$25 Million Dollar Fund Fuels Free Summer Training for San Francisco Public School Students
Backed by $25 million philanthropic investment, the City of San Francisco, community partner TogetherSF, and the San Francisco Unified School District will offer free in-person and virtual learning experiences for public school students.
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SAN FRANCISCO TO LAUNCH 'SUMMER TOGETHER' INITIATIVE TO OFFER FREE PROGRAMMING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
Backed by $25 million philanthropic investment, the City of San Francisco, community partner TogetherSF, and the San Francisco Unified School District will offer free in-person and virtual learning experiences for public school students across the City this summer
Wednesday, Mayor London N. Breed, Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews, and community organization TogetherSF announced the launch of the Summer Together Initiative, a newly formed coalition of San Francisco community organizations, nonprofits, businesses, San Francisco Unified School District, and City departments partnering to offer a combination of free in-person and virtual learning experiences for public school students this summer.
After nearly a year of not being in the classroom, San Francisco's public school students have fallen behind academically and emotionally. Mental health experts report that children of all ages are experiencing severe social, emotional, and mental health issue such as depression and anxiety. These learning and wellness issues are significantly magnified in African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, low-income, and English Language Learner children and families. Summer Together aims to help San Francisco students impacted by learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic engage in meaningful, fun, and academic integrated programming and experiences. The program aims to serve all SFUSD students with a focus on supporting the City's highest need students and families. In addition to public resources, this initiative is backed by a $25 million philanthropic gift from Crankstart.
TogetherSF, a community organization, will be providing administrative and operational support for the Summer Together Initiative. All programming will be fully-funded through a public-private partnership between the City of San Francisco and philanthropic support. In addition to Crankstart's financial support, other businesses can also provide both monetary and non-monetary support, like food or physical space for learning programs via Give2SF.
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