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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The very essence of the Foundation is to create a culture of firsts for the students of San Ysidro. We are encouraging children to be the first person in their family to stay focused on academics, to be the first to graduate from middle school and high school, and the first to look beyond the limitations of poverty to envision opportunities that include college and successful careers.

Results: In our third year of operation, we have succeeded in leveraging sufficient resources to provide financial assistance to the school district for school programs such as the Math 24 competitions, science fairs and exhibits, Sea Perch, a robotics program, and field trips to art, natural history and science museums. The Foundation’s mentoring program supports the needs of those children that were identified as at-risk of failing in school. To-date, the Foundation has mentored more than 50 children for two years and tutored over 60 at risk students in Reading, Math and Science. We are proud to report an overall improvement of API scores for SYSD students in academic year 2013; in fact they have increased 118% from five years ago. We are the only nonprofit organization currently providing an after school mentoring program providing structured, engaging activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Target demographics: children who are at risk for failing in school

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 students after school, Math 24 competition, field trips, science night, robotics program

Geographic areas served: San Ysidro

Programs: mentoring and tutoring after school about Science,Technology Engineering, Art, and English.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Matthew45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation is helping.... I mean really helping... the poorest of the school districts in California. Over 30% of the children are classified as homeless. Jesus Gonzales and his team have rolled up their sleeves and provided support for the children by providing mentoring opportunities with Navy and Police volunteers, as well as funding for robotics and other cool opportunities for the children. I am proud to be associated with this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer grant writer, and working with San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation has been amazing. The leadership clearly has passion and a solid goal to help youth as well as grow the program.
This foundation will make a positive impact on the lives of youth.

Betty38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful group with great leadership, supporting such a great cause to make a difference to the children of San Ysidro.
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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with extremely passionate and knowledgable leaders from the board level to staff. They are collectively committed to advancing education success for all children in a small K-8 school district with very unique challenges. In the midst of those challenges, the SYEVF sees opportunities and inspires others to do the same.

Donor

Rating: 5

This small but mighty group is doing great work to provide disadvantaged children with a real opportunity to achieve their dreams. Keep going SYEVF!!!

LLewis

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former "at promise" student, an educator, and business owner, I am proud to be a San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation board member. I truly believe all children can and will reach their full academic potential when given all the tools they need to succeed. Some of these tools include social and emotional support, exposure to hands on activities involving real life situations that make learning come alive, high standards for all students, and a community that supports student learning. The San Ysidro Vanguard Foundation provides direct support to the students of the San Ysidro School District by providing learning opportunities with the expectation that each student will benefit academically, socially, and emotionally.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation is a fabulous place for children to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. An effective program that helps keep students engaged and in school as well as builds self esteem and confidence. The staff are competent, compassionate, and creative. The administrator accessible and an excellent problem-solver. The courses are interesting, entertaining, and cutting edge. Definitely worth the investment!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation is THE non-profit organization whose focus is the children of the poor unincorporated town of San Ysidro. It is our goal to see that every student of the San Ysidro School District succeed in his or her academic endeavors and become a well-educated and responsible citizen of our nation. Of the ~5200 students in the district, 92% are Hispanic, 86% are English Second Learners, 84% live below the poverty line, 42% are "homeless", and less than 1% actually attends school in the district for their entire K-8 educational years. However, over the past six years, through the hard work of the volunteers of the San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation and its predecessor, in support of the District Superintendent, the Principals, the Teachers and the District Staff, we have been able to significantly help the San Ysidro School District raise its Annual Performance Index by 118 points to a score of 802 in AY 2013! The significant progress that has been achieved throughout the past five years is remarkable and must be sustained for the sake of our most valuable asset - the future of America - the Students of the San Ysidro School District!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Taking into consideration the complexity of the needs of the youth of San Ysidro, this young non-profit has succeeded in generating awareness at a very fast pace within the families, community leaders, and elected politicians, of the importance of supporting the youth of San Ysidro with Education Projects. The new executive director Jesus Gonzalez is an asset to the team! SYEVF is setting a solid foundation to continue making a difference for the students of San Ysidro in the years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never been associated with a better non profit--one that makes a real difference in the lives of children every day.

It is difficult to put into words the joy that so many of us get from giving of our time, talent and resources to organizations like San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation. I personally have been extraordinarily impressed with the power of this young organization to make a difference in the lives of children during their formative scholastic years, Pre K to 8th Grade. The Foundation proves that every child can learn and that every child should be given the opportunity to prepare for an increasingly technical future.