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, launched last year as a first-of-its-kind initiative in San Pablo, is proud to announce its 2016 grantees. The four-year Initiative was created by the San Pablo Koshland Fellows, as a result of a two-year planning process, which included reviewing data, engaging in collective visioning, and gathering feedback from key community stakeholders.

The San Pablo Initiative aims to support organizations that strengthen relationships between teenage youth and their parents or guardians. This year, six organizations were awarded a total of $61,000 in funding to do positive, innovative inter-generational work. “We were impressed with the diversity of organizations and their approaches to deepening connections between youth and their families, and are grateful for the opportunity to support efforts to improve the well-being of youth, their families, and the overall communities of San Pablo,” shared Lisa Raffel, Director of Crestmont School and San Pablo Koshland Fellow. 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.

2016 San Pablo Koshland Youth & Parent Engagement Grantees

Center for Lao Studies, (Vinya Sysamouth, Executive Director), Tradition, Language and Culture Program: Lao language, dance, and culinary classes for youth and parent mentors

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, (Charlene Smith, Development Officer), Wide World Remix mixed-media learning and production program for Helms youth and their families

Metas, (Mayra Padilla, Director),  8-10 part Meditation Series including overnight retreat for relationship deepening between Metas youth and their parents

Richmond Art Center, (Rebeca Garcia-Gonzalez, Deputy Director), Float-building art classes for youth and parents in preparation for the Annual Cinco de Mayo/Peace and Unity Parade

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

Somos Familia, (Maritza Martinez, Director). Parent workshops, peer support, and community building to improve relationships between LGBTQ youth and their families

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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