SOURCE: Orange County Community Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation

April 03, 2014 12:45 ET

ACT Anaheim Announces $1.5 Million in Inaugural Grants; Funds Will Support 10 Nonprofits to Help At-Risk Anaheim Youth

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Accelerate Change Together for Anaheim (ACT Anaheim) announced today that it is awarding $1.5 million in inaugural grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 to 10 local nonprofits to address gaps in services for underserved Anaheim youth.

ACT Anaheim was launched by Angels Baseball (, the Anaheim Ducks ( and Disneyland Resort (, which together committed $3 million to benefit Anaheim youth over the next three years. The Orange County Community Foundation ( joined as managing partner of the grant initiative, increasing the inaugural granting pool from $1 million to $1.5 million.

"This grant initiative marks the beginning of a new era of strategic, collaborative efforts to better serve the youth and families of Anaheim, with leaders from business, the community and local nonprofits jointly committed to the city's healthy future," said Shelley Hoss, president of the Orange County Community Foundation. "It is time to mobilize for responsiveness and cast an even wider net of local businesses and individuals impassioned as a community to address the challenges facing Anaheim youth."

The inaugural ACT grantees were selected based on their ability to address the specific needs outlined in the 2012 Anaheim Youth Services Assessment, including engaging youth and parents, focusing on prevention as well as intervention, and fostering safe communities. Funded programs will work specifically to:

  • Enhance programming geared to older youth (primarily ages 13 - 18)
  • Increase access to youth programming
  • Engage parents in meaningful ways to strengthen families
  • Increase the capacity of programs to meet the needs of Anaheim youth and families
Organization   Program Name   Description of Planned Activities   Funding Amount
  GOALS for Anaheim   Youth satellite "modules" in distressed neighborhoods will extend the reach of mentoring at-risk youth and expand the Cadets Summer of Service project.   $200,000
Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim
  Motel Kids & Distressed Neighborhood
  Expand outreach to additional youth with membership and transportation to the club, a daily snack and pasta dinner and access to programs and services.   $175,000
Community Service Programs
  Anaheim Gang
Reduction Intervention
Partnership (GRIP)
  In partnership with Anaheim Police Department, supports case management of students from 4th to 8th grades at risk of gang involvement, truancy, school dropout and juvenile delinquency; provides social support for youth and families.   $175,000
Girls Incorporated of Orange County
  Anaheim's Fulfilling Underserved Teens' Unique Requirements thru Empowerment (FUTURE)   A partnership between Girls Inc., OC Department of Education ACCESS, and the city, this program aims to prevent teen pregnancy and reduce gang membership, bullying and violence by helping at‐risk youth and teens set and achieve goals and build trusting relationships with peers and mentors.   $175,000
Western Youth Services

  Outreach & Engagement for Mental Health Services   Working with Anaheim Achieves, Anaheim YMCA and Anaheim schools, this program builds protective factors and reduces risk factors for youth through teen circle support groups, education workshops, individual support and case management, and parent education classes.   $175,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Orange County

  Community and
Site/School Based Mentoring
  Mentoring programs link children ages 6-18 to mentors that provide academic, social and behavioral support, and exposure to activities that they otherwise would not have due to family income, time, cultural or education constraints.   $150,000
Anaheim Family YMCA
  Future Leaders Clubs (FLC)   In partnership with Inside the Outdoors and Anaheim schools, Future Leaders Clubs creates a unique after‐school experience for youth 13‐18 that combines three core areas: STEM/21st century skills, leadership development and service learning.   $125,000
Tiger Woods Foundation
  STEM Career Exploration and College Access   Targets at-risk high school-aged Anaheim youth to combat drug use, gang involvement and school dropout, and to help place participants on the path to college and careers.   $125,000
County Congregation Community
  Anaheim Civic Youth Program   A partnership between OCCCO, OCCORD and the BROS of Anaheim will help train and prepare youth to engage more fully in their communities through year‐round leadership training and civic involvement.   $100,000
Taller San Jose
  Meeting the Needs of Older Youth and Strengthening Families in Anaheim   Expand services to distressed neighborhoods in Anaheim by recruiting and training local youth skills for expanding employment and post‐secondary education opportunities.   $100,000

First-Year Grant Pool Grows by 50 Percent
Under the leadership of the OCCF, the grant pool has exceeded the $1 million anticipated for the first year. The Walt Disney Company added $200,000 to its original commitment and OCCF has added $300,000 from its discretionary funds and circle of donors, including the Ueberroth Family Foundation, the Swayne Family Foundation, Donnie Crevier and the Tarsadia Foundation.

"We were inspired by the leadership the ACT Anaheim collaboration has demonstrated for this place-based initiative," said Vicki Booth, president of the Ueberroth Family Foundation. "We are investing not just in a city but in the future of youth in our community, and we look forward to seeing the impact these innovative grant programs will yield."

Statement on behalf of Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Ducks and Angels Baseball:
"As founding partners, we are thrilled with the interest ACT Anaheim has generated and we hope to build on this momentum with others joining us in funding future grants. We are confident in our targeted approach and optimistic about tangible outcomes."

About ACT Anaheim
Launched in November 2013, Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim is an initiative managed by the Orange County Community Foundation dedicated to meeting the needs of youth in Anaheim. With inaugural funding from the Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball, the Anaheim Ducks and the Orange County Community Foundation, ACT Anaheim aims to provide a targeted philanthropic response to the challenges of serving youth in California's 10th largest city. To learn more, go to For information on how to become an ACT funding partner email Shelley Hoss at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Cynthia Ragland, APR
    Orange County Community Foundation
    949.553.4202 ext. 22