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The Eisner Foundation awards $1.5 million to support intergenerational programming in Los Angeles

The Eisner Foundation awards $1.5 million to support intergenerational programming in Los Angeles

April 6, 2017

The Eisner Foundation announced today that it would award $1,508,200  through eight grants in the first quarter of 2017. These investments reflect the Foundation’s commitment to fund transformative intergenerational programs that address inequality and injustice.

“These organizations continue to demonstrate the potential of intergenerational programs,” said Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation. “We are particularly pleased to see new ideas from some of our longtime partners incorporating intergenerational initiatives into their work.”

The Alliance for Children’s Rights  will receive $100,000 in program support to bring senior caregivers and vulnerable foster children together to reduce the placement of children in group homes and institutions. Since 1992, the Alliance has served nearly 125,000 children and youth in California, providing free legal services and advocacy to protect their rights.

The Armory Center for the Arts  was granted $150,000 over two years for their new initiative  Re-Imagining Orange Grove, an intergenerational creative place-making project focused on Orange Grove corridor, the highest crime area in Pasadena. Capitalizing on their 50-year history of arts  education in Pasadena, the Armory  will  engage partners and community members in exploring the neighborhood’s identity and creating solutions for urban and public space challenges with this project.

CASA of Los Angeles was awarded $125,000 in general operating support to increase community outreach efforts. With over 30,000 children under the Los Angeles County Dependency Court, CASA will  focus on geographic-specific recruitment of court appointment special advocates for these children, almost half of whom will be over 55.

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center  was given $100,000 over two years to expand their current two-generation learning program to include opportunities for senior volunteers and grandparents to serve. With services in Altadena and Northwest Pasadena for low-income families, Mothers’ Club has recently seen an increase in grandparents helping care for young children, and seeks to assist these families with additional services.

ONEgeneration  was awarded $210,000  in  capital support for the purchase and installation of a new modular unit to expand their Child Care Center. ONEgeneration’s intergenerational care organization provides day care services to both seniors and young children  in West San Fernando Valley, with activity-based interaction throughout the day.

P.S. ARTS was granted $123,200  for Art Through the Ages, a pilot expansion of their core arts education program to benefit 190 seniors and 3,300 children. By engaging more seniors as volunteers, this program will expand their Family Art Nights, in-school art experiences, and Community Theater Intensives.

School on Wheels  will receive  $100,000 to  provide more than 100,000 hours of focused educational support to 3,700 homeless youth. Using a robust corps of volunteers to provide tutoring and mentorship, School on Wheels has found that senior volunteers in particular have led to improved outcomes.

Finally, The Eisner Foundation continues its longtime support of Eisner Health  (formerly Eisner Pediatric) with a grant of $600,000 over three years supporting their new Intergenerational Health Center in Sherman Oaks. With primary care, prenatal and postpartum care, family planning services, and dental care for all ages, this new center will serve the needs of all generations in an area of limited medical resources for low-income residents.

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