The following grants have been approved by the Price Family Charitable Fund Board of Directors:
Student Advocates at Wilson Middle School
A grant to fund two student advocates who work directly with at risk students and their parents to increase student attendance, improve academic performance, and reduce behavioral problems. The advocates case manage 90-100 students and informally work with an additional 40. The advocates have been working at Wilson since 1995. During the 2011-2012 school year, the students they worked with had a reduction in tardies, referrals, and suspensions of more than 60% and all improved their academic scores with everyone achieving at least a grade letter of C or better in their core classes.
The matching grant is helping to pay off the mortgage incurred when Mama’s Kitchen purchased a two story facility in the Fairmount Park neighborhood of City Heights. Mama’s Kitchen delivered more than 300,000 meals in 2011 to low-income individuals fighting AIDS and cancer. The new facility will help Mama’s Kitchen meet the needs of an expanding population as one of the only service organizations delivering breakfast, lunch, and dinner free of charge to the non-elderly population.
Math Seminar Pilot at Joyner Elementary
The grant will support a pilot program to teach K-1 teachers at Joyner Elementary how to apply a new math curriculum to their students. The new curriculum engages students in highly sophisticated, problem-solving behaviors and thinking dispositions. The pilot follows Joyner’s model to teach students skills that are necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century; specifically problem solving and collaboration, leadership, adaptability, initiative, and entrepreneurialism.
Passages Program at the YWCA
The matching grant will help maintain the current level of service for the Passages Program at the YWCA of San Diego County. Passages is a 24 month program to provide single homeless women with the tools they need to obtain employment and stable housing. Last fiscal year the YWCA served more than 5,700 individuals.
On the Job Training Program for City Heights Residents
The grant supports a program offered by the City Heights Community Development Corporation (CHCDC) to teach job skills to City Heights residents with poor employment histories. The program offers general employment training to residents living in one of CHCDC’s housing complexes followed by on the job placement in an area business for three months. During the three months, the employer and CHCDC split the employee’s salary. After the end of the three months, the employer decides if they will maintain the employee. The program has had a success rate of 90% of employees staying on the job for more than a year.
The Board of Directors approved a challenge grant to help the San Diego Food Bank purchase more than one million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed throughout San Diego County, including four locations in City Heights. The grant will help bridge a shortfall created by Federal Government budget cuts. The San Diego Food Bank is currently providing supplemental food to over 350,000 people per month at 150 locations across the county.