convene - collaborate - create The Underserved Initiatives
Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City
SAGA financed the development and implementation of a new strategic plan to dramatically increase the club's capacity to help the underserved community. Preliminarily, the goal was to maximize the organization's use of its under-utilized property while adding quality staffing at crucial positions. By engaging the local community of contractors, skilled laborers, and vendors, we continue to facilitate a collaborative effort that offers up ways to make much-needed improvements through donated time and material. In 2022 we look toward the opening of an adjacent building to be named the SAGA Center.
SAGA funded fiber optic internet access at the organization's live-in facilities in Beaumont, California, so that clients (abused children) have the resources to succeed in school and reintegrate into society. In addition, we are supporting initiatives that allow the Beaumont Village to remain in its current configuration and not be subject to the recent changes in the law designed to break up group homes. Currently, the law mandates that group homes be broken up by the end of 2022 unless something is done. SAGA believes that flexibility and compassion should be the rule when dealing with those that have suffered most living through some of the most horrific adoptive experiences one could imagine.
In the spirit of collaboration, SAGA has teamed up with a private grant making foundation to provide a $100,000 matching grant program to benefit Generations United, a local after school program for underserved youth in Redwood City. The Generations-United program includes unique curriculum focusing on inclusive reading and linguistic competency for students and their families.
SAGA provided funding for the pilot Technology Training program that offered career opportunities to the region’s underserved in partnership with iconic silicon valley companies such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The 2019 pilot program produced the first graduating class. This class beat expectations by graduating 100% of the enrolled students and placing 70% of them in technology sector jobs at Google, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley technology-based companies. This program continues to produce success stories, and in 2022 we look to expand the program even further. In addition, we look to expanding our collaborative outreach with JobTrain to include partnering with another of our grantees, Renaissance Entrepreneur Center, to encourage graduates to consider going into business for themselves.
SAGA supports Magical Bridge community concept parks. Magical Bridge is revising the mission, vision, and values of the community part in unique and inclusive ways that are being recognized throughout the nation. Their Redwood City, Red Morton Park, was compiled in 2021 and is a touchstone public park unlike any other in terms of size and scope of benefits to the community.
“Make Kids Water Safe”
This initiative was born out of the senseless drowning of a young Redwood City Resident. It is designed to facilitate collaboration between The Police Activities League and Parks and Recreation so that every child who comes through the program is water safe. This initiative has been put on hold due to Covid-19.
Redwood City Library Foundation
SAGA has worked with the Redwood City Library Foundation on several initiatives. One of the first was the Library Takeover Program which focused on engaging and empowering the underserved community’s leadership through programs that offered speakers and events centered around crucial relevant issues.
Another was the support of the Common Knowledge Program, which established stronger relationships bonds within the underserved target groups in the area.
SAGA brought fellow grantee About-Face into the Redwood City Library program curriculum. This programing served to help young women deal with the pressures that the media and society put on them to look, think, and act unrealistically. Specifically, they educate on body image issues and managing expectations.
SAGA provided the seed money for constructing the newly designed Makers-Space portion of the library. This revolutionary flex-use area helps provide a location for non-profits to bring their services to those in the community that need it most. Some of these non-profits are SAGA Foundation grantees who lack the capacity to do outreach without a designated location to hold classes. In 2022 we look forward to kicking off a collaboration involving the library and our grantee, Renassiance Entrepreneur Center.
SAGA has funded the “One Community” experimental pilot food program in South San Jose, California. The goal is to identify scalable solutions to end generational hunger once and for all. If this lives up to its potential, we will share this program with cities across the country. We hope to ramp this project up again in the post-Covid-19 era of 2022.
PAL, SAL & First Tee
SAGA provided funding for a joint project between these two organizations by way of the First Tee Program of Silicon Valley. The project brought the junior golf program to Redwood City and exposed area youth to The First Tee’s nine core program values. By extension, SAL and PAL’s active participation demonstrates an interest in improving relations between law enforcement and the communities it serves.
SparkPoint at Cañada College
Funded a Campus Veteran Outreach Initiative with the goal of increasing access to resources and financial literacy for veterans cycling out of their service to our country by providing them with the support necessary to reintegrate into society.
BackPack Give Away
Through our collaborative approach in connecting grantees we worked with ChildHelp to provide over 6,000 backpacks to the underserved youth in Northern and Southern California. The distribution is benefitting our grantees at PAL, Boys and Girls Clubs and The San Mateo County Hospital Foundation.
Hiller Aviation & Police Activities League
As part of SAGA’s pivoting efforts during the pandemic, we have provided experiences for the underserved of the community served by the Police Activities League to complement their online experience with hands-on STREAM learning. Working with Hiller Aviation Museum, SAGA will be funding transportation and programs that open up the museum experience to underserved families that might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Weingarten Children’s Center
Building on our support of the collaborative effort between Stanford University and WCC, the Baby-Talk (online teaching for the hearing impaired) will have a partner program in the future called Talk2Me. This program is revolutionary in its ability to distribute learning to thousands more in the underserved community in need of the next level of education. Its versatile online properties and ease of use make it the perfect platform for the shifting realities of Covid-19 learning models. Equally important is the programs’ ability to reach rural or impoverished communities challenged by the inherent lack of resources.