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Level Playing Field InstituteWe envision… …a world where a true level playing field exists – a world where everyone has equitable access to opportunities, including the historically disenfranchised. This level playing field would start in our educational system. Disparities in resources, high-quality teachers, rigorous courses, and technology would not exist. All students, regardless of race/ethnicity, economic background, parent education level, or neighborhood would be provided with opportunities to excel academically, access rigorous courses, and be prepared to apply to, and graduate from, top colleges and universities across the United States. As a result, our communities and workplaces would benefit from well-prepared, competitive leaders representing broad perspectives and sectors of society. LPFI provides the resources and support to ensure that underrepresented students of color throughout our nation can overcome barriers and obstacles to their success and thrive in STEM fields of study, from K-12 through higher education. Developing a Pipeline of Young Scholars: SMASH Recognizing the need for a pipeline of highly qualified Bay Area scholars who are prepared for college, LPFI started assessing the opportunities that students from well-resourced schools have; we then sought to close the gap as much as possible for Bay Area students of color without those resources. For example, small classes, high expectations, customized college counseling, and field trips are all part of the educational experience for students from well-resourced schools. The Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy, launched in 2004; a program inspired by and loosely modeled after Phillips Academy Andover’s Math and Science for Minority Students [(MS)2]. Using (MS)2 as a model, SMASH launched a residential summer program in 2004 at UC Berkeley. In 2006 we added a year-round academic program, based on student requests. In 2007, we saw 100% of our first class of scholars apply to and enter college. In 2011 we expanded to Stanford, followed by the launch of academies at UCLA and USC in 2012. In the summer of 2015, LPFI launched the SMASH:Pathways UC Davis program. View More
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) is Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency. View More
Dismas House of MassachusettsThe mission of Dismas is to reconcile former prisoners to society, and society to former prisoners, through the development of a supportive community. Supportive community is characterized by: students and former prisoners living together in a family setting, active involvement of volunteers from the broader community, and a spirit of open and participative decision-making by all in the community, with emphasis on the common good. View More