Thread engages underperforming Baltimore high school students confronting significant barriers by providing each one with a team of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources.

Thread identifies freshman students at risk of failing to graduate high school based on low academic performance and other outside challenges, and matches each with up to five volunteers. This extended Thread Family then does whatever it takes to provide their student and his or her family with completely customized support. Thread supports its students for 10 years—the remainder of high school and six years thereafter. The results speak for themselves:

  • 91 percent of students who have been in Thread for five years have graduated high school.
  • 90 percent of students who have been in Thread for five years have been accepted to college.
  • 86 percent of student alumni have completed a two- or four-year degree or certificate program.

Thread was co-founded by Sarah and Ryan Hemminger in 2004. The Thread community has grown from 15 students and 2 volunteers to 303 students, their families, more than 850 volunteers, and more than 350 collaborators. For more information, visit

Please join us to hear Sarah Hemminger discuss the Thread model and how it is changing the fabric of Baltimore by fostering the development of self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens.

RSVP by June 15, 2017. Space is limited.

Date & Time

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM ET


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM | Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM | Program and Discussion


Ballard Spahr LLP
300 East Lombard Street, 18th Floor

For more information, please contact Diana Lauritson at 202.661.2206 or