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SUMMER STEAM CAMP

SBEF is excited to offer Summer STEAM Camp for junior high students.  In Robotics 1, students will build and program the mBot by Makeblock and the Airblock drone.  In Robotics 2, students rise to the challenge of coding VEX robots with block and text programming with Vex C++.  Student build teams will challenge each other to complete tasks with their robots.  In Game Making for 3D and Virtual Reality, students will learn to code using the professional game engine, Unity.  Campers will learn principles of game design and learn object control and game physics.

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GET AHEAD PROGRAM SUMMER SCHOOL

Santa Barbara Education Foundation is pleased to announce that our for-credit high school summer school program is transitioning to the Santa Barbara Unified School District this year. SBEF’s program necessitated a fee-based structure, but the District will be offering a summer learning program for students who want to get ahead free of charge for all students called Summer XL (Summer Extended Learning).  School counselors will have details available beginning the week of February 11th, so please contact them for more information.

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KEEP THE BEAT

From music teachers to instruments, SBEF has been raising funds to support music education in local schools since 2003. Today, all 5000+ elementary students learn to play an instrument during their school day. An originating partner in the Pianos on State project, SBEF also runs a year-round instrument drive.

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SUMMER BAND CAMP

Originally founded by Nick Rail in 1989, this well-established program provides an enriching and affordable summer music experience. Campers are grouped by ability and taught by professional musicians to play solo and as a group.

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SUMMER DRUMLINE CAMP

The Summer Drumline Camp offers participants an opportunity to expand their understanding of the elements of music performance, rhythm reading, and develop proper playing technique.  Camp participants explore all different types of percussion instruments that are used in large percussion ensembles, including snare, marching tenor, bass, hand percussion, and the melodic percussion.

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SUMMER STRING CAMP

Experienced string students fine tune skills in a fun and supportive environment. Camp activities include ensemble playing, music-based games, and lots of time spent playing string instruments.

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PIANOS ON STATE

A favorite event in Santa Barbara, Pianos on State is a collaborative and interactive musical experience that takes place during Arts and Humanities month in October. The tenth annual installment will take place this October. Each piano becomes its own piece of art as local Santa Barbara artists create individual looks.

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THE LÉNI FÉ BLAND PERFORMING ARTS PARTNERSHIP

In memory of avid performing arts supporter Léni Fé Bland, her dear friend Sara Miller McCune established a fund honoring Léni and her incredible generosity to the performing arts. The fund continues Léni’s work by supporting and encouraging student participation and exposure to the amazing performing arts programs in Santa Barbara

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TEACHER GRANTS

Santa Barbara Education Foundation funds grants once a year to support the purchase of much-needed, project-based supplies and tools, as well as to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching in the Santa Barbara Unified School District through adopting new technologies, instructional tools, and field trips.

 

SBEF also Proudly Supports:

THE ACADEMY FOR SUCCESS

This life-changing program is for students who self-identify as high school dropouts. Participating students are placed in a cohort to work with Academy teachers and mentors, and attend group and personal counseling to help develop healthy behaviors. In 2018, 98% of the seniors in the program graduated from high school and 92% enrolled in post-secondary education.

AVID

Prepares 4th through 12th-grade students for college eligibility. Students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that show students that college can be attainable.

BRAVO!

A free, district-sponsored after-school elementary music program held at Monroe Elementary, open to students with at least one year of experience on a band or orchestra instrument.

CONDOR CIRCLE

Condor Circle is an academic and behavioral intervention program for the most at-risk students at Santa Barbara Junior High School. Students receive one-on-one academic attention, learn organization and time management, and build life skills.

CLASSROOM LIBRARIES

Designed to incentivize K-3 students for their reading in order to increase fluency and reading comprehension. Using the Accelerated Reader program, students are encouraged to read more, and teachers can more easily monitor their students’ reading levels.

COMMUNITY OF SCHOOLS

Community of Schools improves students’ chances of success from birth to college graduation by targeting early childhood education, school readiness, family and community engagement, and college readiness. Neighborhood schools partner with community service providers and stakeholders to support children and their families.

HOMELESS STUDENT SUPPORT FUND

Over 14% of students in SBUSD schools are considered homeless. This fund helps provide students in unstable housing with the essentials to continue their studies and participate in school activities.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOL

The International Baccalaureate World School at Dos Pueblos High School is a two-year, humanities-based curriculum for juniors and seniors that provides motivated students with rigorous, honors level coursework.

THE LITERACY PROJECT

This program targets struggling readers and delivers research-based intervention in a small group setting to help students improve skills to read at grade-level. The program is still in its early stages, but we are working with SB Unified to expand the program to additional school sites.

MISSION SCHOLARS

This program gives high-achieving, low-income students access to expert guidance on the path to college. Mission Scholars helps level the playing field by providing students with academic advising, mentorship, and college admissions counseling, along with the skills to thrive as college students.

PARENTS UNITED/PADRES UNIDOS

Seeking to close the achievement gap among all students, Parents United/Padres Unidos delivers courses that give parents the tools needed for effective participation in their children’s education.

PEERBUDDIES

PeerBuddies provides social skills training for children and teens with social difficulties through peer mentoring in the community. Children are paired with a typically developing, same-aged or slightly older buddy who teaches and models essential life skills.

PROGRAM FOR EFFECTIVE ACCESS TO COLLEGE (PEAC)

PEAC increases high school graduation and four-year college entry rates of low-income, historically underrepresented, first-generation college students by providing mentors, tutors, and study spaces.

WHAT IS LOVE

One in three teens in our community report experiencing dating abuse daily. Working directly with teens, parents, school staff, and community organizers, What is LOVE helps students build healthy loving relationship skills and prevents dating abuse. This researched program improves social emotional strengths, gives educators and parents the tools needed to identify abuse, and connects students to much needed resources.

YOUTH INNOVATION CLUB

This program connects scientists, engineers, artists, and innovators with educators to bring hands-on curriculum to elementary and middle school students in the Santa Barbara area.  Collaboration with passionate teachers provides mentoring opportunities through STEAM enrichment activities for students. The belief is that a successful educational program requires the right combination of subject expertise, relatable role models, multifaceted teaching approaches, and consistency.

YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAM

This program prevents students from engaging in violence by helping youth foster stronger attachments to their schools, families, and community. Field trips to universities along with non-traditional techniques such as Tai Chi and meditation help reduce violent behaviors and inspire students to graduate high school and attend college.