Let's Keep Young People in School, Learning, Moving Upward
Education has the power to change lives, communities, and the world. We believe in education so much that more than half of our corporate giving is directed toward improving access to education, particularly for underserved groups.
We are particularly interested in diversifying and strengthening the engineering profession, and so we support programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (known as STEM studies), and the arts, too. When awarding grants, we look for programs and projects aimed at:
- Tutoring and enrichment (middle school, high school, college levels)
- College cholarships for underserved populations
- College-access programs
- Arts education (middle school & high school)
FACTS AT A GLANCE
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We give back to help young people succeed in school, while preparing them for careers of the future.
PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION
Partnership with Cal Poly - Pomona to Diversify the Engineering Profession
We're partnering with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, to help increase the number of women and minorities in engineering. Our $100,000 gift to the College of Engineering's Women in Engineering program helps the university provide resources and support to help female engineering students succeed.
We also support academic and tutoring programs at the university, including Maximizing Earning Potential: Preparing the Next Generation of Minory and Women Engineers and the weeklong summer residential program Engineering Girls: It Takes a Village.
Opening the World of the Arts to Low-Income Students at Segerstrom Center
Research shows that young people who participate in—or are exposed to—the arts are more likely to do better academically, professionally and socially than their peers. Yet, arts education in Southern California public shools has been on the decline. We stepped in with financial support.
By supporting the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, we're helping to remove barriers to art experiences for school children. The center's education programs serve all 27 Orange Count school districts, and schools in six counties, and some 2,800 students from elementary school through high school attended a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrating the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience, and the enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.
Pathways to Higher Education for Children in Public Housing in Los Angeles County
Students from low-income housing face unique challenges—and stigma— associated with poverty. We believe that education is a transformative power that can help these young people beat the odds, and enter the workforce prepared to succeed.
Our grant to the Los Angeles County Community Development Foundation supports a compresnsive program, Project: Scholars Initative, which provides students from public housing with pathways to higher education and helps prepare them for careers.
Promoting a "College-Going" Culture in Homes of Low-Income Parents
Our grant to the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) of Riverside / San Bernardino helped bring the Parent Engagement in Education program to 4 additional schools during the 2014-2015 academic year.
PIQE's 9-week program gives low-income parents proven strategies for implementing a "college-going" culture in their homes, and helps them better understand the school system, the GPA grading system, and college-admission requirements.
We also support all other PIQE chapters throughout Southern California.
Reversing the Trend: Preventing High School Dropout
Dropping out of high school leads to negative consequences like unemployment and incarceration, and often perpetuates generational cycles. Our support of Educating Young Minds is designed to help underserved students complete high school instead of dropping out.
With programs that teach the values of accuontability, self-discipline, self-resepct, and respect for others, this non-profit strives to help create a standard of excellence within students. Its results are impressive: 100% of participants graduate from high school and 92% graduate from four-year colleges.
Encouraging Education Among Immigrant Farmworker Families
There are an estimated 20,000 farmworkers in Ventura County, Calif., many of whom are indigenous Mexicans from the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. In this community, young people often work alongside their parents in the berry fields, and these families face obstacles including illiteracy, isolation, low wages, and marginalization. We're working with Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project to empower this underserved group through the Fields to College program, which educates parents on the benefits of allowing their children to stay in school Our grant also funds STEM scholarships to help students access college education.
Preparing Low-Income Latino Students for College
Working with TELACU, we help low-income Latino students become the first in their families to go to college. Through academic seminars, internships, mentoring, counseling, leadership training, and workforce preparation, the program helps students gain the skills needed to thrive at school, earn degrees, and begin professional careers.
Young Women & Math
Many of the careers expected to be most rewarding in the future require knowledge and skills in chemistry, engineering, geology, biology, physics or mathematics. To help prepare young women from underrepresented groups to take advantage of these opportunities, we’re supporting the Mathematics Intensive Summer Session – also known as Project MISS – at California State University, Fullerton. The program helps academically qualified, female high school students complete the math courses required for college admission, and encourages them to complete college-level calculus, the gateway to most STEM majors.
Encouraging African American and Minority Men Toward Achievement in STEM Studies
For African American, Latino and other minority students in low-income communities, extra support in math, science and technology—along with guidance toward careers in the STEM fields—can be found at African American Male Achievement Network (A-MAN). We support its Project STEM Discovery, which provides instructional assistance in math and strives to increase 10th grade enrollment in mathematics classes.