We are enormously saddened by the sudden loss of our friend, and Takeoff Space founder, Jonathan Richmond. Takeoff Space will not be the same without Jonathan, but we know he would want to see his students succeed beyond high school. This is why we (a team of his friends and Harvard student mentors) will dedicate our time, and Takeoff Space’s resources, to the 11 Lowell High School seniors that he handpicked for this program.  Our plans include workshops on college selection, financial aid, applying for external scholarships, developing resumes, and other important skills. Additionally, we hope to use new donations to help offset students’ college expenses, and for possible scholarships.

Please join us in furthering Jonathan’s mission, and supporting these students, by donating to Takeoff Space.

 Brilliance + Disadvantage = Missed Opportunities…


But with your help, we’re going to change this equation


Many high-capacity students from disadvantaged backgrounds never get a chance to go to elite colleges or universities. They have excellent grades. Superb test scores. But thatʼs not enough for high school kids who face barriers of poverty that force them to work after school to support their family rather than engage in extracurricular learning activities; who lack support networks because their high-school is enormous and their high performance an uncelebrated aberration; whose family lacks the college experience to give them advice; whose daily lives must pass through the disruptive familial or social environments that too often accompany poverty.

Takeoff Space mentoring session in progress

Takeoff Space mentoring session in progress

These kids not only have no idea how to play the college application game; their lives get in the way of doing so. We provide smart undergraduate mentors from top colleges who befriend these teenagers and help them learn what’s possible for them, pick the right colleges, and write the best possible applications. They’re family: big brothers and big sisters to them, and they have some fun as well as self-discovery in the process. With a little help, many of these brilliant students can go on to fulfill their own potential. Will you help them launch their college careers?

Takeoff Space provides a full lunch each meeting to keep our students happy and productive

Takeoff Space provides a full lunch each meeting to keep our students
happy and productive

Lowell Sun Covers Takeoff Space Mentoring Activities

William & Jonathan go postering around MIT in advance of our organizational meeting there. Photo Credit : Suvinay Subramanian