The Under A Tree Fund provides college scholarships to high school civic leaders and social change agents who complete our 38-week Ethical Citizens Fellowship. By developing their skills and investing in their future educations, we seek to reclaim and redefine the meaning of leadership and cultivate a new generation of conscientious citizens who are compassionate, accountable, and unrelenting in their pursuit of justice.



The Ethical Citizens Fellowship Program


Social Impact Materials & Resources


Services For Learning Organizations 

What We Believe


Under a Tree, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded upon the notion that all young people are capable of being more socially conscious citizens and change agents.

Just as Socrates sat with Plato under a tree in Ancient Greece, we believe that young people are not merely future leaders but are LEADERS OF THE NOW who are already primed, with the proper mentoring, to change the future for the better.

If we provide young people with the opportunity to think critically, discuss openly, and question actively, they will help move the world in a direction of justice, equity, and liberation.



Our ethical leadership programs are constructed and facilitated based on the guiding principles of our:

INSPIRE® Framework:

Incorporate Multiple Narratives
Nurture Critical Analysis
Stimulate Perspective-Taking
Promote Self-Reflection
Integrate Immediacy and Intimacy
Revitalize Agency
Encourage Activism


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