What We Do

Building the future

The Jimmy Graves Foundation believes in the power of young people. We focus on their development, partnering with students, educators, parents, and guardians to realize our mission to drive engagement through leadership training.

Developing Student Leaders

The Jimmy Graves Foundation develops young leaders by tapping into their passions to address real-world issues. Whether their goals are to improve their neighborhood, promote a healthy lagoon, lead a school club,  promote sportsmanship, or reform school safety, the Jimmy Graves Foundation programming trains young people to become leaders on topics that matter to them. We work for and with youth to turn passions into skills, and to build and raise the platforms necessary for today’s young leaders to flourish.

Supporting Educators and Influencers

Quality professional development is at the heart of academic success and program effectiveness. As student influencers face an array of new and complex challenges — from meeting rigorous academic standards and working with increasingly diverse students, to campus safety and athlete transition— the Jimmy Graves Foundation helps educators and student influencers increase their knowledge of service-learning and youth leadership development.

Parent Engagement

Students are the beneficiaries when parents build strong partnerships and share responsibility, expertise and leadership vision. Few parents are ready to become a leader without some encouragement and support, and even those who are can be more effective if they receive training.  The Jimmy Graves Foundation Parent Leadership program and training, enable parents to become practiced change agents for the next generation, leading advocates for youth, and paving the way for parents to take on key leadership roles, resulting in positive support of Indian River County students.   Parent Leaders may be parents, grandparents, kinship care providers, foster parents or anyone in a parenting role.


Our Programs



Grounded in over 30 years of extensive research, Student Leadership Challenge identifies The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®. The Student Leadership Challenge focuses on how student leaders mobilize others to get extraordinary things done. The evidence-based curriculum teaches students the practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, individuality into collaboration, risks into rewards and how to turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes.Student Leadership Challenge is endorsed by Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, University of West Florida, University of Tennessee, Texas Christian University, Louisiana State University,  Columbia University, University of California, University of Texas, Oklahoma State University, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M International University,and many more organizations, schools, and leadership experts.


Habitudes leadership curriculum combines image-based learning, reliable stories, and experiences to help instill important leadership habits in students equipping them to navigate through life’s challenges and opportunities. Each image introduces young adults to powerful leadership habits and principles rooted in real life, sparking conversations with facilitators that lead to memorable experiences. These unique and transformative encounters are a part of an ongoing process that builds leadership habits and attitudes.  Habitudes curriculum is taught at hundreds of high schools, colleges, universities and professional sports teams around the county. The curriculum has been featured on Fox News, CNN, Forbes and the Huffington Post. Habitudes is endorsed by the NFL, Kansas City Royals, University of Alabama, Duke University, Georgia Tech University, Purdue University, Wake Forest University, Virginia Tech, Chick-fil-A, U.S Department of Justice, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, John C. Maxwell, and many more organizations, schools, and leadership experts.


The NFL and USA Football have worked with leaders in both medicine and sports across the country to create a full-featured curriculum used to address key safety issues- and ensure that every coach understands and knows how to protect players at all levels. Heads Up sets the highest standards in the sport reinforcing and building on efforts to enhance the safety of players, inspire the involvement of coaches and gain the support of parents and the school community all while giving the football community one voice when it comes to safety


Our curriculums are utilized by these organizations.