SCCF 2019-2020 GRANT RECIPIENTS

ARIZONA FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN FOUNDATION (3RD YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of AFFCF is to promote the self-esteem and enrich the lives of AZ children in foster care by funding social, athletic and educational activities and events that provide them with quality experiences while they live through very difficult circumstances. AFFCF serves children from infancy to age 21.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

The program reaches children who are at least one grade level behind in school. An application is submitted and approved, and money is awarded for individual tutoring at discounted rates. Tutoring is done one on one in the foster home. The average cost of the tutoring is $475 per child for 3-6 months of tutoring. State funding provided to caregivers of children in foster care is used to provide basic living expenses; there is no state funding for the educational services that so many children in foster care need.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

Monetary awards are strictly monitored by a committee of Board members who review all requests that they receive. The program is audited each year to make sure all awards are accounted for.

  • 92% of children will demonstrate improvement in academic performance
  • 98% of children demonstrate increased self-esteem
  • 96% of children will demonstrate improvement in behavior

CONTACT PERSON

Kris Jacober – Executive Director kjacober@affcf.org

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TUCSON (9TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of Big Brother/Big Sister is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported, one to one adult mentor relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: TRADITIONAL “BIG-LITTLE” YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM

Once matched, the Big and Littles spend 2-3 hours at least 2 times a month at outings designed especially with the kids in mind. Bigs are encouraged to offer experiences Little’s are not otherwise exposed to. Bigs offer opportunities such as free or low-cost educational outings to local museums, parks, walks in nature and other experiences where a Little can begin to trust in their Big. Hence, they can receive guidance and share their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. BBBST also organizes and hosts group outings each month for these Bigs and Littles.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

BBBST evaluates services and impact using the Youth Outcome Survey. Youth are evaluated in seven indicator areas, and the following percentage of youth either met or exceeded their respective goals in each measure, as follows:

  • Scholastic Competency 66%
  • Educational Expectations 70%
  • Grades 69%
  • Social Acceptance 59%
  • Parental Trust 81%
  • Risk Avoidance 82%
  • Special Adult Relationship 97%

CONTACT PERSON

Marie Logan – CEO marie@soazbigs.org

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF TUCSON (1ST YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson (“BGCT”) is to provide young people in the community, especially those who are most in need, with a clear path to reach their full potential and pursue their dreams. Clubhouses are strategically nestled in at-risk neighborhoods and aim to target youth (ages 7-17) who need mentoring.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: POWER HOUR: MAKING MINUTES COUNT

Power Hour programming offers a structured time and place for Club staff and volunteers to help youth complete their homework and start each school day better prepared and with a sense of confidence and competence. Power Hour also offers one on one tutoring assistance for members identified as needing extra help with specific subjects. Power Hour reaches 1800+ youth in need. Additional funding would help reach 150 additional students.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • At least 95% of youth will be performing at their grade level.
  • 95% of teens expected to graduate from high school
  • 80% of youth believe that the things they are learning in schools are going to be important for them later in life.
  • BGCT uses a proprietary database, Visions, to track data and measure progress.

CONTACT PERSON

Kristyn Dayton – Grants Manager kdayton@bgctucson.org

CASA DE LOS NINOS (1ST YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

Casa de los Ninos provides social and welfare services through a variety of prevention, intervention and treatment programs to promote healing and stability among at risk children and families in the community.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: KELLY EARLY EDUCATION CENTER

The recently opened Kelly Early Education Center provides high quality early education to 100 pre-school aged children to promote school readiness, ensure that students are on track developmentally, and to put them on the path to a positive future overall. 80% of households attending the new Early Education center use DES subsides. The EEC has dedicated a specific focus to families who live in poverty whose children may exhibit disruptive or challenging behaviors that can lead to expulsion from other early education programs.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

Outcomes are measured using evidence-based surveys that evaluate the child’s cognitive, emotional and social developmental milestones appropriate for their age group. Students are evaluated every six months to ensure that they are meeting critical milestones on time. Parent surveys and teacher evaluations are completed at the end of each academic quarter.

CONTACT PERSON

Lisa Webster – Chief Development and Public Relations Officer lisaw@casadelosninos.org

EARN TO LEARN (6TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of Earn to Learn is to empower low-to moderate income students to graduate college debt free and be workforce ready. Earn to Learn partners with University of Arizona and Pima County Community college, along with philanthropy, to help students earn a college degree.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: EARN TO LEARN

Earn to Learn is partnering with AmeriCorps and Earn to Learn college students to place them in local schools to work with low income students. The “Near Peer” Intervention model will be used for mentoring. AmeriCorps mentors will meet in partner schools 1-2 hours a week to provide pre-college and college students with one on one mentoring, counseling and individual guidance on college and workforce preparation. AmeriCorps members will also provide weekly skills development workshops in the areas of financial literacy and college preparation including for the ACT/SAT, completion of college applications and applying for scholarships.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • Changes in knowledge, skill, attitude and behavior as it relates to higher education
  • Increased high school persistence and graduation rates among economically disadvantaged, first generation and ethnically diverse high school students
  • Increased knowledge regarding preparation for post – secondary education
  • Increased individual savings and contributions to their education
  • Increased knowledge about the college application and financial aid process
  • Increased post – secondary education for Arizona youth

CONTACT PERSON

Kate Hoffman – Executive Director kate@earntolearn.org

EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT FOUNDATION (7TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

EEF’s mission is to “provide resources to expand and enrich student learning in the Tucson Unified School District”. The grant awarded to EEF in April 2019 funded Interscholastic scholarships for 141 high school students and 50 middle school students. Activities included competitive sports and clubs and fine arts groups such as band and orchestra.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: INTERSCHOLASTIC SCHOLARSHIPS (SPORTS/FINE ARTS FEES)

These scholarships afford middle and high school TUSD students the opportunity to compete on sports teams or perform with fine arts groups by paying the mandatory fee associated with those extra-curricular activities. The program services an academic achievement incentive by encouraging students to maintain the required 2.5 GPA to be eligible for EEF’s assistance.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

For the last six years, data gathered through EEF’s follow-up with seniors whose fees were paid by EEF have a 96-98% graduation rate, compared to the district average of 77%. Almost 90% of the seniors reached after graduation reported that they are enrolled in college immediately following high school graduation.

CONTACT PERSON

Drisana Martinez Programs Associate programs@eeftucson.org

EL GRUPO YOUTH CYCLING (8TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

El Grupo is a youth cycling organization that provides youth with experiences that are fun, skill-building and bike centered, so that they can acquire the self-confidence and leadership skills to be active and healthy members of the community. Their mission is to empower youth through bicycles.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: EL GRUPO YOUTH CYCLING

The SCCF funding has allowed El Grupo to offer structured tutoring and homework hours. They have added career planning and counseling, and guest speakers on “life paths”. El Grupo utilizes alumni to further educate the participating youth both with academic tutoring and teaching them how to maintain their bicycles. El Grupo’s academic expectations and advising help youth understand the importance of school and they also give them the help so they can succeed.

This grant will support youth through: ongoing academic support hours through staff and volunteer tutors, structured and open hours for mechanics’ workshops, specific sessions for youth and parents on college prep, building a bike, intensive mechanic skills; and supporting the Manzo Elementary School Bike Club afterschool program run by El Grupo.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • 100% high school graduation rate
  • Over 90% of alum pursuing post-high school education
  • 100% have the skill to address life challenges
  • 83% are resilient in the face of adversity
  • 80% feel that they are successful

CONTACT PERSON

Kate Hiller – Executive Director kate@elgruposcycling.org

HIGHER GROUND (10TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of Higher Ground is to empower one life at a time to reach, transform and elevate the community through love and building character. Higher Ground specializes in providing comprehensive support to critically at-risk students suffering from the effects of childhood trauma and poverty.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: FAMILY STABILIZATION AND SUPPORT

The goal of the Family Stabilization and Support is to offer services to keep families functioning after destabilizing events or crises, ensuring that children are safe, thriving and continuing to stay in school. Higher Ground applies strict criteria to families in need of short-term financial support to help them stabilize after an emergency. The Family Stabilization program also offers the services of the Family Engagement Team (FET). The FET helps the family in crisis as needed: providing translation in the work place, attending parent teacher conferences at school or helping with placing students in special educational programs as needed.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

The primary measurable outcome of Higher Ground is to reduce student absenteeism in our community school sites to below 10%. Students and families participate in activities that teach social-emotional learning, one-on-one behavioral coaching and clinical social work. Activities are guided by six core goals.

  • Students improve their grit/resilience skills
  • Students improve their self-control skills
  • Students improve their physical health
  • Students improve their emotional coping skills
  • Students build social skills
  • Students strengthen their academic ability and critical thinking skills

CONTACT PERSON

Jansen Azarias – Founder and CEO jansen@higherground.me

IMAGO DEI MIDDLE SCHOOL (8TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of Imago Dei Middle School is to break cycles of poverty through education, by giving children impacted by poverty in Tucson a quality, private school education during the critical middle school years. They serve up to 80 Tucson boys and girls in grades 5-8 from low income families, without regard to race, faith or perceived academic potential.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: IDMS GRADUATE SUPPORT PROGRAM

The program helps middle school youth envision a successful future and understand the steps required to achieve it. The students benefit from biweekly GSP classes designed to help them focus on the future and what they need to get there. The curriculum builds at each grade level starting at 5th grade and helps the 8th graders prepare for applying to local high schools. Personnel from Imago Dei Middle School stay in touch with alum now attending high school through regular social and educational activities. Direct services they provide include helping students with applying for financial aid for private high schools, providing information on small grants and loans to buy books and technology, furnishing leads on summer and after school jobs, helping cope with family emergencies and providing guidance on selecting and applying to colleges and training programs.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

92% of IDMS alumni old enough to have done so have graduated high school. 50% of the graduating high school seniors were accepted to four-year colleges.

CONTACT PERSON

Renee Downing – Development Officer development@imagodeischool.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT (8TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

JA of Arizona’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. They do this by giving students the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future and make smart academic, career and economic choices. SCCF funding for 2019 enabled 304 students at Pueblo Magnet High School to participate in the JA You’re Hired program.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: JA YOU’RE HIRED AT PUEBLO MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL

The program teaches critical skills including interviewing techniques, resume writing, conflict resolution, problem solving and workplace communication, which will help students succeed in both the workforce and college applications. Volunteer mentors present in classroom lessons. The primary objective of the program is to prepare students for the workforce while motivating them to graduate from high school to minimize drop-out rates and maximize lifelong financial security.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • 300 students will participate
  • 60 students will attend JA’s 2019 You’re Hired Event
  • 85% of participating students will demonstrate increased knowledge of work readiness skills and improved attitudes toward school and work based on pre and post-tests.

CONTACT PERSON

Chuck Zaepfel – District Director Tucson@jaaz.org

LITERACY CONNECTS (8TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The programs at Literacy Connects coach children in reading so they don’t fall behind in school. Other programs teach parents the importance of reading to their children, help young people experience the power of words and ideas through the arts and put books in the hands of people who need them.

The 2019 SCCF funding allowed 1571 students in 37 high need elementary schools to receive the Reading Seed Program. The grant covered the costs of volunteer training, support and professional development. 437 volunteers donated over 23,000 hours of their time to work one-to-one with these students.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: READING SEED CHILDREN LITERACY PROGRAM

The program is for kindergarten through fifth grade students. Volunteer reading coaches are recruited and trained to work one-to-one with students at high need schools who are reading below grade level. Students are referred by their classroom teachers to receive this intensive, personalized literacy coaching with a trained and caring volunteer who is dedicated to their success. The primary costs of the program are staff time for training, support and ongoing professional development, background checks and fingerprinting and supplies for coaches. The Reading Seed program improves children’s reading skill, but also positively changes important attitudes that have a profound effect on children’s literacy.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

The University of Arizona Department of Education conducted a study of the Reading Seed Program and found 87% of children progressed by at least one reading level in only two months. Reading Seed students experience 30% greater gains in assessed literacy skills than the general student population.

CONTACT PERSON

Melissa Woodhall – mwoodhall@literacyconnects.org

MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS (12TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

MWFB’s mission is to promote early literacy in limited resource areas of southern Arizona by providing children (birth-5 yrs.) with an opportunity to fall in love with books and reading. The vision is that all children will enter school with the early literacy skills necessary to be successful. The 2019 SCCF funds impacted the lives of more than 200 children and their families. Children were immersed in shared reading and literacy activities that foster critical emergent literacy and language skills.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: STONE CANYON STORY HOUR

Stone Canyon Story Hours is a two-generational learning model where children and their parents learn together. On a weekly basis, children and their parents are immersed in shared reading and literacy activities. The Story Hour provides children with high quality books at each session and builds access to books at home to encourage family reading routines. Stone Canyon Community Foundation is the sole funder of this smaller project within the larger Family Education and Literacy strategy. This grant is awarded annually at the current funding level. MWFB is responsible to submit a program update every year and submit a formal grant for funding every 3 years.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • 100% of children will gain access to high quality age appropriate books and resources at home
  • At least 90% of children will gain skills in the areas of emergent literacy and language
  • At least 90% of parents will gain skills, confidence, and tools to support their young children’s emergent literacy and language development
  • At least 90% of parents will share books more effectively to foster their children’s literacy development

CONTACT PERSON

Natalia Hoffman Impact Director Natalia@makewayforbooks.org

OUR FAMILY SERVICES (9TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of Our Family Services is to eliminate homelessness and strengthen our community. They achieve this by providing stability in times of crisis, linking people to support and resources and supporting social connectedness. Our Family provides a diverse array of programs and services to achieve their mission including services for homeless youth and families. The SCCF 2019 funding, paired with other partners, provided life-changing housing, shelter, and case management for 407 homeless teens last year. This includes 105 runaway, homeless and abused teenagers who found temporary home and safety at the Reunion House shelter. SCCF support has had a major impact on these young people. 88% of the runaway and homeless youth who called Reunion House home, were enrolled in school during their stay and 72% were able to return home or to another safe, permanent living environment when they left the shelter.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: HOMELESS YOUTH SERVICES

This program will provide a comprehensive continuum of services that offers homeless teenagers an unbroken path from the streets to long term stability, including street and community outreach, emergency shelter, case management, counseling and support services. Funding will also support Reunion House, which is a 20-bed temporary crisis shelter for children ages 12-17. Housing services are supported by case management, counseling and skills training, each of which work together to prepare young people to achieve their goals and experience healthy adulthood.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • 100% of the sheltered teens will have basic food, clothing and health care needs met.
  • 85% of teens will be enrolled in school during their stay at Reunion House.
  • 75% of young adults in HYS programs will increase their independent living skills.

CONTACT PERSON

Sarah McNamara,Grant Writer grants@ourfamilyservices.org

PAINTED SKY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTO (8TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The Painted Sky PTO’s purpose is to promote positive relationships and partnerships with parents, students, staff and the community. The PTO organizes programs and raises funds otherwise not provided by the Amphitheater School District. The Thunderbird Resource Center (TRC) functions as a program of the PTO.

The SCCF 2019 funding provided:

  • 740 hours of tutoring to over 55 students
  • Implemented a new handwriting program for 28% of Painted Sky’s first grade students
  • Purchased new learning activities for the Thunderbird Resource Center
  • Renewed a yearly subscription to Reading A-Z

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: INCREASING PHONICS INSTRUCTION AT PAINTED SKY

Painted Sky Elementary is requesting continued funds to support the TRC along with support for a new initiative to increase phonics instruction at Painted Sky. The phonics initiative is an Amphitheater Public Schools literacy initiative. The Thunderbird Resource Center helps struggling students achieve educational success by providing one to one tutoring for students who do not qualify for intervention services, but are not reading at grade level. The TRC will incorporate more phonemic awareness and explicit, structured, multi-sensory phonics instruction in their lessons. This year’s grant will help in running the TRC, promote phonemic awareness and pay for phonics materials.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

Expectations are that TRC students will improve on their standardized testing occurring throughout the school year to measure academic growth.

  • Kindergartners will increase an average of 41 points on the letter naming portion of their standardized test
  • 1st grade students will show on average a growth of 146 sight words and their writing samples will have greater neatness
  • 2nd-4th grade students will average 8.6 points higher on their MAP tests

CONTACT PERSON

Kayte Crowther – TRC Coordinator kcrowther@amphi.com

SAN MIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL (8TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

San Miguel High School exists to create a learning community where students from limited financial means have the opportunity to develop to their full potential, regardless of religious affiliation. At San Miguel, students take a full college preparatory course load while simultaneously holding internships, working in corporations and earning nearly 35% of their school tuition. 2019 SCCF funding supported essential components of the College Counseling Program.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: SAN MIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL’S COLLEGE COUNSELING PROGRAM

The College Counseling Program helps low-income students set post- secondary education goals and then helps them to achieve those goals. Students are aided in completing college applications, organizing college visit trips, filling out financial aid and scholarship forms, researching various college and summer enrichment programs. SCCF funding will be used for the following activities which prepare students for college admittance and provides training for college counseling staff:

  • College campus visits for all grade levels
  • Summer enrichment programs for students
  • Access to Naviance software
  • Financial aid nights for Seniors
  • Standardized test preparation and testing
  • Attendance at development conferences for staff
  • Provision of emergency funds to assist students with application fees

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • Mandatory that every senior student will complete and submit a minimum of 13 college applications, including applications to all 3 in-state public universities and Pima Community College.
  • Collectively the senior class will receive a minimum of 3 college acceptances per student and 100% of graduating seniors will be accepted to college.
  • Every senior student will complete and apply for at least 5 scholarship applications and collectively earn a minimum of $2.5 million in financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships.
  • Every student will attend a minimum of one in-state college visit per year.
  • All counseling staff members will attend a minimum of 2 workshops during the 2019-2020 academic school year.

CONTACT PERSON

Paloma Santiago – Vice President of Advancement santiagop@sanmiguelhigh.org

SOLD NO MORE (4TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of Sold No More is to help keep children and youth from being sexually abused and exploited and to rescue those who are being exploited. Sold No More provides prevention education for middle school and high school students, public awareness through news media, churches and civic groups, and helps victims by engaging law enforcement. During the 2019 school year, the Power Over Predators (POP) sexual prevention program:

  • Reached 4410 students
  • Reached 5 new schools in Pima county
  • Increased classroom presentations by 80%
  • POP facilitated disclosures resulting in students being rescued or helped

Funding from SCCF would be used to continue expanding POP in southern Arizona.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: POWER OVER PREDATORS PREVENTION EDUCATION

This program is presented as an assembly or 3-day class at no cost to the school. The students will learn:

1. Abuse Prevention – Giving Students:

  • An awareness of the scope and impact of sexual abuse and exploitation
  • The ability to identify and protect themselves from sexual predators
  • An age appropriate understanding of sex trafficking and labor trafficking
  • The courage and resources to avoid becoming ensnared by predators

2. Digital Citizenship – Giving Students:

  • An age appropriate understanding of pornography and how it contributes to abuse
  • An understanding of the illegality and possible consequences of sexting and cyberbullying
  • The information and resources to practice Internet safety

3. Safe and Smart Relationships – Giving Students:

  • Suicide prevention recognition tools, including risky behaviors, warning signs, rational decision-making skills and helpful resources
  • The ability to recognize a toxic relationship

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • 90% of students will learn new information valuable to them
  • 60% will learn about predators and sex trafficking, pornography and/or sexting, relationships, suicide and/or bullying, and how to be more aware and cautious
  • 25% will learn about the dangers of online relationships
  • 10% will learn about their self-worth
  • 90% will cite specific steps they will take as a result of what they learned
  • 20% will specifically plan to help others

CONTACT PERSON

JerryPeyton – Executive Director jerry.peyton@soldnomore.org

SOUTHERN ARIZONA ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED (SAAVI) (6TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of SAAVI is to provide dynamic and progressive hands-on experiences and opportunities that allow blind clients/students to meet their vocational and life goals. SAAVI promotes the rehabilitation and social needs of people with vision loss and helps them become active participants in determining their success through evidence- based programs and services. 2019 SCCF funding enabled SAAVI to provide 32 Saturday sessions of the REAL program for blind youth.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: REAL – REACHING EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACHIEVEMENT AND LEARNING

This grant will fund SAAVI’s signature program REAL, which is a highly interactive and participatory program that provides education and hands on experiences for blind children in grades K-12 and their parents/families (200 in total). The ultimate goal of REAL is to increase the number of blind/visually- impaired youth that will go on to post-secondary education and become independent members of society. Through this program, blind children engage in activities to increase their learning potential, independence, and self-esteem. Programming includes Saturday sessions, a family retreat, summer activities and home visits to train not only the students, but their families as well.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • 10,000 hours of client services will be provided
  • 175 blind children will gain increased independent living skills
  • 100 parents/caregivers will gain increased knowledge and understanding of living with blindness/visual impairment
  • 100% of participants will have opportunities to participate in physical activities once per week
  • 90% of participants will report increased confidence/self-esteem, inclusion and independence
  • 90% of participants will demonstrate improved grades in school

CONTACT PERSON

Contact Person: Amy Porterfield – CEO aporterfield@saavi.us

SOUTHERN ARIZONA RESEARCH, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FOUNDATION (SARSEF) (2ND YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation is to help Arizona children and youth discover critical thinking and problem-solving skills while exploring careers in science, math and engineering. SARSEF is a non-profit based in Tucson that provides outreach and education to eight counties in AZ. 85% of the students served qualify for free and reduced lunch or are low income. SCCF funding enabled SARSEF to provide hands on workshops to 10,650 students during the 2018-2019 school year. Data shows a 20% increase in AZ standardized testing for those students participating in the SARSEF programming compared to those that do not.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: IN-SCHOOL EXPERIENCES

In School Experiences reaches PreK-12th grade students who are engaged through hands on workshops, held at their school. Students identify real life problems and find solutions through science and research. Best practice and current research methodology are used and a discussion of careers in STEM fields is included in all presentations. All activities focus on and support increasing participation in STEM for underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, low income, and /or rural populations. An average of 20 workshops occur each month. 75% of the schools participating in SARSEF workshops are in Tucson or Oro Valley.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

Based on outcomes in 2019, SARSEF expects the following outcomes for fiscal year end 6-30-2020

  • 95% of students will ask more questions and solve more problems, demonstrated through surveys administered at each workshop
  • 85% of participants will increase their skills in critical thinking, problem solving and research skills
  • 85% will increase their interest in STEM careers
  • Test scores for participating schools will increase in the areas of math, reading and science by 15%

CONTACT PERSON

Contact Person: Julie Euber – COO Julie@sarsef.org

STEP: STUDENT EXPEDITION PROGRAM (3RD YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

STEP equips low income students with the knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills to successfully transition to college and attain a 4-year degree. In 2005 STEP began providing wilderness leadership expeditions to low income high school students. Since 2011, STEP has grown and developed into a full-service College Prep Program.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: STEP: COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM

The College Prep Program:

  • Serves 200 low-income high school students each year
  • Enhances the multi-year program to support every step of the college preparation and application process
  • Creates hands-on workshops to guide students and parents through the financial aid process
  • Establishes 1:1 advising for every student in the program
  • Adds intensive test prep, essay writing and mental health workshops to the curriculum
  • Enlists STEP alumni as mentors
  • Expands summer programming to include residential programs on college campuses

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

  • 100% of the students enrolled will graduate from high school
  • 100% of STEP graduates will successfully transition to college
  • 96% of STEP scholars enrolled in college will successfully obtain a college degree

CONTACT PERSON

Les Smith – CEO lsmith@stepexpedition.org

YMCA SOUTHERN ARIZONA (2ND YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

The mission of the YMCA of Southern Arizona is to empower youth through physical and educational programs, providing individuals and families with tools and programs to build a strong spirit, mind and body.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: SUMMER LEARNING LOSS PREVENTION PROGRAM

The program focuses on delivering reading and enrichment skills to rising first through sixth grade participants. The primary goal of the SLLPP is to prevent summer learning loss through a combination of literacy instruction, quality enrichment activities aligned to literacy instruction and positive youth development opportunities for struggling readers and their families at a site within their local community.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

Almost 100% of the youth in the program enhance their test scores, read at a higher level and grow their confidence and social skills. The STAR assessment is used during the first week of instruction and again in the final week.

CONTACT PERSON

Melissa Jahnke – Associate Director of Annual Support melissaj@tucsonymca.org

YOUTH ON THEIR OWN (12TH YEAR)

AGENCY BACKGROUND

Youth on Their Own exists to help address barriers and mitigate the impact of homelessness on a student’s education. Operating in 145+ middle and high schools across Pima County, YOTO’s mission is to support the high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance. YOTO serves youth in grade 6-12. 2019 funding helped 130 homeless students to excel academically and earn monthly stipends. Students earned these stipends by maintaining A’s, B’s and C’s in all their classes each month in addition to maintaining a steady school attendance.

FOCUS OF THE 2020 GRANT: YOTO PROGRAM

The program provides accountability-based financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance to Pima County’s homeless students working towards their high school graduation.

  • Financial Assistance: Youth may earn a monthly stipend up to $160 during the nine-month school year by maintaining A’s, B’s or C’s and consistent attendance.
  • Basic Human Needs: YOTO students may obtain material assistance including food, clothing, school supplies and hygiene items weekly at no cost from the YOTO mini-Mall.
  • Guidance: YOTO Program Coordinators and volunteer School Liaisons build trusting, individual relationships with students. They provide ongoing academic support and guidance to homeless youth.

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES

The success of the program is determined by the number of students who remain enrolled in school, maintain good grades/attendance and move closer to their high school graduation.

  • Less than 15% of enrolled YOTO students drop out due to poor attendance
  • 75% of students remain enrolled in school and YOTO programming
  • 75% of enrolled students receiving stipends will earn a monthly GPA of 2.0 or greater

CONTACT PERSON

Marissa Washington – Grants Manager mwashington@yoto.org