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ACT Anaheim Announces $1.5 Million in Inaugural Grants; Funds Will Support 10 Nonprofits to Help At-Risk Anaheim Youth

April 3, 2014 - Anaheim, CA

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Accelerate Change Together for Anaheim (ACT Anaheim) announced today that it is awarding $1.5 million in inaugural grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 to 10 local nonprofits to address gaps in services for underserved Anaheim youth.

ACT Anaheim was launched by Angels Baseball (, the Anaheim Ducks ( and Disneyland Resort (, which together committed $3 million to benefit Anaheim youth over the next three years. The Orange County Community Foundation ( joined as managing partner of the grant initiative, increasing the inaugural granting pool from $1 million to $1.5 million.

"This grant initiative marks the beginning of a new era of strategic, collaborative efforts to better serve the youth and families of Anaheim, with leaders from business, the community and local nonprofits jointly committed to the city's healthy future," said Shelley Hoss, president of the Orange County Community Foundation. "It is time to mobilize for responsiveness and cast an even wider net of local businesses and individuals impassioned as a community to address the challenges facing Anaheim youth."

The inaugural ACT grantees were selected based on their ability to address the specific needs outlined in the 2012 Anaheim Youth Services Assessment, including engaging youth and parents, focusing on prevention as well as intervention, and fostering safe communities. Funded programs will work specifically to:

  • Enhance programming geared to older youth (primarily ages 13 - 18)
  • Increase access to youth programming
  • Engage parents in meaningful ways to strengthen families
  • Increase the capacity of programs to meet the needs of Anaheim youth and families

Description of Planned Funding
Organization Program Name Activities Amount
Youth satellite
"modules" in
neighborhoods will
GOALS GOALS for extend the reach of $200,000 Anaheim mentoring at-risk
youth and expand the
Cadets Summer of
Service project.
Expand outreach to
additional youth with
Motel Kids & membership and
Boys and Girls Clubs of Distressed transportation to the
Anaheim Neighborhood club, a daily snack $175,000 Outreach and pasta dinner and
access to programs and
In partnership with
Anaheim Police
Department, supports
case management of
Anaheim Gang students from 4th to
Community Service Programs Reduction 8th grades at risk of Intervention involvement, $175,000
gang truancy, school
Partnership dropout and juvenile
(GRIP) delinquency; provides
social support for
youth and families.
A partnership between
Girls Inc., OC
Department of
Education ACCESS, and
Anaheim's the city, this program
Fulfilling aims to prevent teen
Girls Incorporated of Orange Underserved pregnancy and reduce
County Teens' Unique gang membership, $175,000
http://www.girlsinc- Requirements bullying and violence thru by helping at-risk
Empowerment youth and teens set
(FUTURE) and achieve goals and
build trusting
relationships with
peers and mentors.
Working with Anaheim
Achieves, Anaheim YMCA
and Anaheim schools,
this program builds
Outreach and protective factors and
Western Youth Services Engagement reduces risk factors
http://www.westernyouths for Mental for youth through teen $175,000 Health circle support groups,
Services education workshops,
individual support and
case management, and
parent education
Mentoring programs
link children ages 6-
18 to mentors that
provide academic,
Big Brothers Big Sisters Community and social and behavioral
of Orange County Site/School support, and exposure Based to activities that $150,000
Mentoring they otherwise would
not have due to family
income, time, cultural
or education
In partnership with
Inside the Outdoors
and Anaheim schools,
Future Leaders Clubs
creates a unique
Anaheim Family YMCA Future after-school Leaders Clubs experience for youth $125,000
(FLC) 13-18 that combines
three core areas:
STEM/21st century
skills, leadership
development and
service learning.
Targets at-risk high
school-aged Anaheim
youth to combat drug
Tiger Woods Foundation STEM Career use, gang involvement
http://www.tigerwoodsfou Exploration and school dropout, $125,000 and College and to help place
Access participants on the
path to college and
A partnership between
Orange BROS of Anaheim will
County Congregation help train and prepare
Community Anaheim Civic youth to engage more
Organization Youth Program fully in their $100,000 communities through
year-round leadership
training and civic
Expand services to
Meeting the neighborhoods in
Needs of Anaheim by recruiting
Taller San Jose Older Youth and training local
http://www.tallersanjose and youth skills for $100,000
.org/ Strengthening expanding employment
Families in and post-secondary
Anaheim education

First-Year Grant Pool Grows by 50 Percent
Under the leadership of the OCCF, the grant pool has exceeded the $1 million anticipated for the first year. The Walt Disney Company added $200,000 to its original commitment and OCCF has added $300,000 from its discretionary funds and circle of donors, including the Ueberroth Family Foundation, the Swayne Family Foundation, Donnie Crevier and the Tarsadia Foundation.

"We were inspired by the leadership the ACT Anaheim collaboration has demonstrated for this place-based initiative," said Vicki Booth, president of the Ueberroth Family Foundation. "We are investing not just in a city but in the future of youth in our community, and we look forward to seeing the impact these innovative grant programs will yield."

Statement on behalf of Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Ducks and Angels Baseball:
"As founding partners, we are thrilled with the interest ACT Anaheim has generated and we hope to build on this momentum with others joining us in funding future grants. We are confident in our targeted approach and optimistic about tangible outcomes."

About ACT Anaheim
Launched in November 2013, Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim is an initiative managed by the Orange County Community Foundation dedicated to meeting the needs of youth in Anaheim. With inaugural funding from the Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball, the Anaheim Ducks and the Orange County Community Foundation, ACT Anaheim aims to provide a targeted philanthropic response to the challenges of serving youth in California's 10th largest city. To learn more, go to For information on how to become an ACT funding partner email Shelley Hoss at

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Cynthia Ragland, APR
Orange County Community Foundation
949.553.4202 ext. 22


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