OUR MISSION to Change the World

We help invested parents raise resilient kids.

We believe that students have unique strengths and can use them to be successful learners in the classroom — and beyond school walls.


Cara Thorpe founded Yellow Parachute Learning Partners in 1999, after leaning in to her own unique strengths in individualized instruction. Creating Yellow Parachute Learning Partners – YP – allowed Cara devote 100% of her energy to working with, and innovating for, the voice of each wildly brilliant and original human she works with.

Yellow Parachute recruits talented educators and relationship-builders to serve our clients. The Yellow Parachute team meets regularly to collaborate and refine our personalized learning practices – teaching students how to learn – building pathways of success for college and choice-ready individuals.

Yellow Parachute has partnered with the Anoka-Hennepin, Eastern Carver County Schools (District 112), and several local private schools to provide scholarshipped tutoring and after-school programming.


TUTORINGOur Yellow Parachute Learning Coaches provide highly personalized “traditional” services for students in grades K-12 and college. We have tutors who specialize in all subjects and coaches who teach generalized skills such as time management, prioritizing, and study skills.

TEST PREP – Yellow Parachute’s ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) test preparation curriculum helps students prepare beyond the test. In addition to boosting scores, students say they have become better overall test takers, strategic thinkers, and have improved time management and confidence in learning.

ADHD ACADEMIC & EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS COACHINGQuantum Jump, Yellow Parachute’s Revolutionary approach to Executive Function Skills Coaching, helps clients unpack feelings of frustration, being stuck or unworthy, so they can see themselves as they really are: capable, worthy, and whole. Our Quantum Jump coaches are specifically trained to understand how ADHD symptoms and Executive Function weaknesses become obstacles to learning and how to help students overcome them on the path to success.