Arizona ACT - DCST Project


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$355,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The Foundation's support of the District Choice State Testing (DCST) Project in Arizona for academic year 2010-2011 is aimed at providing data and information to support college readiness strategies and higher academic expectations for all students in Arizona.

Arizona ACT - DCST Project


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$500,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The Foundation's support of the District Choice State Testing (DCST) Project in Arizona for academic year 2011-2012 is aimed at providing data and information to support college readiness strategies and higher academic expectations for all students in Arizona.

Arizona Academic Decathlon 2011 Regional & State Scholarships


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$20,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

This partnership will help fund scholarships through a program of academic competitions for high school students of all scholastic achievement levels.

Northern Arizona College Resource Center


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$104,500

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The Northern Arizona College Resource Center (NACRC) is a collaborative effort among community partners to increase the number of students who apply for, are admitted to and attend and complete college. The center provides students and their families with technical assistance, advice and referrals regarding applying to and financing postsecondary studies.

Summer Youth Program Fund of Maricopa County


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$300,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Supporting the Summer Youth Program Fund's initiatives in Maricopa County helps enrich, enhance and expand summer programs for children across the community. These summer programs provide youth, especially economically-disadvantaged youth, with creative, recreational and educational outlets while fostering personal development and life-long learning.

Destination Graduation Program


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$50,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Through this partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Valley of the Sun United Way, Helios is helping students transition successfully from middle school to high school and graduate with the skills needed to achieve a postsecondary education. This program identifies students in need of extra support and surrounds them with those resources.

Next Generation STEM Administrators


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$40,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Helios Education Foundation is expanding the Next Generation STEM Leaders program in Pinal County Arizona to include school administrators. The Next Generation STEM Leaders initiative is aimed at building a core of educators in Pinal County schools who, by 2013, can become the school-based change agents needed to expand STEM learning.

CFES National & Tampa Bay STEM Program Planning Grant


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$62,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Helios is working with College for Every Student on a pilot initiative in Tampa, Florida focused on STEM education. This partnership is helping raise the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth, better preparing them for and helping them gain access to a postsecondary education.

Sunshine State Scholars


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$25,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The Sunshine State Scholars recognizes Florida's top students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and recruits them to attend Florida's Colleges and Universities, increasing the likelihood that they will join Florida's future workforce.

Integrating STEM


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$495,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

This teacher professional development partnership with Florida State University and Southwest Florida Water Management District brings STEM professional development to sixth through eighth grade math and science teachers in Citrus County. The program aims to increase teachers' knowledge in the integration of math, science and computing in the classroom.

Rio Salado Community College: Arizona's Model for Systemic Family Engagement in Education


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$142,711

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

This planning grant will support the research, evaluation and recommendation of a cohesive statewide infrastructure that will identity best practices for successful parent and family engagement in student performance in Arizona.

Mesa Literacy Project


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$448,700

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The Mesa Literacy Project is a partnership among Mesa Public Schools, the National Literacy Project and Helios Education Foundation to establish a systematic and sustainable approach to literacy and learning intended to increase student achievement in science, math and social studies.

Regional College Access Center


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$112,500

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The Regional College Access Center (RCAC) is a collaborative partnership in Pima County Arizona established to facilitate college access and success for all Pima County students. The initiative focuses on students from low-income households and/or who are the first in their family to attend postsecondary education programs.

The Pinellas Literacy Leadership Project


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$165,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Helios' continued support of the Pinellas Literacy Leadership Project in partnership with the National Literacy Project and Pinellas County Schools is helping improve the reading and writing success of students in Pinellas County. This effort has also led to the development and implementation of a unique literacy action plan designed to meet students' needs.

Helios Education Foundation Science Pavilion


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$35,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Helios Education Foundation funding provided support for the interactive Science Pavilion at the 2011 Tucson Festival of Books. The pavillion included information for teachers about curriculum, outreach activities and modules that can be adapted for the classroom.

Operation Graduate Program


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$75,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Helios Education Foundation and the Rays Baseball Foundation have partnered to support the United Way of Tampa Bay's Operation Graduate program. This initiative is focused on increasing the number of Tampa Bay youth who graduate from high school on time. Benefitting youth ages 14 to 18, the program is centered on providing at-risk teens with life and financial skills and educational opportunities, helping them become successful, contributing members of society.

Algebra Ready: Transitioning to Academic Success


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$560,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

Through this partnership with the University of Arizona, fourth through sixth grade teachers are being provided with online professional development opportunities focusing on rational numbers and early algebra concepts. Potentially reaching 150 teachers and ultimately impacting 3,000 students, this initiative will better prepare teachers to help students transition into more rigorous STEM courses.

Zona de Promesa: Children's Promise Zone


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$40,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

This partnership is creating opportunities for children to access effective schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and career.

Accelerated STEM Academic Pipeline


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$950,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The collaborative partnership with the University of South Florida-Polytechnic will provide 96 middle school teachers in Polk County in Florida with a graduate certificate in Integrative STEM Teaching and Learning. The certificate program, the first of its kind in Florida, provides 12 graduate credits of professional development focusing on STEM content, applied problem-based learning, content literacy strategies and other areas.

Florida College Access Network


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$200,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

This planning grant will help the Florida College Access Network expand its reach and galvanize a statewide network of organizations focused on helping students prepare for and gain access to a college education.

Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program


Fiscal Year Funded:
2011

Amount Funded:
$430,000

Impact Area:
Transition Years

Partner:

The Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program: Transforming STEM Teacher Preparation for the Transition Years is a collaborative partnership among the University of South Florida's colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences and Hillsborough County Public Schools. The primary goal of the partnership is to develop a new education program to prepare middle school STEM teachers.