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$1.3 Million in Grants to Promote Health, Well-Being of Local Preteens

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The board of directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to children’s health organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, foundation President David Alexander, MD, announced today.

“In the current economic climate, we are pleased to support these local agencies and nonprofits and help them continue all the necessary work they do on behalf of children,” Alexander said.

The foundation’s new grants support six nonprofit organizations that offer programs for preteens. All except the New Teacher Center and Community Network for Youth Development have received previous grants from the foundation.

Grants in Santa Clara County

Three grants totaling $676,000 were awarded to organizations in Santa Clara County, which has a child population of 453,000, according to

Asian Americans for Community Involvement: $150,000 over three years for Afterschool Youth Programming, a year-round program emphasizing developmental assets and cultural awareness for preteen residents of the largest subsidized housing complex in San Jose.

New Teacher Center: $366,000 over three years for Professional Development on Behavioral Health and Emotional Literacy, a collaboration with the Cleo Eulau Center to develop curricula on emotional and behavioral health for new teachers and their mentors; offer professional development on emotional literacy for school administrators; provide in-depth emotional literacy consulting to two middle schools; and offer professional development to 375 beginning teachers.

Project Cornerstone: $160,000 over two years for the School Partnerships Program, to provide training and technical assistance for 26 elementary and middle schools to help staff, students and parents develop and implement strategies to decrease bullying and create safe, caring environments that value and promote all students’ well-being.

Grants in San Mateo County

Two grants totaling $250,000 were awarded to organizations in San Mateo County, with a child population of 164,000, according to

Community Network for Youth Development: $150,000 over two years for the Youth Development Learning Network, which provides training and support to San Mateo County nonprofits, schools and government organizations that offer in-school or after-school programs. The Network aims to develop quality programs that will focus on building practices that best support youth and their development.

Youth Community Service: $100,000 for Service-Learning Quality Standards, to evaluate and revise the curriculum for an after-school service-learning program for underserved preteens from middle schools in the Ravenswood School District, and adopt standards for quality practices.

One grant will serve preteens in both Santa Clara and San Mateo counties:

WestEd: $410,000 over three years for Promoting Resilience and School Connectedness: A Youth & Data Driven Student-Family-School-Community Partnership Demonstration, to pilot-test a project using data from the California Healthy Kids (student) Survey, focus groups and community forums, to develop a program to improve preteen emotional and behavioral health at Bay Area middle schools.

Since December 2000, the foundation has awarded 391 grants, totaling $35,461,914 to 173 different nonprofit organizations.

The foundation is a public charity whose mission is to “elevate the priority of children’s health and increase the quality and accessibility of children’s health care through leadership and direct investment.” For more information about the foundation’s community grantmaking program, call (650) 736-0675, or visit