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EPA Youth Gain Tech Skills While Improving their Community with the Help of PVF’s Facebook Grant

Tired of graffiti, trash, and vandalism plaguing the streets? Well now there’s an app for that, thanks to four teen girls who teamed up to tackle blight in their East Palo Alto community. The high school students, who dubbed themselves … Continue reading

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Chapter 510, Partner of PVF, on Promoting Literacy in Oakland

One of PVF’s newest designated funds is Chapter 510, a made-in-Oakland literacy and writing project inspired by 826 Valencia. We sat down recently with Chapter 510’s project manager, Janet Heller, to learn more about the promising project: PVF: How did the … Continue reading

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Girls Robotics Club Brings Out Leaders and Confidence

Emma never thought she was a leader. She was constantly overshadowed by louder, more outgoing girls during and after school. So it was a surprise when Ms. Keller, her afterschool robotics club advisor, noticed a burgeoning leader in her when … Continue reading

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Where’s Bill? Building a Playground Designed by and for EPA Kids

PVF was on hand recently at Cesar Chavez Academy, a local elementary and middle school in East Palo Alto, where Kaboom! was creating a playground facility using 300 high tech employees to assemble and install the play equipment. I joined … Continue reading

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Alameda County’s Truancy Court Promote Education, One Child at a Time

Chronic truancy is more than just a bad habit; it harms children as well as schools, which receive less state funding when attendance rates are low. In Alameda County, the truancy rate is above the state average and, at 35%, … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Making a Splash for Kids in the Tenderloin

On my first visit to the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s After School Program, I was struck by the bright eyes and energy of the children excited to go on a rock climbing trip.  This in spite of their circumstances.  TNDC provides affordable … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Meeting Future Leaders in Math and Science at SMASH

I recently visited the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), a program run by the Level Playing Field Institute. The program works with high achieving, low-income high school students of color. SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer on … Continue reading

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