2011-12 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients for the 2011-12 Season

Total Grants Distributed: $310,226
Total Number of Beneficiaries: 13

Assistance League
Assistance League seeks to provide students in-need access to new school uniforms through their Operation School Bell Uniform Program. The Sharks Foundation grant will support their uniform program, which will be used to fund 2,500 new school uniforms for disadvantaged elementary school children. 1,250 students will receive two shirts and two pairs of pants and will be "dressed to learn." For more information, please visit www.alsj.org.
Books Aloud, Inc
Books Aloud, Inc's goal is to greatly enhance underserved students' reading experiences and provide them with a better appreciation of "reading" and ultimately a better education. The Sharks Foundation grant will be used to provide 20 Mini Libraries in Special Needs Classrooms so that children with disabilities may have the resources to improve their reading skills, enhance their educational experiences and travel the world through books. For more information, please visit www.booksaloud.org.
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
Breakthrough Silicon Valley has an intensive two year academic program that will launch high potential under-served middle schools students on the road to college. Sharks Foundation funding will assist in setting up this program that provides three six week summer sessions, a math-based after-school program, year-round academic advising and individual high school placement counseling. This program will help ensure that under-resourced middle school students gain confidence and academic skills to thrive at rigorous college-preparatory high schools. For more information, please visit www.breakthroughsiliconvalley.org.
Bring Me A Book
Bring Me a Book will provide books and literacy resources to 11 elementary schools in Alum Rock Unified School District. By providing libraries of high quality children's books, Bring Me A Book hopes to inspire reading aloud to children in order to ensure their future success in reading. The Foundation grant will directly support their San Jose Elementary School Library Initiative, which will provide 20 bookcase libraries and 22 first teacher workshops, bringing resources and new books to approximately 500 students and 440 parents. For more information, please visit www.bringmeabook.org.
City Year
City Year's goal is to enlist Corps members as full-time tutors, mentors and role models to over 2,500 of Santa Clara County's most underserved youth. Sharks Foundation funding will support City Year's core program, "Whole School, Whole Child", which allows full-time Corps members to provide critical academic interventions and creative enrichment programming, in school and afterschool, to keep at risk youth in school and on track to high school graduation. When Corps members are in schools on a regular basis, they are able to interact both academically and socially with students, helping them become better learners and better leaders. For more information, please visit www.cityyear.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. The Foundation grant will be used for the purchase of critical educational equipment for their new, $15 million family shelter and supportive service center, set to begin service delivery in 2012. Ten new Dell computer workstations, forty television and DVD players, and 35 tables and chairs will be available for educational use in family units, classrooms and the children's afterschool program. For more information, please visit www.familysupportivehousing.org.
Hospice of the Valley
Hospice of the Valley's strives to surround patients and their families with experts in the fields of pain and symptom management, in physical, emotional and psychological care, spiritual support, and grief support. The Sharks Foundation grant will enable H.O.V. to provide bereavement support services to children in the overall community for 13 months following the loss of a loved one through their Children's Community Grief and Counseling Program. Funding for this program will allow H.O.V to deeply impact the lives of over 150 children and teens. For more information, please visit www.hospicevalley.org.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers at-risk youth (ages 10-25) comprehensive health care services through their Mobile Adolescent Health Services Program. Sharks Foundation funding will be used to help support this program by way of defraying the cost of pharmaceuticals distributed at one of its eight partner sites, four of which are located in Santa Clara County. The Teen Health Van will continue to offer full health care services for uninsured and homeless youth because of the Foundation's support for this program. For more information, please visit www.lpch.org.
Sacred Heart Community Services
SHCS seeks to improve the academic, social and emotional outcomes of low-income school age Latino youth and their families. They hope to do so by providing year round academic support, enrichment, and strategic leadership training and development of parents unfamiliar with and sometimes intimidated by the school system to increase their parental involvement. The Foundation grant will support a project comprised of three key programs: Homework Club, Academic Summer Day Camp, and Parent Leadership Development. These three programs together will enrich the lives and relationships of 175 youth and their parents. For more information, please visit www.sacredheartcs.org.
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University's BUG Program operates as an integral partner with the educational sector to promote environmental education and healthy nutritional habits for at-risk students and families. Through the co-creating and technical support of urban gardens, The Bronco Urban Gardens Program (BUG) strives to improve in-school and after-school science and nutrition programming in at risk Alma, Washington and Gardner neighborhoods of San Jose. The Sharks Foundation grant will help expand the BUG outreach initiative which currently impacts 1,000 at-risk children in Santa Clara County. For more information, please visit www.scu.edu/cas/esi/programs/bug.cfm.
Silicon Valley Children's Fund
The mission of Silicon Valley Children's Fund is to increase the number of foster youth who attend and complete college through a two pronged approach of scholarship assistance and case management. Since 2000, their Youth Education Scholars (YES) Program has grown from 10 scholars to 96 scholars in 2011. Their program has proved to be very successful as retention rates and graduation rates of YES scholars are higher than the national average. Having awarded scholarships to almost 300 foster youth since the program began, Silicon Valley Children's Fund plans on using the Sharks Foundation grant to continue providing scholarships to foster youth. For more information, please visit www.svcf.org.
Teen Challenge International
Teen Challenge International's mission is to provide successful recovery for men, women, teens, children, and families with destructive, abusive, and addictive lifestyles through mentoring, education, training, and spiritual direction. While Teen Challenge is helping thousands of women, very few centers are equipped with items necessary for housing a mother and her children. The Sharks Foundation grant will be used for the purchase of new bed frames, bedding, dressers and vacuums for these families in-need. Current wooden bed frames have become breeding ground for termites and bed bugs and funding will help generate bedroom health and safety. For more information, please visit www.teenchallenge.net.
Third Street Community Center
Inspiring Young Minds and Familiesis a Third Street Community Center initiative that focuses on character development in children and adults through hands-on interactive activities. This initiative is designed to promote life-long learning by inspiring children to want to attend college, be socially responsible and to adopt healthy behaviors. The Sharks Foundation grant will make classrooms more effective learning environments by providing funding for new tables, chairs and teaching tools. This project will benefit children enrolled in any of their youth programs for the next 5 to 10 years. For more information, please visit www.3street.org.

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