The Children’s Support League of the East Bay (CSL) provides grants to nonprofit agencies serving children in need
in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
In 2017, CSL has given $140,000 to 16 agencies for the programs described below.
Child Advocacy/Crisis Intervention
Achieves justice and healing each year for over 600 toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities that result from sexual abuse and exploitation, physical harm, neglect, drug endangerment, or witnessing severe violence in their home or community.
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa (CAPC):
The Child Help Speak Up Be Safe (SUBS) program will serve 326 children in Meadow Homes Elementary School. The mission of CAPC is to promote the safety of children and prevent child abuse and neglect by raising awareness and providing resources and support to families.
CASA of Contra Costa County:
Advocates for children in the court system, particularly in foster care, by training community volunteers to be their “voice” and to provide mentoring.
Youth Alive (Alameda County):
Effectively interrupts the high-risk behavior of children at risk of killing and injuring one another. The Teens-on-Target program trains high school students in East and Central Oakland to be violence prevention educators to their peers, role models, and participants in the civic effort to create a safer, more peaceful city. They are paid a stipend for mastering their violence prevention curriculum and teaching it at middle schools.
Advances the lives of children with physical disabilities through sports and recreational activities.
Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) (Alameda County):
Provides children with physical and/or developmental challenges the opportunity to experience aquatic activities.
Through the Looking Glass (Alameda County):
Provides and encourages respectful and empowering services, guided by personal disability experience and disability culture, for families that have children, parents, or grandparents with disability or medical issues.
The Community Reading Buddies (CRB) program harnesses volunteer teenage youth mentors to provide literacy and school-readiness support to PreK – 3rd grade “buddies” living in some of Oakland’s most underserved and low-income neighborhoods.
Campers receive individualized attention every morning in common core aligned math and literacy groups with a 3 to 1 camper to staff ratio, ensuring that none of them are falling susceptible to “summer learning loss”.
Recruits and trains volunteers to provide high-quality, one-on-one academic tutoring and mentoring for homeless children in the pre-K to 12th grade school system. Most of the tutoring takes place in shelters, transitional homes, libraries, coffee shops – wherever they can meet the students.
Contra Costa Youth Council:
Offers tutoring for incarcerated boys ages 13 to 18, to master the academic skills to succeed upon release.
Faith Network of the East Bay:
Improves the reading skills of 1st and 2nd graders through one-one tutoring during school hours, library support, and home literacy.
Shelters and Shelter Programs
Building Futures for Women and Children (Alameda County):
Offers mentoring services to children living in shelters through educational advocacy, connections to needed healthcare services, therapeutic group activities, parental education and support, and individual and family counseling.
STAND! For Families Free of Violence (Contra Costa County):
Provides support to a specialized trauma-informed Children’s Services Program for ~100 child victims/witnesses of family violence, who reside with their non-offending parent/caretaker at the confidentially located Family Violence Emergency Shelter.
Provides a safe haven at night for homeless families with children, working collaboratively with churches and local groups who provide food, shelter and transportation to keep families until they find sustainable housing.
Ann Martin (Alameda County):
Ann Martin Center’s mission is to improve the lives of at-risk children through psychotherapy, education therapy, diagnostic assessment and training. The supported program will reach children grades K – 8 with serious learning challenges such as dyslexia, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, nonverbal learning disorder, autism spectrum, executive function disorder, emotional disturbance and other impairments. Students are recommended by a teacher, psychologist, or specialist.