Our Progress in 2009
January 2010 | Silicon Valley Children’s Fund www.svcf.org| 408-558-5430 phone

Silicon Valley
Our Strategy in
Our Strategy in Action
          Action                                 Middle School Mandate (Grades 6-8)...
Our Results
Delivering Impact for Foster Youth in 2009
In 2009, our programs and initiatives grew beyond our goals with an...
Our New Initiatives
     for 2010       Vocational Education for Foster Youth
                                 We are thri...
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  1. 1. Our Progress in 2009 January 2010 | Silicon Valley Children’s Fund www.svcf.org| 408-558-5430 phone Silicon Valley Children’s Fund Special Thanks to our Annual Progress Report Partners Santa Clara County Office of Silicon Valley Children's Fund invests in the development and expansion of high impact Education (COE) programs and systems that improve educational and life outcomes for foster youth in Santa Clara County Department of the Silicon Valley. The Fund is a catalyst and partner in developing and supporting Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) De Anza College special programs and projects dedicated to helping vulnerable foster youth heal, San Jose State University CME Society become productive members of the community, and achieve their dreams for the (SJSU CME) future. East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) SVCF concentrates on three major initiatives: to improve foster youth educational success, high school graduation rates and college readiness, and post-secondary Foundation & Corporate completion. Our 2010 – 2013 goals are focused on the following outcomes: Donors 1. Doubling the number of foster youth in middle school who perform at grade level Air Systems, Inc. Casey Family Programs in literacy, math, and science Cisco Systems 2. Ensuring that 75% of foster youth graduate from high school prepared for college eBay Lockheed Martin Employees or vocational training Foundation 3. Raising the percentage of foster youth who earn a post secondary degree in Santa Lumina Foundation for Higher Clara County from 3% to 56% (the national average) Education Orangewood Children’s Foundation Underlying our Education Initiatives are two foundational strategies centered on SanDisk SAP Labs increasing access to student data to ensure that we are making progress, and advocacy Silicon Valley Community Foundation to increase political support for improving foster youth education and to catalyze Silicon Valley Triathlon Club systems change. There is good news. Since 2004, California AB 490 spells out the Sobrato Family Foundation Stuart Foundation Second Story Headline However, passing the law is not sufficient educational rights of foster youth and the responsibilities of social service and SV2 education agencies to support those rights. Valley Foundation by itself. Coordinating and integrating care amongst multiple government agencies Walter S. Johnson Foundation remains a major challenge. Wanda Bobowski Fund Western Digital Xilinx 100 Women’s Foundation
  2. 2. Our Strategy in Our Strategy in Action Action Middle School Mandate (Grades 6-8) Goal: Increase the number of middle school aged foster youth performing at Target 1.2 – Support the design grade level in literacy, math, and science and roll-out of personalized academic plans for all students Target 1.1 - Build systems to identify student needs and accountability for education monitor progress towards high by working with the Juvenile school readiness Justice Court to develop a Middle School Education Target 1.3 – Identify and problem solving court that connect students to academic brings together a community- supports that motivate, wide team to support foster engage, and prepare them for youth education success the transition into high school “The Silicon Valley Children’s Fund continues to be a luminary that, together with the Courts, has brought to light the needs of our foster children.” Teresa Guerrero-Daley, Judge Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara High School Roadmap to Independence Problem Statement (9-12 Grades) There are over 100,000 foster youth in Goal: Increase high school graduation on a curriculum ladder that rates for foster youth of Silicon Valley forms the foundation for California who have been removed from college and vocational their families and placed in state custody Target 2.1 - Develop and readiness because they have experienced abuse or support pathway to college programs that help foster youth Target 2.3 - Provide one on neglect. Compared to their peers, foster acquire college-ready skills one intern/mentor support to youth are: Target 2.2 – Coordinate with foster youth to ensure they are More likely to have higher rates the child welfare system and on pace to complete high of absenteeism and disciplinary school, prepared for education community to referrals engage students entering high emancipation, and connected More likely to perform below school and to develop four to higher education grade level (60%) opportunities year academic plans based Twice as likely to be held back in school (33%) YES to Higher Education (Post-secondary) Twice as likely to have dropped out of high school (46%) Goal: Increase the number of foster Target 3.2 – Engage students youth leaving care in Silicon Valley with Less likely to attend college through mentoring and case the support systems in place to enroll in (less than 3%) management and graduate from a higher education The cost to these children and society is program Target 3.3 – Create individual extraordinary. Without a better education, academic plans to enable Target 3.1- Increase access to approximately 25% will experience scholars to meet their goals of financial aid for foster youth homelessness, 33% will be incarcerated, completing their higher through the YES Scholarship 33% will receive public assistance, and education (AA/BA/Vocational and by working with higher or trade Certification) unemployment rates will top 50%. education institutions to identify public and private funding sources
  3. 3. Our Results Delivering Impact for Foster Youth in 2009 In 2009, our programs and initiatives grew beyond our goals with an all time high in student achievement and numbers of students supported. With concerted efforts between SVCF and our Partners, and contributions from our loyal donors, systemic improvements were realized. Youth Served (since 2002) Program # of Foster Outputs and Activities Participating Youth Served Partners Middle 100 Education Plans Juvenile Justice Pilot Launched Court, School MSEC Launched DFCS, COE, Mandate LACY, FPA, CASA High School 425 Orientations DFCS 2009 Target Results Social Worker Trainings COE Roadmap ILP Workshops ILP Middle School Mandate Summer Bridge DeAnza College Emerging Scholars ESUHSD YES to Higher 200 Applications SJSU CME, Creation of Middle School Interviews DFCS, COE, FYSI Education Court, the nation’s Education Scholarships of CA first problem solving court focused on school success for Unaudited Financials 2009 foster youth Spearhead collaboration model Revenue 2009 for education case management that will impact $84,942 $96,801 100% of all middle school Individuals foster youth in Silicon Valley Grants $170,000 $175,612 Events High School Roadmap to Independence Investment $225,000 100 high school students Government enrolled in college readiness $49,321 In-Kind workshops, up 25% 90% of our emerging scholars graduated from high school Expenses 2009 YES to Higher Education Over 200 YES scholars have entered our higher education $132,857 Programs program $120,784 $557,605 M&G YES scholar’s college retention rate is 30% higher than the Development national average
  4. 4. Our New Initiatives for 2010 Vocational Education for Foster Youth We are thrilled to announce the Board approved Vocational and Trade education program for 2010. We have made great strides with our existing initiatives supporting Silicon Valley high school and college success; this initiative will build on our existing programs to support and empower those foster youth who are most focused on immediate Children’s Fund employment, by helping them explore and prepare for a skilled trade or vocation with a viable future. Donna Terman has been chartered to research, evaluate and 4525 Union Avenue launch a pilot program that prepares and connects foster youth in Silicon Valley San Jose, CA 95124-3530 to Vocational and Trade programs providing them with valuable skill sets for sustained 408-558-5430 phone employment. 408-558-5590 fax Self-directed Scholar Advisory Board info@svcf.org Educating and Empowering One Mind at a Time This year we are launching a formalized Youth Advisory Board. This Board is comprised of YES scholar and alumni chartered with keeping SVCF’s initiatives and Find us on the Web: outreach focused on the needs of our foster youth in Silicon Valley. Their responsibiities www.svcf.org will begin with social media networking and grow based on evaluation and input of areas for Improvement within the Fund’s existing programs. Our goal is to utilized the voice of our youth while providing them hands on experience and skill development in management and teamwork. They will learn skills in the area of budgets, decision making, problem solving, project management, teambuilding and more. Please visit our website for up to date progress reports, video clips and student spotlights! www.svcf.org Silicon Valley Children’s Fund 4525 Union Avenue San Jose, CA 95124-3530 [Recipient Name] [Street address] [Address 2] [City, ST ZIP Code]