About Us


Our Mission


The Thillen Education Foundation is a distinguished community-based coaching and career advising program driven by volunteer leaders who are committed to honoring the achievements of and serving the students in Greene College & Career Academy (GCCA) of Greensboro, Georgia, a Title I school with a diverse student body.


By harnessing the collective wisdom, leadership, encouragement, and inspiration of seasoned volunteer professionals, tapping into a rich database of resources and career tools, and by using donations to establish individual student participation awards for scholarships and professional supplies, we strive to prepare and coach each GCCA student through his or her unique career path to fulfill their dreams for a college education, advanced certificate training (during or after high school), or military service with deferred post-secondary education or military career expansion.



Founders Dave and Elaine Thillen speak out on what it means to give back to their community.

"Every child needs to feel worthy of being the very best adult they can be. Personal coaching encourages kids to believe in their dreams, provides a road map for future personal and professional success, and ensures the development of vital emotional and intellectual connection between the generations. The circumstance of poverty should never limit a child's future possibilities."

Elaine Thillen, Treasurer and Secretary

Our Vision and Commitment


The Thillen Education Foundation believes in the collective power of community and knows that education can truly change lives. Through our quest to enable all Greene College and Career Academy students to gain access to life-changing post-secondary education and professional training opportunities, the Thillen Education Foundation strives to continually improve its successful personal coaching and career planning model. In the future, this model can be studied and replicated by our nation’s public schools, impoverished or wealthy, urban or rural.

We continue developing tested and proven program web-based materials and guidebooks to enable other communities around the country to establish similar structured programs that empower young people to engage in their future planning, earn scholarship or professional supplies funding, and reap the long-term rewards of post-secondary education and related professional opportunities.

The Thillen Education Foundation believes that:

  • Community members should unite to coach and support the next generation by sharing their wisdom, experience, leadership, and personal encouragement.

  • High school students, regardless of wealth or station in life, should be granted the opportunity to pursue their dreams for betterment of life skills, professional skills, and post-secondary education.

  • School systems and teachers should join forces with volunteer coaches and career advisors to inspire, lead by example, and guide decision-making for participant students.

“The way out of poverty is through education and personal coaching.

This one-on-one approach is the absolute best solution to ensure a successful future for our next generation.”


Dave Thillen, Founder

Thillen Education Foundation

The Thillen Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the state of Georgia.

Email: info@thilleneducationfoundation.com

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