Youth Grantmaking

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2016 Youth Grant Cycle- Goals to Fund

Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) formerly Fresno Regional Foundation will award $68,700 in the Youth CRAA Grant Cycle through the D.S. Mitsuoka Fund for Dinuba, Orange Cove, Reedley, and Cutler-Orosi. This fund was established to help youth from these communities realize their dreams of higher education. Due to donor restrictions, these grants must be for programs serving residents of the Dinuba, Orange Cove, Reedley, and Cutler-Orosi region. The grant range is $5,000 to $25,000 and the grant duration is one year.

CVCF will utilize the competitive grantmaking model to support programs that honor the intent of Dorothy Mitsouka's legacy gift to help youth realize their dreams of higher education using the following goals:
  1. Funding or supporting successful approaches that prepare college-going youth and adults to be ready for college or CTE educational options
  2. Funding or supporting the successful use of resources and tools to help college-going youth and adults access college or CTE educational options
  3. Demonstrating a shift in attendance and completion rates in the target geography for college or CTE educational options for youth and adults
Eligibility (At least one of these factors is required)
  • Programs that support both college-bound youth and their parents/guardians for college readiness, access, and attendance. Youth is defined as middle school age or older - 7th grade through high school and beyond
  • Programs that support students to attend and complete their higher education including career technical education (CTE)
Selection Criteria (These are items that will cause the applicant's proposal to receive a higher ranking.)
  • Programs that increase educational opportunities for youth and parents in rural and unincorporated communities
  • Evidence-informed approaches or promising practices that increase college readiness, access, and/or college attendance
  • Strong rationale for the proposed program and/or approach with data that supports the program’s impact on the goals of CRAA
  • The program has a clear, conceptual understanding of the indicators needed to demonstrate impact
  • Programs customized to target populations
  • The organization has proven expertise in the proposed field of work
  • Collective Impact -  Integration with other programs, organizations, and/or systems through a shared vision, shared measurements, constant communication, and building on the services and strengths of other stakeholders
  • Link, align, and leverage dollars or resources for the Central Valley
Grant Amounts, Duration, and Geographic Focus

The CVCF will grant approximately $68,700 for College Readiness, Access, and Attendance. The grant range is $5,000 to $25,000 and the grant duration is one year. These grants are for programs serving Dinuba, Orange Cove, Reedley, and Cutler-Orosi region.

Grants Information Session Resources

2015 Youth Grantees

  • Central Valley Higher Education Consortium ($25,000)College/ Career Boot Camp - We are requesting $25,000 from the D.S. Mitsuoka Fund of the Fresno Regional Foundation Dinuba, Cutler-Orosi, Parlier, Orange Cove and Reedley region to arm 6,000 high school students, many of whom will be first-generation college-bound students, and their supporters, with new go-to college search and planning resources and help set more students on the path to and through college.
  • Community Services Employment Training, Inc. ($25,000)CSET TECH Connect - The TECH Connect program provides high school students in the Cutler-Orosi community between the ages of 14-19 with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn about technology, and prepare for a successful future through career exploration and college preparation activities.
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education ($25,000)Increasing College Readiness in Youth through a Parent Engagement Program - PIQE will provide its Level I and Level II Parent Engagement in Education Program to 185 low income parents at the following two to three high schools: Reedley High School, Orange Cove High School, and Cutler-Orosi High School. Our aim is impact the academic development of approximately 600 high need youth.
  • Teen Success, Inc. ($25,000)Teen Success - Fresno & Tulare Counties - Teen Success, Inc. will facilitate four yearlong, weekly support groups for teen moms in Orange Cove, Reedley, Orosi, and Dinuba. During groups, professional facilitators mentor teen moms, who develop trusting, supportive relationships with peers, which empower them to reach their potential, particularly to finish high school and attend college.

2014 Youth Grantees

  • Family Services of Tulare County: $5,000 the Summer Passport Learning Program will give children in Goshen who are entering grades Kindergarten through third the opportunity for high-quality learning and enrichment experiences throughout the summer. 
  • Burrel Union Elementary School District: $5,000 Burrel will host "Summer Reading Program" for PreK through 3rd grade students to prepares students for kindergarten, offer an intervention reading program for our struggling readers, and build a school library.
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias: $7,500 fifty youth in Farmersville will do project-based learning and also participating in service projects throughout the community and even county this summer. This will guard against the effects of summer learning loss.
  • Grandma's House: $15,000 Grandma's House Primary After-school Reading Program is for students in grades K-3 who are performing below the standard for their grade level. 
  • West Fresno Health Care Coalition: $16,046 six-week project to improve school readiness for (30) disadvantaged children ages 0-8 years old and their families residing in Soutwest Fresno, zip code 93706.
  • California Teaching Fellows Foundation: $24,570 CESA K-3 is a summer enrichment program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds facilitated by CTFF staff members that offers culturally relevant, hands-on, learning opportunities with an emphasis in building students ELA capacities and changing the way that students and their families view going to college.
  • Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.: $25,000 through Jump Start’s year-long program, we train college students from California State University Fresno to implement Jumpstart’s research-based curriculum. 
  • Foundation for Fresno County Public Library: $5,000 print and digital materials will be in English and Spanish focussing on college readiness, financial aid, higher education options and career options to assist families to access higher education for College Prep Centers in Reedley and Orange Cove.
  • Central Valley Higher Education Consortium: $25,000 70 junior level high school students from the rural targeted areas will participate in college through a College Knowledge Camp "College Next!Boot Camp" and also effectively train them as College Opportunity Ambassadors.
  • Community Services Employment Training Inc.: $25,000 TECH Connect engages youth as leaders in low-income rural communities. Participants develop their technology and leadership skills, participate in career exploration and college preparation activities, and complete service learning projects.
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) Inc.: $25,000 PIQE will provide its Parent Engagement in Education Program and STEM Course to low income parents of at risk high school students within the Foundation's targeted areas. The Nine-Week Program will serve at least 220 parents in four high schools and 700 high need underserved youth.
  • Reedley College: $25,000 K-16 Bridge addresses the challenges faced by many students who are unprepared to enroll in college or seek a career upon completion of high school. This project will provide an avenue to facilitate some of the much needed skills for career and college readiness by targeting Middle School students

Youth Grants Committee

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