SDMFC Awarded Grant to Support Military Children
Posted on: August 24, 2015 | Posted in: Community Blog
This past May, SAY San Diego was among four community partnerships to receive funding from the United Way of San Diego Collective Impact Initiative to support collaborative efforts to help the youngest San Diegans and their families. SAY San Diego’s project is building on vibrant existing partnerships within the San Diego Military Family Collaborative (SDMFC) to focus on working with military children and their families at Miller Elementary School. Miller is located in Murphy Canyon, the largest off-site military housing community in the world, and military-connected children make up 97% of their student body. The plan is then to expand services to all schools in Murphy Canyon; schools whose military-connected populations mirror Miller’s.
This project will leverage the San Diego Military Family Collaborative’ s existing Impact Network towards a site-specific, targeted population with the goal of increasing kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, and attendance. Other goals include increasing parent and family engagement amongst a student population that is the 3rd most mobile in San Diego Unified School District. The long term vision goal is increasing cradle-to-career success for military-connected children in the San Diego Unified Serra Cluster of schools.
The SDMFC, a broad coalition of organizations, includes representatives from more than 100 military units, faith organizations, community organizations, corporate partners, and the San Diego Unified School District and totals more than 1,000 individuals.
Funding for the grants was made possible from the support of companies across San Diego County, including AT&T, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GEICO, NASSCO, Solar Turbines, UPS, and many others.