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Promoting Adolescent Flourishing


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Research indicates most adolescents in the United States today do not experience their K-12 education as a connected, purpose-filled journey into adult life.

Yet, some school subcultures provide a better sense of meaning and purpose than others. we need to examine Those cultural characteristics that better serve young people - even if the Resulting suggestions are unpopular.

Behavioral health disorders, primarily substance abuse and mental illness, have been described as the chronic diseases of the young—they typically first appear during adolescence. If K-12 education fails to foster authentic connection and purpose, we will see a growing public health crisis with grave implications for a generation of youth destined to lead our nation.

With its reputation for intellectual independence and a resolute commitment to academic freedom, UATX is attracting world-renowned scholars who are committed to an integrated, non-ideological study across disciplines. Together, we have the opportunity to create the leading program for future educators and entrepreneurs seeking to increase adolescent flourishing in the United States – and potentially the world.

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AFI is led by Executive Director Michael Strong, one of the most experienced designers of innovative school programs in the United States and one of the most influential creators of high performance alternative schools in the world.

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Michael Strong

Among Michael's well-known innovations at his schools is Socratic Practice, a form of text-based intellectual dialogue designed to increase SAT verbal scores and increase intellectual sophistication. As an expert in this space, he is the author of  The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice  and has consulted for hundreds of schools and universities across the world.

Michael's work as an educational entrepreneur led to a partnership with John Mackey, the founder and CEO of Whole Foods. John and Michael co-founded a non-profit that gave birth to well-known programs, including Conscious Capitalism and Peace through Commerce. Michael is also the lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalism Can Solve All the World's Problems. He is uniquely qualified to lead AFI at UATX.

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UATX has already received a seed grant of $100,000 for AFI, enabling us to begin hiring.

We are actively raising $3 million to attract additional industry-leading experts, host cutting-edge events for thought-leaders, and launch ground-breaking research projects in order to establish the world's leading, university-level program focused on preparing K-12 educators to prioritize adolescent flourishing. Investment opportunities include

Investment opportunities

  • Research Budget - Addendum Available with Pilot Opportunities: $1.5 million
  • Executive Leadership & Support Staff: $600,000
  • Four (4) Conferences to Inform Research, Publishing & Training: $400,000
  • Journal of Adolescent Flourishing: $250,000
  • Administrative & Operating Costs: $250,000

With your support, AFI students and faculty will be at the forefront of the development of new educational models that advance human flourishing.


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UATX prepares thoughtful and ethical innovators, builders, leaders, public servants and citizens through open inquiry and civil discourse. Our commitment to the pursuit of truth arises from our confidence that the nature of reality can be discerned, albeit incompletely, by those who seek to understand it, and from our belief that the quest to know, though unending, is an ennobling, liberating, and productive endeavor.