Children, Youth, and Family

Many refugee youth who come to Lansing arrive as older teens. They often don’t have enough time to earn all of the credits needed to graduate from high school, regardless of educational history or even English-language fluency. Students age out of the public school system at 20, with or without a diploma.

For nearly 100 years, the California Community Foundation (CCF) has been defined by the diverse passions of the more than 1,700 donors who share a dream for a better future. CCF’s initiative, Building a Lifetime of Options & Opportunities for Men (BLOOM), exemplifies this passion by addressing some of L.A. County’s toughest challenges by bringing community and financial resources to the table to create possible solutions.

Think back to high school. Senior year, let’s say. How did you spend the Sunday after your prom? Let me go out on a limb and guess that it wasn’t spent in a conference room, debating other high schoolers about which of 23 grant applicants would receive a total of $10,000 in grants.

Smart investors believe in California. They flock to it for the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has made it the world’s 8th largest economy. Now, with Los Angeles County facing a major college graduation crisis, these same smart investors are backing the educational future of low-income students. They realize that giving isn’t just good, it’s good for business.

The proudest moment of Ruben Garcia’s life was when he watched his first child graduate from Boulder High School last spring. The father of three and his wife know how much it took for their son to reach the important milestone. They will tell you that their work with him started before preschool.

In this week's This Week at the Council, you'll find: Pre- and Post-conference Registrations Open for Philanthropy Exchange; #CF100: Engaging the Community; WATCH: Big Data and Philanthropy; Better than Colbert!; Emerging Philanthropy at the Council; Tweet of the Week; Upcoming Events

Monterey County, California, is a remarkable place. Great beauty. Great resources. We have Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Salinas and Salinas Valley (Steinbeck Country), and Monterey Bay. We also have a large immigrant population, here largely to help harvest the vegetables that land on your dinner table, no matter your city or state. We have another large population serving our $4 billion tourist economy.

It’s tough running schools in rural Missouri. Tight budgets, strained resources, and dwindling state and federal funding all conspire against students in the Ozarks region, which is designated by the United States Department of Agriculture as an area of “persistent poverty.”