Education

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Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

High-quality educational experiences help California’s youth develop the knowledge, skills, and character needed to participate fully as informed citizens, explore and understand the world around them, and become stewards of the environment.

In schools, teachers guide learning and promote social and emotional development. Programs that enable youth to participate in self-directed, experiential learning outside the classroom further this growth. State policies as well as educational models provide vital context for this work, enhancing what and how students learn.

The Foundation invests in grantees that support an inquiry-based approach to key academic and social disciplines: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), character development, and environmental literacy.

See the scope and reach of the Foundation’s recent Education Program grants in this interactive map.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

STEM

Supporting teachers to align their practices with the new, more rigorous and engaging academic standards in California.

Character

Strengthening and sustaining youth development organizations, and fostering youth engagement and leadership.

Education Policy and Advocacy

Encouraging a comprehensive approach to K–12 learning that recognizes the importance of teachers, standards, and out-of-school programs.