Our Grantees

Our grantees provide wrap-around supports and educational and employment opportunities that help advance the self-sufficiency of underserved youth and their families in the communities where we live. Learn more about the work and impact of each of these exceptional organizations.

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Impact Stories

Achievement Institute for STEM Scholars

The Achievement Institute for STEM Scholars (AISS) assists high-achieving, low-income students in Orange County to gain acceptance to major colleges and universities in STEM fields of study.

Ceres Foundation funding has provided core support for AISS’ College to Career Readiness STEM Program. In addition to financial support, Ceres has provided feedback that has helped AISS communicate its outcomes more effectively.

2011
LA + Orange County
College Access & Success

CASA of San Bernardino County

CASA of San Bernardino County improves the quality of life for youth in foster and juvenile care and foster care alumni by providing them with stable and consistent mentoring, advocacy, and supportive services.

Ceres Foundation funding has helped CASA positively impact the lives of thousands of youth in foster care through intensive individualized advocacy and mentoring. Ceres support has helped CASA expand from serving 100 of the highest need foster youth to 200 and growing.

Partner Since 2003
Other
College Access & Success

Capital Partners for Education

Capital Partners for Education (CPE) mentors high school and college students in the academic middle from low-income Washington, DC, households and provides them with the skills and experiences to successfully complete college and excel in the workforce.

Ceres Foundation funding has enhanced CPE’s capacity to match more students with adult mentors and provide them with holistic support services through high school to college graduation. The partnership has helped CPE increase its overall sustainability and create a stronger community of support for the students it serves.

Partner Since 2013
Washington, DC
College Access & Success

Caroline Center

Caroline Center provides 15 weeks of allied health training (Certified Nursing Assistant and Pharmacy Technician) to women ages 20-50 combined with the delivery of essential skills designed to remove barriers to workplace success.

Ceres Foundation funding allows Caroline Center to offer tuition-free training, serving as a critical resource and opportunity for those with limited household income. Ceres support has provided much needed flexibility, particularly in the challenging funding environment experienced during the COVID pandemic.

Partner Since 2011
Washington, DC
Career Pathways

College Tribe

College Tribe cultivates the character, scholarship, and social competence of third to eighth grade boys living in Washington, DC, by providing mentoring and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programming.

Ceres Foundation funding has supported College Tribe’s work to equip Black youth in DC’s wards 7 and 8 with high-quality, research-backed mentorship and tutoring services. Ceres support has enabled College Tribe to weather fundraising challenges without any gap in programming.

Partner Since 2009
Washington, DC
College Access & Success

Covenant House California

Covenant House California (CHC) provides sanctuary and support for youth experiencing homelessness. CHC offers a continuum of services to meet the physical, emotional, educational, vocational, and spiritual needs of young people.

Ceres Foundation funding helped CHC to launch its Career & Education services for youth in LA and to create its Alumni Services program. Ceres investment has enabled CHC to extend its "after-care" support services (case management, clinical services, food, and love) to all LA youth.

Partner Since 2003
LA + Orange County
Career Pathways

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) utilizes well-trained volunteer lawyers to provide legal and support services to victims of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence, and vulnerable children in DC.

Ceres Foundation funding has helped DCVLP to deliver comprehensive, high-quality pro bono legal and support services to more than 2,100 individuals annually. With Ceres support, DCVLP has expanded its network of free legal clinics, established immigration and policy/appellate practices, and added advocacy services to support clients’ long-term safety and stability.

Partner Since 2015
Washington, DC
Family Strengthening

Eastside College Preparatory School

Eastside College Preparatory School is committed to supporting first-generation college-bound students on their journeys to and through college, and into professional careers.

Ceres Foundation funding has supported Eastside since it was a young organization, still defining its model and approach, and serving less than 100 students. Today it serves nearly 300 students, operates a year-round model, a boarding program, and an alumni college and career program.

Partner Since 2003
Other
College Access & Success

Friendship Shelter

Friendship Shelter operates three core programs (street outreach, housing-focused shelter, and permanent supportive housing) all toward a vision of ending homelessness in Southern Orange County.

Ceres Foundation funding has bolstered Friendship Shelter’s existing shelter programs and fueled the launch and growth of its Permanent Supportive Housing program. Ceres was a founding partner of Henderson House, a transitional living program for youth who’ve experienced homelessness with serious and persistent mental health challenges.

Partner Since 2008
LA + Orange County
Career Pathways

Future Link Inc.

Future Link closes the opportunity divide for first generation-to-college, low-income young adults by providing the tools, skills, and resources needed to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

Ceres Foundation funding has been instrumental in Future Link’s growth, benefitting staff and program development, enhanced outcomes measurement, and overall strategic direction. Future Link is more intentional, effective, and focused as a result of Ceres partnership and its thoughtful site visits and feedback.

Partner Since 2014
Washington, DC
Career Pathways

JHP, Incorporated

JHP, Incorporated (JHP) is a community-based, nonprofit social service organization that helps people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless seek, obtain, and retain employment and secure housing.

Ceres Foundation funding has been instrumental in the longevity and success of JHP’s work to create employment and housing opportunities for individuals in Greater DC. Ceres long-term support has been essential in fortifying the agency’s core programs and supporting the growth of its TANF Employment & Training Program and Rapid Re-housing Program.

Partner Since 2004
Washington, DC
Career Pathways

Kid Power, Inc.

Kid Power inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in underserved communities throughout DC.

Ceres Foundation funding originally provided support to Mentors Inc., which was acquired by Kid Power in 2019. Most recently, Ceres funding helped Kid Power align with the National Quality Mentoring System’s standards and procedures for operation of a high-quality mentoring program.

Partner Since 2004
Washington, DC
College Access & Success

Monument Academy Public Charter School

Monument Academy is a weekday boarding, public charter middle school with a mission to empower students, particularly those who’ve experienced significant adversity, with the academic, social, emotional, and life skills to be successful in college, career, and community.

Ceres Foundation funding has allowed Monument to deliver comprehensive supports as it continues to grow enrollment and scale its impact. Ceres has also served as a thought partner in its work and mission, providing continued encouragement and support.

Partner Since 2016
Washington, DC
College Access & Success

New Directions For Women, Inc.

New Directions for Women (NDFW) is committed to saving the lives of women of all ages, women with children, and pregnant women affected by alcoholism, other addictions, and related issues.

Ceres Foundation funding has underwritten partial scholarships for treatment and helped support thousands of women who’ve received NDFW’s lifesaving recovery services. Ceres funding had a tremendous impact, particularly during the COVID pandemic, which drove significant increases in substance use.

Partner Since 2015
LA + Orange County
Family Strengthening

Northwest Education Access

Northwest Education Access (NWEA) provides college access and retention support to low-income students in nontraditional education pathways, those who either left high school prior to completion or did not transfer directly to college.

Ceres Foundation funding has provided long-term, foundational support providing stability as NWEA has grown to serve increasingly more students. Ceres feedback led NWEA to look more deeply at its data and to ultimately build more internal data and evaluation capacity to ensure it continues to provide high-quality student services.

Partner Since 2009
Other
College Access & Success

STEM Advantage

STEM Advantage mentors, prepares, and inspires women and underserved communities to pursue STEM careers through paid internships, one-to-one mentors, scholarships, professional and career development, and community.

Ceres Foundation funding will enable STEM Advantage to establish a dedicated program team to help grow and scale this proven model. Ceres significant, three-year grant will help STEM Advantage serve more women and underserved communities, while maintaining its high-impact program, building quality mentorship and internship programs, and developing strategic partnerships.

Partner Since 2003
LA + Orange County
College Access & Success

Sanctuary Art Center

The Sanctuary Art Center is a collection of art studios designed to connect homeless and underserved youth with employment internships and artistic programs in a variety of creative disciplines.

Ceres Foundation funding has been instrumental in helping the Sanctuary Art Center grow from a small drop-in art center to a fully realized arts program with top-notch employment training programs. In addition to grants, Ceres has provided valuable feedback to guide the organization’s program development and reporting.

Partner Since 2008
Other
Career Pathways

SchoolHouse Connection

SchoolHouse Connection (SHC) is the leading national advocate for children and youth experiencing homelessness to have full access to quality learning, birth through higher education, so they will never be homeless again.

Ceres Foundation funding has long supported its Youth Leadership & Scholarship, first during its previous iteration and then as a founding funder when SHC launched in 2019. Ceres has been an essential partner in SHC’s direct support of young adults who’ve experienced homelessness, helping them overcome obstacles to college and beyond.

Partner Since 2004
Washington, DC
College Access & Success

Sierra House

Sierra House improves the prospects of individual achievement for the homeless, youth with developmental disabilities, and low- to moderate-income individuals and families through housing, education, life skills, and community services.

Ceres Foundation funding has been instrumental in helping Sierra House sustain operations, secure additional financial support, and provide housing to over 580 individuals and families. Additionally, Ceres annual site visits have provided valuable experiences for Sierra House residents and staff.

Partner Since 2009
Other
Family Strengthening

The Care Center

The Care Center helps low-income young women, most of whom are parenting, get to and through college by pairing high-quality academics with supports like child care, transportation, and meals.

Ceres Foundation funding has supported its college preparation programs for low-income young mothers, primarily women of color. Ceres also provided seed funding to launch and then endow its Bard Microcollege Holyoke, the nation’s first college for young mothers and low-income women.

Partner Since 2004
Western MA
College Access & Success

Thrive Scholars

Thrive Scholars provides high-achieving students of color from economically disadvantaged communities the opportunities they need to thrive at top colleges and in meaningful careers.

Ceres Foundation funding has generously supported Thrive Scholars for 20 years and provided nearly $3M in grants. Ceres was one of Thrive’s earliest supporters and has been integral in its evolution from a small LA-focused organization to a national entity poised to serve nearly 1,000 Scholars this year.

Partner Since 2002
LA + Orange County
College Access & Success

Triangle Family Services

Triangle Family Services is an 85-year-old human service agency that provides wrap around services for families in crisis including family safety, financial stability, and mental health.

Ceres Foundation funding has crossed all functional areas and has been instrumental in helping Triangle Family Services to develop systems, structure, and processes for long-term stability. Ceres has also provided thought leadership through site visits and conversations that have been enlightening, challenging, and rewarding.

Partner Since 2003
Other
Family Strengthening

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