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2017

In 2017 the Foundation supported local nonprofit educational organizations as well as our partners with grants to expand knowledge sharing and the field of youth philanthropy. Through our YPC Giving Circle grants, Junior Board Collaborative and Individual grants, and the Youth Innovation in Action Grant program we awarded more than $93,000 to sixteen different organizations.

Junior Board Collaborative Grant: Girls Forward

  • Asian Youth Center San Gabriel, CA
    $7,000 to support the Better Outcomes with New Connections and Enrichment for Girls. The Better Outcomes with New Connections and Enrichment for Girls (BOWNCE) Program is for at-risk and probation girls ages 12-18. It includes mentoring, empowerment workshops, field trips, and mother-daughter activities.
  • East West Players Los Angeles, CA
    $6450 for their Walking Through Stories: Youth and senior Storytelling Workshop. An intergenerational storytelling workshop/performance program (workshops and performance) that will pair young and senior women to explore their life stories and share experiences.
  • EmpowHer Institute Los Angeles, CA
    $1,000 toward the Girls Academy which is integrated into the school day as a gender-specific enrichment and mentoring class that focuses on education support, personal development, and access to new experiences (workshops, trips, and more).
  • Fostering A Change Los Angeles, CA
    $10,000 to support long-term safe housing and comprehensive support for young women who have been in foster care in Los Angeles County
  • Girls Today, Women Tomorrow
    $10,000 to support Leadership Mentoring Program in Boyle Heights with the goal to help girls succeed in school and life.  They provide group and individual mentoring from professional women, educational support, and workshops (healthy living, fitness, college readiness).
  • Khmer Girls in Action Long Beach, CA
    $7,000  for their after-school leadership development program that focuses on academic excellence, personal wellness, and civic participation through youth-led political activism.
  • Saving Innocence, Inc. Los Angeles, CA
    $10,000 for Personal Support and Advocacy for Child Victims of Sex Trafficking.  This will provide long-term individual case management and support to minors who have been trafficked.  They advocate for the youth and provide empowerment workshops and crisis intervention.
  • St. Anne’s Los Angeles, CA
    $1,000 to support their Residential Treatment Program for pregnant and parenting teen girls who are still in foster care.  It includes housing, educational support, child care, and mental health support.
  • Taking the Reins Los Angeles, CA
    $7,000 for the Equestrian and Urban Farm Program.  Equine and Urban Farm educational program for girls and young women.  Includes hands-on farming and equine science competitions.
  • Thai Community Development Center Los Angeles, CA
    $7,000 to support Leadership Education Academics Development. A leadership development program for Thai young women that focuses on educational and career support in Hollywood and North Hollywood.
  • Youth Mentoring Action Network Claremont, CA
    $1,550 to support Critical Mentoring Program for underserved young women of color and LGBT in the Inland Empire


Junior Board Individual Grants
The Junior Board chose to add their individual grant funds to the Collaborative Grant: Girls Forward.

Youth Innovation in Action Grants
The Foundation gave $5,000 to the following Youth Innovation and Action grantees for participation in a survey and learning process:

EMG Enterprises, Digtital Nest, Community Coalition, Teens Exploring Technology, and Food What.

2016

In 2016 the Foundation supported local nonprofit educational organizations as well as our partners with grants to expand knowledge sharing and the field of youth philanthropy. Through our YPC Giving Circle grants, Junior Board Collaborative and Individual grants, and the Youth Innovation in Action Grant program we awarded more than $130,000 to 30 different organizations.

YPC Giving Circle Grants

  • Growth Opportunities Through Athletics, Learning, and Service  Anaheim, CA
    $2,500 for their GOALS Cadets: “Summer of Service”. The program is a summer-long, weekday, youth service opportunity for 200 youth to support sport activities for the disabled (GOALS Special Sports), community improvements (GOALS CityPride), and facility enhancements (GOALS Homebase).
  • Orange County Congregation Community Organization  Anaheim, CA
    $2,500 to support the Youth Leadership Pipeline Project through which two youth interns participated as members of OCCCO’s youth civic engagement and leadership development program.

Junior Board Collaborative Grant: Mentorship: Support to Success

  • A Place Called Home Los Angeles, CA
    $3,000 to support the Bridge to the Future program which provides college preparation, life skills courses, mentoring, and other services for high school age youth at A Place Called Home.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz Capitola, CA
    $5,000 to support the Watsonville mentorship program, including transportation for mentees and outreach and recruitment for the transgender youth mentoring program.
  • DIY Girls Los Angeles, CA
    $3,000 for the mentorship program which matches college women in the STEM field with middle-school girls to complete fun and interesting STEM projects.
  • Empowher  Institute Los Angeles, CA
    $5,000 to support the ongoing middle-school mentorship program for young women in Inglewood and South Los Angeles.
  • Mentor Tutor Connection Los Altos, CA
    $5,000 to increase the number of high-school students served by the mentoring program in the Mountain View Los Altos School District.
  • No Limits Theater Group, Inc. Culver City, CA
    $3,000 to support the year-long intensive leadership program for deaf and hard of hearing middle and high school students at the No Limits Educational Center.
  • Operation Jumpstart Long Beach, CA
    $3,000 for the College Access Mentoring Program (CAMP) which provides 5-year mentoring relationships for first-generation students to enroll and complete college.
  • Power 4 Youth Long Beach, CA
    $4,000 for the after-school academic mentoring program which serves middle and high-school students in Long Beach and the surrounding areas.
  • Spark LA Los Angeles, CA
    $3,500 to support the middle school apprenticeship program through which middle school students are matched with mentors in different sectors for a semester and use the experience to create and present an innovative project or business idea to the community.
  • UnChained Soquel, CA
    $3,000 in general operating support for the Canines Teaching Compassion program, which matches at-risk youth with shelter dogs in training to increase the dogs’ chances of becoming adopted.
  • Venice Arts Venice, CA
    $3,000 to support the expansion of the College Track program which provides students in their programs with college counseling, College Day programs, and Career Day.
  • Youth Mentoring Action Network  Claremont, CA
    $5,000 for the college access program and team building experiences for the youth and staff leaders of the organization.
  • Youth Mentoring Connection Los Angeles, CA
    $5,000 to support the mentoring program which serves youth ages 18+ who have “aged out” of traditional services.
  • Youth N.O.W. Watsonville, CA
    $5,000 for the free after-school tutoring center and coffee shop, which provides academic support, healthy snacks, and a safe place for youth in Watsonville.

Junior Board Individual Grants

  • The Outdoor School Santa Barbara, CA
    $1,000 for the maintenance of a specialized wheelchair to allow students with disabilities to participate in the outdoor exploration programs.
  • Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc. Los Angeles, CA
    $1,000 to support the annual S.T.E.M and Visual Arts Summer Camps, which are free for students and their families.
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center Los Angeles, CA
    $2,000 to support the youth center which provides overnight shelter, educational opportunities, medical services, and other support for LGBTQ youth in Hollywood.
  • Algalita Marine Research and Education  Long Beach, CA
    $2,000 for the Youth Education Programs which teach and train youth to be environmental leaders and create projects for their schools to encourage environmental stewardship.
  • DIY Girls  Pacoima, CA
    $2,000 in general operating support for the Making for Good program which challenges girls to build prototypes of products and services that can improve a problem in their community.
  • Grades of Green El Segundo, CA
    $2,000 for the Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program that provides mentorship to 60 2nd-12th grade leaders every year as they complete environmental activities on their school campuses.
  • Home Forever Long Beach, CA
    $2,000 to support the operation and supplies for the Love Gives Foster Closet, which provides needed items for foster parents, grandparents, and other caregivers of vulnerable youth.
  • Huntington Beach Search and Rescue  Inc.
    $2,000 to support the maintenance of the training program which prepares 14-18 year old youth in the areas of leadership, fire, police, and marine safety.
  • Senderos
    $2,000 the ¡Adelante Santa Cruz!  Program which provides support and scholarships to first generation middle and high school students who are pursuing a college education.
  • The Theater Offensive
    $2,000 for the True Colors Troup which supports LGBTQ youth ages 14-22 in writing and producing plays about their experiences and provides a creative safe space for them.
  • THERAsurf
    $2,000 in general operating support for their surf program which provides one-on-one surf lessons for youth with disabilities.

Youth Innovation in Action Grants

  • Digital NEST Watsonville, CA
    $10,000 for the Contributing Member program through which youth members of the NEST are able to pursue leadership opportunities in planning, organizing, and management of events and projects for the organization and the youth center itself.

  • Food, What?! Santa Cruz, CA
    $15,000 of general operating support for the leadership development program where youth progress from intern to staff through training, teaching, and managing the farming process and food justice education in the community.
  • Teens Exploring Technology  Los Angeles, CA
    $25,000 to support the Hustle N’ Code Hackathon, a day-long event for youth in Watts and South LA to learn and increase their technology skills by developing apps meant to solve a community challenge.
2015

In 2015, the Foundation supported local nonprofit educational organizations as well as our partners with grants to expand knowledge sharing and growth in the field of youth philanthropy. Through our YPC Partnership grants, YPC Giving Circle grants, Junior Board Collaborative and Individual grants, and the new Youth Innovation in Action Grant program we awarded more than $200,000 to 36 different organizations.

YPC Partnership Grants

  • 21/64, New York, NY
    $25,000 to complete the development and distribution of rolePLAY, a new tool, using play therapy principles, designed to facilitate intergenerational conversations between those in family foundations and other organizations.
  • Exponent Philanthropy, Washington, DC
    $14,500 to support the development of adult education and online webinars for the philanthropic community in conjunction with the Teen Philanthropy Café Readers.
  • The Foundation Center, New York, NY
    $75,000 to build an online, curated information hub for youth grantmaking (www.youthgiving.org).

YPC Giving Circle Grants

  • Bacon Street Youth and Family Services, Williamsburg, VA
    $1,250 to develop a Youth Advisory Council consisting of middle and high school aged youth who will receive leadership training and participate in the strategic planning process of the organization.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula, Williamsburg, VA
    $1,250 to support the Youth Leadership Initiative which encourages youth to create projects in their schools to help teach other students important skills.
  • College Mentors for Kids, Indianapolis, IN
    $850 for the Leadership & Service Initiative to support the training and development of the program’s college student volunteers at their National Conference.
  • Dream Catchers Therapeutic Horsemanship, Williamsburg, VA
    $2,500 to support the Youth Advisory Committee in developing a Youth Leadership Training curriculum for participating youth.
  • Jameson Camp, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
    $750 to support the Counselors in Training for the junior (ages 7-9) summer overnight camp session.
  • Joseph Maley Foundation Inc., Indianapolis, IN
    $1,625 to support the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe which trains 8th graders to use child-size puppets to spread the message of acceptance and compassion by presenting short skits and facilitating question and answer sessions from Pre-K to 6th grade students in schools.
  • Marion Country Commission on Youth, Indianapolis, IN
    $150 to support the Youth Empowerment Team to plan, implement, and facilitate the annual Youth Forum #We’reJustSayin.
  • ProACT Community Partnerships (Pro Community Partnership), Indianapolis, IN
    $1,625 to support Project Greater Than Me which engages youth managing service projects for personal and community development, and learning new perspectives, skills, and values.
  • TeamChild, Seattle, WA
    $1,250 to support the organization’s activities to improve outcomes for court involved youth.
  • The Mockingbird Society, Seattle, WA
    $1,250 to support the Chapter Leadership Teams which consist of youth who conduct outreach and plan annual events including Youth Advocacy Day.
  • Youth Communication, New York, NY
    $2,500 to support the Intensive Summer Writing Program for teens to improve their literacy, social-emotional, and workplace skills while expressing themselves creatively.

Junior Board Collaborative Grant: Life & Leadership Ready

  • 24th St. Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
    $3,250 for the Leadership Academy which gives students the opportunity to be mentored by theater staff and become student teachers in the After ‘Cool program.
  • A Place Called Home, Los Angeles, CA
    $3,000 to support the Bridge to the Future program which provides college preparation, life skills courses, mentoring, and other services for high school age youth at A Place Called Home.
  • Bright Prospect, Pomona, CA
    $3,000 to support the Professional Development Week for high school and college students to help prepare them for the workplace.
  • Davenport Resource Service Center, Watsonville, CA
    $2,500 to support the teen center which is open year-round and provides a safe place for teens to congregate and access community resources.
  • Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
    $4,000 to support the leadership programming for youth which includes peer mentoring, service activities, facilitation, and internships.
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles, CA
    $5,000 to support the Life Works program and the Models of Pride yearly youth conference designed, led, and attended by 1,200 youth.
  • Mar Vista Family Center, Culver City, CA
    $5,000 to support the By Youth For Youth program which includes tutoring, college preparation, a youth board, and leadership training through job opportunities.
  • No Limits Theater Group, Inc., Culver City, CA
    $3,000 to support the year-long intensive leadership program for deaf and hard of hearing middle and high school students at the No Limits Educational Center.
  • Project GRAD Los Angeles, Mission Hills, CA
    $3,000 to support the college readiness initiative and summer institutes through which high school students attend daily college classes at local community colleges.
  • Project Tomorrow, Irvine, CA
    $3,000 to support the planning and execution of the Mock High School Day during which middle school students attend high school classes taught by current high school students.
  • South Central Scholars Foundation, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    $3,000 for the career development and mentoring program which includes career readiness events, workshops, seminars, and internships with partner corporations.
  • SparkLA, Los Angeles, CA
    $3,500 to support the middle school apprenticeship program through which middle school students are matched with mentors in different sectors for a semester and use the experience to create and present an innovative project or business idea to the community.
  • Trash for Teaching, Gardena, CA
    $5,000 to support the new student advisory board who will participate in year-long series of leadership skills building activities and serve as a voice to the executive board.
  • United Friends of the Children, Los Angeles, CA
    $3,750 to support the College Readiness Program which helps to prepares youth in foster care to attain higher education.
  • Youth Mentoring Connection, Los Angeles, CA
    $5,000 to support the mentoring program which serves youth ages 18+ who have “aged out” of traditional services.
  • Youth Speak Collective, San Fernando, CA
    $5,000 to support the program’s Youth Council which is a student led service program that includes targeted learning in topics on education, professional preparation, and personal identity and development.

Junior Board Individual Grants

  • 9 Dots Community Learning Center, Los Angeles, CA
    $2,000 to support the comprehensive STEM after-school program for elementary and middle school students in Hollywood, CA.
  • 24th St. Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA
    $4,000 for general operating support of their multiple youth theater programs.
  • Santa Cruz Writes, Santa Cruz, CA
    $2,000 to the Young Writers Program which works with students in grades 4-12 to build their writing skills and confidence.
  • The Outdoor School, Santa Barbara, CA
    $2,000 for a specialized wheelchair to allow students with disabilities to participate in the outdoor exploration programs.
  • United Friends of the Children, Los Angeles, CA $2,000 for general operating support of the College Readiness Program which helps to prepares youth in foster care to attain higher education.

Youth Innovation in Action Grant

  • Community Coalition, Los Angeles, CA
    $25,000 to support the South Central Youth Empowered through Action youth program. SCYEA has trained high school leaders for the last two decades to push through reforms that disrupt the “school to prison pipeline”. Their student organized campaigns have increased access and equity for students in South LA schools.
  • EMG Enterprise,  Los Angeles, CA
    $15,000 to support the youth of the Media Arts Center at Augustus Hawkins High School as they create and maintain the “Where Do I Belong?” project, a platform for information, storytelling, and support for undocumented students on their journey to become documented U.S. citizens.

2014

In 2014, the Foundation supported local nonprofit educational organizations as well as our partners with strategic grants for projects to support and expand the field of youth philanthropy. Through our partnership grants, Junior Board Collaborative Grant, Junior Board Individual Grants, and Youth Philanthropy Connect, we awarded more than $200,000 to 22 different organizations.

Partnership Grants

Junior Board Collaborative Grants

Junior Board Individual Grants

Youth Philanthropy Connect Mini-Grants

  • Bright Prospect Pomona, CA
    $1,000 to support their peer support structure called Crews®, which are small groups of students with trained peer leaders that form in high school and continue through college. The funds supported the monthly Crews® leader training that allow them to help their Crew members.
  • Children’s Nature Institute (no link) Santa Monica, CA $250.00 to support “Project Feeder Watch” a 6-month citizen science project where Youth Advisory Board members work with the families and students of CNI to set up a bird-friendly habitat, collect scientific data, and submit the data to a national registry.
  • Hands for Hope
    $750 for the Youth Leaders Program which is a special program offered to teen students who are taking the initiative and volunteering their time to mentor younger students.
  • Venice Arts
    $1,000 for the Young Artists Leadership Council, a program including Youth Art interns and advanced students from Venice Arts who are matched with an Artist mentor, assist in programs, and provide feedback and ideas on youth programs to the staff.
  • Youth Speak! Collective
    $500 for the Youth Council’s Womyn’s Circle to produce the 3rd Annual Womyn’s Empowerment Conference, a one-day youth conference for 100 young women focused on leadership development through topical workshops on issues including gender, sexuality, college readiness, and community involvement.

YPC’s 2014 partnership with The National Center for Family Philanthropy will feature a number of development opportunities, including the YPC East Coast Gathering following NCFP’s National Forum on Philanthropy, a Youth Webinar Series featuring youth-friendly webinars,increased involvement by NCFP at YPC’s Annual Conference, and the development of additional resources building off the Igniting the Spark Issue Brief and Next Gen Boards project.

YPC’s partnership with the Exponent Philanthropy, formerly the Association of Small Foundations, will include ASF’s participation at our Annual Conference facilitating programming and bringing representatives from their Next Gen Fellows program to offer mentorship. ASF will also be working with YPC to produce joint content, increasing the number of age-appropriate resources available to small foundations wanting to engage and develop young philanthropists.

We are so excited to be working with these three organizations over the course of the next year!  Stay tuned for more information! We are also very pleased to continue the transition support through 2014 of Education by Nature through grants to Children’s Nature Institute and Environmental Volunteers. Additional grants will be added once made throughout the year.

2013

The Foundation completed its 10th year of educational programming grants. It continued to experience growth of implementations of the Education by Nature program and transitioned the project to long-time partner and grantee, The Children’s Nature Institute. The Foundation also began investing more deeply in youth philanthropy, through its special project Youth Philanthropy Connect. They employed a full-time Director of Youth Philanthropy and hosted the 3rd Annual Youth Philanthropy Connect conference and developed the Igniting the Spark resources on next gen boards in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy.

Grantees Included:

2012

The Foundation continued to meet the increased needs of our nonprofit partners during the economic recovery. For the first time, the foundation offered two grant cycles for challenge grants, responding to our nonprofit partners’ description of their common need to broaden their funding base and engage new and lapsed individual donors. In addition, we increased our work with nonprofit partners who collaborate through the Education by Nature projects. We seed-funded these projects in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Hawaii, and promoted collaboration and this collaborative model nationally. The Foundation funded the redesign of the software platform used in these collaboratives, and provided (at no cost) to prospective partners across the country the 2.0 version with improved usability and new features based on the “wish lists” of the nonprofits advancing this work. The foundation also ran shared marketing projects of valuable grant resources, including the creation of video documentaries, grantee websites and shared file workspaces, social media projects, activities at three national conferences on behalf of grantees, convenings and other special events that disseminated promising practices especially in youth philanthropy, and significant work with collaboratives and strategic partners in public school education.

Grantee Highlight:

In 2012-2013, the foundation underwrote “Solutions in Education” on NPR affiliate KUSP. The project highlights successful efforts to improve education as seen here: http://blogs.kusp.org/education/

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