June 4, 2020         
NC Healthcare Foundation Announces COVID-19 “Fill the Gap” Grants   •   Celmatix Achieves First Milestone in Women’s Health Drug Discovery Alliance With Evotec   •   Bishop T.D. Jakes Pushes for Action Plan on Police Reform   •   NYSPSP Strengthening The Empire State's COVID-19 Response Efforts   •   Regions Next Step Survey Finds 81% of Americans Do Not Feel “Financially Fit”   •   Virtual Walk for Amazing raises $158,854 for Children's Minnesota   •   Breast Reconstruction Market Worth $603 Million by 2025 - Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™   •   PBS to Address Race and Racism in America Through Broadcast and Streaming Content   •   Texas Online Preparatory School to Celebrate Class of 2020 with Online Ceremony June 6   •   Beyond Spots & Dots Launches $15,000 Women-to-Women Grant Program   •   The Simon Law Firm's "Heels in the Courtroom" Podcast Offers Mentorship and Community for Female Professionals   •   National PTA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Team Up to Close Digital Divide for Students and Educators   •   Fairstead Announces $29.5 Million Acquisition of Federation Sunrise Apartments in Sunrise, Florida   •   Gynesonics Announces Publications on Healthcare Economic Analyses Demonstrating Significant Facility and Payer Cost Savings When   •   CIBC contributes $700,000 to local organizations supporting Black communities   •   Root Launches Homeowners Insurance   •   Gayle Klinger-Gradess and People Power Entertainment Deliver "Dinner & Movie Night" to Ali Forney Center Clients Throughout   •   Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Releases Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter Protests, Calls for Police Reform Meas   •   In the Wake of George Floyd's Tragic Death, Fenton Consulting Urges Police Chiefs to Take a Stand   •   P&G to Webcast Presentation From the Deutsche Bank dbAccess Global Consumer Conference, June 11
Bookmark and Share

CZI Supports Services for Students in Underserved Communities Impacted by COVID-19

CZI Supports Services for Students in Underserved Communities Impacted by COVID-19

The grant funding will provide critical support to EducationSuperHighway and Fugees Academy in their efforts to support students from underserved communities transition to distance learning

PR Newswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) today announced $300,000 in funding to EducationSuperHighway and Fugees Academy to support students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants are aimed at supporting students in underserved communities during the transition to distance learning and build on the more than $1.3 million already provided for resources for families and school districts impacted by school closures. With more than 50 million1 K-12 students sheltered at home, schools across the country are working to support student learning and development virtually.

"During these unprecedented times, we're honored to support these organizations in their efforts to help close the digital learning gap and provide vital services to support the well-being of students across the country," said Sandra Liu Huang, Head of Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

These grants include:

  • $200,000 to EducationSuperHighway to support the Digital Bridge project's efforts to provide connectivity support for thousands of students across the country from underserved communities.
  • $100,000 to Fugees Academy to help foster the safety and well-being of their students - who represent nearly 40 countries of origin and speak nearly 50 languages - during this time of school closures. At their tuition- free independent schools in Georgia and Ohio, the funding will help limit additional disruptions and ensure continuity in the students' education.

As the pandemic progresses, communities are experiencing a myriad of challenges, with the greatest health, economic and social impacts being borne by communities that were under-resourced prior to this crisis. One of these challenges educators face in transitioning to distance learning is that nearly 12 million students lack access to a broadband connection at home2. To help address that, EducationSuperHighway is partnering with school districts to help them extend connectivity to students from underserved communities who need to participate in distance learning due to COVID-19 and related school closures. This work builds on EducationSuperHighway's successful efforts to close the classroom connectivity gap by upgrading the internet access in every public school classroom in America.

"As schools close their doors, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed America's homework gap. Digital Bridge will provide thousands of students in the San Francisco Bay Area with the Internet access they need to continue learning during this crisis," said Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO at EducationSuperHighway. "We are proud to provide this immediate support and look forward to sharing a playbook of lessons learned and practical solutions for addressing the comprehensive connectivity needs of students everywhere."

As part of this project, EducationSuperHighway is partnering with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the 1Million Project Foundation to provide connectivity to students in San Francisco who lack home internet access, including the deployment of up to 25 WiFi "Super Spots." The city is working to secure and deploy additional Wi-Fi hotspots, which will complement the 25 new Super Spots and the existing free, high-speed internet provided to low-income residents through San Francisco's Fiber to Housing program. EducationSuperHighway will be partnering with other districts in the coming days and weeks as part of this project.

Fugees Academy's unique model includes a positive focus on identity and culture, and comprehensive support of refugee families, which includes helping students and families access social services, medical services and health insurance. This focus led CZI to feature the school as one of ten models that are expanding the definition of student success by going beyond academics — to more fully consider the developmental needs of the whole child. Each of the schools included, reflects elements of Comprehensive Student Development, a research-based framework designed to ensure that every young person enters adulthood with the knowledge, skills, habits, and agency to thrive in a changing world.

"I think it's important to remember that families' mental and physical health needs to be our top priority. Kids can't learn if they're hungry or sick," said Luma Mufleh, CEO and Coach at Fugees Academy. "I know from working with my students at Fugees Academy schools that we can help kids catch up academically. But overcoming trauma — and families will face trauma in the current environment — will take more time."

During this pandemic, the school is expanding its services to meet the needs of their students and families. It has made computers available to their students to use for distance learning and for live check-ins across their community. Fugees is also focusing on the physical and mental health of their students - using the time to learn if there are families in crisis and find out what they can do to try and help. The school is also finding creative ways to exercise with remote soccer practice, online yoga classes and dancing.

For more information about how CZI and our grant partners are responding to COVID-19, visit https://chanzuckerberg.com/science/covid-19.

About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that's leveraging technology to help solve some of the world's toughest challenges — from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education, and Justice & Opportunity, we're pairing engineering with grant-making, impact investing, and policy and advocacy work to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit www.chanzuckerberg.com.

1https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/map-coronavirus-and-school-closures.html 

2https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/ff7b3d0b-bc00-4498-9f9d-3e56ef95088f/the-digital-divide-.pdf

 

Cision View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/czi-supports-services-for-students-in-underserved-communities-impacted-by-covid-19-301037827.html

SOURCE Chan Zuckerberg Initiative



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News