Education & Training
The Stafford Foundation fosters self-reliance through supporting programs for education and training. Our partnerships help to strengthen communities, help nonprofits build capacity, encourage healthy family relationships and nurture individuals. Some of our partnerships described below are:
- People’s Inaugural Scholarships
- Rick’s Institute in Liberia
- Doing Good Scholarships
- Cape Abilities
- Kingsley House
- N Street Village
- Capital Youth Empowerment Program
- Potomac Community Resources
- Institute for Responsible Citizenship
- Virginia State University
- Tuskegee Airmen
People’s Inaugural Project Scholarships
The Stafford Foundation made a commitment to support secondary education for eleven organizations that participated in the People’s Inaugural Project, demonstrating our on-going commitment to helping the underserved beyond the excitement of the inauguration. These scholarships have funded college tuition for over 75 individuals, many of whom are the first from their family to attend college. Scholarship students are participants of the following organizations:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Brunswick County Arts Council
- College Board
- Five Towns Community Center
- The Women’s Collective
Ricks Institute, a grade school from K to 12 Grade, is a learning and faith community of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc. Ricks Institute seeks to achieve a distinction throughout Liberia and beyond in offering a balanced and integrated education of the head, heart and the hands by providing its students with a firm foundation for life and the inspiration to serve others.
The Stafford Foundation will provide funds beginning in 2013 for 5 years to support 25 full scholarships annually. The scholarships will be awarded to students with great financial need who are committed to obtaining a quality education at Ricks Institute.
Doing Good Scholarships
The Stafford Foundation has sought out and rewarded student volunteers on their path to future success through generous college scholarships for as much as $25,000 per year. In 2012 and 2011, the Doing Good Scholarships were awarded to students who exhibited an extraordinary commitment to helping others. This scholarship program is now complete and applications are not being solicited for future years.
The mission of Cape Abilities is to serve individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling and providing residential, therapeutic, social and employment supports to empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in society.
The Stafford Foundation hosted several of the clients from Cape Abilities at the People’s Inaugural Project. The Foundation has since supported the organization through grants used to purchasing equipment that enables the organization to serve handicapped people more effectively.
Since 1968, Cape Abilities (originally founded as Nauset Workshop) has grown to serve all of Cape Cod, from Bourne to Provincetown, with services that include jobs, housing, transportation and day habilitation. The launch of several entrepreneurial businesses, including Cape Abilities Farm and Centerville Pies, has helped to grow the organization and provide meaningful job opportunities to people with disabilities. Centerville Pies has volunteered at Cape Abilities for many years, and now employs over 30 people from Cape Abilities to help make their homemade pies.
The mission of Kingsley House is to “educate children, strengthen families and build community.” Each year, they provide nationally accredited and state certified programs to over 7,000 infants, children, youth, parents, senior citizens and medically fragile adults from 12 parishes throughout Southeastern Louisiana.
The Stafford Foundation supports the clients of Kingsley House through grant funding for education and training. Our support resulted in offering services for youth in New Orleans. The program offers after school educational enrichment, psychosocial skills building, creative arts and recreational activities for youth between the ages of 5 to 17. Our efforts have significantly increased each child’s proficiency in math, language and social skills. 75% of participants improved language arts skills and improved/maintained 80% or higher: 67% in Math scores; 96% in substance abuse awareness and prevention methods; 95% in effective violence prevention methods.
Kingsley House has served the children and families of New Orleans through times of dramatic change for 113 years. From the challenges immigrants faced at the turn of the 20th century, to today’s momentous challenges of recovery and rebuilding, Kingsley House remains a safe haven to countless children and families and a beacon of hope for the future.
N Street Village
N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women to claim their highest quality of life by offering a broad spectrum of services and advocacy in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The Village also provides affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
The Stafford Foundation has helped N Street Village to build their capacity to serve more women through grant funding, which provided an internal scholarship for 5 women to participate in the Education and Employment Center (EEC) and assisted with salaries and supplies for EEC instructors. In 2011, this allowed 81 women to enroll in EEC who had goals to obtain or maintain employment, 32% (26/81) were employed during the year and 26 obtained a new job during the year. Of all women newly employed during 2011, 96% held their jobs for 3+ months, the second year in a row at this level.
N Street Village was founded in 1972 by members of Luther Place Memorial Church who saw a need to provide services for the growing homeless population in Washington, D.C. What began as sleeping mats on the floor of the church evolved into a comprehensive continuum of care for homeless and low-income women sited in a 150,000 square foot facility at 14th and N Streets, NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood of D.C. Since then, N Street Village has assisted thousands of women by providing services that address both emergency and long-term needs.
Capital Youth Empowerment Program
Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) is dedicated to providing the Northern Virginia area with a Fatherhood and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. CYEP was founded to address and develop solutions to the issue of the fatherless home. They are also dedicated to empowering youth to reach their full potential through education, career planning and development.
As a supporter of their mission, The Stafford Foundation funded their strategic plan so that they are positioned to build a stronger organization that can help more families.
The Stafford Foundation has also helped CYEP through grant funding for education and training. This has resulted in Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) providing training of fathers who have not present in the lives of their children. CYEP, in Alexandria, VA facilitates the ‘Father’s in Touch’ program which provides fathers the tools to reconnect with their children and stresses the importance of their presence in their children’s lives. Since the partnership began, 72 men have graduated the program and have shown a commitment towards raising their children.
Potomac Community Resources
Since 1994, Potomac Community Resources (PCR) has promoted the full inclusion of individuals with developmental differences into the life of the community. PCR provides therapeutic recreational, social, educational and respite care programs for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Stafford Foundation supports a monthly social gathering for teens and adults with developmental differences called Studio 3F Social Club so that these individuals can develop social relationships and skills in a safe and healthy environment.
Teens and adults with developmental disabilities have scarce options for social interaction, physical fitness and other programs that allow them to explore and learn skills in a fun environment. As a result, they are still more likely to be socially isolated, sedentary and overweight than people without disabilities. The Stafford Foundation is proud to support PCR in giving underserved individuals a chance to develop their skills.
Virginia State University
TSF has invested in Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA producing two separate funds. The support created both the LIFTS fund and the Presidential Inaugural Fund. Both funds will promote opportunities for the students and the institution to advance. The Stafford Foundation gave $100,000 in 2010 – $50K allocated for LIFTS fund and $50K allocated for Presidential Inaugural Fund.
Institute for Responsible Citizenship
The Stafford Foundation plays an integral part of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship’s (I4RC) Washington, D.C. program. Through hosting summer interns, participating in educational seminars and supporting the long-term career goals of their participants, The Stafford Foundation nurtures individuals, their communities and the overall mission of I4RC.
The Institute for Responsible Citizenship describes their program as follows:
“Students work full-time at internships that are arranged with their career goals in mind. They take academic seminars, including a course on Economics and Public Policy and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Course on Constitutional Principles. They also attend private briefings at many of Washington’s most important institutions and interact with some of the nation’s most prominent figures. During the first summer, students focus on classes, internships, meetings with inspirational leaders, and bonding with the other young men in their cohort. Professional development, character development, mentorship, and graduate school preparation are priorities for the second summer, although students still work full-time and take a seminar with the Institute’s president.”
The intern most recently assigned to The Stafford Foundation was, Mr. Raymond Sawyer. He played an integral role in planning and executing Give Before You Get and prepared the program to be spread nationwide!
The mission of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc (TAI) is to:
- Honor the accomplishments and perpetuate the history of African-Americans who participated in air crew, ground crew and operations support training in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
- Introduce young people across the nation to the world of aviation and science through local and national programs such as Young Eagles and TAI youth programs and activities.
- Provide educational assistance to students and awards to deserving individuals, groups and corporations whose deeds lend support to TAI’s goals. TAI also supports the Tuskegee Airmen Award presented to deserving cadets in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program.
The Stafford Foundation has helped TAI to develop their capacity through support of the 40th Annual Tuskegee Airmen National Conference in 2011. TSF seeks to highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans who contributed their services in the Army Air Corps during WWII. TSF’s support includes sponsorship of national youth programs such as Young Eagles and TAI youth programs. In addition annual scholarships and awards are given to deserving students and cadets in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.
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