The Price Family Charitable Fund approved grants to the following organizations on October 22, 2013.
Supreme Court Historical Society
This grant will help underwrite the cost of researching, writing, and publishing a one-volume comprehensive history of the federal judiciary. It is expected the work will become a valuable resource for sitting judges, law students, and historians. The completion date is targeted for September 2015. The Supreme Court Historical Society is dedicated to preserving historical information about the United States Supreme Court.
Wilson Middle School
This grant will support the creation of an 8′ by 5′ sitting bench sculpted in the form of a tiger (the school’s mascot). The art project is intended to improve school pride and aesthetics. The project will be headed by the Rainforest Art Project which will mentor up to 80 at-risk Wilson Middle School students to create the work of art.
Pro Kids Golf Academy
This general operating grant will support Pro Kids Golf Academy in its work with underserved youth. Pro Kids Golf has operated at the Colina Park Golf Course in City Heights since 1994 and recently expanded its services to youth in Oceanside. Pro Kids Golf’s mission is to promote academic excellence and character development through the game of golf and mentoring. In 2012, the program served more than 1,600 kids.
This general operating grant will support the Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center located in the eastern hills of San Diego County. Whispering Winds offers lodging, recreation, food services and meeting space for groups participating in team building activities.
This general operating grant will support Reality Changers in promoting college readiness for inner-city youth. Reality Changers serves 240 youth from more than 50 high schools through its pre-college mentoring and tutoring program. The program focuses on students seeking to become the first in their family to attend college. The curriculum includes academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training. More than 97% of those who complete the program attend a four year university.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
This grant will support a new initiative at the U.S. Holocaust Museum to develop an Early Warning System that will have two components: a forecast to identify countries that are developing predictive patterns of genocide or crimes against humanity; and the use of the data to inform policy makers, the United Nations and the public so that action can be taken.
License to Freedom
This grant will support the License to Freedom mental health program for refugees and immigrants with a specific focus on the Middle Eastern and Iranian community in East San Diego County. License to Freedom promotes non-violence through community education, self-sufficiency programs, and education and advocacy for refugee/immigrant survivors of domestic and relationship abuse.
A challenge grant will support the Access Youth Academy to construct a squash complex on the Hoover High campus in City Heights. When completed, the complex will contain nine squash courts, six classrooms, a library, and administrative offices. It will be one of the largest squash facilities on the west coast. Access Youth Academy is a non-profit that uses four strategies to empower youth to reach their full potential: academic enrichment, community service, health and wellness, and leadership through squash. Access Youth Academy will mentor select City Heights youth beginning in the sixth grade in the sport of squash, a sport similar to racquetball utilizing four walls but more commonly played on the east coast. The classrooms will be used for afterschool tutoring as part of the academic enrichment component. During school hours Hoover High students and teachers will utilize the courts for Physical Education classes. The facility will also maintain hours for the general public in the evenings and on weekends.
Arab-Israeli Reading Program
A grant will purchase almost 200,000 books to be distributed to 46,000 Arab preschool and kindergarten children living in Israel. The pilot project aimed at encouraging Arab children who are citizens of Israel to develop a love for reading at an early age, is a partnership between the Price Family Charitable Fund, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Israel Ministry of Education. The books will be culturally and linguistically appropriate for Arab citizens of Israel and come with support materials for teachers to help make reading more fun. Staff from the Bidayat program at Alqasemi College will provide instructional support for the book program.