Only the Strong Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2004 by Marcus Jackson.

The foundation was created on the vision of Marcus’s mother, Catherine Jackson, who was a dedicated educator for nearly 40 years. The foundation is a grassroots organization serving the Denver communities of Montbello and Green Valley Ranch.

Our team of mentors work to inspire and support at risk and under served minority students who are furthering their education after high school, offer scholarships and we provide assistance with FAFSA. Only The Strong wants to mirror Mrs. Jackson’s legacy and passion to educate, motivate, inspire, and mentor minority students.

Mission Statement

There are no excuses for not being educated. We will instill an appreciation for education and the pursuit of knowledge in at risk and underserved minority students and mentor them in furthering their sports and educational goals.

Marcus Jackson
Marcus Jackson

Goals - Building Strong Minds



Help students to recognize potential.


Stay on the path to their goals.


Themselves, others, and community.


Reinforcing personal responsibility, values and work ethic.


Positivity is everything.


Knowledge is power.


Introduction to a variety of individuals, social and culture environments, and activities.

Organization Programs

We have two major programs and several auxiliary programs.

The first program is to provide annual scholarships on behalf of Catherine Jackson, to any deserving at risk and underserved minority student or a student athlete. The recipient will have met our high standards of being exceptional students in the classroom and exuded leadership skills and a positive attitude during their high school years.

Our second programs focuses on providing students with basic school supplies and backpacks to start the school year.  We are dedicated to the annual school supply giveaway, which helps over 100 kids throughout the community we serve.

The auxiliary programs we provide are: financial aid workshops, mentoring, tutoring, youth sports, and motivational speaking.