Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Book Giveaway with Sports Basement and new friends

For our Fall grant cycle this year we decided to choose recipient groups that support literacy but also have a sports angle. Sports Basement (Bryant St. store) was such a fabulous partner for our Books on Wheels event in March - we gave away over 47,000 books in less than 4 hours - that we were thrilled when they agreed again to host our Fall book giveaway.

On Saturday, September 27th, we'll give away 1,200 books to children and families that are enrolled in the following organizations:

San Francisco RBI
Strategically aligned with Major League Baseball, San Francisco RBI achieves their goal of helping students read at or above grade level by working with schools in diverse under-resourced communities and collaborating with a robust network of public and private entities. Together, we implement an innovative data-driven model that integrates reading, baseball, softball, and technology, thereby educating the whole child.

America SCORES
America SCORES Bay Area inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. America SCORES partners with urban schools to provide a high quality, team-based program that integrates soccer, literacy, and service- learning. Our innovative approach improves students’ health, academic achievement, and civic engagement. At community game days participants face a different school team each week and afterwards have the opportunity to take home a book of their choice from our field-side Book Zone. Our aim is to cultivate just as much excitement around reading and writing as there is around the world's favorite sport.

Jamestown Community Center

Jamestown’s mission is to mobilize the resources of families, neighborhood residents, and other community members to help young people realize their full potential as empowered and productive members of society. Jamestown fulfills this mission by annually providing 800 youth, ages 0 to 18, with a full range of educational enrichment, academic tutoring, family literacy, leadership training, employment, sports, and teen guidance programs. Jamestown's Sports Program, which serves nearly 300 youth each year, is a key component of Jamestown's youth development model. The team sports program leverages youths' interest in sports to help them form positive connections with their peers and coaches. For many of Jamestown's young athletes, the relationship with their coach can be one of their most powerful adult connections.

Mission Graduates

Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization that increases the number of K-12 students in San Francisco's Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education. While academic support and acceleration are core to the program, the Extended Day Learning Programs combine arts, electives, recreation and academics to create a comprehensive and dynamic learning experience for its children. Strong parent engagement practices are interwoven throughout the program.
The Extended Day Programs also infuse “college messaging” throughout its curriculum to ensure both children and parents alike begin visualizing early for the college experience.