LA County Summer Learning Initiative
In March 2020, K-12 schools in Los Angeles County had to quickly transition 70,000 teachers and 1.5 million students and their families to online platforms for distance learning. This immediate disruption to traditional school operations exacerbated long-time gaps in educational opportunities and access along racial and socioeconomic lines for the County’s young people.
Given the extended physical closures of schools and youth-serving community centers, there is an ongoing need for responsive summertime learning environments to mitigate learning loss and to address the social-emotional needs of youth who were facing social-isolation and disruption in their lives due to the pandemic.
In response, the California Community Foundation (CCF) launched the LA County Summer Learning Initiative in 2020, and has now extended the effort into 2021. This year, 123 summer programs will receive $7.4 million in grants, reaching more than 62,000 students across Los Angeles County.
This investment in summer programs is made possible through the generosity of several partner foundations and donors including the Ballmer Group, Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Silver Giving Fund, Stuart Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.
For more information on how to support high quality summer enrichment and learning this summer and beyond, please see links below or contact Erin Limlingan, Donor Relations Officer at elimlingan [@] calfund [.] org or 213-452-6285.
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click here.
You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the LA County Summer Learning Initiative. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.