An Unconditional Education Model Because Every Kid Deserves Educational Success

When Robin Detterman took a job 15 years ago as a special education teacher at Pathfinder Academy – a school […more…]


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Seneca’s mission is to help children and families through the most difficult times of their lives. We are driven by the fundamental belief that children and families do not themselves fail, but rather are failed by systems unable to meet their complex needs. Guided by our core agency values of love, compassion, joy, hope, courage, respect and curiosity, Seneca refuses to fail the young people and families we serve. We offer each child and family a profound promise: you will be supported every step of your journey, no matter what challenges you face along the way.

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Ever since I started in the Seneca program, I can truly say it changed my life forever in the best way. I have met people that I know truly care for us students. Having a support system like them has helped me in many ways. I have been going to school more because I know that there are people there that will help me in the hard times, my class work, and people I can talk to to resolve my problems. It’s honestly helpful having people there for students in hard times because some of us don’t have anyone to talk to… And I am now graduating from high school.

Current Unconditional
Education program student

Help Expand the Unconditional Education Program

The next phase for the Unconditional Education program is to conduct a large evaluation to demonstrate its effectiveness. By learning what works and what doesn’t, they will be able to better help serve their school partners as well as create a scalable model that can be shared broadly among schools. In Southern California, the study will benefit approximately 5,000 students and families a year across eight schools.

Seneca seeks $1.4 million dollars to conduct a year-long cohort study that follows eight schools in a district and then performs a matched comparison to see what’s different for students in UE versus other interventions.

Friends of Seneca

California Alliance of Children and Family Services
Education for Change Public Schools
Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
Lighthouse Community Schools
Oakland Unified School District
Room to Breathe Project
The Primary School
West Contra Costa Unified School District
The Witkin Foundation
Battery San Francisco
Battle Family Foundation
Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Chamberlin Family Foundation
L. I. Green Foundation
Quest Foundation
Thomas J. Long Foundation
Wells Fargo