4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation Holds 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration, Grants $26,000
A Message from Trudy Armstrong, Associate Vice President, Regional Outreach, The San Diego Foundation
Dear Members and Friends of 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation,
On Friday, May 31, the 4S Ranch~Del Sur Community Foundation held its 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration and granted a record $26,000 to health and human service programs at five local organizations. The grantee programs demonstrate how local organizations are tackling health, safety, and community issues in a creative and diverse manner. The programs include the “Be A Hero” Bullying Prevention program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego ($4,000), the Pathway to Self-Sufficiency program at Junior Achievement ($4,000), the WITT Anti-Bullying program at Monterey Ridge Elementary ($5,000), the Healthy Planet, Healthy People program at the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS Program) at Oak Valley Middle School ($7,000).
The grants celebration also marked the second distribution of grants from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin of Rancho Bernardo left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. Thanks to the creation of the matching program, all 4SCF membership generated grant-making funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $13,000 to $26,000.
“Thanks to the generosity of Matt McLaughlin, we were once again able to double our impact in our community this year, We now have the ability to double our giving; there has never been a better time to become a member.” ~Judy Simeroth
About the Grantees
“Be A Hero” Bullying Prevention Program
The Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego County
The 4SCF funding of $4,000 will support the extension of the “Be A Hero” Bullying Prevention program at the 4S Ranch Club. The “Be A Hero” program has a developed curriculum that covers a different anti-bullying topic each month; from identifying what it means to be a bystander, to how to react to cyber-bullying. The extension of the program will include the development of a peer leaders training program, expansion of the curriculum from nine to 12 months, additional facilitator training, and increased communication about the anti-bullying message to other community members through trainings for 4S Ranch sports coaches. The 4SCF grant will support the extension of the “Be A Hero” program by funding personnel costs, staff training, and program supplies.
Pathway to Self Sufficiency
Junior Achievement of San Diego
The 4SCF grant of $4,000 will support the expansion of the Pathway to Self Sufficiency program from 60 to 260 Del Norte High School students. The Junior Achievement program will be led by a trained volunteer from the 4S Ranch~Del Sur community who will teach constructive activities while also sharing their own personal experiences. The three main objectives of the program are that youth become economically self-sufficient, students are introduced to successful adults who teach them the relevancy of their education, and the 4S Ranch~Del Sur community builds a capable workforce by giving students the skills they need to be contributing, responsible members of the community. The 4SCF grant will cover the cost of 100 students for the 2013-2014 school year.
WITT Anti-Bullying Program
Monterey Ridge Elementary School
The 4SCF funding of $5,000 will allow Monterey Ridge to continue its WITT (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, and Tell a Teacher) program in the 2013-2014 school year. WITT is an innovative program comprised of a series of instructional hands-on lessons and assemblies, led by Monterey Ridge’s “Artist in Residence,” who created and designed the curriculum. Each lesson targets a specific objective in a kid friendly way using literature, music, movement, science, and even history, as vehicles for student education, engagement, and motivation. The lessons teach proactive and preventive anti-conflict strategies and help to build a learning community that demonstrates acceptance, kindness, and empathy. Due to state testing needs, the Monterey Ridge Educational Foundation is no longer able to fully fund the WITT program. The 4SCF grant will provide salary support to the WITT instructor and cover all program expenses for the 2013-2014 school year.
Healthy Planet, Healthy People
The Zoological Society of San Diego
The 4SCF grant of $6,000 will bring the Zoo’s Healthy Planet, Healthy People program to Del Sur, Monterey Ridge and Stone Ranch elementary schools. The Zoo’s outreach assembly and classroom program will inspire daily changes in student actions through empowerment, education and wellness. These changes will help provide a healthier lifestyle while conserving natural resources and sustaining the quality of life for future generations. By utilizing the zoo’s ambassador animals, program leaders will teach students about nutrition, make the connection between healthy food choices and environmental issues, and inspire students to want wellness for themselves and their planet. The 4SCF grant will bring zoo educators, including “Dr. Zoolittle,” to implement eight school-wide assemblies and twenty-eight 4th and 5th grade classroom programs. The grant will also cover the creation and dissemination of classroom kits and teacher packets to all 4th and 5th grade teachers and their classes.
Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS Program)
Oak Valley Middle School
The 4SCF funding of $7,000 will allow Oak Valley Middle School (OVMS) to double the size of its peer leadership and mentoring program from 40 to 80 7th and 8th grade students. Established in 2012, OVMS Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) is a peer-to-peer student leadership program designed to identify and address the critical issues that impact positive youth development and the conditions for learning for all students. Students trained as PLUS team members lead monthly student forums on issues such as cyber bullying, creating healthy and positive habits, and respecting peers and adults. PLUS team members also provide peer mentoring and tutoring services, as well as mediation and conflict resolution support for counselor and student support personnel. The 4SCF grant will support the three-day training retreat that will prepare 80 students to serve as PLUS team members for the 2013-2014 school year.