Fiscal Year 2013


Grant Awards

April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013

Organization
AARP Experience Corps
 
Program Title
Experience Corps
 
Location
Washington, DC
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
Intergenerational bonds are cultivated as AARP volunteers who are 50+ provide small group and one-to-one tutoring and mentoring intervention that builds reading skills for K-3 students attending high-need public elementary schools. Well-trained volunteers work in the classroom one to two days a week throughout the school year, engaging students in an intensive level of reading intervention, focused on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency and comprehension. The individualized attention and weekly exchanges also helps to bolster self-esteem in the children served.
 

Organization
African American Male Achiever's Network, Inc. (A-MAN)
 
Program Title
After-School Academy/Weekend Workshops/Summer Science Academy
 
Location
Los Angeles, California
 
Grant Amount
$60,000
 

Program Description
Three of A-MAN's major science enrichment programs are specifically designed to give minority, at-risk boys and girls the basic skills training, individual attention and hands-on, science-based projects and resources needed to succeed academically. Along with working in small groups; conducting age-appropriate math and science activities; and being mentored by volunteer engineers and scientists, students grades K-12 get to simulate space travel, conduct experiments and communicate with "mission control" aboard A-MAN's prototype of NASA's International Space Station, Sirius B.
 

Organization
Alabama Poverty Project
 
Program Title
Blueprints College Access Initiative
 
Location
Birmingham, Alabama
 
Grant Amount
$20,000
 

Program Description
Blueprints College Access Initiative connects 21st century high school students with helpful resources and relationships so students are equipped to graduate from high school and college career-ready. The program uses a "near peer" mentoring model; engaging college students as mentors for high school students. Participants begin the program in 9th grade, building a blueprints portfolio with personalized activities including exploring careers and colleges; money management; and acquiring academic and soft skills. Coaching and support services continue throughout their 10th-12th grade years.
 

Organization
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
 
Program Title
Health Science Academy
 
Location
Brooklyn, New York
 
Grant Amount
$60,000
 

Program Description
The Health Science Academy nurtures students' interest in health careers from middle school through college. Underserved, at-risk middle and high school students from Brooklyn are recruited; make a three-year commitment to receive rigorous after-school science and health instruction; participate in hands-on activities; and receive mentoring from graduate students and health care professionals. The curriculum consists of modules in cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive and reproductive systems.
 

Organization
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
 
Program Title
BELL Summer STEM Education
 
Location
Dorchester, Massachusetts
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
Underserved youth, grades K-8 study math and literacy; enhancing the growth of their academic skills with hands on projects and intensive enrichments including science, robotics, art, theatre and physical education. The summer program takes place at school-based sites for five weeks, Monday through Friday for 6.5 hours per day. Additionally, BELL provides e-learning and classroom-based training for teachers and tutors; education workshops; special events; and other resources to families to strengthen students' learning and support.
 

Organization
Biotech Partners
 
Program Title
Biotech Partners' High School Biotech Academies and Community Bioscience Career Institute
 
Location
Berkeley, California
 
Grant Amount
$60,000
 

Program Description
Disadvantaged high school students receive mentoring, hands-on experiments and college-preparatory courses focused on molecular biology and biochemistry. During the summer, eligible students are placed in paid internships through several scientific, bioscience and healthcare organizations. After completing the Academy, participants can apply for enrollment in the Community College Bioscience Career Institute to gain more advance laboratory training/coursework culminating in the award of a Certificate of Achievement in Bioscience; qualifying them for well-paying, entry-level jobs in science-based careers.
 

Organization
BuildaBridge International
 
Program Title
Discovery/Artology Program
 
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Grant Amount
$70,000
 

Program Description
BuildaBridge partners with 6-8 homeless shelters to bring after school enrichment to homeless youth throughout Philadelphia. Through Discovery, an academic year-round, after-school program and Artology, an intensive summer art and science camp, the natural sciences are merged with the arts to sharpen students' creative proficiency, stimulate investigative inquiry and deepen a sense of public responsibility. The curriculum is developed and taught in collaboration with professional artists, science teachers and medical students and supplements Pennsylvania's arts and science standards.
 

Organization
Carlsbad Educational Foundation
 
Program Title
Carlsbad Third Grade Academy for Environmental Stewardship
 
Location
Carlsbad, California
 
Grant Amount
$30,000
 

Program Description
Carlsbad Unified School District's 875 third graders learn about their native habitats and how to protect them through four annual on-site visits to the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation's Discovery Center. Activities include hands-on archaeological digs; lessons on ethno-botany using a native plant garden; storm drain runoff and erosion experiments; teaching of Luiseño traditions and ancient stewardship practices; and lessons on the migration and adaptations of Cliff Swallows.
 

Organization
Claremont Graduate University
 
Program Title
The Claremont/Long Beach Math Collaborative
 
Location
Claremont, California
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
At-risk, African-American male, 8th grade students from north Long Beach are selected to participate in a four-week summer residential math academy at Harvey Mudd College. Intensive math training and exploration is led by college and university faculty, graduate students and undergraduate math majors; who serve as mentors; forging brotherhood bonds. Daily lessons feature real-world, hands-on applications of math concepts and are supplemented by Saturday sessions delivered throughout the school year and a second four-week academy offered the following summer.
 

Organization
Delaware State University
 
Program Title
Explorer's Club
 
Location
Dover, Delaware
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
Youth, ages 6-12, enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club site on the DSU campus engage in hands-on, project-based activities, meeting national and state science standards. Undergraduate and graduate students serve as mentors and facilitate grade-specific activities, designed to introduce, illustrate and reinforce mathematical and scientific concepts/applications focused on forensic biology, "green" chemistry, engineering and robotics. The program runs after school throughout the academic school year, continuing with a six-week summer camp.
 

Organization
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
 
Program Title
Girls Building Self-eSTeEM
 
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
 
Grant Amount
$50,000
 

Program Description
Approximately 3,000 girls, grades 5-8 are exposed to programmatic, STEM activities to help increase their awareness, self-esteem and inspiration to pursue higher education and future STEM-related careers. Girls residing in low-income communities including public housing are provided a safe, supportive all-girl setting, gaining exposure to women professionals who serve as role models and mentors. Enriching STEM activities cover green energy, software technology, engineering, marine biology and forensics, among other things.
 

Organization
Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc. (HOLA)
 
Program Title
Scientific Arts Program
 
Location
Los Angeles, California
 
Grant Amount
$25,000
 

Program Description
The Scientific Arts Program promotes student led inquiry and project-based learning through a series of age-appropriate classes. Students, grades K-12 are given raw materials and guided by do-it-yourself engineers, programmers and designers to invent and create on their own; building their knowledge of STEM concepts along the way. Delivered quarterly through 10-week sessions, these free-of-charge courses include computer literacy and technology classes; engineering; robotics; computer repair; graphic design, video game design; circuit bending: and stop motion animation.
 

Organization
Hopa Mountain Foundation
 
Program Title
Hopa Mountain's StoryMakers
 
Location
Bozeman, Montana
 
Grant Amount
$68,852
 

Program Description
Critically needed literacy resources and support is given to parents/caregivers of 8,000+ of Montana's most vulnerable children, ages 0-5. Community Teams work directly with rural and tribal families in isolated communities to provide them with information about early care, education and development, along with children's books. The grant award will support the launch of a learning program to take place at selected elementary schools that will support reading for 4,000 children ages 6-12 especially around fun, friendly math and science activities and books.
 

Organization
Jewish Home Lifecare
 
Program Title
Geriatric Career Development (GCD) Program
 
Location
New York, New York
 
Grant Amount
$30,000
 

Program Description
Targeting at-risk high school students from Manhattan and the Bronx, GCD is offered year-round and continues on through summer engagement. Over the course of three years, participants gain academic support, intergenerational mentoring, college preparation, job training and an opportunity to earn a license as a certified nursing assistant or pharmacy technician. Students leave the program with extensive knowledge about aging, experience working with elders, direct care skills and exposure to the wide range of careers within the health care field.
 

Organization
KOCE-TV Foundation dba PBS SoCal
 
Program Title
Making Connections in Pre-School and in the Home with STEM Workshops and Toolkits
 
Location
Costa Mesa, California
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
Through its pilot program "Making Connections in Pre-School and in the Home," PBS SoCal will train educators, childcare providers and parents from underserved communities and equip them with hands-on, easy to use toolkits containing materials for their home or pre-schools. Core PBS KIDS programming will be used along with books, teachable moment guides, DVDs and other supplies to re-create the lessons demonstrated in the workshops. Ten workshops will be conducted, focusing on STEM topics as well as art, gross motor skills and/or literacy.
 

Organization
Mighty Writers
 
Program Title
Mighty Writers 2.0: Writing for the New Media Age
 
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Grant Amount
$22,720
 

Program Description
Designed to unleash inner creativity while sharpening writing and literacy skills, disadvantaged youth, ages 14-18 explore 21st century technology and new media careers through a series of out-of-school-time workshops. Delivered year round and free of charge, the workshops focus on such topics as: writing for radio; digital broadcasting; interviewing techniques for multimedia platforms; blogging and commenting for success; and animation, to name a few.
 

Organization
MK Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI)
 
Program Title
Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)
 
Location
San Francisco, California
 
Grant Amount
$50,000
 

Program Description
The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) immerses underrepresented, high potential minority students from low-income communities in science, mathematics and technology for three consecutive summers; beginning the summer after their ninth-grade year. Participants spend five weeks on one of four college campuses where they receive in-depth study in topics ranging from molecular biology to calculus. Scholars also attend Saturday sessions throughout the academic school year which include SAT test preparation; individual college application advising; scientific exploration exercises; and tutoring services.
 

Organization
National Federation of the Blind
 
Program Title
NFB STEM-X Program
 
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
Approximately 50 blind high school students from around the nation participate in a five-day, summer residential academy. During the week, STEM professionals who are blind serve as mentors and facilitators; leading the way in instructing students through fun and engaging activities focused on physics, chemistry, robotics, engineering, forensics and computer science. Students are encouraged to approach all activities with an independent spirit and a no-limits attitude and are encouraged to consider careers in STEM -- careers that were falsely believed to be impossible for them to enter.
 

Organization
Oglala Lakota College
 
Program Title
Woniya Sa
 
Location
Kyle, South Dakota
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
To address the issue of low STEM proficiency on the reservation and low exposure to STEM opportunities, WONIYA SA provides STEM curriculum, research and outreach to K-12 Native American youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Community elders and spiritual leaders assist in delivering oral tradition, story-telling, demonstrations, hands-on experiments and field research; specifically designed to connect youth to STEM and preserve their native history and culture. Through lessons like the Geometry of the Tipi, students not only learn the circumference, height and surface area of the tipi, but also receive a lesson on its meaning and significance to Lakota people.
 

Organization
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
 
Program Title
Rosa Parks Tech Challenge
 
Location
Portland, Oregon
 
Grant Amount
$55,905
 

Program Description
OMSI broadens its long-term partnership with Rosa Parks Elementary school by providing K-5th grade teachers year-long professional development to increase their comfort in teaching engineering, technology and design subjects. Students are also introduced to concepts of problem solving, critical inquiry and the scientific method through a series of interactive learning activities using Legos (K-2nd) and Lego Robots (3rd-5th). Family Science Nights promote parental involvement and give students an opportunity to showcase their work.
 

Organization
Philadelphia Reads
 
Program Title
Summer Reads
 
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Grant Amount
$40,000
 

Program Description
Targeting low-income, rising 1st-3rd grade students, the Summer Reads program was designed to help bridge the summer learning gap that takes place during summer vacation. Over six weeks, the program builds literacy skills by integrating reading, writing, science, music and art around a single unifying theme. Students are taught and mentored by professional artists, musicians and teachers. Daily activities consist of reading in small groups, journal writing, art and science activities and other projects related to a book or summer theme.
 

Organization
Solar One
 
Program Title
Green Design Lab (GDL)
 
Location
New York, New York
 
Grant Amount
$60,000
 

Program Description
Students, teachers and custodial staff in the NY school system work together to design and implement feasible, creative ways to reduce their school's environmental footprint as part of the City's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. The school building serves as a lab for hands-on learning about green technologies, design, engineering and applied science. The program meets national standards in science, mathematics and social studies and teaches valuable life skills such as collaboration, problem solving, and written and oral communication.
 

Organization
Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)
 
Program Title
Agroecology Education Program
 
Location
Berkeley, California
 
Grant Amount
$45,000
 

Program Description
Designed to inspire environmental stewardship in the next generation, the Agroecology Education program fosters a connection between urban youth, ages 9-18 and nature. The curriculum is delivered through age-appropriate lessons that are directly tied to the California standards; providing hands-on experiential education, focused on sustainable agriculture, watersheds, ecosystems and community health. Program activities are conducted in schools and on site at SAGE's Sunol Agricultural Park, an 18-acre working organic farm and educational center
 

Organization
Techbridge Girls
 
Program Title
Girls Go Techbridge
 
Location
Oakland, California
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
In partnership with Girl Scout councils across the country, Girls Go Techbridge serves middle school girls through innovative projects and career exploration. Its unique curriculum builds technical and scientific skills while introducing new approaches to solving problems through fun projects like building wind-powered cranks or learning how to solder and wire circuits by building Game Boards. Each program box includes hands-on activities, Leaders' Guides, career exploration activities and resources to continue engagement with family at home.
 

Organization
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
 
Program Title
Curious Scientific Investigators: The Case of the Leaking Exhibit
 
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
 
Grant Amount
$30,000
 

Program Description
Students, grades 2-3 utilize the scientific method to solve the Case of the Leaking Exhibit. Prior to visiting the Museum, teachers introduce students to scientific concepts and tools needed to solve the mystery. Next, students observe, measure and record water samples collected at various sites throughout the Museum while their teachers attend workshops, learning how to incorporate inquiry-based teaching into the classroom. The program concludes with each classroom sharing their findings with others using a "data-sharing" display board.
 

Organization
The Elizabeth River Project
 
Program Title
The Learning Barge
 
Location
Portsmouth, Virginia
 
Grant Amount
$54,650
 

Program Description
Powered solely by sun and wind, the Learning Barge is a floating, wetland classroom designed to both model and teach ecology to more than 6,000, urban K-12th grade students annually. The idea is to transform students into river stewards committed to restoring their home river. While on board the barge, students explore, record and analyze data while conducting hands-on investigations at six learning stations focused on river ecology, green technology, geography and eco-art. Supplemental activities provide further engagement back in their home classrooms.
 

Organization
The Regents of UC San Francisco/Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER)
 
Program Title
Junior Doctors Academy (JDA)
 
Location
Fresno, California
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
Representing the first tier of a pipeline spanning from middle school through college, JDA targets disadvantaged, minority youth, grades 7-8 who have an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Each week day, JDA participants receive hands-on, research-based STEM curriculum in addition to their regular math and science requirements. Supplemental activities include mentoring by professionals in the healthcare professions, tutoring, study trips, guest speakers and a two-week summer math and science camp.
 

Organization
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
 
Program Title
Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP)
 
Location
Washington, DC
 
Grant Amount
$75,000
 

Program Description
TMCF trains Education and STEM majors to become National Board Certified Teachers who can effectively serve in high-need rural and urban schools. The program begins with a one to two-week Summer Institute that is led by master teachers who help bridge classroom theory with practical classroom application. On-going support services include hands-on assistance with professional and personal leadership development; interactive online support services; one-to-one mentoring; credentialed exam preparation; and financial resources delivered over five years - from pre-service through the critical first three years of teaching.
 

Organization
Zeta Rho Foundation
 
Program Title
Ernest E. Just Marine Science Program
 
Location
Los Angeles, California
 
Grant Amount
$50,000
 

Program Description
Minority middle school youth are mentored and taught by professionals in the marine/environmental fields. Students explore the wonders of Life, Earth and Physical Science through fun, hands-on activities and field experiences. Monthly academic instruction is inquiry-based and aligned with the California Science Content Standards. During the school year, participants attend the Saturday Science Academy two Saturdays per month followed by a two-week Summer Science Program; receiving over 150 hours of instruction.
 

Total Given: $1,632,927
Total Number Served: 56,342
 

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