The mission of The ALS Association is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Our vision is to create a world without ALS.
The Golden West Chapter serves people with ALS and their families in 31 counties throughout California and in the state of Hawaii. Everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and cures for ALS.
Alzheimer’s disease is the fth-leading cause of death in California, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
The Alzheimer’s Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Every dollar raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s® will help make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans facing the disease today -- including the more than 610,000 Californians with Alzheimer’s and their over 1.5 million caregivers -- while advancing research towards prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.
To learn more or join the fight against the disease, visit alz.org/walk or call 800-272-3900.
Founded in 1989 in partnership with California’s Great America, this event provides “a day away from cancer” free of charge to nearly 600 young cancer patients and their families allowing them to step away from stress and have fun.
Bridge Housing Communities in San Jose
Despite being in the heart of the wealth of Silicon Valley, San Jose has one of the country’s highest homeless populations. More than 4,000 residents are unhoused and striving to break a cycle of poverty. In collaboration with the City of San Jose and HomeFirst, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is launching an innovative pilot initiative to provide a pathway out of homelessness and back to stability and self-sufficiency. Over the course of 5 years, Habitat is building communities of “Emergency Sleeping Cabins” with shared facilities that will provide a safe, dignified place to call home for an estimated 800 residents currently experiencing homelessness. While living in the community, residents will receive critical services through HomeFirst, tailored to each resident’s unique needs.
Sereno Group shares Habitat’s vision of a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.
Visit HabitatEBSV.org to learn more.
Each year, thousands in our community are diagnosed with cancer. Excellent doctors and hospitals are the start on the road back to health and well-being, but along the cancer journey, patients and their families need non-medical services that enhance their quality of life and inspire courage and confidence in their future.
Cancer CARE point provides individuals, families and caregivers with encouragement, support and access to counseling, assistance, resources and education.
Cancer CARE point has an ambitious goal of offering a full array of support services to the thousands of cancer patients, survivors, and their families in Santa Clara County. Their services are available to anyone in our community whose lives are affected by cancer, no matter where they receive medical care.
We are proud to support this local organization in its goal to offer help and hope for those in our community whose lives are impacted by this disease.
Born with cerebral palsy and vision impairments, Maggie-Lou of Santa Clara rarely chose to move her arms, resulting in weakness that limits her mobility. In November 2013, Maggie-Lou received Kansas, her new assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence®. Trained in over 40 commands, Kansas is much more than a friend to Maggie-Lou: she’s a therapeutic motivator and partner. After just one week with Kansas, Maggie-Lou started extending her arms to pet her. With her assistance dog’s help, MaggieLou continues to get stronger every day.
Since 1975, the non-profit organization Canine Companions for Independence® has helped to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly skilled assistance dogs and ongoing support, free of charge.
There are over 50 Canine Companions teams like Maggie-Lou and Kansas in Santa Clara County. More people with disabilities are waiting to receive assistance dogs from Canine Companions, and the waiting list for these exceptional dogs is growing. We are proud to support this organization so that they can continue to help those in our community who are in need.
For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, please visit www.cci.org.
In a given year, 20% of young people experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, academic stress, low self-esteem, and substance abuse. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these kids do not receive the treatment they need. Left untreated, many teens contemplate suicide, the third leading cause of death for young people today.
Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) has the mission of de-stigmatizing mental health services in order to support students’ social and emotional well-being and make it the norm in our local schools. CASSY partners with local elementary, middle and high schools in the Silicon Valley area to provide comprehensive mental health services to enrolled students and their families at no cost.
From a single school district’s summer school program in 2009, CASSY now provides a year-round mental health safety net for over 17,500 students at 24 schools in four local communities. Sereno Group is proud to support their meaningful and effective program.
Please visit cassybayarea.org for more information about their programs.
CHILD ADVOCATES OF SILICON VALLEY recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to serve as friends, mentors and advocates to foster children. CASAs provide critical emotional and educational support and advocate for each child’s best interests in dependency court hearings.
CRISTO REY SAN JOSÉ JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL empowers students from underserved communities in San José by providing a rigorous college prep education and unique Corporate Work Study Program in which students earn nearly half of their tuition and gain valuable professional skills by working in Silicon Valley companies. 1% for Good awards grants to local organizations actively making a positive difference in our communities. Sereno Group Saratoga will be supporting Cristo Rey San JoséJesuit High School through March 2019.
Hope Services mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. The Cycles of Hope Program provides skilled employment for Hope participants. All of our bikes are refurbished and repaired by Hope participants and all funds go directly to their wages and the repair program. Our bikes are generously donated by individuals, local universities and business. It gives consumers the opportunity to get a great deal on high-quality refurbished bicycle at a low price point while supporting their community.
To volunteer; donate or learn more about Cycles of Hope please visit www.hopeservices.org
DESTINATION: HOME is a public-private partnership model that uses collective impact strategies and connects a wide range of stakeholders together to accomplish its mission of ending homelessness in Santa Clara County.
More than 25,000 foster kids age out of the foster care system in the United States each year. For too many of these young people, a lifetime of instability and a lack of strong family and community connections have put them at high risk for homelessness, incarceration, and long-term poverty.
First Place for Youth helps foster kids beat the odds and prove that more is possible.
Through the My First PlaceTM program, young people receive comprehensive housing, education and employment, and healthy living support services. With ongoing guidance from their First Place team, participants are empowered to set goals for the future and build the skills necessary for success in the transition from foster care to self-sufficient adulthood.
Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1996 to meet the growing needs of the special needs community. FCSN currently has over 1000 multi-ethnic families in its membership. FCSN provides family support and holistic programs of health, physical fitness, vocational, academics, social and life skills training to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Recently, FCSN established their South Bay Center in San Jose and opened a cafe for work training. FCSN have received numerous awards for community service and innovation from California State Developmental
Disability Council, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, and California State Assembly and Senate.
Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens. FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY’s unique programs include legal education, leadership training, and one-one-one mentoring. For less than one-tenth the cost of incarceration, FLY provides youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and those most at risk, with the motivation and support to stay out of trouble with the law, get engaged in school, and begin to change their lives.
To learn more about FLY or see how you can support their cause, please visit flyprogram.org.
Hakone, one of the oldest Japanese estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere, is turning 100. Visit Hakone during the Centennial Celebration and join us in support of this hidden jewel. Selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to receive their prestigious “Save America’s Treasures” designation, Hakone is a tranquil place of peaceful reflection in the hills of Saratoga.
San Francisco philanthropists Oliver and Isabel Stine fell in love with the unique beauty of Japanese Gardens at the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition. Isabel Stine commissioned Naoharu Aihara, a descendant of a long line of Imperial gardeners, to design and begin building the garden. Using Japanese materials and techniques, artisans constructed the building of the private residence, the Moon Viewing Upper House, the Lower House, and the koi pond.
Come visit Hakone during this Centennial Celebration. Visit www.hakone.us to learn more. You will be transformed by Hakone’s serenity and authentic beauty every season of the year.
HEARTS & MINDS ACTIVITY CENTER, the only dementia specific adult day care program in Santa Clara County, is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by providing intergenerational, social, active, safe services and a rich network of support.
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) cultivates philanthropy and inspires Hispanic families and their children to achieve personal greatness. HFSV engages leadership and bridges resources to invest in a thriving Latino community. With programs and projects in place, the HFSV's three key priorities to improve the quality of life for Latinos and the Silicon Valley region are:
If you would like to volunteer, donate or learn more about HFSV please visit hfsv.org
Since 1998, HOMEWORK CENTRAL has been helping children in San Mateo develop their capacity to learn and achieve by creating safe learning spaces, equity in education and providing after-school tutoring, homework assistance, and family support.
JW House in Santa Clara provides a home-away-from-home for families, whether they live across town or hundreds of miles away, who are living with the challenges of medical crisis. JW House strives to give a fully- inclusive experience to each day use and overnight guest, making them feel like they have truly arrived home. Founded by Jan Willem Knapen while a student at Bellarmine College Preparatory and facing his own journey with brain cancer, JW House has hosted more than 50,000 individual visits since opening in 2008, providing families with a place of hope, hospitality and healing when they need it most.
To learn more about JW House and ways you can support it, please visit jwhouse.org.
Los Gatos Education Foundation (LGEF) ensures that the children of the Los Gatos Union School District receive an education that includes Art, Music, Science and Counseling, which are not fully funded by tax dollars. Their motto is: “Let’s Be Great! Together, We Educate.” That’s because local businesses, community members and parents in our district together make LGEF programs possible through their generous donations. And that helps make our school district great. LGEF programs serve all 3,350 students at Blossom Hill, Daves Avenue, Lexington, and Louise Van Meter Elementary schools and Fisher Middle School.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit lgef.org
LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today – and tomorrow – by teaching comprehensive life skills that help clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Through these carefully designed programs, LifeMoves is able to serve 9,636 homeless clients and to provide 244,801 nights of shelter every year. Their annual Summer Adventure Camp is a no-cost, on- site summer camp for homeless children and youth between the ages of 5-14. Summer Adventure Camp gives over 200+ children the opportunity to visit new places, participate in fun activities, and gain educational and other life experiences to which they would otherwise not have access.
For more information about their programs and how you can get involved, please visit www.lifemoves.org.
Life Services Alternatives (LSA) is committed to providing quality homes and exceptional programs for adults with developmental disabilities because it believes everyone deserves to live the best life they can. Through 11 licensed, quality residential care homes in Santa Clara County and customized programs focused on skill building and achieving independence, LSA’s caring staff support residents 24/7.
There are approximately 278,000 special needs individuals statewide with 6,500 adults living in Santa Clara County. The demand for homes and programs will only continue to grow as the special needs population ages. LSA is committed to finding housing solutions to help meet this ever-increasing demand.
Sereno Group is proud to support the commitment and services LSA provides to our community.
For more information about LSA and how you can get involved, please visit lsahomes.org
The mission of Loved Twice is to clothe newborns in need with quality gently used baby clothing for their first year of life. Each infant receives a year’s worth of gender-appropriate baby clothing. Loved Twice serves at-risk babies whose parents, most often single mothers, are experiencing extreme challenges, including homelessness, poverty, violence, and teen pregnancy. Ensuring that these infants receive proper clothing for their entire first year of life helps reduce the new parents’ stress, allowing them to better care for their baby in the long-term, as well as alleviates the burden of having to choose between buying clothing for the baby and buying food or other necessities. By partnering with over 150 social service agencies, Loved Twice has distributed over 1 million essential garments recycled into underserved communities with an estimated retail value of 4 million dollars.
To learn more about Loved Twice’s program or to get involved, please visit lovedtwice.org.
“Midtown is a beacon of help and hope to the many disadvantaged families in Silicon Valley, known as the “Working Poor”. We are committed to providing that community an array of much needed services.”
Momentum’s Youth and Family Services department offers comprehensive mental health services to over 200 at-risk youth, ages 10 to 25, annually. The Transitional Age Youth (TAY) and Raising Early Awareness and Creating Hope (REACH) programs, within the department, provide outpatient mental health services, group therapy and skill development to youth in addition to educational support, counseling, mentoring, vocational services, a safe place for self-exploration, and access to community resources.
Momentum’s Youth and Family Services program also emphasizes early intervention and prevention by informing the public about the warning signs of psychosis and treating youth before a mental illness progresses and becomes more difficult to manage. This also enables Momentum to positively influence individuals at an early age and remove the perception that mental illness, family hardships or other current circumstances dictate their futures.
Momentum was founded in 1997 when four respected agencies merged together to provide better care and access to mental health treatment in the community. Today, it is the largest private nonprofit provider of youth and adult mental health services in Santa Clara County.
To learn more about their program or how to get involved, please visit momentumformentalhealth.org
Montalvo Arts Center’s Teaching Artists Program gives students the lifelong tools to develop into thoughtful, creative, and self-directed innovators and leaders. This pioneering program places professional artists in local classrooms to collaborate with teachers on multi-week curricula using the arts to teach across disciplines. Using the arts to provide a tangible context for academic concepts, Montalvo Teaching Artists are helping children develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills that are essential to thriving in today’s increasingly global society.
For more than a century, Montalvo has been dedicated to celebrating and sustaining the creative spirit in Silicon Valley. Their mission is to create and present art of all types, nurture artists, and use their historic Villa, buildings, and grounds in innovative ways that engage the public in the creative process. At Sereno Group we are honored to support Montalvo Arts Center’s Teaching Artists Program and their commitment to creative student learning.
To learn more about Montalvo Arts Center, please visit montalvoarts.org
Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain, enhancing all aspects of children’s personal and academic development. A solid music background is a vital part of a well-rounded education that should be available to every young student.
Music for Minors (MFM) is a local nonprofit organization devoted to keeping music alive in our schools, providing sequential, standards-based music education programs for 17,000 kindergarten through fifth grade students throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. MFM’s mission is to nurture in children a lifelong love of music. It is funded by groups and individuals who share the belief that music education promotes individual growth, contributes to strong schools, and increases the quality of life in our communities.
OPERATION: CARE AND COMFORT, an all-volunteer organization, was founded in San Jose in 2003. Our mission is to provide comfort to troops deployed overseas and veterans and their families here at home, regardless of where they served or length of service. We have mailed over 1.2 million pounds of care packages overseas. We also assist and honor military/veteran families through our Tickets for Troops and Adopt a Military Family programs.
Annually, thousands of volunteers help us with donation drives, letter writing campaigns, care package assemblies and more. Bay Area sports teams (and season ticket holders) donate tickets, and hold military appreciation events.
Visit our web site to see what we do and how you can help!
Parisi House on the Hill is Santa Clara County’s first women-with-children residential alcohol and drug treatment facility. The mission of Parisi House is to provide counseling and education for successful treatment and recovery of women with addiction and their children in residential and aftercare settings.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley believes everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. For over 25 years, this non-profit organization has transformed the lives of low-income homeowners by providing critical home safety repairs to preserve affordable homeownership and restore safe living environments. In our community, many seniors, veterans and disabled families are living in dangerous and unsafe homes, at risk of falls and injuries and do not have the money to make necessary repairs. Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley repairs keep homeowners out of shelters and care facilities and ensure safe, dry and warm housing. The impact extends beyond homes to revitalize neighborhoods across Santa Clara County.
Learn more about Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley at rebuildingtogethersv.org.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley (RTSV) believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. RTSV provides critical home repairs to over 300 clients per year. These home repairs, like installing accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades, are done at no cost to the homeowner. The majority of the homeowners served are elderly seniors and/or people with disabilities, who are physically and financially unable to maintain safe living conditions for themselves and their families.
To learn more, please visit www.rebuildingtogethersv.org
RENAISSANCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER empowers the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, thereby strengthening our communities through sustainable new businesses, jobs, and financial self-sufficiency. We have helped over 29,000 entrepreneurs to start and grow more than 15,500 small businesses, creating about 24,000 jobs.
Across the world and across the street. It's women and girls who suffer the most. At Rising International, we believe ending world poverty begins at home. We enable women in America who are surviving gender-based violence, homelessness, and human trafficking to connect with other survivors around the globe, and through the power of entrepreneurship, help each other to rise.
We’re the first non-profit organization in the world to revolutionize the home party business model to alleviate poverty both locally and globally. Think Avon or Tupperware for a social cause.
We train economically vulnerable women in Silicon Valley to be Rising Representatives, and to run their own Rising home party businesses. These local entrepreneurs learn to sell boutique quality products handcrafted
by impoverished global entrepreneurs, enabling both groups to rise.
Learn more about Rising International at risinginternational.org.
The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society promotes the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation.
We are all about Birding - We create opportunities to experience and appreciate the beauty of birds and their place in the natural world. Education - We strive to educate our region’s diverse population about the importance of preserving open spaces for both wildlife and our own well-being. Conservation - Our work promotes the protection of native wildlife through the restoration of habitats and safe migration corridors.
For more information about the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and how you can get involved, please visit www.scvas.org.
The Saratoga Elementary School community has created an outdoor School Garden for our teachers to utilize as a cross-curricula stepping-stone for numerous lessons. This outdoor living classroom offers a dynamic, beautiful setting in which to integrate every discipline, including science, math, reading, environmental studies, art, nutrition, and health. The outdoor living classroom is the perfect space for STEAM* learning to come alive!
The School Garden has a second important benefit for our children - a safe place where, during their daily lunch or recess, they can try a new vegetable, dig for worms, draw, write in their journals or just sit back and read a book and enjoy their surroundings.
The greenhouse in the School Garden will allow us to expand the opportunities for science experiments, environmental studies, and nutritional education. It will allow us to grow things that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to grow in our classroom – new veggies to taste!
To find out how you, too, can support the School Garden, go to www.saratogausd.org and search for “Garden”.
SARATOGA'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS use their own money to support their classroom educational experience. By contributing to the teachers of Argonaut Elementary School, Foothill Elementary School and Saratoga Elementary School, great ideas can be implemented to enhance education.
The Saratoga History Museum contains many treasures from the city of Saratoga’s rich and storied past. Included are the 1860’s McWilliams House, the one-room schoolhouse that served to educate the early settlers of the area, and soon, a blacksmith exhibit that will showcase the culture and tools of the artisan trade.
Open to the public year round, the McWilliams House and blacksmith exhibit will preserve the spirit of Pioneer living during the late 1800’s when Saratoga was first settled. During 2013, over 1,000 children went through the educational program created by the Saratoga History Museum.
We hope our help in underwriting the new blacksmith exhibit will help sustain the history of Saratoga, its roots, and our shared future.
Visit SaratogaHistory.com to find out about their programs, exhibits, and how you too can help bring history home
Saratoga Music Boosters (SMB) works with Saratoga Union School District and Saratoga High School to provide music programs for students in grades 4 through 12. The goal of these programs is to encourage a love of music and to provide opportunities for students to develop their musical skills. SMB scholarships support ANY and ALL students who want to pursue their passions for music education. SMB is instrumental in providing Saratoga students a first-rate program by assisting in the purchase not only of musical instruments but also infrastructure items like sheet music and music stands. Sereno Group’s Saratoga office is proud to support the Saratoga Music Boosters.
To learn more about Saratoga music, go to www.saratogamusicboosters.org and read about their wonderful programs and concert series coming up this fall.
Located adjacent to the Saratoga Community Center, the Saratoga Senior Center (SASCC) was founded in 1981 by a group of older adults living in the Saratoga Community with the mission to serve the many different needs of the growing elderly population within the community. From that idea, the SASCC now offers a multitude of senior focused support, including health, legal, and financial services, as well as providing a comfortable and friendly social hub for its members.
We have chosen to donate to this cause to bring awareness to our community about our small but mighty Senior Center. Programs at the Senior Center and Adult Care Center are funded almost entirely by memberships, fees, and donations, and is itself an aging facility that is in need of upgrades. We are proud to contribute towards making our Senior Center a wonderful place for our seniors to enjoy.
Our downtown didn’t always look as nice as it does today. We have many thanks to give to our local volunteers, the Village Gardeners, who in March of 2005 took up the charge of livening up our street and storefronts with their careful planting, pruning, weeding and watering. Today, we see the fruits of their labor and thoroughly enjoy the beauty that lines Big Basin Way.
As members of this community, we believe their work is valuable and that we all benefit from their service. Since they rely completely on donations, we are proud to help support them.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is nearly invisible in our community yet eight times more common in the US than the diseases of breast cancer, spinal cord injury, AIDS and multiple sclerosis combined. For almost thirty years, Services For Brain Injury (SBI) has been filling a critical “gap” in rehabilitation for our neighbors with brain injuries when outpatient insurance benefits end. Last year SBI’s licensed therapists and staff provided rehabilitation to several hundred Bay Area residents with brain injuries and their families, as well as our veterans. This included individual therapy combined with group-based cognitive rehabilitation and vocational training. We placed dozens of people in permanent employment that included on-the-job coaching, as needed. SBI also provided 1-to-1 caregiver support, referrals, and information to several thousand more area residents. While we hope no one ever needs our services, SBI continues to meet the largely invisible yet growing demand for brain injury rehabilitation in our community.
To learn more about Services for Brain Injury and to support their cause, visit SBIcares.org.
The Fremont Union High Schools Foundation (FUHSF) is a group of parents and community stakeholders whose primary goal is to raise funds in an effort to close the gap between district funding and students’ programmatic needs. FUHSF funds are equitably distributed across five high schools, serving more than 10,500 students, in the Fremont Union High School District in Sunnyvale.
FUHSF provides critical support to build students’ 21st century skills, with funding for programs such as STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math), robotics club, journalism program, athletics equipment, theatre arts and music, teacher grants and much more!
To find out how you, too, can impact the future of our students, go to fuhsfoundation.org
Illiteracy is often a root cause of some of the most serious problems facing society today. Its effects are particularly devastating in our lower income communities, where low literacy skills often prevent parents from learning, communicating, and becoming engaged in the education of their children. Vision Literacy is a premium provider of adult literacy education services in Santa Clara County. For more than 27 years, they have partnered with donors, volunteers, and organizations to raise awareness and funds to provide necessary free services for adults to improve their literacy skills. At Sereno Group we are honored to support Vision Literacy and their commitment to adult education services.
For more information about their program or how you can get involved, please visit visionliteracy.org
West Valley Community Services, Inc. (WVCS) is a private non-profit, community-based agency that has been providing direct assistance and referral services to the west valley communities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose and the surrounding mountain regions. Helping close to 8,000 people every year through 10 programs, WVCS provides a continuum of basic needs, family support services and housing services including: food pantry, clothing, transitional/affordable housing, financial assistance, family support and case management services.
Their annual Holiday Giving Program supports 200 local families the ability to obtain basic home needs and gift for children, free of charge.
To find out how you too can can support our community, go to wvcommunityservices.org.
World Savvy is a national nonprofit organization that proudly started in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. Its mission is to educate and engage youth to learn, work, and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Its innovative programs, World Savvy Classrooms and the Global Competence Certificate, help teachers advance global education with today’s youth.
Through Sereno Group’s help in underwriting several teachers’ participation in World Savvy Classrooms and the Global Competence Certificate (CEU track), World Savvy will support Los Gatos educators as they extend their knowledge and skills to further transform the way our young people are being educated for success in our changing world.
Sereno Group is honored to support World Savvy and their commitment to educating the youth of our community.
Visit WorldSavvy.org and GlobalCompetenceCertificate.org to learn more about how districts, schools, and educators across the nation are catalyzing meaningful global teaching and learning for all students.
The mission of the Youth Science Institute (YSI) is to inspire enthusiasm for science and a love of learning. They do this through offering hands-on, inquiry-based, science education programs. YSI teaches physical, earth, life, and social sciences to pre-school through 8th-grade students throughout Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley. 95% of the children served come to YSI with their classroom teacher. Increasing the number of Title I schools and financially and academically at-risk students served is a priority for YSI. By offering no-cost programs to Title I students, YSI strives to reduce the performance gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.
YSI programs take place in local parks, schools, and at community events. They maintain three park-based Science & Nature Centers as well as a native plant trail at Vasona Lake County Park, an organic garden at Sanborn County Park, and a raptor aviary at Alum Rock Park. We believe in the mission set forth by YSI and are proud to contribute to their programs that reach approximately 32,000 children each year.