The PropelNext California Partnership has announced grants to fifteen nonprofit organizations serving economically disadvantaged youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.
Provided by the initiative's funding partners — the William and Flora Hewlett, David and Lucile Packard, Sobrato Family, Weingart, and Edna McConnell Clark foundations — the funds will be used to enhance recipients' program models, support the implementation of strong performance management systems, and develop organizational cultures that facilitate the practice of ongoing learning and assessment. Each of the grantees will receive unrestricted funding of up to $400,000 over three years as well as access to expert coaching, group learning sessions, and a peer learning community aimed at strengthening their capacity to collect, use, and apply data for ongoing improvement and learning.
The initial cohort of grantees includes Alternatives in Action (Oakland), the Asian Youth Center (San Gabriel), Beyond Emancipation (Oakland), the Bresee Foundation (Los Angeles), the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (Los Angeles), the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, the East Oakland Youth Development Center (Oakland), Huckleberry Youth Programs (San Francisco), Lavender Youth Recreation Information Center (San Francisco), Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, My Friend's Place (Hollywood), Reach Out West End (Upland), the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund (San Jose), Social Advocates for Youth (Santa Rosa), and Teen Success (Milpitas).
"PropelNext California is an opportunity to strengthen local nonprofits who are creating positive learning experiences for California's young people," said Irene Wong, director of the Local Grantmaking Program at the Packard Foundation. "Children and youth who thrive and realize their full potential are essential to building strong and successful communities."