Following is a list of this year's recipients:
Achievekids New program to provide mental health care and health care advice for historically underserved ethnic youth. -- $5,000.
Bayshore Christian Ministries SummerWorks program providing academic skill-building, leadership training and college and career preparation for 8th-11th graders. -- $5,000.
Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula Support of the Center for a New Generation serving 2nd-8th graders from Ravenswood school district and offering students opportunities for music, performing arts, and academic enrichment programs. -- $5,000.
CAR (Community Association for Rehabilitation) For 250 hours of instruction to families and their infants in the early intervention of infants with developmental disabilities. -- $5,000.
Challenge Learning Center Youth Leadership and Community Service program teaching a variety of leadership and public-speaking skills. -- $5,000.
Children's Day in East Palo Alto Support for Children's Day in the Park, a free, fun-filled day with activities for parents and families. -- $3,500.
Clara-Mateo Alliance, Inc. Support for Family and Children's programs at transitional family housing facility. -- $7,500.
Community Development Institute Leadership Training Academy, a program offering leadership training to middle and high school youth. -- $3,000.
Community School of Music and Arts Early Childhood Music and Art Program for preschoolers, supporting salaries, art and music supplies and administrative costs. -- $3,000.
Community Working Group, Inc. Funds for construction of homeless Opportunity Center. -- $25,000.
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation Provide small grants to educators on a quick turn-around basis. -- $10,000.
East Palo Alto Teen Home Support for Transitional Housing Program (THP) through the purchase of appliances, furniture, linens etc, needed for the program. -- $5,000.
East Palo Alto YMCA Summer Day Camp serving 350-500 youth ages five through twelve. -- $5,000.
El Carmelo Elementary School To create an after school homework club. -- $3,000.
Environmental Volunteers Palo Alto Baylands Ecology Program reaching students and teachers in surrounding communities. -- $3,000.
Family & Children Services Early Childhood Services (ECS) to children, parents and caregivers at fifteen childcare sites. -- $7,500.
Family Connections Six-week summer school program for low income families. -- $5,000.
Foundation for a College Education College Bound Program, including special workshops on various college preparedness topics. -- $5,000.
Foundation for the Future Menlo-Atherton High School Adolescent counselor position for students enrolled in the Compass program targeting at-risk incoming freshman. -- $5,000.
Free At Last Youth Risk Reduction Outreach Project, helping young people in the community who are sidetracked into activities which could lead to serious health concerns. -- $5,000.
Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Science outreach program in East Palo Alto elementary schools -- $5,000.
Girls Club of the Mid-Peninsula Music Learning program, including practice, rehearsals and concerts. -- $5,000.
Gunn High School Choir Scholarship funds for a performance tour of China in June 2003. -- $2,500.
Hidden Villa An exchange program between elementary classes in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto called "Two School Friends Program" -- $5,000.
Inn Vision/Urban Ministry of Palo Alto Community Safety Net Program, a homeless prevention program offering free services to families and children at risk of becoming homeless. -- $5,000.
Kara Training for 20 new volunteers for Kara's Youth and Family Program. -- $5,000.
Music Teachers Assoc. of CA; PA Branch Teachers fees, supplies and musical instruments and scholarships. -- $1,500.
Pacific Art League of Palo Alto Traveling Art Program (TAP), serving children in hospitals, shelters, community service agencies & youth groups. $4,165 Palo Alto Art Center Cultural Kaleidoscope art education program partnering Palo Alto and Ravenswood schools. -- $5,000.
Palo Alto Foundation for Education New science lab equipment at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools. -- $14,000.
Palo Alto Housing Corporation To support the second year of the Family Services Program, serving 353 families at 14 PAHC housing sites. -- $5,000.
PAPPA (Palo Alto Parents & Professionals for Art) For construction of a 10 x 12 storage shed at the JLS site. -- $2,100.
Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA) General support of PIA projects like affordable housing and the Opportunity Center. -- $5,000.
Raices de Mexico Scholarships for youngsters learning about Mexican folklore and dance. -- $2,000.
Ravenswood City School District-Health Services For a health management information system for the school district. -- $5,000.
Shelter Network Haven Family House Children's Program which provides housing and support services for homeless families -- $5,000.
South County Community Health Center Dental treatment for uninsured children and/or adults. -- $5,000.
St. Elizabeth Seton School Extended Day Program staff. -- $7,500.
St. Vincent de Paul Society Emergency rent, rental deposits & utility assistance. -- $4,000.
Stanford Jazz Workshop Scholarships to bring local, economically disadvantaged children to summer jazz workshops. -- $2,000.
Teach for America Support for TFA teachers in East Palo Alto. -- $5,000.
TheatreWorks TheatreWorks for Schools Program. -- $3,000.
YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula Teen Outreach Center in the Ventura neighborhood of Palo Alto. -- $5,000.
Youth Community Service General support for the community service and leadership program. -- $7,500.
YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning group (LGBTQQ) for youth ages 13-18. -- $7,500.
ZOHAR To provide weekly IndepenDANCE instruction to underserved and special needs children throughout the Palo Alto area. -- $2,000.
CHILDCARE FACILITY GRANTS
Covenant Children's Center Removal of asbestos and mold contaminants found in classrooms. -- $5,500.
Crescent Park Community Child Care (CPCCC) To re-construct playground to comply with new state laws. -- $6,750.
Mini Infant Center Replacement shade cover for outdoor play yard. -- $2,500.
Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) To purchase playground equipment for PACCC's Barron Park Children's Center. -- $5,000.
Pre-School Family To purchase an infant/toddler play structure. -- $5,000.
The Children's Pre-School Center To replace and upgrade the infant/toddler playground. -- $2,500.
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