ALearn News                                                                           January, 2017
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Dear Friends and Supporters of ALearn,

Our work is needed now, more than ever before. Social justice demands that we help and serve these students from immigrant and underserved communities and their families. Today, with Trump as President, and with Silicon Valley growing every more crowded and costly, they are under special pressures and hardships. We must stand united in support of these students of color and capability and character-they will add to the robust economy of this century, and will bring their imagination and drive to help businesses and communities of the valley. We cannot wait; we cannot abstain; we cannot stand back. Our students of color represent more than 60% of the K-12 population, and we need their brains, hearts and courage to fill businesses with talent, to teach our children, to be doctors and nurses to the next generation.

Read more of the letter from our CEO and founder, Kathryn Hanson
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Catalyst to College Program LaunchesCat2Coll

ALearn celebrated the launch of its Catalyst to College program on Thursday, January 19 th at Yerba Buena High School in the East Side Union High School District. Catalyst to College, a college access and peer support program, is funded through a generous $500,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
 
A special thank you goes to our speakers for their insights and support.


Watch El Observador's interview with Linda Prieto, VP of Programs:
English   and  Spanish
 
 
January 19 2017 launch
Isela Explains Her "Why"isela

Isela was one of eight students in Yerba Buena's Catalyst to College program who shared their experiences at January 19th's launch. They're only sophomores but they are focused on taking the right classes to get into college, getting good grades and being involved in extracurricular activities. They know their "why."
 
Isela explained, "I knew that I wanted to go to college because I wasn't going to become another statistic. I wanted a better future for myself and my family. We did this workshop on evaluating college candidates and requirements and and it really made me realize that small things like extracurricular activities really contribute to that."

Celebrating 10 Yearstenyears

2017 commemorates the 10th anniversary year of ALearn's founding. With humble beginnings around the dining room table, Kathryn and
Julie Cates saw the educational disparity here in Silicon Valley and embarked on a mission to increase the number of students who are eligible for college admittance and enter college fully prepared to complete college.
 
Over the past decade, ALearn has served over 9,200 students in 16 school districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Beginning with 4 classes on 2 sites in 2008, we have grown to 54 classes on 28 school sites in 2016. ALearn's students graduate high school at a rate of 33% higher than underserved students of color, and are college ready at 3 times the rate of their district peers. Teachers attend ALearn's innovative Professional Development program, benefiting 5x more students in their school-year classrooms.
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors UpdateBOD

We are honored to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors and to have them share their talents and skills to help ALearn grow. Our gratitude to Kelley Steven-Waiss who is the new Chair of the Board of Directors.
  • Dr. Huy Do, Professor of Radiology, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Brandon Middleton, Solution Sales, Microsoft
  • Michelle Miller-Edwards, Director, Global Technology Services, IBM
  • Rebeca Obregon-Jimenez, Senior Vice President Sales, Amkor Technology
Congratulations to Diane Frankle for her distinguished eight years of service as Chair of our Board of Directors. She now becomes Chair Emeritus.
 
Read more about their backgrounds
Learn more about Winnie
Welcome Winnie Fong, Director of Programs   winnie

Winnie Fong has joined our team as Director of Programs, and brings many years experience in programs and impact evaluation from other Bay Area and international nonprofits. Most recently she ran an education start up in Hong Kong which provides learning support and mentoring to underserved students.

Winnie is passionate about ALearn's mission of closing the achievement gap of underserved students and looks forward to creating change.
We're growing! Current Job Openingjobopen 

We're growing! Do you know someone who wants to have an impact on education for underserved groups and getting them on the path to college? We have an opening for a Manager of Programs.

Taproot Foundation's Website Service Granttaproot
 
We are thrilled to have received a Website Service Grant from Taproot Foundation, valued at $85,000. An impressive and experienced team of seven Taproot volunteers is working with us to create a new website which will better serve the ALearn community. Look for more updates this summer.
Save the date: October 4th for Dream Makers Dinner 2017date
 
Mark your calendars and get ready to party! We've set the date - October 4th, 2017.
The planning for our annual fundraiser dinner, Dream Makers Dinner 2017, has started. We're looking forward to having our supporters, teachers, students and families join us.
Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors! You are our Dream Makers.
Sharks Foundation grants $46,152grant
 
Sharks Foundation for their generous grant of $46,152. ALearn was one of 7 recipients out of 96 applicants.
Sereno Group "1% for Good" grants $22,519
 
ALearn was chosen as the non-profit beneficiary for Los Altos office of Sereno Group's "1% for Good" during July, August and September of 2016 for the Los Altos office of Sereno Group. Their generous grant of $22,519 is 1% of their gross commissions.
 
We also wish to thank:
Alexza Pharmaceuticals , BelleJAR Foundation , Broadcom Foundation , Heffernan Foundation , Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund , Rotary Club of San Jose , Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Yahoo Employee Foundation.
Math Strong, College Ready.