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McAdams Theory of Change

McAdams Academy Theory of Change

The Concern

Some children in our community are not attending school.


Because of school expulsions, suspensions, and youth in foster care without a permanent placement, some children can go all year without attending school. Many of these children fall into the at-risk or high-risk category and end up in the judicial system.

The Consequence

Not attending school decreases knowledge and increases poverty.


Financial poverty is lacking the knowledge to meet essential physical needs.

Relational poverty is lacking the knowledge to form and maintain healthy relationships.

Educational poverty is lacking the knowledge to learn.

Emotional poverty is lacking the knowledge to develop and maintain healthy feelings.

McAdams believes that regardless of a child's behavior, their education should not be disrupted.

The Need

A safe place for all kids to learn regardless of their circumstance.


Research suggests that children learn better when they feel safe. McAdams creates an environment conducive to learning by using evidence-based practices, one-on-one counseling, trauma- informed care, and understanding how adverse childhood experiences (ACES) affect kids.

The Practice

Individualized learning for each student.


Relational learning and accredited curriculum targeting individual academic needs in a low teacher/student ratio help students gain confidence and overcome many learning disabilities. Mentoring and addressing students' characteristics directly related to their likelihood of re-offending or committing crimes also helps them succeed in life.

The Change

Lifting kids out of poverty by increasing knowledge.


Every youth deserves the opportunity to be FREE to pursue their dreams:

Financially Relationally Educationally Emotionally.

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