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June 6th, 2018
Ravenswood Middle School 6th Grade Writing Contest
Silicon Valley Youth donated $3000+ to sponsor this year's writing contest...
We supplied 10 first place gifts, 10 second place gifts, 10 third place gifts, as well as a grand prize iPad mini. 10 SVY representative attended the awards ceremony, held during a school assembly, and presented the awards to winning students.
May 31st, 2018
Ravenswood Middle School After-school Math Class Donation
December 21th, 2017
Gift Cards for the Holidays
Silicon Valley Youth donated $5000 worth of Target gift cards to homeless students and their families in East Palo Alto...
We purchased 100 $50 gift cards, in an effort to help homeless families through the holidays. We were made aware by Ms. Morales-Ellis of the growing homeless population in East Palo Alto, and decided put this semester's donation towards these families.
May 20th, 2017
Second Ravenswood City School District AVID Writing Contest
Silicon Valley Youth donated $6000 to sponsor the second annual RCSD AVID Writing Contest...
Through a series of meetings with Mr. Garriss and Ms. Morales-Ellis, SVY made plans with RCSD to sponsor the district-wide writing contest witht the purchase of 18 first place prizes, 18 second place prizes, 18 third place prizes, as well as a grand prize iPad Mini. SVY teachers and officers attended the awards ceremony, held during a school board meeting, and presented the prizes to some 55 winners of the writing contest.
December 8th, 2016
First Ravenswood City School District AVID Writing Contest
September 22nd, 2016
Silicon Valley Youth donated a $9000 kiln to Ravenswood City School District to help open a ceramics class...
Bryan Owens and Benjamin Owens met with Dr. Hernandez-Goff, the superintendent of Ravenswood City School District, and Ms. Lorena Morales-Ellis, the Assistant Superintendent, in early June to find out how SVY could help. Dr. Hernandez-Goff told them that the students and art teachers in the district had been wanting a kiln for over two years. With this kiln, the school could open a ceramics class, which would be a great step to opening up arts education for students at RCSD. After a string of email exchanges with Clay-King, Benjamin successfully negotiated the purchase price of the kiln and its accessories from $10,424 down to $8702.45. We delivered a check of $9000 to Ravenswood City School District to purchase the kiln and accessories!
August 9th, 2016
Volunteer String Teacher for Ravenswood City School District
Bryan and Ben recruited two volunteer string teachers to teach at Ravenswood middle schools, allowing RCSD to finally open up a strings program...
Historically, students who attended Menlo-Atherton High School from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park were never able to join their high school orchestra because they did not have sufficient experience in string instruments. Ravenswood School District had aquired the violins necessary for an after school music program, but they did not have the funds to support a string teacher.
After a long search by Benjamin for organizations willing to help, on July 22, Sono Strings said they might be able to provide teachers.
Immediately after Dr. Hernandez-Goff came back to work, Bryan and Benjamin met her and Ms. Lorena Morales-Ellis again at the district office. Benjamin then set up a meeting between Ravenswood School District and Sono Strings for the very next day. The meeting was successful. Not only did Sono Strings agree to provide two volunteers, but they also agreed to maintain the string instruments for free, hold benefactor concerts, train the students to put on a holiday concert, and provide extra support. Ravenswood City School District will now be able to offer a string class to its students.