education
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast, West Coast
Wishbone
850 Montgomery Street
Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94133
Fund students. Fuel passions.
Beth Schmidt of Wishbone
Meet Beth Schmidt

Beth is a former Teach for America corps member, a Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Fellow and a Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. She was recognized on Forbes “30 Under 30” list in 2013 and 2014 for her work in education.

Beth hopes to inspire low-income students to redefine who they are and who they could become. More specifically, she hopes to level the playing field of access to quality opportunities for low-income students, increase the net number of low-income students participating in programs, and create accountability and awareness surrounding the opportunity gap in America.

IMPACT

Wishbone’s goal is to ensure that all students have equal access to out-of-school opportunities.  Since 2012, they have helped over 1,000 students raise nearly $2.1 million in funding for summer programs.

Wishbone is on track to be the largest national network connecting high-potential, low-income high school students to transformative out-of-school experiences.

  • The numbers are in! The Wishbone Community made a huge impact - over $1,000,000 is directly supporting summer enric… https://t.co/jUwBPZYKbP
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  • "At the end of the three weeks, we had to produce a final project and I was chosen to be the director! ... Thank yo… https://t.co/uvvRIQejuH
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  • RT @ctrisenetwork: More than 110 students across the RISE Network will be attending outstanding programs to pursue their passions this summ…
  • 200+ Students. 30+ Schools. $300k+ Raised. 500+ Donors. #California, you did it! It has been inspiring to watch t… https://t.co/rPFvLg9H0T
  • Congratulations to the Class of #Wishbone2018! And thank you to each and every one of you who empowered them!
  • RT @sharednation: .@wishboneorg sends low-income, high school students to high-quality summer programs, helping them to pursue their passio…
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  • RT @Bookcharmer: This young woman is only 225 dollars away from a Leadership training this summer, needs to be funded today! Let's do this…
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  • We want to give a BIG shout out to our #Connecticut students and their supporters, who finished their fundraising t… https://t.co/xaE4vsK7VG
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