2018 – United Way of Treasure Valley/Sacajawea Community School: Extended Kindergarten – $28,600

United Way Sacajawea Community School Extended Kindergarten project will improve school readiness for the most at-risk students by extending the usual half-day Kindergarten session to a full-day to improve early learning/numeracy/literacy in the lowest achieving learners at the “low-income, high needs” Sacajawea Elementary School, in the impoverished, underserved Canyon Hill neighborhood/zone of Caldwell. According to Sacajawea Principal, Paul Webster, the Extended Kindergarten project will address, “…our biggest unmet need, and will make a huge difference in the future!” A pilot project was successfully tested between February-May 2014 and dramatically improved the number of students reaching benchmark – from 23% at-benchmark when entering project to 89% at-benchmark upon conclusion! These children are now in 4th grade and continue to do very well, according to Principal Webster.

2017 – Lee Pesky Learning Center: Mental Health Support at Meridian Elementary – $25,000

Mental health at Meridian Elementary School will be supported by providing self-regulation strategies and ongoing classroom mentoring over two school years.

2016 – Salvation Army:  Equip Preschool at School for Teen Moms — $30,000

Children of immature parents frequently live in poverty and often don’t perform as well as children of older mothers on measures of child development and school readiness. The IWCF grant will equip and furnish new preschool classrooms and a playground for the children of student teen mothers attending the Booth-Marian Pritchett School (BMPS). Adding early-­learning education to the on-campus child care services will benefit the children as their mothers complete high school.

2015 – Life’s Kitchen, Inc.: Life Skills and Employability Training Project – $ 30,000

Building on 12 years of Life’s Kitchen’s success, IWCF will fund its trainees for three years. They will learn skills to live as independent young adults and job skills to secure and maintain employment. They also will complete their high school diploma equivalent, earn professional food industry certification and be mentored to improve their sense of self-worth and gain the ability to set and accomplish life goals.

2014 – The Cabin: Expressive Writing Program for At-Risk Youth – $15,000

Using IWCF funds, The Cabin will expand its Writers in the Schools programs at the Boys and Girls Club in Garden City and Juvenile Corrections in Nampa, and reach children in other at risk schools. All the new programs were requested by administrators, parents, students or community members.

2014 – Junior Achievement of Idaho (JA): Expanded Financial Literacy for Youth in SW Idaho – $23,000

With IWCF funds, JA will expand its in-class financial literacy programs to low-income and high-risk students K-12, giving them a basic understanding of financial education and equal access to a business mentor and experiential curriculum in financial literacy.

2014 – One Stone: Leadership Mentoring Program – $12,500

In partnership with the Idaho Youth Ranch and the Hays Shelter Home, One Stone will use IWCF funds to increase access to its “design thinking” project development process for populations with barriers to participating, allowing them to identify community needs and create projects that address them innovatively.

2013 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County: After School Transportation Program – $10,000

The project provides transportation from school to the Boys and Girls Club of Garden City for students from Taft, Lowell, Mountain View and Koelsch elementary schools.

2013 – Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services: Expanded New Directions in Supportive Services for Boise’s Homeless Population – $19,500

Adds an additional half-time social worker to help more of the single men and women move from homelessness to permanent housing. Working with a social worker has an immediate impact on the resources and prospects of a homeless person.

2012 – Family Advocates Program: Families First: Strengthening Families and Increasing School Readiness – $25,000

This project prevents child abuse by matching 250 trained CASA volunteers with 650 foster children annually, creating a cadre of volunteers to conduct home-visits with at-risk families.

2012 – Organization Assisting the Homeless Student: Operation Treasure Valley – $10,000

IWCF support will help OATHS expand from the Boise School District to 2500 homeless students of the Treasure Valley giving them a better chance of enjoying, succeeding in and staying in school.

2011 – Discovery Center of Idaho: Technology for Ongoing Transformational Learning ­­$22,000

Develops a robotics lab for 4th­-12th graders and creates a statewide contest for high schooler’s integrating science, technology, engineering and math.

2011 – Gateway School of Language and Culture: Family Resource Center – $5,000

Creates a space for families, parents and children, to get help with language learning (literacy for the whole family), computer training and access to community and social resources.

2011 – Lee Pesky Learning Center: Caldwell College Aspirations ­­ $6,528

Expands Caldwell P16 program into high school, enabling students with ability but no financial resources to engage in college preparation classes and activities.

2010 – Boys and Girls Club Ada County: Summer Program in Kuna ­­- $24,000

Provided support to a day-long supervised education, nutrition and activities program for low income and at-­risk children in partnership with Reed Elementary School.

2009 – Boise Urban Garden School: Toward an Edible Schoolyard ­­- $15,000

Partnership with W.H. Taft Elementary School to create an on­-site school garden and farm-­to-­table curriculum.

2008 – Treasure Valley Even Start: Family Literacy Program – ­­$10,000

Expanded a family ­education program to provide parents with ESL, GED and parenting skills classes while their young children are better prepared to enter kindergarten.

2007 – Garden Valley School: After School Program – $13,000

Supported a newly established program providing a safe environment and enrichment for Garden Valley School’s many “latchkey kids.”

2006 – Whitney Elementary School: Math Improvement Project – $20,000

Provided start­up funds for intervention curriculum to improve students’ skills in mathematics.

2005 – Si Se Puede! (Yes We Can) Idaho, Inc: Literacy and Language Acquisition – $24,667

Summer program to teach labor camp families English language through writing, computer learning and art.

2004 – Idaho Humane Society: Prison Pet Partnership Program – $22,660

Seed money for the Inmate Dog Alliance Program that pairs dogs from IHS with state corrections’ prisoners to provide training to the animals to ensure successful subsequent adoption. (Currently known as the Inmate Dog Alliance Project.)