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Escondido foundation gives $230K in grants

The Escondido Charitable Foundation awarded $231,016 in grants to eight area nonprofits that support youth education and development.

The eight programs funded for the upcoming 2017-18 year range from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes and youth leadership projects to life skills training for teens and service learning projects.

A $21,418 grant went to Conway Elementary School to expand its STEM classrooms with educational technology through a program called Robots, Coding & Digital Interactivity. The funding will also go toward adding more after-school educational clubs at the school.

$35,000 went to nonprofit Encuentros Leadership for its Young Emerging Latino Leaders Father/Son Project, which fosters learning, service leadership and self-esteem among Escondido Latino males in grades 6-12.

$31,574 was earmarked for Escondido Education COMPACT’s Youth Leaders for Change Academy to provide service learning and leadership opportunities for youths ages 13-18.

A $27,000 grant will help grow Project Teatro Misión to promote literacy, critical thinking and collaboration among students at Mission Middle School.

A $35,000 grant supports Fred Finch Youth Center’s Community Wraparound program, which creates an alternative for gang-involved youths by bringing together law enforcement, local businesses, volunteer mentors and other community members to provide positive support.

$17,024 went to Palomar Family Counseling Service for its Life Skills for Teens program.

A $29,000 grant supports San Diego Futures Foundation’s Girls Who Code program, which teaches basic computer coding concepts and provides information about careers in computer science from experts in the field who serve as mentors.

A $35,000 grant went to Voices for Children to train court-appointed special advocates to guide Escondido foster youths ages 16-18 in the Transitional Age Youth Program.

The funds were awarded at the Foundation’s 11th annual Grants Celebration in late September at which time an announcement was made that an anonymous donor contributed $1 million to the foundation for future grants.

Over the last 11 years, The Escondido Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, has given grants totaling more than $2 million to 68 community programs.

To join the foundation, call (619) 814-1312 or email trudy@sdfoundation.org.

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