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Sierra Health Foundation launches Responsive Grants Program

Sierra Health Foundation recently announced an expansion of its grant making with the launch of the Responsive Grants Program, which will provide $2.4 million in funding over the next 18 months to nonprofit organizations and public agencies in Sierra Health Foundation's 26-county funding region.

The goal of the Responsive Grants Program is to promote health and well-being in Northern California communities. Grants up to $40,000 each will support projects in three broad funding areas: Expanding Health Insurance, Improving Health Care Access and Promoting Health.

Of the $1.2 million available this year, 30 percent ($360,000) will be available exclusively to projects serving rural areas. The remaining 70 percent ($840,000) will be available to projects serving urban areas and/or rural areas.

“We're excited about expanding our grant making throughout our funding region, and particularly in rural communities,” said Sierra Health Foundation President Chet Hewitt. “Through this new grant program, we're looking to nonprofit organizations and agencies to tell us what the health needs and concerns are in their communities, and how a grant from Sierra Health Foundation can help address them.”

Grant applications are due by noon on Aug. 15. Application materials are available on Sierra Health's Web site.

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Grizzly Creek Ranch introduces environmental education programs

Grizzly Creek Ranch Camp and Conference Center, a project of Sierra Health Foundation, is located on 1,500 beautiful acres in Plumas County. The property includes forests, meadows and streams, making it an ideal setting for outdoor environmental education opportunities. Sierra Health Foundation and Grizzly Creek Ranch recently partnered with Sierra Nevada Journeys, a nonprofit organization that provides an array of environmental education and wilderness activities for youth.

In addition to after-school, classroom and summer adventure programs, Sierra Nevada Journeys offers Journeys Outdoor School for youth in grades 4 to 6. With grants from Sierra Health Foundation, Sierra Nevada Journeys hosted two Journeys Outdoor School sessions this spring at Grizzly Creek Ranch, attended by more than 100 young people, and one week of Summit Camp (a challenge-based outdoor learning program) in late June. Seven more Journeys Outdoor School sessions are scheduled for this fall.

Learn more about this outstanding organization and its programs on the Sierra Nevada Journeys Web site. If your organization serves youth within Sierra Health Foundation's 26-county funding region and you are interested in developing an environmental education event at Grizzly Creek Ranch, please contact Sierra Nevada Journeys, or e-mail Grizzly Creek Ranch Executive Director Ann Perez at Visit the Grizzly Creek Ranch Web site.

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Capital-region youth projects receive Program Improvement grants

Since the REACH youth program began in early 2006, Sierra Health Foundation has awarded 65 Program Improvement grants — totaling more than $630,000 — to nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of youth programs in the capital region. Congratulations to the following 11 grant recipients from the Spring 2008 funding cycle:
  • Amador County Recreation Agency
    ACRA After School Program
  • Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento
    Reach the Youth — Youth Mentor Program
  • Mercy Housing California
    Pay It Forward Youth Leadership Program
  • Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
    Nevada County Health Career Club
  • Sacramento County Office of Education
    Club Live Leadership Training
  • Shenandoah High School
    Learning Through Internships
  • Sutter/Yuba Friday Night Live, Inc.
    Afterschool Performing Arts Program
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Sacramento
    Building Bridges Youth Connection
  • Wonder, Inc.
    Counselor In Leadership Training
  • Woodland High School
    Woodland High School Peer Mediators
  • Yolo County Health Department
    Yolo County Anti-Tobacco Youth Coalition
For more information about REACH Program Improvement grants, visit Sierra Health's REACH Web site.

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REACH conference focuses on youth-adult partnerships to create change

Hot temperatures and smoky air didn't keep almost 500 youth and adults from attending Sierra Health Foundation's second REACH Youth Development Conference on July 9 at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento. With a theme of “Our Voices Creating a New World,” the conference brought people together to talk about a myriad of ways youth and adults can work together to create a positive, healthy environment for young people in our region.

Workshops included Youth Voice Creating Change, Are You Really Making A Difference?, Engaging Youth Through Service, Academic Success for Underrepresented Youth and Finding Your Voice, Following Your Passion. A popular spot was the Youth Lounge, where young people participated in fun, interactive workshops titled How to Seek and Secure a Summer Job and Hip Hop It Don't Stop, School Reform It Can't Be Stopped.

Conference participants of all ages were inspired by keynote speaker David Muhammad from the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services in Washington, D.C., who spoke on “Unlocking the Unlimited Potential of Our Youth” and told his personal story about overcoming adversities while growing up in Oakland. Also inspirational was Shuntae Campbell, a Meadowview youth organizer with Sacramento Area Congregations Together who shared his experience of being a gang member, and then turning his life around to become a leader for youth in his community. Guest speaker Jenny Bogoni from the Philadelphia Youth Network gave an informational and inspiring talk about Project U-Turn, a successful citywide campaign that keeps disconnected and disadvantaged youth in school.

Thank you to everyone who made this conference a success! See photos, a list of conference community partners and workshop descriptions on Sierra Health's REACH Web site.

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The Foundation Center in San Francisco is offering scholarships for representatives from small nonprofit organizations to attend its Summer 2008 Grantseeker Training Courses. Upcoming courses are “Building a Fundraising Board” on Aug. 5 and “Securing Corporate Partnerships” on Aug. 6. This scholarship initiative is sponsored by the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation and numerous other foundations. See the online scholarship form for details and an application on the Foundation Center Web site.

The Creating Aging-Friendly Communities online conference, presented earlier this year by University of California Berkeley's Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services, brought together top experts in aging and community development with individuals and organizations working to make their communities more aging-friendly. Many of the online presentations now are available free to the public. Presentations address unique characteristics of aging-friendly communities, strategies to create more aging-friendly communities and best-practice models. View the presentations on the Creating Aging-Friendly Communities Web site.

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