For many, a quality education is a ladder out of poverty. At the same time, education also ensures our society has an informed and skilled workforce, and it creates a pipeline of leaders for our democracy. But too many of our educational institutions lack the tools to adequately support low-income youth of color. This leads to people of color being disproportionately locked out of good jobs, preventing them from sharing their ideas, talents and brilliance for the betterment of our society.
The Youth Access to Opportunity Fund, a partnership between donors and our foundation, provides grants for youth, education and economic mobility. Launched in 2019, the fund is an innovative three-year pilot program that partners with three Bay Area high schools. Working closely with the schools’ principals, the fund uses data-driven approaches to better support low-income students of color in the following areas:
- College and Career Readiness: preparing students to enter and succeed in post-secondary education and/or career opportunities.
- Teacher Retention and Support: providing professional development and support for teachers to strengthen learning environments.
- Positive School Climate: promoting services and practices that support social, emotional, academic and long-term success for students.
Join Us: If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please contact Francesca Vietor at fvietor[at]sff.org.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact David Kim, program associate, at dkim[at]sff.org, or Jidan Terry-Koon, senior program officer, at jtkoon[at]sff.org.