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2013-14 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients for the 2013-14 Season

Total Grants Distributed: $514,768
Total Number of Beneficiaries: 21


Ace Charter School
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will fund the literacy program at ACE Charter High School in San Jose, which combines rigorous core course work with the individualized support and instruction that ACE’s target students need to become successful readers and prepare them for a four-year college. For more information, please visit www.acecharter.org.
American Heart Association Silicon Valley
Through the Sharks Foundation’s grant, the “Have a Heart, Save a Life” program will teach nearly 900 7th grade students the two simple steps of CPR Anytime: 1.) call 911 and 2.) press hard and fast in the middle of the chest until help arrives. The children will then take the kits home and teach family and friends. Through this program, almost 4,000 people will learn what to do in the event of a heart attack. For more information, please visit www.heart.org/siliconvalley.
Assistance League San Jose
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will fund the purchase of 2,500 new school uniforms for disadvantaged elementary school children in San Jose. In total, 1,250 students will each receive two new shirts and two pair of pants, which will increase their self-esteem, self-confidence, pride and sense of belonging, helping them to be “dressed to learn.” For more information, please visit www.alsj.org.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
Funding from the Sharks Foundation will be used towards Breakthrough’s Middle School Program, which prepares students for success in college preparatory courses that put them on track for admission to four-year universities. The program provides three six-week summer sessions, a math-based after-school program, year-round academic advising, and individual high school placement counseling. For more information, please visit www.breakthroughsiliconvalley.org.
California Community Partners for Youth (CCPY)
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will fund the “Creating Brighter Futures Continuum,” which provides a combination of school and community-based learning experiences for more than 120 at-risk youth attending Yerba Buena and Overfelt High Schools. These students will receive academic support and access to a caring, supportive network of adult and peer mentors. For more information, please visit www.ccpy.org.
EHC LifeBuilders - Family Living Centers
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will help fund two homeless support centers for families with children in Santa Clara County. The program provides homeless families with educational workshops, children’s tutoring, basic needs assistance, case management, and transitional housing, with the ultimate goal of ending the cycle of poverty. For more information, please visit www.ehclifebuilders.org.
Environmental Volunteers, Inc. - Kids in Nature
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will support the “Kids in Nature” program, which brings the Environmental Volunteers into local schools to enrich students’ science education and ignite a lasting love of nature. Through hands-on learning both inside and outside the classroom, the Kids in Nature program boosts students’ understanding of the natural sciences while also connecting kids to local natural spaces, often for the very first time. For more information, please visit www.evols.org.
Family Supportive Housing - Healthy Eating, Healthy Living
The support of the Sharks Foundation will help FSH address the critical nutritional gap for the homeless children and parents served at their shelters. FSH provides the families staying at the shelter with healthy, fresh food—three meals and two snacks a day, 365 days a year. For more information, please visit www.familysupportivehousing.org.
George Mark Children’s House - Transitional Care
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will fund the Transitional Care program for Santa Clara County children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The program empowers families to more effectively manage their child’s long term medical needs after an acute hospital stay and supports the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological health and well-being of the child and the entire family. For more information, please visit www.georgemark.org.
Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen
Through the Sharks Foundation’s grant, Loaves & Fishes will be able to provide at least 12,000 children with delicious, nourishing food throughout the year at its three locations in San Jose. The Hunger Relief Program provides hot meals, supplemental groceries and community services to children and adults in need. For more information, please visit www.loavesfishes.org.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will support the Teen Health Van, which helps at-risk youth treat their medical issues so they can experience success in all areas of life. Being able to offer all prescription medications, at no cost, at the time of a medical visit, is critical to ensuring that at-risk adolescents are compliant with their prescribed health regimen. For more information, please visit www.lpch.org.
Montalvo Arts Center - Teaching Artist Residency Program
Funding from the Sharks Foundation will help bring the Teaching Artist Residency program to five Title I schools in Santa Clara County, directly impacting 780 economically disadvantaged students in 26 classrooms. The Teaching Artist Residency Program brings teaching artists together with classroom teachers to collaborate on multi-week curricula that use the arts to emphasize creativity and critical thinking across all academic disciplines. For more information, please visit www.montalvoarts.org.
Partners in School Innovation
Sharks Foundation funding will help provide McKinley Elementary School and Sylvandale Middle School with intensive, on-site support to improve literacy outcomes for low-income and at-risk students. The mission is to transform teaching and learning in the lowest performing public schools so that every student, regardless of background, thrives. For more information, please visit www.partnersinschools.org.
Playworks - Jr. Coach Leadership Project
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will fund the Junior Coach Leadership Pilot Program in 10 low-income elementary schools in Silicon Valley. Through this program, 150 4th and 5th grade students will engage in trainings to develop self-awareness, self-advocacy and community leadership, which will be used in peer leadership on school playgrounds, influencing every child at school, decreasing bullying incidents and principal referrals and improving school climate overall. For more information, please visit www.playworks.org.
Sacred Heart Community Service - Youth Education Program
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will support Sacred Heart’s Youth Education Program, which is designed to help at-risk, under-served Latino children become healthy, self-sufficient adults by providing integrated programs and services that empower students to achieve academic success and develop a positive sense of self, family and community. For more information, please visit www.sacredheartcs.org.
San Jose Jazz - Progressions
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will support Progressions, a high quality, demanding youth development program for low-income, at-risk students. The program goes well beyond music to teach and strengthen such personal characteristics as self-reliance, personal responsibility, critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting, teamwork, leadership, communication skills, and more. For more information, please visit www.sanjosejazz.org.
Sunnyvale Community Services
Funding from the Sharks Foundation will be used to purchase 1,100 pairs of new, properly fitting school shoes for economically disadvantaged children, as well as supplied-filled backpacks and extra healthy food during the summer, so that these students can go back to school ready to learn. For more information, please visit www.svcommunityservices.org.
Turning Wheels for Kids
Through the Sharks Foundation’s grant, TWFK will purchase 325 bikes, locks and helmets for disadvantaged and/or at-risk youth with significant health risks who are patients of the county’s Pediatric Healthy Lifestyles clinics. The bikes are requested throughout the year and TWFK staff distributes the ready-to-ride bikes to the clinics for distribution to kids who have been identified by the health care providers at the clinics. For more information, please visit www.turningwheelsforkids.org.
Via Services - Health & Life Skills Education
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will be used to support children who have severe medical and behavioral issues at the Via West camp location. The program promotes physical activity, nutrition and health self-management in a fun, educational environment. For more information, please visit www.viaservices.org.
Youth Science Institute - Science Program
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will help fund free YSI science education programs for 1,188 socioeconomically disadvantaged 3rd grade students in Santa Clara County. Forty four hands-on, inquiry-based science programs will be delivered at one of three park-based locations and will include hands-on experiences with live animals and outdoor experiences, such as nature walks. For more information, please visit www.ysi-ca.org.
YWCA Silicon Valley
A grant from the Sharks Foundation will allow 100 child victims of domestic violence to receive critical counseling and therapy services to address the physical, emotional, verbal and psychological trauma they have witnessed or experienced as a result of domestic violence in the home. Additionally the grant will fund 20 families (child and the non-abusive parent) experiencing domestic violence to participate in family therapy services. For more information, please visit www.ywca-sv.org.

Read more about previous grant recipients:
2012-13 Grant Recipients
2011-12 Grant Recipients
2010-11 Grant Recipients
2009-10 Grant Recipients
2008-09 Grant Recipients
2007-08 Grant Recipients
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