Our Mission and Founders

Guided By Our Calling


Exceeding The Mark (ETM) is guided by the call to encourage, educate and empower youth to: fulfill their God-given visions; utilize their God-given talents; achieve their optimal potential; and believe in that which seems impossible.

ETM is guided by Christian principles and delivers programs that meet the spiritual and educational needs of youth, empowers and engages parents in the education of their children, and establishes community support for all aspects of youth development. Exceeding The Mark provides seven unique programs to address the needs of underserved youth and their families.

ETM Founders

About Us

Dr. Lynn Gardner
Dr. Lynn Gardner, Co-Founder

Our approach is about creating environments – homes, schools, and communities – that provide children with guidance and resources that help them and their families understand the importance of education in one’s life. We’re working to offer the support families need to help children achieve success; we’re working to provide help in a way that really makes a difference. Exceeding The Mark is about providing children and their families with that little something extra.

Dr. Tiffini Billingsly
Dr. Tiffini Billingsly, Co-Founder

Exceeding The Mark is about improving the educational experience for children by being part of the solution instead of just complaining about the problem. Our approach focuses on children’s educational success as a multidimensional issue, not simply as a child’s ability to comprehend academic material. We are working to support children and families in as many ways as we can to provide the children with their opportunity to shine.