Monterey Peninsula Foundation Youth Fund grant provides college-going support

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation has received a second $10,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation Youth Fund. This grant will continue funding for tutors and mentors in the college-track Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program in Santa Cruz City Schools high schools and middle schools during the 2012-13 school year.

“We believe in AVID not only for the direct support it provides participating college-bound students, but also for its school-wide impact on all students,” said Suz Howells, SCEF Executive Director. “AVID not only teaches students how to ‘do’ school; it teaches them why to ‘do’ school.”

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation has been a strong advocate for the AVID program, an expansion of academic support for the least served students and those in the academic middle.  The formula is simple – by raising expectations of students, and coupling expectations with strong support, students will rise to the challenge. As district AVID programs have strengthened, more students are choosing college preparatory classes – and more students are succeeding academically.

What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since 2005, nearly 150,000 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the nearly 30,000 AVID graduates in 2012, 91% plan to attend a postsecondary institution; 58% in four-year institutions and 33% in two-year institutions.

Schools receiving funds to support their AVID Programs:

  • Branciforte Middle School
  • Mission Hill Middle School
  • Harbor High School
  • Santa Cruz High School
  • Soquel High School

About the Monterey Peninsula Foundation Youth Fund

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation Youth Fund is a youth-oriented fund that awards grants to selected nonprofit organizations and schools in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Of the total Foundation’s grants approved each year, approximately 45 – 60 grants are awarded from the Youth Fund, averaging $6,000 each. Youth Fund grants range from $1,000 – 10,000. For more information, visit