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MoAD in the Classroom (MIC) is an arts-based visual literacy and cultural studies program for third graders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participating classes received two instructional visits to their classrooms by MIC instructors who introduced visual arts vocabulary, museum themes, and the current museum exhibitions. Classrooms also made two trips to the museum, during which they saw the exhibitions that they talked about in class, learned how to view and talk about art, and participated in hands-on art activities.
S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation;
In 2020, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation concluded operations, following 64 years of grantmaking and a 2009 decision to spend down its assets. During the 12-year spend-down period, as the Foundation made and implemented decisions about its final initiatives and areas of emphasis, a number of lines of work were concluded. The salient aspects of many of these efforts were documented by the Foundation through retrospectives, which were originally intended to support internal learning but were also made public. This retrospective summarizes the Foundation's Bay Area youth development grantmaking, sharing the perspective of selected grantees through direct quotes. The case studies explore how grantees experienced the Foundation as a funder and partner in their work, and what was accomplished with the grant funds awarded. The report also includes a short set of lessons and recommendations based on observations of and feedback from the field.
SparkPoint Community Schools (SPCS), a program of United Way Bay Area, helps families gain a stable financial footing while simultaneously supporting students' well-being and academic success. Traditionally, financial education has not been a part of the community schools model; programs focused on youth services and did not offer opportunities for parents to increase their own education or job skills. The SPCS model uses a two-generation approach – involving both youth and their parents – to shift the paradigm by strengthening whole families.In the 2016-17 program year, Public Profit undertook a mixed methods approach to evaluating SPCS program activities at the initiative's six sites. We used client interviews, staff interviews, participant surveys, administrative data, and staff focus groups to explore implementation fidelity, participation patterns, household economic improvement, and child academic improvement.
Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY);
HEY Statistics paint a picture of the barriers foster youth face while searching for and keeping employment. Foster youth often have more barriers to finding and keeping jobs than youth who are connected to a family, and the emotional and economic support they provide. In fact, studies have estimated that the average non-foster care youth receives assistance from their parents of approximately $38,000 between the ages of 18 and 34.1 Former foster youth, especially those who age out of the foster care system, do not often have access to these resources.
Urban Strategies Council;
The Bay Area has seen many changes in the past twenty years, changes in the housing stock, in the education sector, in the employment opportunities and the industries based here, in the workforce development arena, in economic development activities, and in the demographics of its populace. Long recognized as a multi-cultural region with rich ethnic communities tied to established neighborhoods, the diversity of the Bay Area has changed constantly, with no ethnic group remaining demographically static over the past two decades. For organizations and individuals involved in serving and supporting the Black and African-American communities in the Bay Area, it is important to understand the changes that are impacting these communities and how these populations themselves are changing. This report examines the State of the Race: an analysis of the changing Black community in the Bay Area and begins to present data and information pertinent to the philanthropic, community building, and governmental sectors.This report sets out to answer four main questions posed by the Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (the commissioners and funders of this report). Where did African-Americans reside in the Bay Area in 2000 and what changes occurred through 2008?What are the population characteristics of the African-American community and how do they compare to other racial/ethnic groups?What cities and neighborhoods had the highest concentration of African-Americans in 2000 and 2008?What are the most significant needs in African-American communities and what are the implications for philanthropic investments in the African-American communities?
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Bay Area Food Bank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in- person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.Key Findings:The FA system served by The Bay Area Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 244,100 different people annually.42% of the members of households served by The Bay Area Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).30% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 83% are food insecure and 47% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 188.8.131.52).55% of clients served by The Bay Area Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).37% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).40% of households served by The Bay Area Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Bay Area Food Bank included approximately 443 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 330 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 296 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.90% of pantries, 86% of kitchens, and 88% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 72% of pantries, 57% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters of The Bay Area Food Bank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 78% of the food distributed by pantries, 55% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 43% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 93% of pantries, 90% of kitchens, and 65% of shelters in The Bay Area Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
USC Dornsife Program for Environmental and Regional Equity;
A summary document of our research, entitled "Community Building, Community Bridging: Linking Neighborhood Improvement Initiatives and the New Regionalism in the San Francisco Bay Area," discusses the three initiatives and draws general lessons for those interested in how communities and regions could better work together.
USC Dornsife Program for Environmental and Regional Equity;
From West Oakland's diesel-choked neighborhoods to San Francisco's traffic-snarled Mission District to the fenceline communitis abutting Richmond's refineries, poor and minority residents of the San Francisco Bay Area get more than their share of exposure to air pollution and environmental hazards. That's the conclusion of a new report issued by the Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community (CJTC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The first published analysis of the overall state of environmental disparity in the nine-county region, the report is entitled, "Still Toxic After All These Years... Air Quality and Environmental Justice in the Bay Area."
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts Program;
This report complements An unfinished canvas. Arts education in California: Taking stock of policy and practices (Woodworth et al., 2007). The research supporting An Unfinished Canvas was undertaken to document the status of arts education in California schools and assess the extent to which schools were meeting state goals for arts education -- namely a sequential, standards-based course of study in music, visual arts, theatre, and dance. As part of that research effort, we included a sufficient number of schools in the nine Bay Area counties to enable us to report comparable data for each of the Bay Area counties as well as to draw comparisons between the Bay Area and the rest of the state.
Communities for a Better Environment;
The report was put together by Communities for a Better Environment and other partners, the California Air Resources Board, Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; James Sadd, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Occidental College; and Rachel Morello-Frosch, who is currently at UC-Berkeley and was formerly an Assistant Professor at the Center for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community Health at Brown University. The study addresses the environmental effects of toxic pollution, such as idling diesel trucks and pollution from auto-shop repairs and chemical companies.
Performing Arts Workshop;
Over the course of three years, Performing Arts Workshop and evaluators measured five goals of the Workshop's Artists-in-Schools program. These goals were: to improve student critical thinking in the arts, to use the arts to positively impact academic performance, to identify problems in teaching at-risk youth, to use the arts to develop pro-social behavior, and to institutionalize arts and arts education in school settings to increase sustainability. The ability of the Artists-in-Schools program to meet these goals is examined through a quasi-experimental, mixed-method research design in the following reports.
Performing Arts Workshop;
Over the course of three years, Performing Arts Workshop and evaluators measured five goals of the Workshop's Artists-in-Schools program. These goals were: to improve student critical thinking in the arts, to use the arts to positively impact academic performance, to identify problems in teaching at-risk youth, to use the arts to develop pro-social behavior, and to institutionalize arts and arts education in school settings to increase sustainability. The ability of the Artists-in-Schools program to meet these goals is examined through a quasi-experimental, mixed-method research design.