Thrive is proud to support some of the nation’s leading youth-serving organizations aligned with our strategic direction. We are excited to work with fifteen organizations focused on high impact, intensive, caring adult engagement with disadvantaged youth. These organizations link with local schools and have paid staff who work directly with youth, guiding them in their roles as caring adults.
Through this “demand-driven” relationship, we partner with our grantees to bring to life innovative solutions and tools to help maximize the presence and impact of caring adults in the lives of youth. We believe this unique foundation-grantee relationship will bring together Silicon Valley innovation – design-thinking principles and leveraging technology – and the on-the-ground knowledge, skills and experience of those working with our nation’s disadvantaged youth.
Fall 2015 Cohort The grants for our second grantee cohort began in November of 2015 and will conclude in 2017. (*See 2015 Grants Announcement here . )
Community Youth Center of San Francisco empowers and strengthens high-need Asian and Pacific Islander youth and their families by providing comprehensive youth development through education, employment training, advocacy, and other supportive services. They seek to empower youth to reach their highest potential as individuals with a positive self and cultural identity. More than 5,000 youth participate in its programs and services annually and more than 80% reach one of their desired outcomes such as graduation from high school or job readiness.
Facing arrest for burglary and the possibility of prison, Tom enrolled at the Club. He attended school workshops and support groups – observed a curfew, checked in daily and did community service. John and 21 other high-risk youth were known as “One Breath,” coached by the staff who provided mentoring, leadership development and guidance. Today, Tom has found confidence and self esteem and is attending college.
Harlem RBI (Harlem, NY) uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. They offer a unique brand of youth development in which every child plays on a baseball or softball team while engaging in academic and enrichment activities. Harlem RBI services 1,600 youth in East Harlem and the South Bronx.
One youth’s story: Jason grew up in East Harlem, across from where the Harlem RBI Field of Dreams is today. As he recalls: “It was like a dream – a bunch of adults showing up in the middle of a place where kids ran wild.” Jason, admittedly, had a short temper. He had a great batting average, but a bad attitude, and even worse grades. Jason persisted with the support of Harlem RBI coaches and tutors, and he enrolled in college, with the help of a Harlem RBI scholarship. Today, Jason is a police officer in Washington, D.C. and started a similar program for inner-city kids in D.C.
Wyman Center, Inc. (Ferguson, St. Louis, MO) enables teens from disadvantaged circumstances to lead successful lives and build strong communities. They use a three-pronged approach to achieve this mission: they empower teens, equip young adults and change communities. Wyman uses an evidence-based prevention program that builds social-emotional skills, and decreases risk behaviors in at-risk youth by using a positive development approach. Every one of Wyman’s teens all graduate from high school on time and more than 90% enter a post-secondary institution.
One youth’s story: Quentin was a shy teenager when he first joined Wyman, having lost his father when just a toddler. Bryan, Quentin’s mentor at the Center, guided Quentin to see beyond what he thought his limitations were and helped him take ownership of where he wanted to go in life. Today, Quentin is attending Louisiana State University’s College of Engineers where he is studying to become a petroleum engineer.
Fall 2014 Cohort
The grants for our first grantee cohort under the new strategic direction began in November of 2014 and will conclude in 2016. (*See our 2015 Grants Announcement here . Information on this cohort coming soon!)
New York, NY
Denver, CO coloradouplift.org
Colorado UpLift’s vision is to break generational cycles of poverty and dysfunction and build the next generation of leaders, emphasizing staff-student relationships and student peer leadership leading to measurable impact and results. UpLift offers a comprehensive solution to the issues faced by urban youth, who participate in four components of programming – In School, After School, Adventure and Post-Secondary.
Friends of the Children is a nationwide organization that breaks the cycle of generational poverty through salaried, professional mentoring. Friends selects the highest risk children and commits to working with those children from kindergarten to graduation. Friends works through chapters and affiliates, and also shares their expertise with other organizations who want to use the Friends of the Children model.
Portland, OR selfenhancement.org
Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeed in school and life. Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) program is a dropout and violence prevention program for at-risk male students in grades 7-12. The curriculum B.A.M. counselors utilize helps the youth with regulating and controlling their emotions, helps them reframe their situation so they can make better decisions to effect positive change in their lives, and gives them tools for coping with stress and challenge.
Previous Thrive Grantees
Prior to the ‘cohort’ approach to the grant making, Thrive supported various research projects to answer the question, “What helps a young person to thrive?”. The findings of this research lead to the development and implementation of our Step-It-Up-2-Thrive curriculum. Twelve youth-serving organizations were awarded multi-year grants to implement the curriculum towards guiding youth onto a thriving trajectory as defined by the curriculum. Of those grantees, five continue to carry out their work to complete the final year of their grants. See below for more information about these organizations.
Years Funded: 2010-2015
Irving, TX www.bbbs.org
Years Funded: 2011-2014
Kansas City, MS www.campfireusa.org
Years Funded: 2012-2014
Alameda, CA www.gsnorcal.org
Years Funded: 2010-2015
Years Funded: 2012-2015