Equitable College Access Begins with Affordability

Equity in College Access Begins with Affordability Guest Post - Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships In recent years, discussions around college admissions have spotlighted various efforts to enhance equitable college access. Some work has been done to improve access, such as direct eligibility and automated admissions. For instance, where I live in Long Beach,

Equitable Education Begins Before Birth

Equitable Education Begins Before Birth   At the end of 2023, St. Joseph Fund (SJF) celebrated the conclusion of its Education Initiative's inaugural year. This initiative aimed to establish and strengthen relationships with community partners in Washington state and focused on developing capacity-building strategies to strengthen internal policies and systems toward equitable education. The BIPOC-led

Using Multi-Cultural Education to Unite Communities

Using Multi-Cultural Education to Unite Communities Guest post: Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships Across the educational landscape, histories of different communities are ignored and withheld because a vocal minority deems fact-based history as a threat. Proposed bans on multicultural education that acknowledge and teach our history are the real threat to our communities. Learning

Turn the Pages of Our Leadership Team’s Most Impactful Reads

Turn the Pages of Our Leadership Team’s Most Impactful Reads   As leaders in an evolving social impact landscape, we understand the enduring power of learning and growth. Just as reading nurtures young minds, it continues to shape our perspectives as adults. At St. Joseph Fund (SJF), we know books profoundly impact our professional, social,

Education Tools for Success: My Mom’s Legacy

Education Tools for Success: My Mom’s Legacy Guest Post: Gabriela Robles, CEO and President As a young girl in El Monte, California, every other community had a Girl Scout troop but ours. My mom’s perspective of education was broad. She knew what it takes for people, particularly female minorities, to succeed. Girl Scouts was a

The New College Crisis

The New College Crisis Guest Post - Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships   For many students, September is a month of excitement and anticipation. For some individuals and their family units, “try hard, work hard, and you’ll be okay” doesn’t apply. Several factors outside of the classroom impact their current and future well-being. Parents,

Rooted in Love: The Community Based-Organizations of Our Education Initiative

https://youtu.be/WtNPC8yI920 Rooted in Love: The Community Based-Organizations of Our Education Initiative   Communities thrive when people learn in environments that are responsive to their needs. Unfortunately, systemic injustice causes inequitable resources, creating a racial and economic gap in opportunity and achievement. We established the Education Initiative to build relationships with community partners to develop

Year In Review: The Education Initiative

Year In Review: The Education Initiative The inaugural year of the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund's (Fund) Education Initiative wraps up this month. Amy Huang, Program Officer for the Fund, Providence’s grantmaking foundation, reflected on her excitement over the partnership’s cultivation and opportunities for evolvement. The Education Initiative launched in Washington state, led by all-BIPOC

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Impact of My AAPI Mentors

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Impact of My AAPI Mentors Guest Post - Jason Lacsmana, Director, Programs and Partnerships Last year, during AAPI heritage month, I shared how my parents instilled a sense of responsibility to share our history and advocate for equity. I am grateful that the leadership I have experienced started

Education Initiative Hosts First In-Person Convening

Education Initiative Hosts First In-Person Convening The 13 BIPOC-led community-based organizations (CBOs) that make up the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund’s (Fund) Education Initiative gathered this month in person for peer learning, deepening of relationships, and sharing of their programs' successes. The CBOs focused on education in the Washington and Montana regions represent the communities

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