The Mira Mesa Community Foundation has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant program. Community members and supporters nationwide can vote between October 26 and November 4 to support our program and make us eligible for a grant.
As a finalist in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant program, it is one of 200 causes from across the nation competing to receive a grant of $25,000. The 40 programs that receive the most votes will each win $25,000 to support their cause.
The 40 causes earning the highest number of votes by 11:59:59 P.M. ET, on Nov. 4, 2016 will be designated the winners of a “Neighborhood Assist” grant, at $25,000 each.
Vote here to support the Mira Mesa Community Foundation: http://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/1981496 You can vote 10 times every day, through November 4.
How better to improve a community than to improve the lives of its residents? The Mira Mesa Community Foundation will use the grant to support the program “Educate Our Residents to Reduce Poverty.” While most of our residents in Mira Mesa can access educational and employment opportunities, some of our neighbors don’t have the same opportunity. And City programs which could help them improve their quality of life often are not offered this far north in the San Diego. Additionally, the “life skills” courses that used to be offered in our schools have been eliminated. Many students graduate from high school without a basic understanding of personal finance or how our government works.
The program will provide educational programs to improve the quality of life for all our residents, by preparing themselves for the workforce and learning to become more active and engaged citizens. Proposed programs will include: a Life Skills courses, teaching the basics of money management, banking, credit, and taxes to high school students; English language and Citizenship classes for those pursuing the naturalization process; General Educational Development (GED) classes for adults pursuing a high school diploma; job training classes; and a multi-generational course on local/state government – how it works, and how to access services – to encourage greater community engagement and participation in the governmental process.