Closing the achievement gap
The challenge: Youth growing up in poverty and disadvantaged communities are more likely to become high school dropouts who are
unemployed and ultimately become parents of children who drop out themselves. They are also at higher risk for gang activity, substance abuse
and crime. More often than not, the public schools in these neighborhoods do not provide the same level of education as other school districts
and these students are at a disadvantage when compared to students from higher-income communities. Young adults may also lack the life skills
needed to live independently.
Our response: We support programs that help children be ready for school, stay in school, succeed in school, and be prepared for
jobs when they graduate. From literacy programs to money management and helping build tomorrow’s leaders, we support youth and adult academic
and personal achievement. We also support mentoring and coaching programs that provide emotional support to build self-confidence and encourage
participants to reach their full potential.
"The synergy of missions between the Episcopal Impact Fund and Writer Coach Connection has been perfect, and thousands of students and dozens of teachers are much the better for it, thanks to your steadfast support."
– Robert Menzimer, Writer Coach Connection
Our 2016 Grant Recipients for Education
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. empowers individuals to be self-aware and inspired
through arts, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities. The Episcopal
Impact Fund supports Cultural Arts classes and assemblies that teach African drumming to children and youth in Oakland public schools.
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County is offering a new culinary training program
to help youth and adults acquire job and life skills.
Writer Coach Connection provides trained volunteer coaches to East Bay high schools to help low-income students become proficient
YES Nature to Neighborhoods provides youth, adults and families living in low-income neighborhoods in Central and North Richmond
with access to experiences in the natural environment while promoting youth leadership skills.
Five 4 Five provides low-income youth and young adults the tools to think beyond
poverty through academic achievement, counseling, career coaching, dream building, moral and mental health coaching, soft life skills training,
mentorship, and money management. The Episcopal Impact Fund will be supporting a new project to provide outdoor education to students
at Bayside/ MLK Elementary in Marin City.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay helps children facing adversity change their lives for the better through the power
of one-to-one mentoring.
Gilead House offers hope to single mothers and their children by providing transitional housing and life skills education that
lead to independence and a brighter future.
Abundant Grace Coastside Worker is offering a new leadership development course, the Coastside
Leadership Education Program, for women living in Coastside neighborhoods with debilitating social conditions related to poverty, homelessness,
and poor health.
Coastside Hope provides an array of services to its low-income neighbors, including a new English as a Second Language (ESL).
Pacifica Resource Center links low-income families with critical local resources, offers nutritional training, and promotes food
SF Achievers provides college scholarships and mentoring services to African-American male high school
students in the San Francisco Unified School District. In addition to financial support, it promotes positive life outcomes through
community-building, mentoring, and counseling.
SF CASA empowers everyday citizens to become officers of the court to serve as volunteer advocates
and mentors to children and youth in foster care. Advocates champion the needs of foster children and help to see that they receive
stable housing and proper educational and health services.
Homeless Prenatal Project provides intensive education and employment services to precariously housed or homeless mothers.
Boys Hope Girls Hope provides high-achieving students from low-income families with financial, academic, and emotional support
through middle school, high school, college and beyond.
Larkin Street Youth Services provides hope, stability, education and job training to troubled youth from ages 14 to 24 on the
streets of San Francisco.
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to recent immigrants while providing high-quality early literacy programming to their children.
Episcopal Community Services provides housing, jobs, shelter, and essential services to help people get off the street and stay off the street.
St. Luke's Hospital provides comprehensive medical services to low-income uninsured and underinsured families.
GRID Alternatives provides access to solar power for low-income home-owners, while training at-risk youth for jobs in the new green economy.
Grace Cathedral Jail Ministry helps incarcerated women and men connect with God, themselves, each other and their families in ways that reflect love and generosity.
FESCO operates a variety of family shelter and supportive housing sites in southern Alameda County that help people secure employment
and move into stable housing.