The San Pablo Youth and Parent Grants Initiative was created by the San Pablo Koshland Fellows, funded by The San Francisco Foundation.  The initiative invested in non-profit organizations strengthening relationships between youth and their parents/guardians in the City of San Pablo from 2011-2017.  

After three years of community-based grantmaking, the program has sunsetted, yet the organizations and Koshland Fellows remain in the community.  For more information, please contact Marjorie Delgadillo, Koshland Program Assistant at

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Contact: San Pablo Koshland Fellows: and Nadia Shihab, Koshland Program Coordinator:, T: 415.733.8569 

San Pablo, CA - The San Pablo Youth & Parents Grants Initiative, a four-year initiative created by the San Pablo Koshland Fellows with funding from the San Francisco Foundation, is proud to announce its 2017 grantees.

The San Pablo Initiative has aimed to support organizations that strengthen relationships between teenage youth and their parents or guardians. This year, the initiative granted their final round of funding, and six organizations were awarded a total of $95,000 in funding to do positive, innovative inter-generational work.

The Initiative will be hosting a Community Reception to honor the closing of their four-year initiative and showcase the amazing intergenerational work done by grantee organizations over the past three years. Community members and stakeholders are welcome to attend the reception, which will take place at the City of San Pablo’s Maple Hall, February 24th, 2017 at 5pm.

The San Pablo Koshland Fellows are part of The San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Civic Unity program that recognizes local leaders who work collaboratively to strengthen the assets in their community and address community concerns and needs.

2017 San Pablo Koshland Youth & Parent Engagement Grantees

Center for Lao Studies, (Vinya Sysamouth, Executive Director): Training youth and their parents to interview California Lao community members and collect oral histories of the Lao refugee experience through the Lao Oral History Archive (LOHA).

The Latina Center, (Miriam Wong, Executive Director), Hablamos Juntas/Talking Together: facilitated sessions for 4 cohorts of 8-10 middle school girls and their mothers exploring a variety of topics to improve communication and enhance social connections.

Metas, (Mayra Padilla, Director): Building on 2016 mindfulness curriculum for teenage youth and their parents, conducting an overnight mindfulness retreat, and sharing best practices for using mindfulness to strengthen relationship between youth and their parents in WCCUSD.  

Richmond Art Center, (Rachel Schaffran, Art in the Community Director): Exploring personal, family, and collective voice through float-building art classes for youth and parents in preparation for the Annual Cinco de Mayo/Peace and Unity Parade, followed by classes creating a collaborative art installation in San Pablo.

San Pablo Library, (Gia Paolini, Community Library Manager): Continuing a “Make-Her” Program with prominent artist mentors supporting girls and their parents/guardians to innovate and invent.

Girls, Inc. of West Contra Costa County, (Cristal Banagan, Associate Director): Planning the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” through girls and their parents/guardians working together to design and plan a local community 5K Color Run.

For over 30 years, The Koshland Program at The San Francisco Foundation has invested in neighborhood leaders to partner and build up the leadership of Bay Area grassroots risk-takers – social innovators who take on the most stubborn neighborhood problems and who work collaboratively to overcome them.  Learn more at

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