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BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Apr 01, 2014

In March 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:


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Irvine Board Approves $5.5 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Mar 17, 2014

The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved $5.5 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the 10 approved grants, seven grants are within Arts, two grants are within California Democracy and one is in our Youth program.

Here are some highlights of the new grants:

Exploring Engagement Fund for Larger Organizations — The Arts program made grants to six organizations totaling $3.6 million within the Exploring Engagement Fund for Larger Organizations. These grants will support experimentation by each organization on how to increase arts engagement in a new or deepened way.

Voter and Civic Engagement — Our California Democracy program made grants to two organizations as part of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority. One grant, for $800,000, went to Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education to support voter mobilization and civic engagement activities among 500,000 voters across 12 California counties.

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In the News: February 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Feb 28, 2014

In February 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Linked Learning: Recent Successes and Looking Forward

BY Anne Stanton
Anne Stanton
As Director of the Youth program, Anne Stanton leads Irvine’s strategies to esta
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| Feb 25, 2014
A number of exciting recent developments indicate how Linked Learning is growing and gaining support:
  • The Linked Learning Pilot Program, passed by California legislators through Assembly Bill 790, involves 63 school districts and county offices of education throughout the state. Together, these agencies serve approximately 600,000 high school students, about one-third of the state’s high school population. This pilot sets the stage for steady expansion and demonstration of Linked Learning as a viable approach that can benefit all California youth.
  • Legislative support is reinforced by the 2013–2014 California state budget, which establishes the $250 million California Career Pathways Trust to fund work-based learning — a critical element of the Linked Learning approach — and other career pathways.
  • Last fall, the Linked Learning Fall Showcase generated new commitments from business leaders to work with local schools to get involved in providing work-based learning opportunities for high school students in Linked Learning pathways (read a News & Insights post about the event by Jennifer Ortega, California State Director of America’s Edge).
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From the President: Hope and Opportunity

BY Don Howard
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| Feb 18, 2014

Colleagues,

I’m feeling hopeful. I’m hopeful that addressing inequitable and unsustainable gaps in opportunity is truly emerging as a priority in our nation, as evidenced by the President’s “Opportunity Agenda,” and here in California, where I see a growing recognition of the ever-widening disparities between socio-economic groups and between our inland and coastal regions. This recognition is a tribute to the tenacious and creative efforts of social sector leaders and their communities who have brought attention and solutions forward to our profound opportunity gaps. Even though we still live in a state and country where your zip code can predict your social mobility and life expectancy, I’m hopeful that expanding access to opportunity will have broad enough importance and urgency across ethical, economic, and political lines to become a shared goal.

Perhaps, I’m hopeful because we at the James Irvine Foundation, like so many of you, have committed ourselves to this very goal for Californians. We see the insidious and unfair effects of opportunity being inaccessible to so many people. We also see, in the work that so many of you do, the tremendous potential for proven approaches and innovative solutions to improve access to opportunity and to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and society.

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In the News: January 2014

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Feb 01, 2014

In January 2014, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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Report from the White House Summit on College Opportunity

BY Anne Stanton
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| Jan 17, 2014

How often have we heard others — or ourselves— utter the phrase “education is more important to our economic success than ever before?” It is increasingly evident that a high school diploma is no longer the ticket to earning a family sustaining wage, and yet we also know the dismal situation. Our college attainment rates are static and inequitable. This fact lies at the heart of our Youth program, compelling us and our grantee partners to find solutions, to expand the number of students who graduate high school and earn a post-secondary credential by the time they are 25. We don’t kid ourselves — we know the issues are complex and that there are no silver bullet solutions — but we do know that we have to do better, and try harder to form new partnerships if we are going to help more young people succeed.

Yesterday, I had the unique privilege of watching the power of partnership in action. At the White House Summit on College Opportunity, I was surrounded by over 100 college presidents, business and nonprofit leaders, and colleagues in the philanthropic sector. I was wholly inspired by the President's and the First Lady's personal call to action to collectively commit to increasing college opportunity for low-income students. I was also inspired by the resounding response that it received: By the end of the day there were hundreds of tangible commitments to tackle the barriers to college opportunity, a palpable sense of enthusiasm to take on the task, and a clear willingness to work differently to get it done for our nation’ young people.

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White House Summit Builds Momentum for Linked Learning

BY Anne Stanton
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| Jan 16, 2014

The White House today will be hosting an all-day summit dedicated to increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students. In addition to President Obama and the First Lady, participants will include college presidents from around the country, along with other educators and advocates working on college access and opportunity. I am certainly honored to be participating in this summit, but I’m mostly excited because of what it indicates about the growing national interest and momentum for Linked Learning.

Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics with career-based learning and real-world workplace experiences. Thanks to the hard work of our grantees and other partners, Linked Learning is expanding throughout California and recent evidence shows that it’s posting measurable success for high school students. We certainly believe that Linked Learning is a great way to prepare all students for success in college and their careers, and are pleased that policymakers across the nation are taking notice.

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In the News: December 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Jan 01, 2014

In December 2013, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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What was the Buzz in 2013?

BY Joyce Sood
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| Dec 26, 2013

2013 was a big year for Irvine — from moving our San Francisco office to announcing a leadership transition to launching a new strategy in our California Democracy program. Here’s a look back at some of our biggest moments trending on Twitter this past year:

President and CEO Jim Canales blogged about transparency in philanthropy.

 

We refined our work in California Democracy.

 

Jim announced he will be stepping down as Irvine’s CEO.

 

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Guest Post: Connecting Schools with Industry Professionals

BY Jennifer Ortega
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As the California director for the national business leaders organization Americ
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| Dec 20, 2013

California State Director, America’s Edge

As the Linked Learning movement builds momentum throughout California, it is imperative that the field create systems to better connect schools with local industry professionals so students get essential work-based learning experiences.

Given the data on California’s skills gap, such partnerships that prepare young people for success in college and the workforce are truly needed. These partnerships give employers the opportunity to help inform students about their industry and coach students who might one day work for their company.

While this “return on investment” is a good reason for employers to get involved, a new incentive for school-business partnerships has emerged. Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg proposed and pressed for a $250 million set-aside in the 2013-14 state budget to support the development of systems for strong regional partnerships among school districts, community colleges, and employers. Known as the Career Pathways Trust, this $250 million will be distributed by the California Department of Education in the form of competitive grants in 2014.

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Irvine Board Approves $18.5 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Dec 09, 2013

Our Board of Directors approved $18.5 million in grants at its quarterly meeting last week. Of the 23 approved grants, 10 grants were within Arts, nine grants within California Democracy, two in our Youth program, one in Special Initiatives, and one Special Opportunity grant.

Here are some highlights of the new grants:

New California Arts Fund — The Arts program made grants to 10 organizations totaling over $8 million under the New California Arts Fund (NCAF). These grants, part of the next phase of our Arts strategy, will support arts nonprofits to adapt to change and move engagement to the core of their mission.

Voter Outreach and Technology (VOTE) Initiative — Our California Democracy program made grants to organizations as part of the Voter and Civic Engagement priority. The Regents of the University of California received $400,000 to evaluate voter outreach experiments and identify best practices in nonpartisan voter mobilization. Together, these grants are experimenting with new voter-targeting methods to effectively incorporate new technologies to increase the impact of voter outreach efforts.

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In the News: November 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Dec 01, 2013

In the News: October 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Nov 01, 2013

Teaching Lessons

BY Aaron Pick
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| Oct 24, 2013

Teaching runs in my blood. My parents were elementary teachers, my sister currently teaches, and I’m a former high school math teacher. Together, we taught for over 50 years. Of all my jobs, teaching is the one that helped me most in being able to read an audience, adjust a plan midstream, and motivate others on a daily basis. It had a huge impact on my life. But a recent visit to a high school had me thinking about the power of learning to teach as a tool for young people and the many ways in which it can prepare them for success in college, career and life.

Enter Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino City Unified School District. Arroyo Valley serves over 2,000 high school students, mostly from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. About 150 of these students attend the Teaching Academy, which is just one example of a Linked Learning pathway set within one of California’s high-demand industry sectors that combines rigorous academics with career-based learning. Linked Learning integrates these real-world professions with rigorous academics in a way that makes school relevant and engaging. Students at Arroyo Valley serve as teaching interns at local schools and receive a course of study that prepares them for both college and the teaching profession.

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From the President: A Region Vital to our Future

BY Jim Canales
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Jim Canales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine
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| Oct 16, 2013

Dear Friends,

One of the opportunities afforded to institutions such as the Irvine Foundation is the ability to take a long-term view. As a perpetual institution dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California, the Irvine Foundation needs to look at not only today’s challenges, but also must understand the trends and forces that will shape the California of the future.

For the past decade, our work has been informed by the realization that the inland parts of California — particularly the San Joaquin Valley along with Riverside and San Bernardino counties — are increasingly vital to the future of our state. The population of those regions continues to grow at rates far beyond California’s overall growth. In fact, between 2010 and 2030, it is projected that fully 46% of the state’s total population growth will occur in those regions alone.

It is this reality that led us to hold our quarterly board meeting in October in Riverside and San Bernardino, to provide our board members with an opportunity to hear directly from leaders and residents of the region regarding the assets and opportunities in their two counties. (We conducted a similar board visit to the Fresno region in 2010). There is simply no substitute for such visits; they provide the opportunity to listen and to learn and to have our strategies informed and shaped by the authentic experience of people who live there.

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Irvine Board Approves $6.89 Million in Grants

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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As Communications Project Manager, Thuy provides project support for a broad ran
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| Oct 11, 2013

Our Board of Directors approved $6.89 million in grants at its quarterly meeting this week. Of the 11 approved grants, five were within California Democracy five in our Youth program and one in Special Initiatives. The meeting was held in Riverside where Irvine staff and board engaged with a number of leaders from both Riverside and San Bernardino counties and visited a Linked Learning school site in San Bernardino.

Here are some highlights of the new grants:

Future of California Elections — Our California Democracy program made grants to organizations engaged in the Future of California Elections (FOCE) project. Center for Civic Design is receiving $230,000 to improve voter participation in California by conducting and disseminating research on how voters obtain information about elections. Together, these grants are designed to modernize California’s election system and increase voter participation.

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In the News: September 2013

BY Thuy Nguyen Kumar
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| Oct 01, 2013

Transforming High Schools: Linking Academics and Real Life

BY Jim Canales
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| Sep 18, 2013
Editor’s Note: The following post by Irvine Foundation President and CEO Jim Canales originally ran in the Huffington Post on September 16, 2013, and is reprinted here.

My first job out of college was as a high school English teacher in San Francisco. As a result, every fall brings with it hope and excitement, a combination of anticipation and aspiration. Sadly, today, for far too many high schools students in my state of California, such hope is not to be found. Too many of our young people's dreams go unrealized, and that has enormous consequences.

Put simply, our education system is not working for many students. Across California, nearly a quarter of students don't graduate from high school on time or at all. Graduation rates for Latinos and African Americans are even lower. And barely a third of the state's students who do graduate high school actually complete all of the courses needed for admission to a University of California or Cal State school. We're failing our students by not giving them the education they need.

The implications are clear: the economy suffers when our workers are not prepared. Unemployment among these youth is at a level not seen since the 1950s. Tens of billions of dollars are lost in wages and productivity as a result of dropouts, and our state's workers are not prepared for the jobs we do have and need filled.

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In the News: August 2013

BY Daniel Silverman
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A native Californian, Daniel Silverman leads the Foundation’s communications wor
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| Sep 06, 2013

In August 2013, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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