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Pasadena Community Foundation Announces Major Educational Initiative to Improve Local K - 12 Public School Programs

PCF Appoints Mike and Guil Babcock as "Educational Ambassadors"

Pasadena, CA (April 17, 2013) –The Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) today announced that it will allocate $60,000, per year, for three years to local non-profits to help close the academic achievement gap for Pasadena Unified School District students. PCF's Executive Director Jennifer DeVoll named this year's grantees as: College Access Plan (CAP), Flintridge Center, Skills Enrichment Program (SEP), and Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF).

"PCF's Educational Initiative is a pilot program that we hope to expand and replicate in other areas that deserve support within our local community," stated Ms. DeVoll. "By committing this funding over a three-year period, we hope to make a positive impact on improving education for our K – 12 PUSD students. Moving forward, we will continue to explore ways that we can use our funding to enhance the community in Pasadena."

In conjunction with its year-long celebration of its 60th anniversary, PCF also announced the appointment of Guil and Mike Babcock as Educational Ambassadors. Both Babcock brothers share a history and a passion for education in Pasadena.

Guil Babcock served as a Finance Professor at UC Berkeley and USC for 30 years. After retiring, he joined PUSD's Principal for a Day (PFAD) program where he served at Norma Coombs Alternative School, McKinley School, and Roosevelt Elementary. Through his affiliation, Guil brought in many community and corporate leaders as PFADs and has helped open their eyes to the challenges and triumphs in PUSD's classrooms.

After a career as Headmaster of Pasadena's Polytechnic School, Mike Babcock served on the Pasadena Unified School board for eight years. He remains actively involved in education as a board member of New Village Charter School, the only all-girls public school in California. He also serves on the boards of the Pasadena Village and Midland School, and the Pasadena Child Health Foundation.

Educational Ambassador Mike Babcock states, "During my years on the Pasadena Unified School board, we were forced to cut important programs and close several schools. In fact, every year, we see the budget shrinking even further. Through Pasadena Community Foundation's support and the generosity of many donors, large and small, our school-age children receive vital support which extends to our entire community."

Through PCF's Educational Initiative, $60,000 per year for three years will support many students now in the public schools. The first grantee to receive the funding is College Access Plan (CAP), which provides a program that helps kids in the PUSD navigate through the complex process of applying to college. CAP offers students test prep, assistance with applications and help with financial aid forms and scholarship proposals.

The second grantee selected is Flintridge Center, which offers a credit recovery class that gives students, who might not otherwise graduate, a second chance. Over the last four years, it has helped approximately 35 percent of John Muir High School's graduating class receive diplomas with fifty of those students going on to college.

The Skills Enrichment Program (SEP) is the third grantee. SEP provides a unique, long-term commitment to education by offering 5th graders on up to high school students a summer program that works with students with high academic potential from low income families. Based on its 90 percent retention rate, there are plans to expand this program to year-round.

Lastly, Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is the fourth program to receive funding from PCF's Educational Initiative. PEF operates summer enrichment programs that prepare students with greater proficiency in basic language and math skills. This year, PEF will offer scholarships for 100 students for Introduction to First Grade classes.

On October 5, 2013 at 6 p.m., Pasadena Community Foundation will hold a gala event in honor of its 60th anniversary at The Langham, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena. For more information on the Pasadena Community Foundation, please visit: www.pasadenacf.org.

 

 

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