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Current Charity Partners and Grant Projects

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Red String's Jeff Adachi Legacy Project

Red String's Jeff Adachi Legacy Project was created to honor the late Jeff Adachi (1959-2019).   As San Francisco‘s elected Public Defender, as in life, Jeff was driven by his passion and principles.  Jeff’s candle literally did burn at both ends, and although his light burned bright, it was extinguished all too soon, leaving behind a huge void in the city he loved and dedicated his life to improve.

The Legacy Project seeks to collaborate with and provide resources to San Francisco and Bay Area based charitable organizations whose missions best represent Jeff's ideals and vision for a more just society.   By providing at-risk youth with the resources and support for them to succeed, promoting reform by increasing awareness of social issues through media and the arts, and helping to create safer and healthier communities, we aim to carry forward Jeff’s spirit, dreams, and legacy.

 

Legacy Project Current Grant Recipients:

  • Youth Development and Education

    • East Bay Asian Youth Center (2021)

    • United Playaz (2020,2021)

  • Community Relations and Advocacy

    • B-Magic (Bayview and Hunters Point) (2020,2021)

    • Mo-Magic (Fillmore and Western Addition) (2021)

    • Kimochi, Inc (Japantown, Senior Services) (2021)

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Educational Focus Program Initiative - Connections

Although middle and high schools are excellent in teaching many valuable skills,  current academic curriculum doesn’t teach many aspects necessary for students to succeed and thrive in life and business, such as career choices, financial responsibilities and investments, collaboration, values, problem solving, and how to apply such abilities to the real world.

Results from a multi-year College and Career Readiness survey of 165,000 high school students conducted by YouthTruth, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, found that less than half of the students surveyed felt positively about their college, future career possibilities, and career readiness.  

Red String 2020 Connections Initiative:  Opening the art of the possible for children and youths is one of the strategic objectives of Red String's Education Focus Program.  To deliver on this we are working to establish powerful new partnerships with Industry and proven Education nonprofit organizations to create, produce, and distribute online educational content that will open opportunities for students to innovate, to engage with, and to maximize their learning.  

By offering educational content to multiple educational non-profit organizations, this project offers Industry companies a way to broaden their community outreach, brand exposure, and impact.   For our partner charities, our goal is to create content that will reach and motivate students in a meaningful way, creating an environment to engage students to help them build a bridge between academics, life skills, and potential career paths.   

 

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BMagic - San Francisco, California    https://bayviewmagic.org/
Red String Partner Charity since 2020

Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities (BMAGIC) is a network San Francisco neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations whose mission is to facilitate, coordinate and develop community resources and opportunities that support service providers and community members in Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP).    BMAGIC was co-founded in 2004 by the Public Defender’s Office led by Jeff Adachi and BVHP community based organizations to create collaborative community building efforts that improve the quality of life of BVHP children, youth and their families.

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  BMagic's first Flagship Event program established in 2004 is an annual backpack drive providing at-risk children and youth, ages 5-18, within the Bayview Hunters Point community, new backpacks filled with essential school supplies to celebrate the beginning of the new school year.  The high cost of school supplies poses a challenge to many parents and the lack of adequate supplies impacts students' learning far beyond the first day of school.  It is estimated that at least one in five children from low income families in the US start the school year without adequate supplies.  Red String continued our commitment to B'Magic by funding over 70 backpacks with school supplies for their annual Backpack Giveaway event in August.

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EBAYC - Oakland, California         https://ebayc.org/
Red String Partner Charity since 2021

Since 1976, East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)  provides support services to over 700

multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual families through their after-school learning centers, located at local elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as their own Youth Center.  EBAYC also provides support to over 100 families who participate in their after-school learning center at Berkeley High School.  EBAYC after-school learning centers provide its youth members an integrated array of learning activities, including academic instruction, college & career awareness, health education, sports, outdoor adventures, performing, visual, and media arts, and community service projects.

 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  For many youths who grew up in underserved communities, the transition from school to work remains a difficult process.  It requires learning work basics such as obligations, etiquette,  and foundational skillsets through personalized training, real world experience, and on-going support.  Red String’s grant will fund an internship at EBAYC and provide a deserving youth an opportunity to succeed in the workplace.

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EXP Future - Carson, California         https://www.expfuture.org/
Red String Partner Charity since 2021

Through partnerships with industry and educators, EXP prepares high school students for careers through career exploration activities, industry mentoring, paid summer internships, and college scholarships.  EXP brings industry and schools together to solve problems and overcome obstacles so that students from under-served communities receive access to education, experience and opportunities.

By helping schools and industry work together, EXP is changing how society prepares students for life and bringing genuine opportunity to every young person they reach.   During the 2019-2020 school year, EXP programs are serving more than 6,400 high school students in 10 Southern California high schools.

Red String 2021 Collaboration Project:  Red String is proud to be collaborating with EXP to help them achieve their mission.   Red String will  sponsor two at-risk youths to attend EXP's 2021 / 2022 Young Fellows Program that engages high school-age boys with mentors and developmental coursework designed to empower and develop them throughout their academic and life journey.

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Food Shift  - Alameda, California         https://foodshift.net
Red String Partner Charity since 2020

Food Shift was founded in 2012 as a project of Earth Island Institute.  Food Shift focuses on rescuing surplus food that would otherwise waste away in landfills and utilize it to fuel their social enterprise kitchen. They address food insecurity and joblessness in their community through a catering program and job training program, which is designed for those facing high barriers to employment including homelessness, unemployment, disability, domestic violence, addiction and incarceration.  Food Shift creates delicious meals for their catering and food donation programs, simultaneously imparting culinary skills and job-training to their kitchen apprentices while preparing and distributing nutritious meals to food insecure communities.  Apprentices earn a livable wage while learning how to work in a professional kitchen, allowing for room to grow before stepping into the next role of their careers.  

Food Shift is a UAIAI members recommended candidate charity. 

 

Red String 2021 Grant Project: Grant funded Foodshift's COVID-19 Operations Together Program, Phase 2 that continues the work linking excess produce from wholesalers to frontline food assistance organizations. A year into the pandemic, families are still struggling to put food on the table.  In the East Bay, over the past year, local food banks went from serving one in five county residents to one in four, serving over 9,000 families (compared to only 300 families prepandemic).  This co-funded grant between Red String and Foodshift, along with a Matching Gift from the Boeing Company will underwrite at least 25 trips, which equates to OVER $51,500 (or 75,000 pounds) in recovered food value delivered to families in need within the Eastbay surrounding  communities. 

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J-Sei -  Emeryville, California                                    https://j-sei.org/
Red String Partner Charities since 2020

J-Sei provides family activities as well as assisted living for seniors including bilingual staff and culturally sensitive care to help promote independence, safety, and well being.  J-Sei provides a culturally sensitive small assisted living facility for elderly adults and a community center offering educational and wellness classes, cultural events, home delivered and congregate meals, a food pantry, case management, a caregiver registry, and transportation.  Over the years, J-Sei has expanded its services and programs to include families and younger generations.   For many home bound fixed income older adults, the combination of financial, health, and food insecurity makes them especially vulnerable when an unexpected life event occurs. 

 

J-Sei is a UAIAI members recommended candidate charity. 

 

 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  In 2020, Red String joined with J-SEI to address the increasing demand for home delivered meals to home-bound elderly adults due to pandemic and/or health restrictions.   In 2021, Red String continues its support to J-SEI by funding the delivery of over 500 meals to their program participants.   A Matching Gift from the Boeing Company funded purchase and distribution of personal safety alarms.

Holiday Support: Red String grant to provide 150 special Thanksgiving hot meals to home-bound elderly members as part of J-SEI's Home Delivered Lunch Program.

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Jubilee Reach - Bellevue, Washington       www.jubileereach.org
Red String Partner Charity since 2021

Since 2006, Jubilee REACH has worked within the Bellevue, WA community to build community and transform the lives of students and their families,  Partnering with the Bellevue School District Jubilee Reach has strived to create solutions that improve not only the individual child's life, but solutions that strengthen families and the community. In March 2020, Jubilee Reach initiated their Groceries for Families program in response to the emerging food security issues facing families in the Bellevue and surrounding communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At the peak of the pandemic, they coordination with 25 community organizations and hundreds of volunteers providing over 700 families with food, hygiene products, and supplies.   With the vaccine rollout, additional fiscal stimulus, and reopening of businesses, the Groceries for Families program has been able wind down as requests for assistance abated.  As of August 2021, the program is supporting 207 families.

 

 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:   Food insecurity isn’t just about lack of food;  it’s also the lack of fresh, non-processed food and even essential goods like baby supplies and hygiene products.  The pandemic has left many families  wondering when, or if, their next meal would come.   Washington state is no exception.  Up to one-third of Washington’s population is now food insecure (compared to 10 percent in 2018).   To help support one of Jubilee Reach's Groceries for Families' greatest needs, Red String's grant funded the purchase and distribution of a weeks worth of perishables for approximately 500 families.

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KidWorks - Santa Ana, California         https://kidworksoc.org
Red String Partner Charity since 2021

Since 1993, KidWorks has grown into a vibrant community development non-profit that offers to low-income, at-risk youth in Central Santa Ana, one of Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods, educational support, leadership and character-building programs, and health and fitness activities that begin with preschoolers and follow youth into their college years.  In total, KidWorks operates four centers that have become safe havens in gang-heavy, high-crime and overcrowded residential areas in central Santa Ana. KidWorks serves nearly 800 children, youth and parents weekly and reaches over 4,000 community members annually.

 

 

 

Red String 2021 Grant Project:  Remote learning has fundamentally changed how education is delivered.   The advent of on-line learning is expected to be offered even after the pandemic ends.   For under-served communities and schools, closing the digital divide by ensuring access to adequate devices and supplies is imperative.  Red String’s grant along with a match from KidWorks purchased 13 gift cards and  13 printers for the students participating in KidWorks College Success Initiative (CSI). The cards will allow the students to purchase needed supplies in preparation for college such as backpacks, notebooks and more.  The printers will be vital for printing out assignments and creating projects throughout the course and beyond.

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Kimochi Inc. - San Francisco, CA                    www.kimochi-inc.org
Red String Partner Charity since 2021

Since 1971, Kimochi has provided culturally sensitive, Japanese language-based programs and services to 3,000 Bay Area seniors and their families each year. Services include transportation; referral and outreach services; health and consumer education seminars; healthy aging and senior center activities; social services; congregate and home delivered meals; in-home support services; adult social day care; 24-hour residential and respite care.

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  Accessible transportation services are critical for enabling older adults to live independently. The vast majority of older adults choose to age in place in their homes and communities. Successful community living requires access to medical and other essential services. While the health impact of reduced access to needed medical services is obvious, social isolation due to lack of transportation can have an equally negative effect on health and mental health.  Red String's grant funded transportation services providing over 100 rides for seniors to and from medical appointments, shopping, recreational, Kimochi’s Nutrition Program and Adult Day Program, and the San Francisco Japantown community at-large.

  

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Mo'Magic - San Francisco, California    http://momagic.org
Red String Partner Charity since 2021

Mo’Magic (Mobilization for Adolescent Growth In Our Communities) is the sister organization to B’Magic but serves the Western Addition and Fillmore Districts of San Francisco.  Both organizations have their roots in the San Francisco Public Defenders Office and have a similar mission to facilitate, coordinate and develop community resources that support service providers, but unlike B’Magic, Mo’Magic also has a community center, the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, that, in partnership with their parent organization, Collective Impact, provides a place for youths to learn, play, and gather, and  to support the community at large. 

 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  Since the Magic Programs inception, ensuring students start the school year with the essential supplies to be successful continues to be a key tenet.  This year, Red String expanded its commitment to the MAGIC programs by adding Mo'Magic as a partner and funding over 70 backpacks with school supplies for their annual Backpack Giveaway event in August.

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Northwest Education Access - Seattle, WA         www.nweducationaccess.org
Red String Partner Charity since 2021

Since 2002, NWEA has focused on re-engaging out-of-school young people ages 16-29, who have encountered significant barriers to completing their high school or college education, by,  

 

  • Providing personal attention, mentorship, technical assistance, and moral support to low-income young people navigating post-secondary education.

  • Connecting low-income young people with information and resources, and support them in creating an individualized plan to meet their higher education goals.

  • Advocating for and with low-income young people, and empower them to develop their own voices as they pursue their higher education.

  • Providing financial resources that help low-income young people access higher education and meet their basic needs while in school.

Red String 2021 Grant Project:   As a result of the pandemic, the use of remote learning has fundamentally changed how education is delivered.   According to a 2021 RAND report, one in five U.S. school districts plan to offer fully online learning even after the pandemic ends.   The pandemic also exposed the digital divide among students.  Closing this divide requires reliable internet, adequate devices, and digital literacy skills.  Even in the greater Seattle region — one of the country’s leading technology hubs — a significant digital divide persists, particularly for low-income families. To help support one of Northwest Education Access' greatest current needs, this Red String grant funded the purchase of 10 laptops that students can use to help them with their education needs.

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Tomodachi Lunch Program, Orange County, CA              www.ocbuddhist.org
Red String Partner Charities since 2020

The Tomodachi Bento Lunch Program is a all-volunteer secular program run under the Orange County Buddhist Church that deliver’s hot, culturally sensitive meals to homebound elderly adults in Orange County and surrounding communities.  During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, TBLP experienced a 2x increase in participants, from 40 to about 85 home-bound seniors.  

 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:   In 2020, Red String sponsored TBLP's Grandparent's Day special meal delivered to over 80 of the program's home bound participants to help celebrate the day and improve their overall well-being especially during the pandemic.  In 2021, we supported TLP's New Year's and again sponsored their Grandparents Day special meal delivery in September.   A Matching Gift from the Boeing Company provided an additional 45 delivered meals.

  

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Rainier Scholars - Seattle, Washington               https://www.rainierscholars.org
Red String Partner since 2021

Rainier Scholars was founded in 2000 on the belief that all students deserve an equal opportunity to excel academically and become thriving community and workplace leaders.  They support students that are most underrepresented on college campuses, many of which come from low income households where the student will be the first in the family to achieve a college degree, changing the trajectory of families and future generations.  The life-changing journey starts in 5th grade and continues to college graduation, with the help of many partners to provide assistance & opportunities, academic counseling, career exploration, mentoring, internships, and comprehensive family support.  Rainier Scholars is focused on advancing equity in education with a proven model for student success.

 

A program analysis from MGS Consulting found that Rainier Scholars participants were 300% more likely to be taking college prep Honors courses than those not in the program,  99% are achieving admission to four-year colleges, and 90% are graduating or on track to graduate in four years. 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  ​Each year, 5th grade student participants are enrolled into a literature course as part of Rainier Scholars’ 14-month Academic Enrichment Program (AEP).  Throughout time,  literacy is the single most significant skill in lifting people out of poverty,  promote innovation and change, and create an informed and free society.  Knowing how to read opens up our minds to a lifetime of continued learning.  The course introduces students to a wide array of literature that explores youth relevant topics on  self-identity, values, and leadership while improving reading and comprehension skills.  Red String’s grant will provide each student the collection of books for the course.

As a college student, nothing is better than receiving a care package from home filled with essential, and more importantly, snacks and goodies! Our Red String's Leslie Wang sponsored college care packages to two Rainier Scholars student participants.  Rainier Scholars currently has 160 participants attending universities across the nation.    Way to go Leslie!

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United Playaz - San Francisco, California       http://unitedplayaz.org/
Red String Partner Charity since 2020

United Playaz is a violence prevention and youth development organization that has worked in San Francisco for 25 years.  UP is an organization working within San Francisco helping children and youth break the cycle of juvenile crime, violence, and poverty by providing a comprehensive range of services including In-School Violence Prevention, After-School Programs, Case Management, After-Care & Re/Entry services, Diversion, TAY Academic Enrichment & Workforce Development, Street Outreach, and Civic Engagement opportunities and Recreation to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.

 

 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  Providing children and youth a safe haven and a place to go after school to help them learn, grow, and develop is not only a worthy cause, it is, in many poorer neighborhoods, a necessary one.  For over 25 years, United Playaz has been a consistent "home" that most of their kids lack in other facets of their daily lives.  Although government grants fund much of UP's education and development programs, UP's relies on individual contributions to operate their other programs and events.  In 2020, Red String's grants funded start-up of UP's learning hubs, and sponsored 10 families with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners as well as Christmas presents for the children.  In 2021, Red String will continue its support by sponsoring 10 families for UP's Thanksgiving and Christmas events.  A Matching Gift from the Boeing Company will support UP's annual Halloween  Carnival.

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Wrap the Kids - Long Beach, California    https://www.wrapthekids.org/
Red String Partner Charity since 2020

Wrap the Kids hires homeless persons and gives them a second chance at making a difference by making handmade quilts to donate to children everywhere, but especially those who are sick or in need.  The organization also gives back to the homeless community by providing free clothing, hygiene kits, food items, blankets and other much-needed support.

In the June 2020 Long Beach homelessness study, the city's homeless grew 7% from 2019 citing issues including job loss, loss of housing, mental health and substance abuse, and domestic problems such as divorce or domestic violence.  The impact of COVID-19 is another factor contributing to the increase.  Charities like Wrap the Kids are on the front lines helping the homeless stay safe and help prevent a potential outbreak of the virus in the unsheltered population. 

 

Red String 2021 Grant and Project:  In 2020, Red String grants allowed Wrap the Kids to purchase computers for their office and to hold their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas events.  In 2021, we will continue our commitment by again sponsoring their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas events.  A Matching Gift from the Boeing Company will be used to help the organization to replace their vehicle that had broken down.

List of all past and current partner charities