Welcome to S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc.

We believe that to truly help children succeed S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc. needs to reach their core. Our emphasis is on involving parents, grandparents, and other community members in order to create an enriched environment that provides a "winwin" situation for all involved. Our programs focus on the concept that education is the key to success. Each and every program of ours is tailored to provide educational and lifetime opportunities for underprivileged and inner-city youth programs and opportunities that were once not even a dream. It is through these programs, as well as parent, small business, and community.
The low graduation rate of children with emotional or behaviora disorders is a sad, but realistic story of the life of many underprivileged and inner-city youth. S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc. works to counter this disturbing reality. It is the passion and dedication of S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc. to ensure that under-privileged and inner-city youth have access to educational programs which allow them to succeed in education and as well as in the challenges of life.


According to the National Mental Health Association, less than 45%
of children with emotional or behavioral disorders graduate from high school.


The programs offered by S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc. focus on two key components that allow them to succeed. The two keys to success are:

Community Involvement

This includes involving parents, grandparents, small businesses, and the community as a whole. It is through this community involvement that we seek to create an enriched environment for inner-city and underprivileged youth, and provide a win-win situation for all involved.

Educational Opportunities

Statistically, inner-city and underprivileged youth have very limited opportunities for higher education. We seek to c change the story of their life, by giving them educational and business opportunities that were previously not available to them. It is through providing educational opportunities along with community involvement that S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc strives to create a new life for kids who need it the most.



is the third leading cause of death in young people ages 15 to 24 in California. Suicide for older adults in California is rising – adults over the age of 65 have a rate that is twice as likely as high as for younger Californians.

    The US Surgeon General in 2002 stated in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention that roughly 90% of all individuals that take their own lives by suicide have a diagnosable mental illness.

  • Diagnosable mental illness90%
  • Untreated mental illness affect’s a child’s ability to learn. Less than 25% of children with emotional or behavioral disorders graduate from high school.

  • Graduate25%
  • 75% of the inmates in San Quentin prison come from fatherless households Each year the divorce population increases by approximately one million NEW fathers with children under 18 years of age.

  • Inmates75%

Fatherless homes account for well over 50% of teen mothers.


Fatherless homes account for 63% of high school dropouts.


Fatherless homes account for 85% of youth in prison.


Fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides.


Fatherless homes account for 90% of homeless/runaway children with behavior problems.


50 to 67% of the children in foster care have been estimated to have a serious emotional disturbance with substantial functional impairment.


S S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc. is a private, non-profit charitable organization with a governing Board of Directors. We focus on assisting disadvantaged youths to become model citizens, by providing quality access to academics. Also part of this is one-on-one counseling and therapy, recreational activities, and life skills training encompassed in a nurturing family environment. S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc. . ensures underprivileged and inner-city youth have access to global educational opportunities, by creating and facilitating a broadened awareness of these opportunities.

Therapeutic Group Homes

S.M.A.R.T. Students, Inc. therapeutic group homes serve male youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Participants are referred by the juvenile court system, juvenile probation officers and the Division of Social Services. California priority placement is given to the youth of Alameda County, while the Michigan and Texas group homes are open to referrals from all counties. Each group home is licensed to hold up to 6 residents. The therapeutic group home model was conceived by founder, J. Douglas Hollie, a professional football athlete and an educator.

75% of American children living in single-parent families will experience poverty before they turn 11 years old. Only 20 percent of children in two-parent families will do the same.


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