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228 PARK AVE SOUTH 77212NEW YORK, NY 10003 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Let Grow is making easy, normal, and legal to give kids the independence they need to grow into capable, confident, and happy adults. Let Grow believes today’s kids are smarter and stronger than our culture gives them credit for. We reject the idea that they are in constant physical, emotional or psychological danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, disappointing playdates and/or the perils of a non-organic grape. Somehow our culture has become obsessed with kids’ fragility and lost sight of their innate resilience. This concern grew out of good intentions, of course. But treating kids as fragile makes them so. In fact, kids are "anti-fragile" -- built not just to withstand some challenges, but to grow stronger once they do. That’s why Let Grow is creating a new path for parents, schools, and America itself -- a path to letting kids have some adventures, solve some problems and make things happen.


Making it easy: we provide free parent resources and information, like our Independence Kit, Play Kit, and Let Grow Kid License, on our website, along with a regular blog from our co-founder, Lenore Skenazy (Free-Range Kids), and monthly webinars with experts on play, anxiety, education, and more. Our school programs, The Let Grow Project and Let Grow Play Club, are free, easy, and help empower kids with independence, and parents with the courage to let go and Let Grow.

Making it normal: Our thought leadership is our strongest asset, with co-founders Jonathan Haidt, Peter Gray, and Lenore Skenazy in the news and interviewed regularly. We hold an annual Independence Challenge for kids and just added parent stories.

Making it legal: The peddling of fear by the media, and a society that has been conditioned to believe that children should never be unsupervised makes it difficult for parents to let their kids out, for fear of someone calling the cops or child protective services. Let Grow has helped pass Reasonable Childhood Independence laws in Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, and every year selects a few more states.

Our goal in the upcoming year is to develop and implement a strong marketing and communications plan to make the public aware of how the loss of traditional childhood is the biggest contributor to child anxiety, depression, and suicide, and that the solution is both simple and free.

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