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What do you think about when you hear someone say "community service"? If you're like most people, you think of a high schooler doing community service to satisfy their credit requirements.

At the nonprofit, Thiebaut (tebow) Method (TM), we are rethinking community service in a big way. First by rethinking the motivation for doing community service and second by rethinking who is doing community service.

Motivation for community service should be intrinsic, not extrinsic. In other words, instead of doing service to earn school credits, helping needs to come from the heart. Community service should prioritize the genuine motivation to help others.

Who does community service shouldn't be limited to high schoolers or more advantaged populations. It can start in 4th grade and be done by underserved youth. Almost no programs exist in underserved communities, especially for 4-8 graders.

The result of #RETHINKCOMMUNITYSERVICE is youth doing social good from the heart. The impact of #RCS is a paradigm switch from nonprofit programs being designed for BIPOC communities to a new paradigm of programs being designed by BIPOC communities.

#RETHINKCOMMUNITYSERVICE is a movement for empowering underserved youth to become community leaders and future social sector leaders.


TM’s mission is to develop underserved youth into community service leaders who make their communities more vibrant places to live.


TM’s vision is to tap into the youth of underserved communities to build the next generation of social sector leaders.


Intrinsic Motivation

Teach children what they are intrinsically motivated to learn.

Help Others

Guide children to help others who they are intrinsically motivated to help.

Real-World Experience

Connect learning and helping goals to real world experience.

Growth Mindset

Make growth the goal for what children can achieve.


Work with others to help others.

About Thiebaut Method

Thiebaut (tebow) Method (TM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that catalyzes human intrinsic motivation into real world goals and actions intended to add value to the lives of other people. By empowering underserved youth to use their intrinsic motivations to help others, TM exposes youth to people, ideas, skills, talents, and knowledge that enlarge their understanding of the world, reveal purpose-driven college and career aspirations, and put them on a trajectory to break the cycle of poverty.

For the past 15 years, Thiebaut Method founder, Paul Thiebaut III has developed intrinsic motivation-based curriculum that cultivate children's self-oriented and other-oriented intrinsic motivations. His curriculum has been implemented with more than 1,000 children through TM, the nonprofit he founded in 2009 in his East Palo Alto apartment, a high poverty city in Silicon Valley. Today, TM implements Paul's most recent curriculum, called Social Good Projects, with underserved youth in grades 4-8. In total, Paul has created 5 intrinsic motivation curriculum with their own specially designed programs that have served children in PreK-12.

Let us know how you would like to help at socialgood@thiebautmethod.org