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Posted by: Connect OC on 3/9/2016 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

In January, the Disneyland Resort surprised the Orange County Community Foundation with a Million Dollar Dazzle grant of $60,000 in support of ACT Anaheim. The funds will provide professional development opportunities to nonprofit leaders serving youth through the ACT initiative and further enhance the ways they are making a difference.
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Local employers struggle with a shortage of skilled workers to fill an abundance of open jobs while the young adults of central Orange County cope with dismal employment opportunities. Could the solution to two of the most vexing problems facing our local economy converge to change the face of Anaheim? If the nearly 5,500 unemployed, undereducated and low-skilled youth Taller San Jose Hope Builders has helped move out of poverty since 1995 are any indication, the novel solution to self-reliance lies in job and life-skills training. It’s a principle of social enterprise that Greg Palmer built his successful three-decade career in the staffing industry on – and it’s a form of investment that he and his wife Sally adhere to as philanthropists. Now the missions of Hope Builders and the Palmer Family Foundation Fund are uniting to multiply workforce development opportunities as part of ACT Anaheim.
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Less than half of elementary school principals believe students will receive high-quality science instruction at their schools, and only 14 percent of middle school teachers provide a pattern of classroom practices that support the regular engagement of students in science. That’s the dismal assessment of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in California, according to The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd.
Posted by: Connect OC on 3/9/2016 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

With 42 miles of sandy beaches, world-famous tourist attractions and the 45th largest economy in the world, Orange County is a postcard come to life. Yet hidden inside our urban core, a vastly different picture is revealed. Although Anaheim is the oldest city in Orange County, it is home to the county’s highest population of youth under the age of 18, 21 percent of whom live below the Federal Poverty Level. With high risks of gang involvement, substance abuse and school dropout, too many Anaheim youth are hard-pressed to find a sense of hope for their futures. Despite these critical challenges, comparatively little philanthropic investment has been made in the youth of Anaheim – until Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim rose to the challenge. Two years later, ACT Anaheim is helping to ensure a brighter future for Anaheim youth.

Posted by: Connect OC on 3/9/2016 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

As we enter 2016 together, OCCF is excited to strengthen our 25+ year commitment to encourage, support and facilitate philanthropy in OC.