Sharefest serves vulnerable students aged 11-18, at 4 LAUSD continuation high schools, where students earn the remaining credits they need to complete their education and graduate. In addition, they provide mentoring programs for middle school students during summer break. Our grant for $25,800.00 provides 12 Macbook Pros, Apple Care, computer cases, and software for a mobile computer lab.
El Nido Family Centers empowers families in low-income communities of Los Angeles to break the cycle of poverty, child abuse, violence, academic failure and teen pregnancy through educational, youth development, health and therapeutic services. A WHY grant of $13,060.00 will provide 12 Nikon cameras, 2 telephoto and wide angle lenses, filters, 2 laptops with software, studio light kit, and backdrop support kit to bring their photography classes to the next level.
Safe Place for Youth provides immediate and lasting solutions to homeless youth in West Los Angeles through street outreach, drop-in services, case management, health and wellness, education and employment programs. A Women Helping Youth grant of $20,895.00 will provide 2 private offices made from a cost-effective and practical shipping container, where approximately 725 homeless youth, ages 12-24, will gain access to private one-on-one mental health counseling, legal meetings, and case management services in a private, safe setting.
POPS the Club enhances the lives of high school students whose lives have been impacted by the pain of the prison system (POPS) - those with incarcerated loved ones and those who have been incarcerated themselves. They serve students in 7 high school lunch clubs that offer community and emotional support as well as opportunities for publishing and performing their writings and artwork. Our grant of $5,600.00 will provide a Canon EOS video creator kit, lenses, filter, iMac 21”, Manfrotto fluid video, SanDisk Extreme, hard drive, Pro Editing software, and light kit for a new video production program.
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company provides experiential theater-arts education and mentoring to at-risk, middle school students, living in neighborhoods that lack social/educational programs and services. They serve students ages 9-19, mostly from South LA and Pacoima. With $17,980.00 from WHY, they will purchase computers and a theatrical lighting package including, 3 Apple Macbook Pros with Qlab software, and equipment cases to transport to multiple school and detention center sites they serve.
Boys and Girls Club of San Gabriel Valley delivers fun and educational programs, especially to low income and at risk youth, providing a safe place where kids can play, have fun, experience joy, laugh, learn about themselves and reach their full potential. They serve youth ages 6-18, living in the public housing developments of Ramona Gardens and Estrada Courts and five sites in San Gabriel Valley and East LA. Our grant of $27, 100.00 will provide 2 Hobie Cats, 10 kayaks, 6 paddle boards, transport trailer, and beach dollies so they can expand upon the pilot STEM Sailing program they’ve been running with expensive rental equipment.
Blind Children’s Center fosters the development and education of children who are visually impaired in an inclusive, family-focused school setting. Many of the children they serve face multiple disabilities in addition to blindness. Kids from infancy through second grade, the majority of whom are from working, low-income families will benefit from a Women Helping Youth grant of $20,374.00. Our grant will provide a therapeutic play structure for a new therapeutic play yard project to address sensory needs, physical fitness, fine and gross motor skills and social skills through engaging, fun activities guided by teachers and therapists.
Experience Learning Support with Animals (ELSA) serves youth with autism and other disabilities through hands-on, ranch-based, equine-assisted activities stressing the human-animal bond. With a $4,700.00 from WHY, ELSA will purchase a walk-in chicken coop for up to 10 chickens complete with electricity and accessories. ELSA works with youth 18-22 promoting ranch skills, horse care, and fostering social skills, peer interaction, self-confidence, sensory awareness, and a sense of accomplishment.