The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced two new initiatives that target increased learning for children and adolescents.
The initiatives — SPARK: Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids and New Options for Youth Through Engaged Institutions — will be launched immediately by the foundation, which plans to contribute $10 million toward their development over the next ten years.
With a goal of ensuring that vulnerable children are ready for school and schools are ready for the children, SPARK will seek to create a seamless transition into school for children ages 3 to 6 in selected communities. (Vulnerable children are defined as those with two or more conditions that impede their learning.) The second initiative, New Options for Youth Through Engaged Institutions, will support partnerships between communities and post-secondary institutions to identify and create new ways to help vulnerable young people achieve higher levels of learning.
"We are excited about increasing learning for our most vulnerable young people, thereby strengthening educational pathways for all youth," said Kellogg foundation president and CEO William C. Richardson. "We believe the Kellogg Foundation can provide leadership in support of finding innovative, community-driven solutions to the challenges of enhancing school readiness and finding viable learning options for high school age youth."
Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation focuses its grantmaking in the areas of health, food systems and rural development, youth and education, and philanthropy and volunteerism; and, within these areas, on the themes of leadership, information and communication technology, capitalizing on diversity, and social and economic community development programming.