- Brokered $124,330 in funding for individuals (stipends or summer youth jobs) and $188,849 in funding to the following community-based organization partners for their support and/or implementation of various initiatives: Bread of Life Evangelistic Outreach (BOLEO) ($32,000); East Palo Alto Digital Village (EPADV)/Computers for Everyone (CFE) ($12,840); El Concilio of San Mateo County (El Concilio) ($30,320), Free At Last (FAL) ($53,371), Live in Peace (LIP) ($5,000) and Pacific Tonga Ma’a Tonga USA (PTMT)($53,406.67) [Total $313,179].
- Implemented the 7th Annual “Embracing East Palo Alto Youth” Fundraising Luncheon, proceeds of which provided funding to OEPA-led youth-focused initiatives, especially Summer 2014 operations of the Sponsored Employment Program (SEP).
- Completed Year 3 and began Year 4 of convening the Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) collaborative (formerly named Mega-network Continuum of Care/YESS). During 2014, OEPA’s efforts advanced this groundbreaking initiative’s goals through the following: implementation of five Direct Services Group (DSG) full membership meetings and eight DSG Steering Committee meetings; recruitment of 44 paid member organizations (including 40 local nonprofits and four institutional entities – East Palo Alto Police Department (EPAPD), Office of San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, Ravenswood City School District (RCSD) and Sequoia Union High School District), and completion of a signed Memorandum of Agreement by all members documenting their commitment to collaborate on youth service provision improvements, link data, participate in joint fundraising opportunities and more. In July 2014, YESS’ launched a multi-meeting strategic planning process designed to restructure the initiative according to a Collective Impact model and make its activities and outcomes more robust.
- Convened two meetings of the East Palo Alto Crime Reduction Task Force (EPACRTF) in partnership with the Office of San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, 4th District. The first meeting, held January 14, 2014, was a special session to host the YESS Policy Group. The second was held on December 19, 2014 and highlighted a new partnership between San Mateo County and the City of East Palo Alto (EPA) to support and sustain the David Lewis Community Reentry Program as well as collaborative efforts to create Students with Amazing Goals (SWAG) providing educational support, truancy reduction, mentoring, career and vocational learnings for young people ages 14 to 24 with juvenile justice records.
Continued to partner with EPAPD’s David Lewis Community Re-entry Program, BOLEO, El Concilio and FAL to support work of the East Palo Alto Community-based Coalition (EPACBC) and launched work on a contract with San Mateo County Probation wherein OEPA serves as fiscal sponsor of Community Corrections Partnership funding awarded to BOLEO to establish two Clean and Sober Living homes for AB109 formerly incarcerated individuals.
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