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Know Thyself™ Philosophy

To Know Thyself is to take the first step toward a successful, fruitful life. When young adults know themselves, know how to present themselves to others, know how to take care of their bodies, and know where they want to go…when they are self-aware to this degree, they can be successful.

In urban Milwaukee, teenagers are walking out of high school with a disadvantage that reaches beyond the quality of their school or the color of their skin. Increasingly, children from the city grow up without adult models who impart to them what we call soft skills, such things as a solid handshake, eye contact, the ability to speak publicly, and an awareness of the body and its health. Without these skills, high school graduates miss scholarship opportunities, internships and chances for a job. But this disadvantage is fixable; and the skills can be taught. We teach them to our students with great success.

No school teaches the things we teach nor should they be expected to. Parents, unfortunately, do so less and less, as well. We at Know Thyself™ are filling that void.

Know Thyself™ began as a program to teach manners but has now become so much more. Our curriculum now encompasses a wide range of programming in the Milwaukee Public School system addressing many needs of disadvantaged middle and high school students.

Our programs include initiatives that enhance social and communication skills, nutrition and health education, as well as programs to improve cultural and financial literacy. In addition, our arts programming includes initiatives that provide the opportunity for students to express themselves through photography, writing, painting, and the creative utilization of computer technology.