Southern California Program

Grant Abstracts 2013

Accelerated Schools

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
December 2013

The Accelerated Schools, a charter management organization that serves over 1,500 low-income students, is constructing a permanent facility for its Accelerated Charter Elementary School (ACES) in South Los Angeles.  The new building will have space to double elementary enrollment to over 450 students and add a new preschool program serving up to 96 students when fully enrolled.  The new school will be located across the street from the existing Pre Kindergarten through 12th grade campus.  Grant funding will support the addition of three preschool classrooms and acquisition of technology, which public funding does not cover.

Autry National Center of the American West

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
December 2013

The Autry National Center of the American West is undertaking an extensive renovation and repurposing of a 108,000-square-foot industrial building to create the Autry Resource Center.  The state-of-the art facility will safely house and make more accessible the Autry’s collections of over 500,000 artifacts, manuscripts, works of art, and other cultural objects that are currently stored in the Griffith Park and Mount Washington locations.  The building will also accommodate curatorial offices, laboratories, and research libraries.  Once the collection is relocated, the Autry will be able to expand exhibition space at the Griffith Park museum.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor

San Pedro, CA
$150,000
June 2013

A two-year grant will help the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor launch a new school-based site at the K-8 Harry Bridges School in East Wilmington.  The full complement of the Club’s free after-school academic, athletic and arts programs that focus on character building, leadership development, and skill acquisition will be offered at this site.  The Club anticipates serving between 150 to 225 youth daily and over 400 youth annually.

California Science Center

Los Angeles, CA
$3,000,000
December 2013

The California Science Center is building the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, which will feature space shuttle Endeavour.  Scheduled to open in 2018, the estimated 150,000-square-foot facility will include three major galleries with artifacts and hands-on exhibits that will stimulate critical thinking about scientific concepts and their engineering applications.  The Air Gallery will trace the technology of flight from its earliest days to modern jet and rocket-powered aircraft that push the limits of speed, agility and visibility.  The Space Gallery will focus on how we explore the universe, whether it is with powerful telescopes, like the Keck Observatory, that look at distant stars and galaxies, robots that go places and collect data, or spaceships designed to transport humans and protect them from lethal environments.  The Space Shuttle Gallery will focus on the separate components that together make up a space shuttle and the operation of the vehicle from its launch to landing.  Endeavour will be displayed vertically as if preparing for liftoff and visitors will be able to take the gantry elevator to the top of the orbiter.  More than 2.8 million guests visited the Science Center in the first year of Endeavour’s temporary exhibit in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Los Angeles, CA
$200,000
December 2013

The Center for Nonprofit Management will develop an online learning program to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to meet community needs.  The online program will consist of short videos and downloadable materials that will complement in-person training and consultation services.  The focus will be on four topics essential to management competencies: fund development, strategic planning, board governance and evaluation.  The Center will phase in 12 online courses over the 18-month project period and make refinements based on user data and survey responses.  In the final months of the project, CNM will develop a platform for peer to peer communication online and a business plan and pricing structure based on customer feedback and user data.

College Track

Oakland, CA
$250,000
December 2013

College Track is replicating its center-based college pathway program in Boyle Heights.  The after-school program started in the fall of 2012 with 60 freshmen from Roosevelt High School and will grow to 240 students in grades 9-12 over the next three years.  The program works with students from the summer before high school through college graduation, providing them with academic and social-emotional support, enrichment activities, and guidance in applying to college, securing financial aid and connecting with campus resources.  By 2016, at least 75% of the first cohort of Boyle Heights’ students will have completed the high school portion of the program.  Of these, 90% will enroll in a four-year college and by 2022, 75% will have graduated from college.

Diavolo Dance Theatre

Los Angeles, CA
$150,000
December 2013

The Diavolo Institute provides dance education and active arts participation for low-income youth and their families.  Over the next three years, the Institute will serve 800 additional individuals by expanding how often it offers each of its distinct programs and establishing a youth performance troupe for high school students to continue their dance studies.  Programs will be delivered at local Title I schools, community centers and parks, and at Diavolo’s downtown Los Angeles dance studio.  Each program will culminate in a choreographed performance in the unique Diavolo style incorporating physical objects such as tables, ladders, and wheels.

Fenton Charter Public Schools

Lake View Terrace, CA
$250,000
December 2013

enton Charter Public Schools, a charter management organization that serves 2,500 low-income students, is constructing a permanent facility for its Primary Center less than a mile from its elementary school campus.  The Primary Center will enroll over 800 students in kindergarten through second grade, an increase of 65 students.  The project will also relieve overcrowding at the elementary school and allow Fenton to transition both schools from a year-round, multi-track calendar to a regular nine-month schedule, increase the academic year from 163 to 184 days, and maintain a class size of 25 students.

Hope through Housing

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
$150,000
December 2013

Hope through Housing Foundation is collaborating with East Los Angles Community Corporation to implement a comprehensive approach to help low-income families stabilize their finances, increase their incomes, build savings and address personal barriers that stand in the way of upward economic mobility.  Onsite case management, financial coaching, referrals to child care and educational opportunities, and access to low-cost banking and micro-loans will be offered at a recently opened, 60-unit affordable housing development in East Los Angeles.  The project will serve residents as well as community members.  Over the next two years, 100 participants who are struggling to overcome poverty will be served with the goal that 80% will achieve milestones toward financial mobility.  The project will inform replication of this approach by Hope Through Housing’s affiliate National Community Renaissance, which has developed and manages affordable housing units for 25,000 low-income families and individuals.

LA's Best

Los Angeles, CA
$125,000
December 2013

LA’s BEST will expand utilization of the Connecting for Success curriculum to at least 75 of its after-school sites.  The program promotes social and emotional learning and will benefit up to 1,500 upper elementary school-age children over the next two years.  Initial results found that participants had better relationships with their peers and staff, improved leadership and decision making skills, and greater global awareness.  An internal assessment midstream will refine implementation and an external evaluation will fully assess the program’s effectiveness to inform replication by other after-school programs.

Skirball Cultural Center

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
December 2013

The Skirball Cultural Center’s Herscher Hall and Guerin Pavilion is a two-story, 80,000 square foot Conference and Learning Center.  The facility completes the build-out of the Skirball’s 15-acre campus that hosts an array of exhibits and cultural programs, serves as a gathering place for Los Angeles’ diverse communities, and provides a forum for exploring issues confronting the region.  The new venue will accommodate educational workshops, conferences and events organized by the Skirball and other nonprofits.  These programs will attract an additional 100,000 visitors per year, bringing the total number of annual visitors to the Skirball Cultural Center to 700,000.

Special Olympics Southern California

Long Beach, CA
$250,000
December 2013

Special Olympics Southern California is partnering with the Games Organizing Committee to stage the Special Olympics World Games, which will be held in Los Angeles in the summer of 2015.  A two-year grant will support a coordinated effort between these two organizations to recruit, train and manage the 30,000 volunteers that will be needed for the 12-day World Summer Games.  At the close of the World Games, Special Olympics Southern California will retain many of the volunteers recruited for the event and build on the new relationships established with local organizations to expand its programs, which now serve 15,000 of the region’s 560,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Step Up On Second

Santa Monica, CA
$250,000
December 2013

Step Up On Second is renovating a former motel in Hollywood to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless adults and transitional age youth suffering from mental illness.  The facility, known as Michael’s Village, will consist of 32 units, six of which will be set aside for very vulnerable, mentally ill, homeless youth in the community.  HUD housing vouchers will cover the tenants’ rent and supportive services will be provided by Step Up’s case managers.  This project is part of Step Up’s commitment to develop 200 permanent supportive housing units in Hollywood.  With the completion of Michael’s Village, Step Up will have developed 90 units and has another 95 units in the planning stage.

YMCA of Greater Long Beach

Long Beach, CA
$200,000
June 2013

The YMCA of Greater Long Beach will replicate its Youth Institute program at 12 sites throughout the state of California, including nine in Southern California.  Founded in 2001, the Youth Institute is a high school summer and year-round youth development model that uses technology as an integral mechanism to engage low-income, urban and rural youth.  Independent evaluations have documented positive improvements in leadership, technology and youth development skills as well as improvements in educational attitudes and academic achievement. A total of 750 youth will be served at the nine Southern California sites over the next two years.

Village Family Services

North Hollywood, CA
$175,000
June 2013

The Village Family Services (TVFS) will open a drop-in center to meet the needs of transitional-age, foster, and homeless youth in the San Fernando Valley.  The program will focus on providing bilingual, trauma-informed and culturally competent services to youth between the ages of 16 and 21—with a special focus on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning young people who make up a disproportionately high percentage of the homeless youth population. The facility will provide youth with a safe place, access to health care and housing services, job training and employment programs, and opportunities for leadership.  Over the three-year project, 750 youth will be served.

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
$225,000
June 2013

UCLA, in partnership with the St. Francis and St. Vincent Medical Centers and Bet Tzedek Legal Services, will create a Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic Program at its law school and expand legal services for low-income individuals and families at two medical centers.  The project aims to help alleviate unmet legal needs that contribute to poor health outcomes. More than 1,300 community members will be served at the two medical centers over the grant period.

1736 Family Crisis Center

Los Angeles, CA
$100,000
June 2013

1736 Family Crisis Center will rehabilitate a house in Mar Vista to replace its emergency youth shelter, which has been operating in an old, leased house in Hermosa Beach since 1972. The shelter program provides one of only five licensed shelters in Los Angeles County for runaway, abandoned, and homeless boys and girls, ages 10-17. The new site in Mar Vista will provide the program a permanent, well equipped location. It will double the living quarters for the youth who stay an average of two to three weeks, provide handicap accessibility, and create an optimal therapeutic environment to care for an at-risk population with intensive supervision needs. The program will serve approximately 150 youth each year, plus respond to hotline callers 24 hours a day.

CASA of Los Angeles

Monterey Park, CA
$250,000
June 2013

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA/LA) will expand its Early Childhood (EC) Initiative by increasing the number of foster children ages 0-5 served with the advocacy of a CASA volunteer. Through this Initiative, CASA is placing higher priority on service to the youngest foster children and incorporating a research based understanding of child development and best practices into its training programs. The goal is to support earlier intervention to secure necessary services for the youngest children entering the foster care system, thereby reducing the number of children who remain in long-term foster care and improving their well being. CASA/LA will serve 280 children in 2014 and 360 children in 2015, and expand the number of courtrooms with specialty EC Liaisons to ten by the end of the project.

Children Youth and Family Collaborative

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2013

The Children Youth and Family Collaborative (CYFC) will expand its Academic Remediation, Intervention, Support Services and Education Program (ARISSE) for foster and probation youth countywide. The goal is to increase the odds that these youth will graduate from high school, go to college and transition successfully into adulthood. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services and Probation and multiple school districts, CYFC program staff and a multi sector Care Team provide academic intake assessment and individualized service plans; intensive individual and small group tutoring and academic remediation; pre emancipation planning and California High School Exit Exam prep; and college planning, post-emancipation support services and case management through college. In each of the next two years, 400 additional foster youth will be served at 15 schools with high concentrations of foster youth in four school districts – Compton, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Palmdale.

Colburn School of Performing Arts

Los Angeles, CA
$150,000
June 2013

The Colburn School will launch Jumpstart, a comprehensive, scholarship supported music education program for low income Los Angeles-area students demonstrating high potential and commitment. Jumpstart’s curriculum is designed specifically for sixth and seventh grade students primarily from the 15 Title I schools currently participating in the Colburn School’s existing enrichment programs. Each student in the program will experience 6.5 hours of after school classes per week – private, group, ensemble and music theory instruction – with Jumpstart mentor teachers on Colburn’s campus. Upon completion of Jumpstart, students who demonstrate an intermediate to advanced level of musicianship will be invited to continue their scholarship supported music education through 12th grade.

Green Dot Public Schools

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2013

Green Dot Public Schools will implement an initiative to train and prepare teachers to address the challenges posed by an at-risk student population, including a special needs population as high as 18% in some schools. The initiative will also develop criteria and a process for the fair and thorough evaluation of special education teachers. Goals include a reduction in student disciplinary incidents, an increase in the graduation rate for this population, and an increase in the number of special needs students completing courses required for admission to a UC or CSU school.

MIND Research Institute

Irvine, CA
$200,000
June 2013

MIND Research Institute (MIND) will implement its early learning math program at ten sites in the Los Angeles area that serve low-income children in partnership with Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP). The program’s purpose is to reduce achievement gaps and prepare approximately 1,400 pre-kindergarten (four-year-old) children for academic success. MIND will provide professional development and both MIND and LAUP will provide follow-up support on site to 20 preschool teachers to help them create a blended learning environment and foster Pre-K children’s mastery of early childhood development foundations in math, as defined by the California Department of Education. To maximize the effectiveness of the program, the sites chosen for the proposed program will be LAUP sites that serve as ‘feeder schools’ to elementary schools that are using MIND’s K-5 ST Math program.

QueensCare Family Clinics

Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2013

QueensCare Family Clinics is building a 25,000-square-foot, two-story health center that will combine two clinics in East Los Angeles into one central facility. The new health center will provide expanded services to meet the healthcare needs of communities whose populations lack access to medical services and who are struggling with chronic diseases and preventable health conditions. By the third year of operation, services will be provided to approximately 15,000 unduplicated patients, including 2,500 pediatric patients, more than double the 6,220 patients currently seen at both eastside clinics.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

Pasadena, CA
$100,000
June 2013

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC), provides cost-free, medically supervised camp programs to children with cancer and their families. RMHCSC is conducting a multi-phase campaign to upgrade and modernize the Camp’s facilities in the mountains near Idyllwild, which date back to World War II. A grant will be used to complete a new dining hall/activity center, which will enable an additional 525 individuals to be served each year.

THINK Together

Santa Ana, CA
$200,000
June 2013

THINK Together will add instructional and investigative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities as part of its extended learning program at 81elementary and middle schools in nine school districts in the San Gabriel Valley. Over 5,000 students will participate in after-school hands-on STEM and digital learning activities that align with the new Common Core State Standards and provide a bridge with the school day. Goals include improving students’ knowledge and attitudes about STEM and STEM-based careers, and contributing toward participants’ academic growth in the areas of science and math.

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