BEF awarded $120,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation

BEF awarded $120,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation

Beaverton Education Foundation is honored to announce that the Oregon Community Foundation has awarded the Foundation a grant of $120,000 over three years to expand BEF Safe and Sound 4 Student Success (S4) middle school program.

This is the first Oregon Community Foundation grant the Foundation has received.
The grant awarded through the K-12 Student Success: Out-of-School Time initiative at OCF is focused on bolstering student attendance and academic success among Oregon’s middle school students of color, rural and low-income students. It provides funding to community-based programs that offer best practice after-school and summer academic support, positive adult role models and parent engagement programming. Best practice programs increase student attendance, academic achievement, and decrease risky behaviors, particularly for our target population.

OCF and partner, The Ford Family Foundation, have identified middle school as a key transition point and an opportunity to combat socioeconomic, geographic and racial inequities in student success. Research has shown that quality out-of-school time programs can support positive youth development and increase engagement with school, thus improving attendance, boosting academic performance and increasing the likelihood of high school graduation and post-secondary attainment. Successful programs are also positively associated with social-emotional skills such as creativity, resiliency, and problem solving, which are known to contribute to the likelihood of success in school and life.

BEF Safe and Sound 4 Student Success program is offered at all eight of the traditional middle schools as well as at the Health and Sciences School. Students participate in a minimum of two days per week of after school academic support and soccer. The group periodically holds inter-school tournaments.
The Foundation is currently in the midst of a $100,000 Match Challenge Campaign to fund this program through Spring of 2019, and this generous grant from the OCF helps meet that challenge.
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