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Success is Achievable

Through the Maze has created a system to help individuals increase their resilience. This program helps people to reach goals, seek out supports, and empowers them to achieve success! The weekly curriculum is supported by a mentor who personalizes the program for each individual. Participants will receive mentoring specific to their needs in addition to our research-based curriculum. All services are provided in the most convenient way possible--text messaging. Let us mentor your group to success one text at a time!


Personalized Mentoring


Curriculum-Based Nudges

Unlimited SMS Messages

8 am - 8 pm Live Support, 5 Days a Week

Access to Personalized Data Reports

Option for Parent Companion Program

What We Do

We have a proven method of mentoring that is personal and structured with highly trained staff. Utilizing evidence-based research, we provide a proprietary curriculum which focuses on resilience and persistence. This is partnered with a personalized mentoring component. We want youth and young adults to be confident, empowered, and goal-oriented.

We see education as the barometer of success and opportunity with all youth. Our focus is on getting students into college or post-secondary training. Research shows that resilience and persistence toward long-term goals are the foundations of success, regardless of IQ. Behavioral, social, academic performance, poor student engagement issues can often be traced back to lack of development and training in resilience.

We provide weekly curriculum in addition to motivational nudges with highly-trained mentors. Navigators are trained to provide resilience-based mentoring to participants. All services are provided in the most convenient way possible--text messaging. Our double-blind texting software is proven to reach and engage. This mentoring style is convenient for rural areas and busy schedules.

A Parent Companion Program is available for youth enrolled in the program at no additional cost, but is not required. This additional feature provides access to the youth's mentor and informs the parent of the weekly skill their youth will be working on. 

The program is available in English & Spanish for anyone aged 12 or older. 

Why We Do It

How We Do It

Safety Features

Navigators are background checked and professionally trained, and only communicate with clients from 8 am – 8 pm. All communication takes place through double-blinded software, which is monitored by administration. Data is kept confidential and private. Our software does not allow for any media messages. Any dangerous/harmful behavior is immediately reported.

What We Do For You

We know you are all busy! We take over and handle all of the details.

We can provide large assembly kick-off with Stephen Koch, a successful GEAR UP speaker or smaller group work with Stephen. Or maybe you want to jump right in without a kick-off session; we can do that too!

Onboarding can be done individually or we do bulk sign up through your organization's administration. Through our website, we handle the sign-up of students including their demographic data and a 7 question survey on the 7C’s as a baseline. We also take care of parental permissions.

We match the student with their navigator based on similar interests. Then we contact each student individually.

The Navigator uses the information from the 7C’s survey to tailor their conversations with the students.

We provide monthly or quarterly reports that can be tailored to your needs. 

Other features of the system include .csv downloads, de-identified phone numbers, persistent time-stamped & saved conversations, and continuous oversight & regular background checks of Navigators.

Options for match funds are available for grant recipients wishing to utilize our services

Data-Driven, Demonstrated Results

Students with Resilience Mentoring

  • 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

  • 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who do not. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)

  • Strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. (The Role of Risk, 2013)

    • Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. ​

    • High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out compared to their peers (NAMI)

  • 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)

  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)


TTM DATA Aligns with studies/data-driven results

  • 49+ student specific interactions between navigator and student. 

  • Touches are themed and delivered to specifically map the conversations based on the 7C’s. 

  • 79% of all enrolled students engage monthly.

  • Significantly lower student/navigator ratio, professionally trained and monitored. 

  • curriculum geared for each age band, this foundation enables students to build character to engage in additional resources and lifelong success. 


60% of the clients that we serve with this program across the board have met or exceeded KPI indicators including: 

  • increased resiliency and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression 

  • progress on 7 C’s data, Highest = Confidence, Competence, Connection, Coping -progress indicates two levels of improvement in each of the four areas based on the pre/post measure of the 7C’s instrument.

As a result of 7C’s improvement we see:

  • demonstrated time management skills 

  • demonstrated prosocial planning activities and skills 

  • reduction in antisocial or disruptive behavior 

  • confidence in ability to set long-term goals and follow-through


GEAR UP KPI indicators met as a result of 7C’s improvement: 

  • increased student engagement and classroom attendance 

  • academic program participation

  • parental participation

  • confidence in ability to attend college or pursue further education after high-school

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