A Note from the founder

“You can’t pay it back… so you have to pay it forward.”

This is what my personal mentor said to me as he dropped me off at the University of Maryland when I thanked him for basically saving my life. After getting into trouble in middle school, I was introduced to my mentor who had very high expectations for me and who held me accountable to exceptional standards. He was the reason why I worked hard in school, on the field, on the court, and ended up with a football scholarship to University of Maryland.

So, when I thanked him, his response stuck with me:
“You can’t pay it back… so you have to pay it forward.”

Children Deserve A Chance Foundation and the Attollo program has been my effort at paying it forward. Each student who graduates from Attollo receives the same message. The purpose of Attollo is not only to help individual students to ‘rise up’; the purpose is to also help our community to ‘rise up’. We are investing in students who, we believe, will be the leaders of tomorrow. Armed with the desire to work hard and the leadership principles to make changes happen; Attollo scholars understand, ‘you can’t pay it back… so you have to pay it forward.’

All the best,

Jordan Steffy

Founder and CEO

We support success-oriented youth from primarily under-represented communities in their pursuit of academic achievement, empowerment, and social engagement.