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2014-15 Grant Recipients

Total Grants Distributed: $525,000
Total Number of Beneficiaries: 23


AAUW - San Jose, Gifts for Teens
AAUW - San Jose advances equality for all and focuses on education and promoting positive societal changes within the community. Gifts for Teens (GFT), an AAUW-SJ action project, demonstrates support for low-income and homeless teenagers by distributing holiday gift bags full of useful and fun teen-oriented items. GFT advocates for improving local at-risk teens’ lives. For more information, visit http://aauwsanjose.org/
Achieve Kids
AchieveKids schools provide individualized and multi-disciplinary programs that deliver special education, mental health, and family support services for students aged 5-22 who have complex and often severe developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges. The Sharks Foundation grant will support AchieveKids’ Community Integration Program that provides hands-on training in daily living skills, such as taking public transit, ordering meals at restaurants and buying groceries. The curriculum involves classroom instruction and weekly outings to reinforce and practice new skills. For more information, visit http://www.achievekids.org/
American Heart Association – Silicon Valley
Have a Heart, Save a Life helps prepare our underserved communities to perform CPR in the event of an emergency. Using personal, all-in-one CPR Anytime kits developed by the American Heart Association, middle school students in the Franklin McKinley school district in San Jose will learn CPR, then go home and teach family and friends using their kits. When more people in a community know CPR, more lives can be saved. For more information, visit http://www.heart.org/
Assistance League San Jose
The Sharks Foundation grant will fund 2,500 new school uniforms for disadvantaged elementary school children. 1,250 students will each receive two new shirts and two pairs of pants, which will increase their self-esteem, self-confidence, pride and sense of belonging. They will be dressed to learn. For more information, visit http://www.sanjose.assistanceleague.org/
Bill Wilson Center
The Sharks Foundation’s grant will fund the Drop-In Center located on S. 2nd Street in San Jose. The Drop-In Center is a safe place where homeless youth can begin to form bonds with caring adults and access resources for their overall well-being – including the knowledge and skills to live a healthy lifestyle. The primary goal of the program is to get homeless youth into safe and stable housing. Support from the Sharks Foundation will maintain the spectrum of wellness and recovery courses offered to young people to help them become self-sufficient adults. For more information, visit http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/
CreaTV San Jose
Funding will support CreaTV’s youth media training program (MAP) for disadvantaged youth from San Jose and surrounding communities. MAP brings state of the art professional digital video production equipment and trainers to K-12 school campuses in San Jose and surrounding communities. MAP then provides youth access to its cable channels to air their final work and reach their own communities. For more information, visit http://www.creatvsj.org/
Downtown College Prep
Downtown College Prep (DCP) prepares first-generation students for college - believing every student has the potential to succeed. DCP’s newest middle school, DCP El Camino lacks the resources needed to provide an adequate reading experience to their middle school students. This grant will create six mini-libraries in DCP El Camino. In providing extensive and inclusive mini-libraries, DCP believes they can greatly prepare their students for academic success and in the process, cultivate self-confidence. For more information, visit http://www.dcp.org/
Environmental Volunteers, Inc.
The Environmental Volunteers, Inc.’s Kids in Nature program 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, visit http://www.evols.org/
Family Supportive Housing
The nutrition status of homeless children has profound effects on their health, development and ability to learn. Family Supportive Housing (FSH) provides the families staying at their Shelter with healthy, fresh food—three meals and two snacks a day, 365 days a year. Continued support from the Sharks Foundation allows Family Supportive Housing to help address the critical nutritional gap for the children and parents FSH serves who are experiences homelessness. For more information, visit http://familysupportivehousing.org/
JW House
The JW House Dinner is Served Program provides children and their families free, nutritious meals in a welcoming and supportive environment, while a loved one fights for life in a nearby hospital. The financial burden of medical crisis compounds the emotional/psychological burden of having a loved one in the hospital. By providing nutritious meals at no cost, JW House is able to relieve some of this financial pressure as well as provide emotional support. For more information, visit http://www.jwhouse.org/
Loved Twice
The mission of Loved Twice is to clothe newborns in need with quality recycled baby clothing for the first year of life. This grant will provide a total of 30,000 warm, essential garments which will be distributed to homeless infants in Santa Clara communities with a retail value of $90,000. For more information, visit http://lovedtwice.org/
Montalvo Arts Center
Montalvo Arts Center’s 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. The innovative and effective program helps teachers support student learning and build the skills at the heart of the new Common Core State Standards by modeling their use through arts practices. The program serves 1,900 K-5 Santa Clara County students and funding from the Sharks Foundation will help to bring the program to five Title I schools, directly impacting 780 economically disadvantaged students in 26 classrooms. For more information, visit http://montalvoarts.org/
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The MDA Bay Area summer camp program is offered free of charge to local youth aged 6-17 living with muscle diseases. Designed to meet the special needs of children with physical challenges, the Bay Area summer camp has all of the activities one would expect to find: horseback riding, swimming, soccer, a talent show, camp dance, camp fires, crazy hair day, arts and crafts and more. Each activity is specially tailored to each individual’s ability. For more information, visit http://mda.org/
My New Red Shoes
My New Red Shoes eliminates a significant barrier to school engagement by providing homeless and impoverished children with the basic necessities of new shoes and clothing to start the school year. In fiscal year 2015, My New Red Shoes hopes to serve more than 7,000 Bay Area Children including more than 1,700 school-aged children from Santa Clara County. For more information, visit http://www.mynewredshoes.org/
Reading Partners
Funds from the Sharks Foundation will be used to support the operations in Santa Clara County where Reading Partners serves 791 students from 15 schools. With the Sharks Foundation grant, they can recruit, train and mentor 40-100 volunteer tutors at each school, who will provide students with individualized instruction twice a week for 45 minutes. They will be guided by a reading plan based on assessments of students’ strengths and areas of improvement. They will assess students three times a year, which will inform their instructions and help tutors modify curricula. For more information, visit http://readingpartners.org/
Sacred Heart Community Service
Sacred Heart’s Youth Education Program helps at-risk, under-served Latino children become healthy, self-sufficient adults. The program serves 190 youth ages 3-14 and their families with preschool that promotes kindergarten readiness and early literacy skills, after-school homework club, summer academy to strengthen core academic skills, and parent education that promotes active engagement in their child’s education. For more information, visit http://sacredheartcs.org/
San Jose Grail Family Services
Grail Family Services’ Yes We Can…Read! Children’s Initiative is focused on providing K-1st graders in Alum Rock Union School District with a strong foundation of literacy skills and thereby improve their reading abilities and educational outcomes. The program includes two 12-week sessions of structured, one-on-one literacy skills mentoring, and is complemented by a six-week Parent/Teacher Workshop and multiple Family Literacy Nights. For more information, visit http://www.gfsfamilyservices.org/
South Bay Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower
Santa Clara County and southern most portion of San Mateo/Alameda Counties
The program provides experiential success-based training and behavioral coaching to equip 1,000 high-risk and disadvantaged children and youth, preK-12 in the South Bay with tools and skills to stay physically and emotionally safe; interact safely with the world around them; reduce the level of violence and abuse they experience and increase their health and well-being. This program also enhances the ability of 150 parents, teachers, sports and youth development, and family support program staff to incorporate this skill building into their family support structure, school, and organization’s standard practices on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit http://www.kidpower.org/
Sunnyvale Community Services
This grant will buy new, properly fitting school shoes, school supplies and nutritious food so that 1,300 very low-income children have healthy food over the summer and back-to-school supplies next fall. Funding from the grant, along with discounts from Payless Shoes and other financial and in-kind donations, will help disadvantaged children be ready to go back to school with adequate food, properly fitting shoes, and basic school supplies that they could not otherwise afford. For more information, visit http://www.svcommunityservices.org/
Symphony Silicon Valley
In three years, ArtSpark (created and managed by Symphony Silicon Valley) has brought 68,500 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to professional-quality performances by major local arts providers, organized by grade sequence: theater in 3rd, music in 4th, dance in 5th. Hundreds of schools (55% Title I) from 23 of 26 SC Country school districts have participated, many annually. Performances, universal busing and class materials are all free; entire class levels attend from each school to equalize access. For more information, visit http://www.symphonysiliconvalley.org/
The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Engineering for Everyone program provides hands-on engineering kits (and associated training) for checkout in public libraries, school libraries and after-school programs that serve low-income communities. The year’s kits have everything that students, teachers and entire families need to practice seismic engineering, including a shake table to simulate an earthquake. The kit includes detailed bilingual instructions and earthquake-themed books to support. For more information, visit http://www.thetech.org/
Youth Science Institute
This grant will support free Youth Science Institute (YSI) science education programs for underserved, at-risk youth in Santa Clara County. The funding will cover 50 hands-on, inquiry-based, science programs for 1,450 third-grade students from Title I schools. Science Education Programs will be delivered at one of YSI’s three, park-based locations including bus transportation costs. For more information, visit http://www.ysi-ca.org/
YWCA Silicon Valley, Domestic Violence Department Support Network Program
This grant will fund 85 child survivors of domestic violence to receive emergency shelter, basic needs (such as food, clothing, toiletries, etc.) and critical therapy services (individual therapy sessions and therapy based support groups) to address the physical, emotional, verbal and psychological trauma they have witnessed or experienced as a result of domestic violence in the home. For more information, visit http://ywca-sv.org/programs/SN/

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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