I S S U E 1 VOLUME 2 2012 SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT: FINDING THE STRENGTH TO C LIMB H IGHER .......................... 2 2012 B RIDGING THE G AP AWARDS. AWARDING 50K TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT BUILD COM‐MUNITIES AND CREATE CHANGE 2 M EET THE SCHOLARS : 2012 The mission of the Perlman Foundation is to bridge support gaps by assisting lower income chil‐C OLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS 5 dren, families and charitable organizations that are working to improve communities throughout the United States. We seek to empower individuals and organizations by providing direct grants as well as intangible services that positively impact beliefs, attitudes, emotions and confidence. 2012 Education Summit Empowering Tomorrows Leaders The Perlman Foundation hosted the First Annual Education Summit at UCLA for recipients of its 2012 College Scholarship. On July 12th‐15th, nine students The summit included courses on from across the U.S. traveled to study skills, time management, Los Angeles to attend the First note taking, collegiate writing, Annual Perlman Education Summit professional networking, and top‐at UCLA. ics such as financial management, health and wellness, and success‐The theme of the summit, “My fully balancing college workloads Life, My Choice, My Future”, was and their personal life. Pictured: Scholarship recipient Dionya Jackson and UCLA Ropes Course designed to help low‐income, first‐ Staff member generation, college bound stu‐ The event also included the UCLA dents make a successful transition Ropes and Challenge Course, that into the next phase of their aca‐ taught participants to work to‐ Remember the Perlman Foundation in Your demic careers. gether as a team to accomplish a End‐of ‐Year Contributions! goal and to challenge themselves During the summit participants Please consider adding the Perlman Foundation to by choice. your end of the year contributions this holiday season. were exposed to a variety of edu‐ cational, cultural and recreational “This is an important step for our To take advantage of tax deductions, donations can be made through December 31, 2012. activities that focused on building scholars,” said Greg Perlman, foun‐ www.perlmanfoundation.org/donate their self‐esteem, self‐ confidence der of The Perlman Foundation. and self‐determination. (continued on page 5) 100% of all donations go directly to programs! Your Donations at Work... Gave the gift of summer camp to 250 Gave $55k in college scholarships to Gave 1,700 backpacks with school supplies youth across the country. (page 3) students across the country (page 5) to students across the country (page 5) 1
Finding the Strength to Climb Higher: Spotlight Verenice Ramirez UC Berkeley As Verenice stood on top of a 30 foot telephone pole and tried to conquer her fears, she used yoga techniques to calm her nerves and summon the courage to leap. But this was‐ n’t the first time this sophomore at UC Berkeley overcame her fears. Just a few months prior , she contemplated dropping out of college. When Verenice Ra‐ help. I started mirez, who grew up doubting if I at the New Venice even belonged Section 8 apts, re‐ here. I seri‐ ceived her accep‐ ously consid‐ tance letter to UC ered dropping Berkeley she could out.” not have been more However, with the help of family, friends and thrilled. the academic counselors at the Perlman “Not many students Foundation, I overcame my embarrassment from my neighbor‐ and got help. It wasn’t easy, but I finished.” hood and back‐ This summer Verenice participated in the ground get accepted First Annual Perlman Education Summit at to schools like UC Pictured: Verenice Ramirez at the UCLA Challenge and UCLA. The program, which is usually for first Berkeley, so I was Ropes Course during the Perlman Education Summit. year scholarship recipients , is also designed really excited” she next semester. I know I will be success‐ to assist existing college students address any recalls. But Veren‐ challenges they may have faced. ful!” ice , an “A” student at Venice high school, wasn’t quite prepared “I felt like this weekend was designed just for With the assistance of the foundation, for what awaited her. me! They taught us about study habits, note Verenice has been able focus on her aca‐ taking, networking, team work and managing demic work, gain access to tutoring, as “I couldn’t believe how hard my classes were well as purchase books and a new laptop. my money, health and social life. I even over‐ my first semester. I wasn’t use to failing and I came my fears! I wish the summit existed my Verenice is majoring in sociology and will didn’t know how to handle it. To make mat‐ first year. I can truly say I am more confident be a sophomore at UC Berkeley in Fall ters worse, I was too ashamed to ask for to go back to school this fall. I look forward to 2012. 2012 B RIDGING THE G AP A WARDS The BGA is a grant that assists Charitable organizations eligi‐ Qualifications small and medium sized charita‐ ble for this grant are change Be a charitable organization ble organizations that exemplify makers in the areas of educa‐ that is working to better low‐ the Perlman Foundation’s mis‐ tion, the arts, mentorship, col‐ income communities Applications Accepted: sion. lege preparation, health and Have a program model that Through October 15, 2012 This funding opportunity targets wellness, civic engagement, can be implemented by other organizations that use innovative family and parental develop‐ Voting: organizations methods to positively impact low‐ ment, literacy, youth leader‐ Have a data tracking compo‐ November 01‐November 15 ship and neighborhood beauti‐ income communities. nent that measures the success fication. Number of Awards: With minimal budgets these or‐ of the organizations program(s) Up to 15 grantees ganizations have implemented Recipients will be awarded a Have a budget of $250,000 or programs that continuously leave one‐time, unrestricted grant to LESS per fiscal year Award Range: a significant imprint on the com‐ further their mission. Must work with groups of 15 $1,000‐ $10,000 or more families or individuals munities they serve. Must live in a state where Award details, rules and exclusions are available on Facebook at GHC Housing Partners has a www.facebook.com/ThePFoundation 2 presence.
Making Summer A S PECIAL Matter. T HANK YOU : PERLMAN FOUNDATION AWARDS $150K IN 2012 Summer SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS TO 250 Camps YOUTH ACROSS THE NATION. vided recreational, cultural cipal and Perlman Founda‐ and educational programs. tion Founder Greg Perlman. “Summer is a difficult time The summer camps gave The Perlman Foundation for many parents, school is parents a safe place to send awarded 250 scholarships total‐ out and keeping youth pro‐ their children during the ing nearly $150 thousand dollars ductive and out of trouble is summer months and de‐to youths residing in 13 states a huge concern. We wanted fended against summer for summer camps. to ensure that working par‐ learning loss. Oakwood Summer Camp, Ven‐The scholarships allowed stu‐ ents, who may already have ice, CA The scholarships awarded dents between the ages of 5 and struggles, have a safe place Crossroad Summer School, ranged between $40 and 17 to attend camps that pro- to send their children,” says Santa Monica, CA $250 per week. Morehead City Recreation and GHC Housing Partners Prin‐ Parks, Morehead City, NC Forest Green‐ UR Fun!, Gaines‐ ville, FL Randolph‐Asheboro YMCA, Asheboro, NC YMCA Camp Shady Brook, Colo‐ rado Spring, CO Cannon Memorial YMCA, Kanna‐ polis, NC Dream Catcher Summer Insti‐ tute, Columbia, SC Triple T Sports Center, Suffolk, VA Cleveland Family YMCA, Cleve‐ What Summer Camp Meant to Me... land, Tennessee Real kids in their own words sharing what the opportunity to attend summer camp On The Set Summer Film Camp, Birmingham, AL meant to them... Birmingham YMCA Youth Center Summer Day Camp, Birming‐ ham, AL Youth Serve Inc, Birmingham, AL Greenwood Family YMCA, Greenwood, SC Gaston Central YMCA, Gastonia, NC CardiKidz Camp‐The Mustard Seed Foundation, Trotwood, OH Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Dallas, Texas Alamance County Family YMCA, Burlington, NC Caine Halter Family YMCA, Greenville, SC River Glen CTEC Camp, Augusta, GA Gloria Gates Foundation, Al‐ toona, PA Sleepy Hollow YMCA, Sleepy 3 Hollow, NY
Back‐to‐School Drive U PCOMING Ready. Set. LEARN! The Perlman Foundation gave away 1700 backpacks and school supplies P ROGRAMS : to low Income students across the country. Vice President ‐ 4 TH Q UARTER Northern Division at PK Management. “The backpacks, supplies and hair‐ cuts boosts the kids’ self‐esteem. Chil‐ dren who are pre‐ pared and confident Blessings in a Backpack As the summer came to an end for have a better chance at learning.” Coming October 2012 thousands of students across the Blessings in a Backpack has part‐ country, the Perlman Foundation held In addition to the contributions made by the nered with the Perlman Founda‐ its annual back to school supplies give Foundation, local Staples and Targets stores tion! This program is designed to away to help low income students get also donated supplies. feed kids on the weekends by send‐ prepared for the start of a new school All donations benefited families living at the ing them home on Fridays with backpacks filled with staples that year. following properties: New Venice in Los Ange‐ require little to no preparation. $80 The back to school events were held les, Whitney Young in Colorado Springs, Hillvale feeds one child for a school year. at 18 PK Management properties. in St. Louis, Cabarrus Arms in North Carolina, For more information visit them at: Students between the ages of 5‐17 Woodland Apts, in Virginia. www.blessingsinabackpack.org received a backpack filled with paper, In South Carolina, pencils, pens, ruler, erasers, calcula‐ Connecticut Village, Music To My Ear tors, sharpeners, and more. Fleetwood Manor, Coming November 2012 Events also included face painting, Fairview Gardens, The Perlman Foundation is launching free haircuts, games, clowns, food, the Music to My Ears Scholarships to Hickory Heights, Oakland, Oak For‐ keeps music alive in low‐income and other entertainment. Some communities. The program is de‐ events included participation from the est, Meadow Run, signed to identify and encourage local city mayors office, fire and police Walhalla Gardens. departments. And Field Ertel, talented youth to develop their mu‐ sical abilities. Pinewood Gardens, Ridgewood Place, Harbor For more information please contact “We are so grateful for these dona‐ Ridge and Stonegate Place, in Ohio. Rhonda Kidd at tions,” said Jenee McClain‐Bankhead, firstname.lastname@example.org SJLI: Black Male Youth Academy three additional High school cam‐ support, to train students on how puses. to improve community condi‐ The BMYA is a program that began at tions. Youth are committed to turn‐ Morningside High School in 2006 to ing their research into action and as address the alarmingly high dropout a result have developed one of the rates of black males at the school. only community gardens in Ingle‐ wood, CA. Pictured: Members of the BMYA wa‐ The program has now expanded to Hillcrest and Inglewood High School, Since 2006, the BMYA helped nearly tering the community garden Pictured: Members of the BMYA work‐ both located in Inglewood, CA and 75 black males graduate from ing at a community event The Perlman Foundation has partnered with the California Schools for Community Action in Los Morningside High School where the Social Justice Learning Insti‐ Angeles, CA. dropout rate is approximately 66%. tute and its innovative ap‐based non‐profit, The Social Graduates of the BMYA are eligible proach to improve the com‐Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) The BMYA’s yearlong curriculum, to receive a college scholarship to expand the Black Male munity. combines a community based ap‐ from the Perlman Foundation. Youth Academy (BMYA) to proach, research, and basic academic Please visit the BMYA online The Perlman Foundation salutes the at www.sjli‐cp.org. 4
Congratulations to the 2012 Perlman Foundation Scholarship Recipients Karla Leon Verenice Ramirez KrissShon Day Evan Johnson Building: Logan Hills Building: New Program: SJLI/ Program: SJLI/ Altoona, Pennsylvania Venice Black Male Academy Black Male Academy Le Moyne College UC Berkeley Cal State Chico El Camino College Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Dionya Jackson Teondray Caldwell Orlando Howard Building: New Venice Shawn Hill Building: New Program: SJLI/ Venice, CA Program: SJLI/ Venice Black Male Academy Arizona State Black Male Academy Venice, CA Southern Illinois Sophomore Miles College Washington State Freshman University Freshman Nathaniel Zak Juanita Beasley Tykeem Brown David Fears Jr. Building: Bright‐ Building: Willow Vil‐ Program: SJLI/ Program: SJLI/ wood Manor lage Black Male Academy Black Male Academy New Brighton, Sharon, Pennsylvania Firefighters Academy Clayton State Pennsylvania Penn State Freshman University Sophomore Freshman Reginald Hyp‐ Melanya Hamasyan Derrick Stanberry Kenny Willis polite Building: New Venice Program: SJLI/ Program: SJLI/ Building: Whitney Venice, CA Black Male Academy Black Male Academy Young School: UC Santa Cruz Santa Monica College Miles College Pikes Peak Com‐ Sophomore Freshman Freshman munity College Briajahni Cole Shanice Danzler Building: Lincoln Matthew Pitts Building: New Aaron Willis Apartments Program: SJLI/ Venice Program: SJLI/ Walterboro, SC Black Male Academy Venice, CA Black Male Academy South Carolina State Cal State East Bay Arizona State UCLA University Freshman Freshman Freshman Juste Ngoma Darius Brooks Donell Sanford Building: Whitney Program: SJLI/ Program: SJLI/ Young Black Male Academy Black Male Academy Colorado Springs, Cal State Northridge Central Arizona College CO Freshman Freshman Pikes Peak Com‐ T HE P ERLMAN F OUNDATION 2012 E DUCATION S UMMIT (C ONTINUED FROM P AGE 1) tionship through their college years. Perlman Foundation, “The program Our plan is to host this Summit an‐ gives students the skills to overcome nually as our scholarship award many of the challenges first year program grows.” students encounter.” In addition to the summit, all schol‐ The Perlman Foundation scholarship arship recipients are required to strives to enable historically under‐ take an academic pledge of success, represented and underserved stu‐Pictured: Students taking the educa‐ write out their academic goals and dents excel academically. tion pledge of success contact the Education Coordinator “This event gives our college The scholarship assists students with monthly with their academic pro‐program director the opportu‐ expenses such as tuition, room and gress. nity to meet the scholarship board, tutoring, travel, equipment, “This program is more than just a and other education related ex‐recipients face‐to‐face and to scholarship,” says Shaun‐Teka Joy‐ penses not covered by financial aid. build a long term personal rela‐ ner, Executive Director of the 5 Pictured: Instructor Dr. Najeeba Syeed‐Miller
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