The LEARN category encompasses learning at all ages, from birth to college and beyond. This category and its metrics represent our vision that by the year 2050, all LA children will have access to high-quality early education programs, every student will graduate college and career ready, and all families will be engaged and empowered to direct their children's learning. Our local education system will be equitable, inclusive, and culturally-responsive.
$100,000 Winner: Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN) helps children with special needs and medical conditions by providing therapies that increase each child's abilities so that he or she can live a more fulfilling and independent life.
Each year, PTN provides 150,000 hours of therapy to 5,500 children and families. When COVID-19 limited PTN's in-person operations, the organization created dozens of videos with at-home occupational therapy activities for children to practice motor skills, sensory regulation, and other abilities. Check them out!
$50,000 Winner: Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN) is a network of 85 organizations working together to increase the rate at which low-income students access and complete college.
Through Project SOAR, SoCal CAN invests in the college and career dreams of students living in public housing by placing counselors on public housing sites to provide one-on-one advising to 1,100 students and families. Find resources for students applying to college on the @ProjectSoarLA Instagram.
$25,000 Winner: Reading Partners is a national program that helps children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Last year, 81 percent of students participating in Reading Partners Los Angeles met or exceeded their literacy growth goal.
If you're interested in becoming a Reading Partners volunteer and dedicating at least one hour a week to one-on-one, virtual tutoring to help students improve their reading skills, fill out this volunteer interest form.
$15,000 Winner: Los Angeles Audubon promotes the enjoyment and protection of wildlife through outdoor education programs, bird-watching activities, and hands-on conservation initiatives.
LA Audubon has an abundance of virtual resources on urban nature available on its website. You can find everything from tips on native yard-scaping and bird-friendly tree trimming to a directory of wildlife rehabilitation resources if you encounter injured animals. On October 14 at 7:15 pm, join LA Audubon for The Journey of Birds Across Space and Time, a virtual event.
$10,000 Winner: CARECEN promotes the human and civil rights of Central Americans and all immigrant communities through educational services, legal services, advocacy, and organizing to transform educational, immigration, and labor policies.
In response to COVID-19, CARECEN created the Immigrant Families Fund to raise and distribute crucial funds for food, housing, and basic needs to a population often left out of government relief programs. Contribute to the fund and check out CARECEN's COVID-19 community resources.