Regional Foundation Grants Assist Youth, Culture Efforts: The Fresno Regional Foundation makes 17 grants totaling $217,434 in support of arts and cultural organizations in the San Joaquin Valley. Recipients include the JazzFresno, Inc. ($10,000) to will provide 28 students the opportunity to expand and develop their musical skills by attending Milestones Youth Jazz Workshop summer jazz camp where they will have the opportunity to work with Gilbert Castellanos, a Roosevelt School of the Arts graduate and one of the country’s top jazz trumpeters.
The Sanger Young Artist Studio Maker Mentors received $33,787 to engage artistically motivated at-risk high school youth to explore their artistic interests, cultural roots, and career options through a community based art studio experience. Students will improve school outcomes, job-readiness, and communication skills, build social and cultural assets, and contribute to their community.
Pozen Prize Goes to Charter School: The Boston Foundation names Brooke Charter Schools as the winner of the second annual Pozen Prize for Charter Schools. BCS, a K-8 charter school network with campuses in Roslindale, Mattapan, and East Boston, receives the $80,000 prize in recognition of its academic excellence and quality learning environments. BCS must put at least $5,000 of the cash award toward efforts to share its institutional best practices. The runner-up, Excel Academy Charter Schools, will receive $10,000 for its efforts to provide quality educational opportunities for students.
$5 Million for Project-Based K-12 Learning: Michigan State U. receives a five-year, $5 million grant from Lucas Education Research, a division of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, to bring the benefits of project-based learning to more classrooms across the country. In project-based learning, students acquire knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to a complex question, problem, or challenge. The grant will fund an effort led by MSU’s CREATE for STEM Institute to develop science materials for third- and fourth-graders that are relevant to students’ lives and also improve their skills in math, reading, and writing.
Child and Youth Programs Win Support: The Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte and the York County Community Foundation makes grants totaling $28,900 to 13 organizations. Recipients include the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, the Thompson Child & Family Focus, to expand the Foster Care Program into York County; the York County 4-H for their 4-H embryology project and Keystone Substance Abuse Services to provide after school meals for their youth and adolescent clients.
Library Grant to Benefit 10,000 Students: The Columbus Foundation and Columbus Metropolitan Library distributes a a grant through the foundation’s Gifts of Kindness fund to benefit 10,000 kindergarten and first-grade students at all 72 Columbus City elementary schools. The gift will equip the students with a book and a sign-up sheet for the library’s Summer Reading Club. The annual program — which this year is built around the theme “Be a Hero, Read” — encourages children to keep reading over the summer as a way to stem summer reading loss.