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2008-09 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients for the 2008-09 Season

Total Grants Distributed: $239,815
Total Number of Beneficiaries: 10


ACE Public School Network
ACE's mission is to provide at-risk children in underserved communities access to excellent small K-8 schools where they can reach grad-level proficiency and leave 8th grade ready for high school and eventually college success. ACE works toward achieving this mission though the development , launch and on-going support of small, autonomous elementary and middle schools. The Foundation grant will support their Ganas Summer School, an intensive 3-week literacy program
designed to get 5th graders reading significantly below their grade level up to
proficiency. For more information, please visit www.acepublic.org.

City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley
City Year builds democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. Sharks Foundation funding supports their "Whole School, Whole Child" school-based services, which will be facilitated at 4 local elementary school during the season. Activities will provide holistic and consistent support through tutoring and mentoring, as well as enriching and safe after school programs. When corps members are in schools on a reliable basis, they are able to enact the great impact both academically and socially with students, helping them become better learners and better leaders. For more information, please visit www.cityyear.org.

Family & Children Services

Family & Children Services mission is to build strong, safe and self-sufficient individuals, families and communities. The agency offers a wide variety of comprehensive, affordable counseling, education and prevention programs. The Foundation grant will provide support for the nationally recognized FAST program, giving educational services to at-risk youth. For more
information, please visit www.fcservices.org.

Family Supportive Housing, Inc.
Family Supportive Housing provides temporary shelter and supportive services to homeless families with children in Santa Clara County, with the ultimate goal of transition into independent, self-sufficient living. Some services include day-care, case management, tutoring and employment referrals. The Foundation grant will be used for the purchase of new bedroom furniture, critical to the daily shelter services offered by FSH. For more information, please visit www.familysupportivehousing.org.

Friends Outside in Santa Clara County
Friends Outside empowers and assists families, youth, prisoners and ex-prisoners to overcome the immediate and long terms effects of incarceration and to act as a bridge between those they serve, the community at large and the criminal justice system. Their youth program focuses on children who have an incarcerated parent and are at tremendous risk for future incarceration themselves. The goal is to break the cycle through a dynamic mentoring program, after-school activities, tutoring, school advocacy and a summer camp experience. The Foundation will provide for a new van to transport participants to these vital services. For more
information, please visit www.friendsoutsideinscc.org.

O'Neill Sea Odyssey
OSA provides students with hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. The program is conducted at sea, with follow-up lessons at the shore-side Education Center at the Santa Cruz Harbor. It is free of charge, but students earn their way into the program by designing and performing a project to benefit their community. The Foundation grant will be used for costs of chartering boats, as well as supplies associated with the program. For more information, please visit www.oneillseaodyssey.org.

Role Model Program
TRMP's mission is to operate as an integral partner with the educational sector to empower at-risk elementary and middle school students to achieve academic excellence and positive life choices. The Sharks Foundation supports expanding their Community Classroom Visit component to the Franklin McKinley Unified School District. It will match caring adults from the community to students in need of hope and inspiration and who might not otherwise be exposed to the path to higher education. For more information, please visit www.therolemodelprogram.org.

Sacred Heart Community Service
SHCS's mission is to change lives and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering tools for self-sufficiency, while ministering with dignity, compassion and respect. The Foundation grant supports their Essential Services Program, which provides food, clothing and housing assistance to families in need, ensuring they have access to basic necessities. These services are provided free of charge to over 50,000 individuals per year, many of whom are children. For more information, please visit www.sacredheartcommunity.org.

Support Network for Battered Women
The mission of Support Network for Battered Women is to empower our diverse community to live free of domestic violence. The Sharks Foundation grant will provide emergency and non-emergency comprehensive shelter-based services to women and their children in immediate danger of domestic violence. For more information, please visit www.snbw.org.

Youth Science Institute
YSI's mission it to inspire an aptitude for science and love of learning by using a hands-on approach to physical and social sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. The Foundation grant will directly support the hands-on learning components of the Science and Nature Centers, including animal care, interactive exhibit supplies and teaching materials. For more information, please visit www.youthscience.org.

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