OUR MISSION

 

Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) provides and supports programs that enrich the academic, artistic, and personal development of all students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

 

WHERE THE FUNDING GOES

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Intervention for students at-risk of dropping out, mentorship and preparation for college-bound students, humanities-based curriculum, and parent support.

MUSIC AND ARTS

Summer and after-school music programs, instruments, promoting exposure to performing arts.

LITERACY

Early reading intervention, classroom library books.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Recruitment and resources for preschool-aged children.

MENTAL HEALTH

Youth violence intervention, teen dating abuse education.

OUR THREE FUNDING PRIORITIES

LITERACY

Santa Barbara Unified School District has identified literacy as one of its top three priorities. Each year students enter Santa Barbara classrooms who are dyslexic or have extremely low reading proficiency. According to the California Department of Education, 90% of cases of students displaying characteristics of dyslexia can be remediated with early intervention. SBUSD has implemented a pilot program to help students with low reading proficiency get back on track by using research-based methods in a small group instructional setting. We are committed to helping SBUSD expand this critical intervention to serve more struggling readers in our local elementary schools.

TEACHER GRANTS

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation funds grants once a year to support the purchase of much-needed supplies and tools, as well as to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. In 2019, we awarded over $85,000 in grants to 59 SBUSD teachers.

SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

We offer a variety of summer programs ranging from robotics and game design to band, strings, and drums. These camps allow students to beat summer learning loss and explore technology and music in a fun and supportive environment. We constantly fundraise for scholarships for these summer programs so that we can ensure that all students have access to these unique summer learning opportunities.

ON SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

Santa Barbara Education Foundation joins those demanding changes to policies and practices that continue to perpetuate bias and racism in our public institutions. Public schools, with their inherent diversity, can be powerful engines of social change when sufficiently supported.

As an organization that supports public education, we believe that ensuring equitable and inclusive opportunities for students is critical to achieve and sustain positive systemic change. We are committed to working with the Santa Barbara Unified School District, its families, and students, and our entire community to continue supporting and fostering programs that address gaps and help marginalized and under-resourced youth access opportunities to thrive in our community and beyond.

To bridge the immediate need in the time of COVID, Santa Barbara Education Foundation is pleased to partner with the Student Online & Academic Resource (SOAR) campaign to raise funds to enable Santa Barbara Unified School District families continued access to essential tools for remote learning.

While all of the programs we support provide important and otherwise unavailable educational opportunities for all Santa Barbara Unified School District students, the following programs are particularly designed to bridge gaps for under-resourced youth and produce measurably positive impact for members of our community who suffer most from implicit and systemic biases:

  • Academy for Success
  • Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC)
  • Mission Scholars
  • Padres Unidos/Parents United
  • Condor Circle
  • Literacy Project
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)