The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $560,000 in grants to 15 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $150,000, and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including:
- $75,000 for after-school tutoring and homework assistance by the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo
- $150,000 for the creation of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Centers at four Boys and Girls Clubs; installation of new and renovated computer labs and technology by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
- $40,000 for increased volunteer training sessions and translation of training materials into Spanish by CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Ventura County
- $20,000 for SAFE (Student and Family Empowerment) counseling and crisis intervention for special education students; programming in anger management, alcohol/drug prevention, conflict resolution, and problem solving by City Impact, Inc.
- $70,000 for free medical, dental, vision, and follow-up care for low-income children; acne emergency treatment for teenagers (a major cause for teen suicide) by Conejo Free Clinic
- $25,000 for teen pregnancy and drug/alcohol prevention services for at-risk and foster youth aged 13-19 by El Concilio Family Services
- $20,000 for leadership, public speaking, self-esteem, assertiveness, and goal setting training, plus university seminars, for low-income Latino youth by Future Leaders of America, Inc.
- $25,000 for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) training and financial literacy programming for Latina girls aged 5-17 by Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast
- $10,000 for youth and teen grief counseling by Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association
- $15,000 for college preparation and campus tours by Pinkard Youth Institute
- $10,000 for free vision exams, glasses, medicine, and eye care services offered at county clinics, Boys and Girls Clubs, schools, and youth organizations by SEE International
- $15,000 for physical fitness, health care, and education services for special needs athletes by Special Olympics Ventura County
- $20,000 for oral health education services, screenings, and varnish applications to students in Title 1 schools in Ventura and Santa Paula by United Way of Ventura County, Inc.
- $20,000 for expansion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming, plus family science nights and mobile planetarium services, by The Ventura County Discovery Center
- $45,000 for two-year Healthcare Careers Pathway programming to low-income Hispanic students to prepare them for the Medical Assistant State Certification test by Westminster Free Clinic
Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each year. The deadline for letters of interest for fall 2020 grants is March 31, 2020. For more information about the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, including instructions on how to apply for a grant, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.samuelssonfoundation.org.
The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation was established in 2005 upon the death of Harriet H. Samuelsson, an Oxnard philanthropist, at age 96. The Foundation awards over $1 million in grants each year to organizations providing services for the health, education, guidance, or welfare of children under the age of 18 residing in Ventura County, or to organizations conducting cancer research.