Community Investments:

$17,387,000 Total investments in 2012

By focusing its financial resources across key areas along the education continuum, Helios Education Foundation is building a pipeline of students destined to achieve postsecondary success. But when viewed as a whole, the Foundation's impact in early childhood education, the transition years and postsecondary success is creating a college-going culture that values the power of education and the change it ultimately represents.

Early Childhood Education

In 2012, Helios invested over $2.687 million in strengthening early childhood systems in Arizona and Florida.

Partner / Program Name
State
Amount

Childsplay / EYE Play: Teaching Literacy Through Drama
Folds their successful model of educating elementary school teachers to use drama in teaching literacy into a curriculum for Early Childhood practitioners. It will also offer professional development that uses creative drama to achieve Department of Education and site-specific objectives for language and literacy. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 347,000

United Way Northern Arizona/ Northern Arizona University / Read on Flagstaff
Promotes community awareness and mobilizes action towards reaching the goal of every Flagstaff child reading at grade level or higher by the end of third grade. Read On collaborators will build a culture of literacy within families and neighborhoods where children are most at risk. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 330,000

United Way Suncoast / Early Literacy Initiative
A component of a larger education initiative focused on early education and reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Visit Website

Florida
$ 1,000,000

United Way Tucson & Southern Arizona / Read On Tucson
A component of a larger education initiative focused on early education and reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 310,000

United Way of Yuma County, Inc. / Read On Yuma
Community Awareness and Mobilization effort designed to support grade level reading by the end of third grade for every Yuma child. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 150,000

Valley of the Sun United Way / Read on Phoenix
In collaboration with the City of Phoenix, several school districts and community partners, VSUW is leading the Read on Phoenix initiative to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 550,000

The Transition Years

In 2012, Helios invested over $11.255 million to improve academic rigor and relevance with an emphasis on STEM in Arizona and Florida.

Partner / Program Name
State
Amount

ACT / ACT-District Choice State Test
Continued funding of the ACT District Choice State Test in Arizona to provide school districts with data and tools to support the development of college- and career- ready students. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 275,000

Arizona Community Foundation / Rodel Foundation, MacRo Program
Uses research-based components to raise math achievement of Arizona students in high-need and/or rural communities. Aligns all of its components to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 415,000

Arizona State University / ASU - Spirit of Service Scholars
Encourages high school students to play an active role in creating a college-going culture within their schools and advances community leadership and public service opportunities for young students. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 120,000

Center for the Future of Arizona / Education Innovation Collaborative
Establishes a sustainable structure where diverse schools learn about systemic educational change through shared experiences and ideas. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 525,000

Council for Educational Change / Project STEM: Strong and Steady...Building Capacity for Student STEM Success through Excellence in Instructional Leadership
Creates and implements a Middle School Professional Development model for STEM instructional leaders. This grant will help participant school teams develop and practice successful STEM instructional leadership. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 471,000

Gila County Education Service Agency / Arizona Rural Tri-County Education Initiative
Creation of an organizational model and implementation plan for effective professional development in rural counties by building capacity to use interactive technology-based applications. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 1,274,000

Science Foundation Arizona / Developing the Arizona STEM Network and Implementing the Helios STEM School Pilot Project
Implementation of the Arizona STEM Network, including Knowledge Management, Helios STEM Schools Pilot and a suite of web-based tools for teachers and administrators. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 4,050,000

University of South Florida Foundation / Robert Noyce Master Teacher Fellowship Program
Provides stipends to mathematics and science teachers to attend teacher development programs. These teachers will become Master Teacher Fellows and will be prepared to assume leadership roles within their schools or other high-needs district schools. Visit Website

Florida
$ 225,000

Yuma Union High School District / Ready Now Yuma
District-wide implementation of a high expectations, performance-based education model designed to graduate knowledgeable, highly skilled students academically prepared for success beyond high school. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 3,900,000

Postsecondary Success

In 2012, Helios invested over $1.495 million to strengthen student supports critical to persistence and align pathways to relevant, high demand careers.

Partner / Program Name
State
Amount

Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation / Diamondbacks Helios Scholars Program
Scholarship partnership with Arizona College Scholarship Fund, including a mentoring initiative to ensure postsecondary success. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 500,000

Foundation for Florida Colleges /
Credit When It's Due

Facilitates the awarding of an associate's degree to students who transferred from a college system to a state university prior to completing the associate's degree, and who meet degree requirements. Visit Website

Florida
$ 495,000

Rays Baseball Foundation / Double Up for Education
Scholarship partnership with Take Stock in Children including student supports to ensure postsecondary success. Visit Website

Florida
$ 500,000

Innovative Partnerships

In 2012, Helios invested over $1.95 million in Innovative Partnerships.

Partner / Program Name
State
Amount

Florida Consortium of Education Foundations / Florida Common Core Communication Collaborative
A collaborative of funders working to create communication strategies in support of common core implementation. Visit Website

Florida
$ 100,000

Miami-Dade College Foundation / Education Nation On-The-Road Miami
NBC Education Nation On-the-Road - Miami, FL.
The goal of Education Nation On-The-Road was to foster communication around local and national education issues and spotlight solutions. Helios partnered with NBC News along with the University of Phoenix, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NBC Learn and Miami-Dade College to bring Education Nation to Miami. Visit Website

Florida
$ 100,000

Stand for Children / Stand Arizona Education Reform
Grassroots leadership development in support of improving public education. Helios grant supports the Arizona Affiliate Expansion to work on projects that will bring the organization to scale and expand its reach to create deeper impact for children and families. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 1,500,000

West Ed / Arizona Mayor's Roundtable
Statewide partnership for the advancement of mayoral participation in education across the state of Arizona, it enables discussion about education initiatives, overcoming policy barriers and developing cohesive local strategies. Visit Website

Arizona
$ 250,000