The Price Family Charitable Fund Board of Directors recently approved or reapproved grants for the following programs and organizations:
School in the Park
School in the Park is an experiential learning program that integrates hands-on learning into the core curriculum of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders attending Rosa Parks and Hamilton Elementary schools. About 800 students from these schools spend 22% of their school year at Balboa Park museums and the San Diego Zoo. The program increases student learning, museum usage, and builds the instructional capacity of the museums to the benefit of the community at large.
Monroe Clark Expeditionary Learning Program
The Program is an experiential, hands-on learning program for sixth, seventh, and eight graders at Monroe Clark Middle School. The program focuses on increasing students’ love and understanding of science. The students receive visits from and take field trips to the San Diego Zoo, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Ocean Discovery Institute, SALK Institute, Birch Aquarium, and the Kids Eco Club.
College Avenue Compact
The College Avenue Compact (formerly the City Heights Educational Collaborative) is a collaboration between Price Charities/Price Family Charitable Fund, San Diego State University, and San Diego Unified School District serving students attending Hoover High School, Monroe Clark Middle School, and Rosa Parks Elementary School. The goal is to provide academic interventions and supports to improve achievement and readiness for college and career. Eligible students attending Hoover are guaranteed admission to San Diego State University upon graduation.
College Avenue Compact Music Program
Price Charities/Price Family Charitable Fund is continuing its support of music instruction at Hoover High, Monroe Clark Middle, and Rosa Parks Elementary. The grant funds a part time music teacher at Rosa Parks to teach general music to all students and choir to select students after school. The grant augments supplies, instruments, transportation, and music coaches at Monroe Clark and Hoover.
City Heights School-Based Health Model
Price Charities/Price Family Charitable Fund has funded or currently funds school-based health centers at Hoover High, Monroe Clark Middle, Rosa Parks Elementary, and Central Elementary. The school-based health hub model aims to assure that every child living within the designated Hoover feeder pattern area (12 schools that feed into Hoover) is attached to a health home and receiving care at one of the four school-based health centers. Each center is operated jointly by La Maestra and Mid City community clinics and open 39.8 hours per week, including days when school is not in session. These centers provide comprehensive healthcare and serve youth and children without regard to citizenship status or ability to pay.
City Heights School-Based Social Work Services
Social work services have been supported by Price Charities/Price Family Charitable Fund at Hoover High, Monroe Clark Middle, and Rosa Parks Elementary. Beginning in 2012, services will be expanded to three additional schools utilizing clinical social work interns from San Diego State University and University of Southern California. The social workers serve as advocates, clinicians, and mediators for students, enhancing school success.
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Case Management Program
The Case Management Program will centralize and coordinate care for Planned Parenthood clients who require follow-up services both inside and outside of Planned Parenthood facilities. Registered nurses and case management specialists will provide outreach and patient engagement services, coordinate care, and increase client access to specialized services. The team will also help clients navigate the complex health care system.
San Diego Coastkeeper Project SWELL
Project SWELL is a partnership between the City of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District and San Diego Coastkeeper to teach elementary school students about water quality and pollution prevention. The program creates and makes available curriculum to teach “Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership” (SWELL) through classroom teachers. The program served 50,000 students in 2010.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Matching Program
The grant will support one full-time Enrollment and Matching Specialist and one part-time Program Assistant at Big Brothers Big Sisters to match 82 City Heights youth with a big brother or big sister. The program has shown to improve school conduct, decrease school dropout rates, reduce substance abuse, and improves parental trust. Newly recruited big brothers and big sisters will be bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Somali languages.
Parent Outreach Workers in City Heights
The grant sustains four positions at Social Advocates for Youth that serve as parent outreach workers in City Heights. All four positions are filled by current City Heights residents. The outreach workers provide culturally competent outreach and language support for Vietnamese, Somali, and Spanish speaking parents of students attending schools feeding into Hoover High. The workers enable parents to participate and advocate for their children’s education in a manner not previously possible.
Urban Corps Clean and Safe Program
The Program funds 13 City Heights residents to improve the environment of City Heights while completing their high school education and receiving job training as Corps members of the Urban Corps of San Diego County. Corps members’ duties include the removal of debris and weeds from public areas, reporting potential hazards to the proper authorities, light landscaping, and graffiti abatement. In 2012 the Corps members will focus on the areas surrounding the schools feeding into Hoover High, with particular emphasis on Monroe Clark, to provide increased presence on the streets when children are going to and from school.
Eye Mobile/Save Our Children’s Sight Program
Discussions with City Heights educators revealed one of the largest impediments to school readiness and success is the lack of vision care and glasses. Together with other funders, the Price Family Charitable Fund is providing a grant to the UCSD Shiley Eye Center to provide vision screening, exams, and when needed, glasses, for every pre-k to 5th grade child attending schools feeding into Hoover High. All services will be rendered at school sites. UCSD Shiley anticipates that of the 5,500 kids screened, 20% will need a secondary screening and 60% of those will require glasses. Glasses will be delivered to the students at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
Early Childhood Development in Israel
The Price Family Charitable Fund Board of Directors reapproved a grant to support early childhood education programs in Israel. Bidayat (“Beginnings” in Arabic) centers operate in Jaffa, Ramla, and Baqa El Gharbiya. The centers serve Arabs living in Israel, with the ultimate goal of creating a stable foundation for Israeli-Arab children’s ongoing development and future learning.
Funding was approved to support the continuation of the Cal-Fresh Program administered by the International Rescue Committee at the City Heights Farmer’s Market. Qualified residents receive tokens to double their purchasing power of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market.
Community Housing Works
The Board of Directors approved a general support grant for Community Housing Works, which works to improve housing for low income residents through various programs.
Community Development Track for Social Workers
A grant was approved to support scholarships and operating costs for the Community Development Track in Social Work at the Consensus Organizing Center at San Diego State University.