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Four Funding Areas

We look for projects and programs that provide direct services to underserved children and youth. Our geographic focus area is Los Angeles County.

1. EDUCATION ENRICHMENT
The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that provide a well-rounded education for youth. These include before-school, in-school, and after-school programs that enhance and strengthen academic skills, expose and provide instruction in arts and culture, and allow youth opportunities to participate in new activities and a world beyond their communities. The primary purpose of these programs is to develop skills and knowledge regardless of ability and teach values such as respect, patience, self-discipline, integrity, tenacity, and teamwork.

     SUCH PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
     Sports and Recreation
     Visual and Performing Arts
     Cultural Enrichment
     Homework Assistance and Tutoring
     Language Arts and Literacy
     Creative Writing
     Field Trips and Camps
     Career Guidance and Youth Employment
     College Readiness and Educational Planning




2. MENTORING
The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that allow adults and youth to interact with one another in a consistent, nurturing, and long-term relationship that offers understanding, guidance, and practical life skills.

     SUCH PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
     Adult-Youth Mentoring
     Team Mentoring
     Peer Mentoring
     Apprenticeships / Internships




3. LEADERSHIP
The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that teach and develop leadership skills and principles. Programs in this area also educate and encourage youth about their responsibilities as concerned and informed members of society.

     SUCH PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
     Youth Advocacy
     Youth Organizing
     Skills Development: Leadership, Written and Oral Communication
     Programs Run by Youth
     Community Service
     Peer Counseling
     Peer Education




4. SCHOOL READINESS
The goal of this area is to support and strengthen programs that influence learning and literacy experiences for pre-school children ages 2 - 5. We give priority to programs that:

     Create an individualized curriculum based on each child’s developmental needs
     Provide a safe and stimulating environment for learning
     Focus on a clear philosophy and communicate with staff, parents, and the community
     Regularly assess their curriculum and work with local schools
     Reflect the culture, class, and language of their community

     SUCH PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

     Cognitive Development
     Language Development
     Emotional Development
     Literacy