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Silicon Valley Community Foundation Holiday Train

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Holiday Train Delivers Cheer from San Francisco to South Bay

Decorated with thousands of lights, Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will draw visitors to nine Caltrain stations on the evenings of Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. Kids (and grownups) can pose for pictures with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and other holiday figures as they step off the train. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. (Learn More)

Senate Resolution No.60

News, Storieson November 13th, 2014No Comments Leave a comment

Introduced by Senator Mitchell, Beall, Hancock, Hill and Jackson

August 19, 2014

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News, Storieson November 13th, 2014No Comments Leave a comment

Why are students who succeed in algebra being left behind?  By Janet Rae Dupree

From Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Spring 2014

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The San Diego Foundation and Climate Education Partners Provide Leadership on Regional Preparedness for Climate Change

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Picture your favorite childhood escape or a vacation destination you frequented with loved ones.

Now, you are surprised by a child tugging at your sleeve asking, “What are you doing to address the impacts of climate change?”

Most of us would never have imagined the tragedies that faced the country in the last decade — hurricanes Catrina and Sandy, droughts like California is experiencing and the frightening wildfires that plague the west.

The San Diego Foundation and Climate Education Partners with funding from the National Science Foundation released a new study last month. It’s not a typical ‘the sky is falling’ environmental study. Sure, it includes science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography – world-renowned for its research on climate change. This report, “San Diego, 2050 Is Calling: How Will We Answer?” however, is an unprecedented effort among scientists, community leaders, business, public agencies, tribal communities, healthcare, community activists, environmentalists and others outlining specific regional impacts and the effective actions leaders are engaged in, and ways to continue to expand their engagement.  (See Blog Post PDF Here)

Momentum building, HOPE SF updates

About the League, Storieson September 9th, 2014No Comments Leave a comment

Right now is a very exciting time for HOPE SF.

With one year of on-the-ground work in Hunters View completed, we are pleased to share this update on impact, successes, and strategies moving forward.

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The Voices of HOPE SF Youth

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Last month, I joined with our HOPE SF cohort to hear the results of our latest assessment, focusing on the experience of youth living in HOPE SF sites.

Working with San Francisco State’s Health Equity Institute’s public health graduate students, and with the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) for seven months, ten young people who live in four separate HOPE SF sites lead this report-back, pulling together testimonials, insights, and key recommendations that will help to inform and define our work as we move forward working together with community leaders who are making change happen.

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The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners

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Led by The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, and the City and County of San Francisco, the partnership for HOPE SF is a public-private partnership that takes an integrated approach to address generational poverty that has yet to be broken in the most distressed public housing in the Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco.

By investing in the whole community at once – improving school attendance, providing a real shot at the skills needed to attain a living-wage job, and turning the tide on health disparities in the southeast sector of San Francisco – the partnershpi for HOPE SF is an all-hands-on-deck approach to creating opportunity for all of San Francisco’s residents, particularly those who have been here for generations.

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The San Francisco Foundation -Opportunity Fund

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Onigilly—a local Japanese food business—opened its second location at Four Embarcadero. With some help from La Cocina and Opportunity Fund—both organizations supported by The San Francisco Foundation - See more

San Francisco Foundation Successful Partnership Leverages $2.1M for Bay Area Projects

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We are pleased to announce that The San Francisco Foundation is continuing and expanding our longstanding partnership with The Calvert Foundation through our Program-Related Investment Fund. Our new $350,000 investment will be leveraged six times, supporting $2.1 million in lending to Bay Area projects. – See more

Avid about AVID Student credits success to Destino grantee

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As freshman Giovanni Rosales walks across the campus of California State University, Northridge, he observes two types of students.

“I can actually see the difference between an AVID student and a regular student because you see their motivation and determination to be successful,” he said.

Moorpark Unified School District’s AVID program, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, supports minority students in their journey to college. Project College Bound, a component of the AVID program, serves Latinos like Rosales who show academic potential and who are the first in their families to attend college.

Project College Bound received a $20,000 grant in 2013 from Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund, its second grant from the VCCF fund.

“Destino’s focus for the next several grant cycles is college preparedness for Latino students. When we saw such achievement by Project College Bound students in the past school year, the grants committee felt the youth served by this program are in good hands and are truly being set up for academic success,” said Hank Lacayo, a VCCF board member and co-chair of the Destino committee.

Project College Bound guides Latino students from their freshman to senior years of high school. The program offers SAT and ACT preparation, workshops in financial assistance and coping mechanisms when children leave their family to follow their dreams, as well as scholarship research and field trips to colleges.

In the 2011-2012 academic year, Project College Bound served 148 Latino students at Moorpark High. In the 2013-2014 school year, the program anticipates assisting 192 students.

“The program has been steadily growing and our AVID team has a concise plan to identify students who will best benefit from the AVID program,” said Melinda Froelich, a mathematics and AVID educator at Moorpark High School. “I have been told time and again from parents that they don’t know how they would have helped their child get to college because they didn’t know the path.”

Students, Froelich said, tell her they joined AVID because it seemed like a family and it looked like fun.

“But the real reward was learning how to accomplish their dreams. These students are brave. They are accomplishing what no one in their family ever has before,” she said.

That is Rosales’ story. The youngest of five, he is the first of his family to go to college.

“If it wasn’t for AVID, I wouldn’t be at a four-year university,” said Rosales of Moorpark. “The program helped me find resources I can use to my advantage. You really become knowledgeable about universities. That is what they are setting you up for – success.”