2019 Pooled Fund Awards: $292,500
A Step Beyond
Middle and High School Leadership Initiative ($40,000)
A Step Beyond is developing new middle and high school program with components to bring participants up to grade level competency in the context of a college prep curriculum that focuses on critical thinking, STEAM and writing.
Boys and Girls Club of Vista
The CareerLaunch program was developed to introduce young people to the “working world.” The program provides a range of services to help Club members develop skills essential for workforce success. Additionally, it allows them the opportunity to explore various careers based on their interests and talents and determine the corresponding educational path they would need to pursue.
Ocean Discovery Institute
Student Initiative Program($25,000)
This program brings hands on science lessons and coast experiences to approx. 3,400 2-7th graders who would otherwise not have access to any rigorous science education. The program serves a diverse community that struggles with poverty.
Voices for Children
Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program($50,000)
Transitional Age Youth Program provides trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to assist older foster youth ages 16-21 in the areas of education, financial literacy, employment and self- sufficiency, which helps to prepare them for graduation requirements, college or job applications, and other independent living skills so they can have a successful adult life outside of the foster care system.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation-San Diego
Patient Financial Assistance Program($25,000)
We meet an urgent and critical need by providing San Diego women with the financial aid they require to pursue time sensitive and lifesaving treatment. We do this with a unique and comprehensive approach that combines financial aid with financial planning and education. As a result, our program enables the women we serve to pursue treatment AND gain self-sufficiency.
Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)
Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) program($25,000)
To support our young families who are sacrificing so much, we've developed a unique approach in making sure no veteran goes without a home and no active duty family must choose between food or utilities while their service member is protecting our nation during deployment. Working one-on-one, we are stopping their loss immediately while working toward a future of financial self-sufficiency. EFA operates annually, serving 60-80 service members a month.
Vista Community Clinic
Certified Medical Assistant Training Program (CMATP) ($37,500)
VCC and other healthcare organizations in the region continually struggle to fill vacant Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) positions. The VCC/CSU San Marcos CMATP features several innovations designed to increase the pool of qualified MA applicants in the region: (1) it helps trainees by providing some childcare, transportation & tuition (2) it prepares CMAs to perform duties outlined in new federal Patient Centered Medical Home guidelines that require a model of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality, and (3) it supports trainees from job training to job placement.
Casa de Amistad
Kinder to College Initiative($20,000)
This twice weekly tutoring and mentoring program using skilled volunteers who are paired with the 250 (largely Hispanic) community volunteers from all walks of life. The mentors are paired essentially one-on one and form relationships with the students that last for many years, indeed even lifetimes. The money sought is to expand the program to kindergarten-aged kids. CdA research shows that kids need to be reached, (and equalized) as early as possible, otherwise they fall further and further behind. CdA’s program five has defined, measurable goals for the students participating.
Classic 4 Kids
Music Education( $10,000)
This 25-year-old program from a proven, well-run organization brings professional local orchestra music and music education to disadvantaged and underserved children in the San Diego schools. Local musicians perform 12 times, for 3 seasons, during the year at the historic Balboa Theater.
Coastal Roots Farms
Youth Education Program($10,000)
The Youth Education Program that teaches where food comes from, food production, and why it’s important to be a part of this process. Includes curriculum for teachers and farm visits for experiential learning at their Encinitas farm.
Promises 2 Kids
Women’s Leadership Network($30,000)
The Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) is designed to cultivate an environment of leadership and success in which female former foster youth can engage with professional women in the community to learn how to be successful in their chosen personal, educational and career paths.
2017 Pooled Fund Awards: $234,194
KITCHENS FOR GOOD
Project Launch ($30,000)
Project Launch provides job training for previously unemployable individuals. The 13-week program teaches culinary skills plus financial literacy, resume and interview skills in 450 hours of instruction per student. RSFWF dollars will be used for program expansion: to secure equipment, materials, human resources, additional classroom and kitchen space for more clients to be served in North County. The funds will also be used to remove barriers to student's success: transportation vouchers, day care costs, culinary supplies.
LIGHTBRIDGE HOSPICE FOUNDATION
END OF LIFE HOSPICE CARE FOR VETS ($39,000)
The demand for in-home caregivers is rising as the population ages – the work is largely done by devoted family members with little or no training. A special training program specifically designed for the caregivers of our Veteran hospice population is designed to enhance and expand the education and services provided. Funding will support a care educator position to train in-home caregivers for hospice Veterans throughout San Diego County including North County.
PALOMAR COLLEGE FOUNDATION
EMT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR VETS ($27,152)
Purchase of critical, state-of-the-art equipment used in training veterans at Camp Pendleton who are transitioning to civilian life and seek to become emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and other first responders. Specifically, the grant would help buy a Baby Sim Manikin/simulator and provide scholarships for non-GI Bill expenses. Current manikins like Baby Sim can bleed, go into convulsions, provide varying eye responses, become cyanotic, be intubated, have a wide variety of electrocardiogram tracings, etc. and respond realistically to a wide range of interventions.
PROMISES 2 KIDS
JUNIOR GUARDIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM ($20,000)
Guardian Scholars starts in high school and works with foster youth to ensure they graduate from high school, advance to college and complete their higher education.
PROJECT CONCERN INTERNATIONAL
Project STEP: To Stop Sex Trafficking ($50,000)
To reduce sex trafficking in SD through 3 objectives: 1.) Implement the Girls Only! program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater SD. (Girls Only! provides at risk youth, ages 8-15, with the appropriate education, support and life skills, so their relationship risk factors (ex. sexually abused, maltreated, chronically depressed, low self-esteem, homeless, runaway or "throwaway"); 2.) To expand the Girls Only! program into at least eight after school programs in the SD Unified School District; 3.) To develop and pilot a boys’ prevention curriculum aimed at preventing vulnerable young males, 8-15 yrs old, from becoming both perpetrators and victims of CSEC and sex trafficking.
THE ELIZABETH HOSPICE
Children’s bereavement program ($18,042)
Children's Bereavement Program, the only one of its kind in San Diego County, which addresses the unique grief process of children, ages 3-17. The Children's program consists of school-based grief support groups, peer grief support groups, and a therapy camp for 6-17 year-olds.
WOUNDED WARRIOR HOMES
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING/REINTEGRATION PROGRAM ($50,000)
WWH provides up to 2-l/2 years of transitional housing and reintegrative services for post-9/11 combat veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post Traumatic Stress to help them successfully reintegrate into civilian life. WWH currently operates two homes housing five single men each. Participants receive comprehensive reintegrative services.
2015 Pooled Fund Awards: $254,000ARMED SERVICES YMCA AT CAMP PENDLETON
Expansion of Mommy and Me preschool--$41,000
Program has a dual purpose--facilitating kindergarten readiness in preschoolers as they prepare for elementary school and helping parents create a positive parent/child relationship, continue the educational process at home, and reduce the hardships of a military lifestyle by networking with other parents.
Just in time for foster youth
Expansion of Financial Horizons for Young Women to North County--$25,000
Program focuses on self-development and career guidance, including significant engagement with female mentors. 2-yr program offers 1-on-1 guidance from Financial Fitness Advisor, Monthly training in Financial Management and a Matched savings program.
Breast Cancer Outreach Project--$25,000
Program delivers 100% nutritious meals daily to SD women (and their families) afflicted by breast cancer to improve their health and medication effectivenesss as well as prevent hunger in their at risk children.
SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Program to identify and help sex trafficking victims.
SAN DIEGO RESCUE MISSION
Expansion of transitional housing to women with children--$50,000
“Transitional Housing Program” prepares homeless women to reach goal of living independent, productive lives by addressing their physical, mental, emotional,
and practical needs through this period. Expansion of the core program also serve women with children; next phase will serve 52 women and children.
SOUTHERN CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTER
To hire full-time clinician for Operation Family Caregiver--$45,000
Providing education and outreach designed to help caregivers overcome barriers that impede access to vital mental health and supportive services. Second, connecting families to an evidence based in‐home program that uses the “FOCUS” model to improve the caregiver’s ability to use problem solving skills to lower depression, health complaints and enhance their well‐being.
VetERANS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH COUNTY (VANC)
Career Transition Assistance Program--$43,000
Program (CTAP) identifies a professional career goal based on individual skills, aptitudes and interests. Resume writing skills yield two resumes targeting two+ positions within a desired career. Each candidate learns how to network professionally, submit a relevant cover letter and undergo interviews in a professional, confident business manner.
2018 Pooled Fund Awards: $281,200
Angels Foster Family Network
EXPANSION OF THE CARING FAMILIES PROGRAM ($50,000)
This program is focused on supporting the ongoing efforts to recruit, train and approve additional Resource Families (those who foster). Increasing the number of Resource Families would allow for more children in the foster care system to receive help. The funding will be used to recruit and support 30 additional families.
Community Resource Center
THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM ($30,000)
This would help to serve 280 domestic violence victims on an annual basis. CRC serves about 7,000 individuals annually and the support is varied. Resources include safe shelter, food, counseling, legal support, and employment assistance. The program is comprehensive in its approach to provide the necessary support so DV victims can ultimately establish an independent life and stable house hold.
Emilio Nares Foundation
RIDE WITH EMILIO PROGRAM ($25,000)
The program provides case managed transportation to and from cancer treatment appointments for children and their family members who qualify. This is the only no cost transportation service available for families that have no other options. The funding will cover virtually all the fuel costs for the year and some of the Program Coordinator’s salary.
REINTEGRATION OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ($50,000)
They provide a long-term comprehensive housing and recovery program for young women ages 18+ who have been sexually trafficked. It is a 3-pillared program of shelter, education, and therapy. The safe house and recovery program is 12-16 months and provides personalized psychological, social, and physical recovery. Currently, there are 10-20 sex-trafficked homeless women that are turned away each month due to a shortage of funds.
GRADUATE SUPPORT PROGRAM ($50,000)
The goal is to break the cycle of poverty through education. Nativity Prep is the only tuition-free private school in SD County that serves low-income students who are first generation in their families seeking to earn a college degree. The program has 2 primary areas of focus: provide support for middle school students at the top private-independent, charter and Catholic schools throughout SD County and provide the multitude of resources and tools that enable these students to get into college.
North County Lifeline
PROJECT LIFE ($50,000)
Project life provides comprehensive, end-to-end mental and behavioral health services for human trafficked victims. The program serves all survivors regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, place of origin, or the specific trafficking (sex, labor, or domestic servitude). They provide a continuum of care for all victims from the first emergency response, through long-term stabilization and recovery. They have served 168 victims since 2012.
PROJECT YOUTH ($25,700)
This program is targeted to support homeless children in after school youth programs that have a specific emphasis on academics. The goal is to reduce the problematic side-effects that usually accompany homelessness: decreased likelihood of graduation from high school, increased chances of incarceration, divorce, teen pregnancy and adult homelessness.
2016 Pooled Fund Awards: $251,190
A REASON TO SURVIVE
CREATING VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOODS INITIATIVE ($50,000)
This new, 3-year project, Creating Vibrant Neighborhood Initiative aims to transform SD’s poorest community through 30 multi-disciplinary community art projects utilizing a participatory community engagement model to involve 100 paid, skill building youth-to-apprenticeships; 1,000 inter-generational community volunteers and 2,000 elementary and middle school ARTS students.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
SUITS TO SELF SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM ($10,000)
The clients (90% single mothers) have completed necessary social service agency
programs and are referred to Dress for Success. Their first link is a visit to be fully outfitted in interview appropriate clothing. The next step is the Going
Places Network (GPN) which is an 8-week program for the unemployed
and underemployed. It teaches skills and confidence using an interactive
approach with guest speakers, mock interviews and networking.
ERIC PAREDES FOUNDATION
SCREEN YOUR TEEN PROGRAM ($25,000)
Recognizes the incidents of youth SCA/D (Sudden Cardia Arrest/Death, the
importance of preventative heart screening, and to support equipping
youth centers with automated external defibrillators. The program will provide
free cardiac screening for youths 12-25.
MENTOR PROGRAM ($25,000)
In 2015, this program served 50 at-risk girls (incarcerated parent, household dependent on social services, drug abuse in home), ages 6-17, through
Little Sister/Big Sister mentoring. Sisters meet 2 to 4 times a month for an average of just under 3 years.
MIRA COSTA COLLEGE FOUNDATION
RAFFY PROGRAM ($20,000)
The RAFFY program is designed to recruit and retain former foster youth
who are economically, socially, and educationally disadvantaged by providing academic support and financial assistance.
MONARCH SCHOOL PROJECT
Monarch’s high school students gain critical life skills and job readiness training by working as interns at local businesses and attending workforce-readiness classes. Student interns are matched with worksite mentors at local businesses and earn a stipend while gaining work experience in variety of career paths supplemented by classroom education in workforce readiness. Program partners host student interns after school once/week.
COLLEGE TOWN, COLLEGE APPS ACADEMY, THE ALUMNI NETWORK ($50,000)
Their College Town program provides college readiness and youth development
programs. Their College Apps Academy provides yearlong guidance and training
with the entire college application process. Their Alumni Network provides
college success support and career services and networking.
TENDER LOVING CANINES
POOCH PROGRAM ($21,190)
Our funding will pay the direct costs of one additional trainer who will oversee the training of 12 dogs per year. This trainer will be the third at TLCAD which is transitioning from volunteer-based dog training to prisoner-based training. The pilot program at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility produced.
2014 Pooled Fund Awards: $258,000
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego County
Beyond School Walls Program--$25,000
Program connects middle and high-school aged youth to adult mentors in a corporate or university setting, “Bigs” (adult mentors) will meet “Littles” (at risk youth) twice per month for 1.5 hours, throughout the academic year.
Boys & Girls Clubs of GREATER San Diego
Club K Program--$25,000
Program offers parents of young children who lack the resources to provide care during the after school hours by giving them the peace of mind that their children will be well cared for after school under the guidance of caring professionals in an academically and socially enriching environment.
CASA DE AMISTAD
Parents in Action Program--$15,000
Program provides general parenting skills, skills to communicate with teachers and school staff, and training on the Aeries system, which the schools use to track academic progress.
Medical Equipment, Belly Bands and Room Makeover Program--$30,000
Program recycles durable medical equipment to families of children with developmental disabilities. They make and send fabric BELLY BANDS for children with feeding tubes, to protect those feeding tubes from being displaced. They provide room makeovers for children with severe disabilities, who have to spend significant amounts of time in their rooms. All these services are provided FREE to the families.
EMILIO NARES FOUNDATION
Funding provides general operating support, which will contribute to programs that support mostly low‐income families whose children are battling cancer through lifesaving transportation to treatment, healthy nutrition, special tee‐shirts for comfort during chemotherapy treatment, and a host of legal, financial and social services counseling.
MIRACOSTA COLLEGE FOUNDATION
Machinist Technology Program--$23,000
Funds will be used for the purchase of a manual mill ($13,700) and a manual lathe ($7,800) and $1,500 of indirect costs. Our grant will enable 20% more people to participate in the program.
NEW HAVEN YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
Sustainable Community Youthworks Program--$30,000
Program will blend service activities, with an academic curriculum. The program will include seminars and labs (Home Energy Rating System, Weatherization and Civics), community service projects and a final presentation. The grant will go towards purchasing a utility truck for transportation of the students to the service projects.
NORTH COUNTY LIFELINE
Life Achievement Centers Program--$35,000
Program helps individuals become self‐sufficient and not dependent on the government for welfare programs. LAC’s handle employment coaching, income coaching, financial coaching) and much more. In addition to the full time staff, professional volunteers donate their time for counseling, financial coaching etc.
After School Adventure Club--$30,000
Program offers participants the opportunity to attend over 20 outdoor outings, including: surfing, rock climbing, kayaking, snorkeling, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking. The majority of youth have little or no prior exposure to the outdoors. The participants are also taught environmental stewardship.
SAN DIEGO SECOND CHANCE
Job Readiness Program--$25,000
Program is an intense, four-week, 160-hour course. After graduation, the individual receives help in resume preparation, job placement, and is encouraged to use the various services such as mental health. Follow-up case management continues for two years.