Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay - $50,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay employs an entirely evidence-based, unduplicated, preventative approach to promoting children's success in school and it is our vision as an agency that all children succeed in life. We utilize both community and school-based methods to enrich a child's educational experience and improve academic performance. Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring program has been recognized nationally for the prevention of community violence, substance abuse and juvenile delinquency. The success of our preventative approach in producing positive youth outcomes is due to our rigorous published standards and required procedures established by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Standards of Practices and mentoring model to which each affiliate is required to adhere.

Our professionally supported Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide additional support and essential interventions at critical stages in a child's social, educational and emotional development. We strive to match at-risk youth as early as possible (age 6), giving the mentoring relationships the greatest chance to make an impact that will last a lifetime. Research shows that the longer the mentoring relationship lasts, the more likely it is to produce positive, long-term youth outcomes and prevent or delay risky behaviors, violence and substance abuse. Therefore, we require our community and school-based volunteers to make at least a one-year commitment to this program.

Our current average match length is nearly 31 months meaning that most matches are enduring well beyond their first year. A critical component to our preventative approach is that each match is individually supported by our staff of professional counselors for the duration of their relationship in a standardized process called match support. During these conversations, counselors assess relationship strength, analyze outcomes produced and make interventions when necessary.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley - $300,000

In working with the youth we serve, the vast majority of our programs are designed to be proactive and preventive in nature. Programs and opportunities for our members are built on educating young people of the benefits of making smart decisions, living healthy lifestyles and striving toward academic success.

Examples and associated prevention techniques and programs include but are not limited to:

  • SMART Moves: SMART is an acronym for Skills Mastery And Resistance Training. This program educates on the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drug use, amongst other things. It also provides roll play opportunities for participants to practice saying "no", providing resistance techniques, strategies and suggestions.
  • Triple Play: This "promising practice" healthy lifestyle program educates the importance of staying active, maintaining a proper diet and creating a positive self-image. Three components are built-in to this program designed to address the "mind, body & soul".
  • ASPIRES: This award winning BGCNV-developed academic success initiative is a collection of fun and engaging academic-based programs designed to inspire learning and creativity while focusing on the core subject areas of education. This program goes beyond reinforcing what they are learning in school and creating opportunities to practice what they learned. ASPIRES allows the youth we serve an opportunity succeed academically, helping instill the self-confidence needed to "believe" they can achieve similar results in their respective classroom settings. Working with youth as young as 5 years old, we are uniquely positioned to help solidify long-term values and the skills needed to become successful adults. It is our goal to help steer them towards a life that does not need intervention or "treatment".

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga - $175,000

The America's After-School Choice: The Prime Time for Juvenile Crime, or Youth Enrichment and Achievement report states "After-school hours have been identified as particularly dangerous for children. Without supervision, children become involved in crime or other dangerous behaviors. Children are also likely to become victims of crime or experience some form of bodily injury".

The hours between 3-6 PM are prime time for: Gang related violence; Juvenile violent crime (defined by the FBI to include robbery, assault, rape and murder); Children becoming victims of violent crime (violent victimization triples during after-school hours); and 16 and 17 year olds causing or getting into car accidents. Other occurrences common during after school hours: Household injury or injury-related death (nearly 4.5 million children under 14 are injured in their homes every year); Substance abuse; and increased risk of truancy, poor grades, and depression. The report goes on to state "After-School Programs Prevent Crime, Teach Skills and Values. Quality after-school programs can: reduce juvenile crime and violence; reduce drug use, alcohol use, and smoking; reduce teen sex and pregnancy; and improve school outcomes and graduation rates".

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB MEMBERSHIP WILL IMPACT A CHILD'S LIFE. According to a national Lou Harris poll of Club alumni, 73% of Hispanics were more committed to their education and 36% were the first in their family to go to college. The poll also showed 80% of all alumni were positively impacted with their health and fitness and 86% with their ability to work with others. 81% said their participation in the Club helped them develop a sense of responsibility to give back to their community; 85% said they learned knowing right from wrong; and 67% they avoided difficulty with the law. How do you spell "prevention"?...Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga.

Child Start Inc. - $50,000

Offering parent involvement and education opportunities is one of the best approaches to enhancing early childhood learning and promoting school readiness. Research shows that children who have parents that are furthering their own education and are engaged at an early stage of their child's life, have greater educational success than those children that do not have an involved parent.

Child Start offers a comprehensive program designed to address the needs of the whole family, working collaboratively with parents to empower them as the primary educator of their children. A high quality preschool experience that provides parent support and involvement can also be a deterrent for abuse and neglect, which children living in poverty are at much higher risk of experiencing.

Child Start offers onsite parenting classes on developmentally appropriate practices, family communication and positive discipline, which can enhance parent-child interactions, parent and child appreciation of school and social support among parents. Parents participate in parent conferences and home visits and receive resources and referrals needed to address basic needs, furthering their ability to provide stability for their families.

Child Start offers full- and part-day educational services, utilizing both a center and home base model. Home Visitors teach parents how to provide learning experiences for their own child within the home. In center based settings, children receive individualized services, support for dual language learners, and early identification and intervention services. Children are given the opportunity to play, socialize and learn in preparation for academic success. They also receive healthy meals, and medical, developmental and dental screenings. These screenings are critical in early identification to address barriers to a child's healthy development.

Napa Valley Adult Education - $95,000

FIRST STEP is a summer bilingual kindergarten transition program for parents and children who have had little or no pre-school experience. The program readies the kindergarteners for their new school by exposing them to the classroom setting and its academic and social expectations. Parents participate in activities that include parenting, homework, resources, and health-related practices.

The following strategies will be employed:

  • A children's program that provides kindergarten readiness skills (both academic and psycho-social) in 20 three-hour bilingual classes in the morning at five NVUSD and 2 Saint Helena elementary school sites. At most sites, children receive instruction from the actual teacher whose class they will attend in the fall.
  • A parents' program that takes place 3 times a week in the morning or 2 evenings a week at each school site. The program prepares parents to become partners with the school in supporting their child's education.
  • Childcare provided for the parent education component.
  • A technology-assisted component that utilizes iPads to update and enhance the children's experience through educational software.
  • A curriculum that is academic, rigorous, and research-driven (based on the Kraft-Sayre/Pianta model) and directly related to NVUSD's kindergarten requirements, including pre-literacy and numeracy activities, working with classifications and patterns, music, communication skills, health and routines.
  • A health screening program by which children in the program and their siblings are evaluated for physical, dental, and emotional needs, and/or learning disabilities through the "Untied Shoelaces" organization.
  • A school-year long parent education program at each school that provides ongoing support to the parents of children in the primary grades (e.g. literacy skills, tools for academic success, curriculum and report card information, use of iPads).

NapaLearns - $300,000

NapaLearns focuses on preschool through 12th grade education programs that are meant to prepare students to perform at or above grade levels in all subjects, i.e., prevention of school failure versus intervention after students start to fail. Our investments in preschool and kindergarten programs are directed at providing primary students with the reading and math skills needed to learn all of the core subjects included in the California standards. These skills are also prerequisites for students to learn 21st Century Skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) on which the new standards, called the Common Core, are based. Parent education is a component of the preschool and kindergarten programs and is critical to engaging parents in their child's education, helping them perform at or above grade level.

Students are involved in Project Based Learning from kindergarten through 12th grade, which helps them use real-world tools to learn about topics that are personally relevant. PBL has shown to engage students more in learning basic and advanced skills and to keep them on track with grade-level expectations. We identify programs to implement that are research-based and aimed at prevention rather than intervention or remedial.

On the Move - $230,000

The ability to find good jobs, prepare children for success and live in a safe community are key factors needed to lead a healthy life. By engaging children, youth and families and connecting them to resources,

On The Move (OTM) prevents an array of social issues, including academic failure, unemployment and isolation. OTM uses the Centers for Disease Control's social-ecological prevention model that stresses the importance of using strategies that improve both individuals and the greater community.

ACADEMICS & LEADERSHIP: Education and opportunities to participate are key to the healthy development of youth. OTM dramatically improves educational outcomes by providing mentoring, tutoring and enriched educational programs. Comprehensive leadership academies prepare youth for college with project-based learning. Elementary school children benefit from supplemental art, science, physical education and technology programs. OTM increases parents' capacity to meet children's educational needs by providing opportunities for youth and adults to develop and practice leadership. Youth and adults are trained to lead the community in hands-on projects that create lasting change for some of Napa's most vulnerable populations, including children, elders and LGBTQ youth.

FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Parents need tools to help their children meet their full potential. OTM coaches and mentors parents and neighbors to support one another in developing the academic, professional and leadership skills that empower them to build a successful and thriving community. Families help develop services and educational opportunities that promote health and wellness.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Napa County youth face many challenges as they transition into independence. OTM partners with Napa's most at-risk youth, including youth leaving systems of care and LGBTQ young people, to develop and deliver services and opportunities that support youth's housing, education, employment and wellness needs.

Summer Search North Bay - $75,000

Summer Search supports low-income youth with mentoring, summer experiential education and one-on-one college advising during high school, and provides on-going support for students during their first two years of college. Our goal is to prevent students from prematurely curtailing their education, participating in harmful behaviors, and being trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Full-time staff mentors build strong relationships with students and challenge them to increase their school engagement, develop positive coping mechanisms, focus on goals and make wise choices in the face of negative influences. Summer Search then sends students on two life-changing summer experiential education trips. Rising juniors go on rigorous wilderness programs to build their self-confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Rising seniors attend outdoor, academic or international community service programs.

High-quality summer programming prevents summer learning loss and provides youth with access to positive experiences and peer groups while school is not in session. Finally, our Summer Search college advisor guides students through the admissions and financial aid process, and our Bridge program provides students in their first two years of college (when the risk of dropping out is the highest) with on-going support, helping them adjust to new academic and social pressures, engage on campus, and preventing them from becoming overwhelmed and dropping out. For many, this long-term support means a true opportunity to escape poverty: the median annual income for adults with only a high school education is approximately $21,500 (below the federal poverty line) while the median annual income for adults with a bachelor's degree is $42,780 (more than 200% of the federal poverty line).