Asian Pacific American Community Center
The Asian Pacific American Community Center's mission is to help strengthen Asian Pacific American families living in Visitacion Valley by providing linguistically and culturally appropriate programs and services. Our grant will assist in purchasing equipment to benefit participants of APACC's Afterschool and Seniors Programs.
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
The SFPOA is partnering with the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA to provide three young people full scholarship to participate in learning programming over summer, winter, and spring breaks. Summer learning loss has been shown to account for up to 2/3 of the academic achievement gap between children from low-income families and their higher-income peers. Bridging this divide with extra-curricular learning programming is one way to address this critical issue.
Cayuga Community Connectors
At the heart of the mission of our second grant recipient is bringing the community together, making this organization a wonderful fit for our program. The Caygua Community Connectors aim to "change strangers into neighbors and neighbors into friends." Our grant supports the Cayuga Senior Citizen Disaster Relief Backpack Project, in which high school students and local seniors will plan, orchestrate and assemble approximately 300 disaster relief backpacks to be distributed to seniors who are living alone. This program, which kicks off in April, elevates public safety and disaster preparedness, while at the same time providing opportunities for multiple generations of San Franciscans to connect with one another.
Hunters Point Family
The inaugural recipient of our Community Investment Grant, Hunters Point Family focuses on providing holistic programs supporting at-risk youth and young adults living in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco. The San Francisco Police Officers Association was proud to award this incredible community organization with a grant that support the GIRLS 2000 community garden program, which aims to promote youth leadership and provide nutritious food in a historically food insecure neighborhood. The positive social and health outcomes of this program will be felt by generations to come.
Laborers' Community Service and Training Foundation
(LCTF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating in Northern California and works with both the public and private sectors to create career path opportunities for youth and young adults in the construction industry. LCTF was established to address the historical lack of access to adequate training and employment opportunities for residents of disadvantaged, urban communities. The SFPOA's $5,000 grant will go towards purchasing class materials and books for participants in the LCTF's Mario de LaTorre Pre-Apprenticeship Training Academy.
Larkin Street Youth Services
Larkin Street Youth Services aims to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street. The SFPOA Community Investment Grant will support YouthForce, Larkin Street Youth's urban improvement and beautification program staffed by youth experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Operating five days per week, YouthForce provides services to three San Francisco neighborhoods: the Haight, the Castro, and the Tenderloin.
Life Learning Academy
Life Learning Academy’s (LLA) mission is to create a nonviolent community for students who have not been successful in other school settings. LLA welcomes students into an 'extended family' which motivates everyone to give and receive support, develop responsibility and judgment, and build the academic, vocational, and life skills necessary to be successful. The SFPOA is proud to support LLA’s Transition Success Program, which includes workforce training, internships and job placement, concurrent enrollment in college courses, help with college applications, financial aid application assistance, and college tuition for rising seniors.
The San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Foundation
The San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Foundation is committed to enrichment and recreation through the game of rugby. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1966, the SFGG Rugby Foundation operates one of the finest rugby athletic facilities in the nation, fit with a full playing field/stadium, weight room and cardio workout room, and a clubhouse open to all members. The SFPOA’s Community Investment Grant will bolster the SFGG Rugby Foundation’s ongoing work to provide memberships to youth, high school students, and adults based on economic need who are interested in playing.
Tenderloin Safe Passage
Tenderloin Safe Passage (TLSP) is a community effort to build a culture of safety that works to help people feel safe and be safe through their involvement in this effort. The POA Community Investment Grant will help pilot a Safe Passage Senior during the summer of 2016 that will provide a free, proactive personal safety training to seniors and senior-serving agencies. The grant will also fund stipends to our paid Roaming Team, comprised of at least 10 multilingual, multigenerational residents that would lead daily walking clubs and provide an escort service to groups of seniors attending programs.
YWCA San Francisco and Marin
The YWCA Apartments are currently home to 111 low-income elderly and disabled residents who benefit from a broad and rich array of recreational and enrichment programs. Residents live affordably in a safe and stable environment, where they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The SFPOA Community Investment Grant will go towards YWCA sponsored activities for residents, which develop a sense of community and aid in both physical and mental health. We’re proud to partner with this an incredible organization doing such amazing work for our community.
The Police Officers Association’s Community Investment Grant is a $5,000 donation to worthwhile neighborhood and community groups throughout San Francisco. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis to a community nonprofit or neighborhood organization to fund -- based on merit and need -- those projects that foster positive experiences for children and the surrounding community like park equipment, urban beautification, and sports equipment.