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2008/09 Award Recipients

The Foundation presented awards totalling $33,200 to six organizations at the annual Foundation awards meeting to be held March 4, 2009, 7:00 a.m. at Beeb's Restaurant. Congratulations to all of our recipients!

Assistance League of Amador Valley: Operation School Bell: $10,000
Funding of literacy and self-esteem project. Addresses the educational and clothing needs of tri-valley children.

Open Heart Kitchen of Livermore, Inc.: Hot Meals Program: $10,000
The grant will be used to provide the expansion of our Weekend Boxed Lunch Program for 220 children at Jackson Elementary School. Studies have shown that children who lack the availability of nutritious food suffer from a host of ailments due to malnutrition, which is ultimately more costly to our community than offering a free prepared, nutritious meal.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified : Dictionaries for Young Scholars $3,000
To provide, annually, dictionaries designed for ages 8-12 to about 1,100 Livermore public schools 3rd grade students, many of whom do not have English as their first language, and their approximately 60 teachers, for each of the next three years.

Whole Person Drumming & Wellness - $3,500
Livermore Adult Education
Through RhythmThis program is to enhance personal developmental skillsthrough the participation in group activities.  Participants willbe guided into rythmic images and self-awareness throughthe use of music. The musical group experience helps theparticipant to observe, to listen, to feel, and to move through through the use of song, percussion instruments, claps andmovements.  The grant will provide start-up funds needed topurchase drums, bells and other equipment needed for musicand movement education.

Fusion "Teen Zine" - $3,500
Livermore Public Library
The grant willbe used to fund a teen magazine "Fusion"which is an art and literary magazine created by Livermoreteens to showcase the artistic talents of Livermore teenartists, poets and writers into a free tabletop publicationthat may be enjoyed in local doctors' offices, hospitals,restaurants, wineries, businessess, schools and librariesthroughout the community.  It will be published semi-annuallyand will also be available on-line through the Library's web-site.  It will be a 36 page full color glossy magazine to encourage the continued production of quality works worthyof publishing.

Tech Trek - $3,200
The request is for funds to send girls in tri valley area (Liver-more, Pleasanton & Dublin) to a weeklong science campeach year.  They are at Mills College & Stanford University.They hope to send one girl to science camp from eachmiddle school in Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin, a total of8 girls, for next year

In addition, the following organizations received their second year funding:

United 4 Life - $5,800
TriValley Youth United
This project is for a youth depression awareness and suicide prevention program. Unite 4 Life plans to educate students, school staff and parents on the issues of depression and offering the community resources to intervene when a young person is at risk. They want to create an informative, interactive web- site that can be accessed by both teenagers and parents. They also want to launch a very visible city- wide marketing campaign to share facts about depress- ion and suicide as well as getting out their name and toll-free direct line phone number into the community. First goal is to raise awareness in our community on the issues of depression and making it okay to begin to talk about it.

TriValley Youth Court -$7,500
Center for Community Dispute Settlement
This request is for start up costs associated with the new program, Tri Valley Youth Court. They were asked to develop a local youth court as an adjunct to the traditional justice system. This will address early stages of juvenile delinquency by providing restorative measures for first time offenders. The offenses are limited to misdemeanors and will not include violent crimes. It is a voluntary process and is not about guilt or innocence. Offenders must admit their guilt and responsibility before they are admitted to the program. They will begin hearing cases January 2008.