PBS SoCal KOCE Awarded $75,000 Grant for Education Outreach from the American Honda Foundation

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Long-time supporter the American Honda Foundation awarded PBS SoCal a
$75,000 grant to expand its educational outreach in underserved Southern
California communities. The funding will further PBS SoCal’s Ready To
Learn
initiative, which uses educational PBS KIDS content and STEM
resources to help prepare kids for school and life.

“Core to our mission is to foster a love of learning from an early age.
Our Ready To Learn initiative allows us to do so by meeting the
children in our community and introducing them to entertaining and
educational resources,” said Jamie Myers, PBS SoCal’s COO and VP of
Education & Community Outreach. “With the generous multi-year support
from the American Honda Foundation we are able to continue our 45-year
commitment to serving this community through unique educational
experiences.”

The American Honda Foundation grant made an immediate impact, allowing
PBS SoCal to expand its Family Science Nights. Most recently, kids and
parents in Compton attended Family Science Night events where they used
creative play to learn core coding concepts by creating their own
interactive stories and games using PBS KIDS characters.

Also thanks to the American Honda Foundation, PBS SoCal’s Mobile Lab
will expand with additional iPads to serve even more preschoolers and
kindergarteners by traveling to events and partner sites across the
region. Each Mobile Lab offers access to iPads loaded with educational
apps that link familiar PBS KIDS characters with math and science
activities. Finally, the grant will also enable PBS SoCal to deliver
backpacks equipped with curriculum-based STEM toolkits to parents,
caregivers, and educators through monthly workshops. Community partners
who will receive backpacks include CARECEN, Children’s Institute, Inc.,
PACE, Project Access, THINK Together, Boys & Girls Club of Tustin,
KidWorks, Santa Ana Public Library, Compton Unified School District –
Foster Elementary, and Carson Elementary School.

“Two persisting issues in STEM education in the U.S. are: 1) the lack of
engaging children early in STEM and 2) early childhood educators not
possessing the confidence and resources to do so. PBS SoCal addresses
both by providing fun and enriching STEM curriculum that equips early
childhood professionals with what they need to create hands-on, minds-on
learning environments,” said Nichole Whitley, Program Officer for the
American Honda Foundation. “Like PBS SoCal, the American Honda
Foundation believes that every child regardless of their socio-economic
background deserves an equal opportunity to rise to their full potential
and it’s imperative that we support programs that make high-quality math
and science education accessible to underserved children that need it
most.”

About The American Honda Foundation

Established in 1984, the American Honda Foundation (AHF) makes grants to
non-profit organizations that benefit the people of the United States in
the areas of youth and scientific education, with a specific focus on
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in
addition to the environment. AHF engages in grantmaking that reflects
the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are
characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative,
youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. Since
its inception, more than $37 million has been awarded to organizations
serving approximately 117 million people in every state in the U.S.

About PBS SoCal KOCE

PBS SoCal is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern
California. We deliver the full schedule of PBS programs, plus content
that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. Our content
is available free through three broadcast channels, at pbssocal.org,
on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. And we provide the
community with early education resources and cultural and educational
experiences through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach. PBS
SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Connect
with us at pbssocal.org
and on Facebook,
Twitter,
Instagram
and Snapchat.

Contacts

PBS SoCal
Jennifer Vides, 310-803-9008
JVides@pbssocal.org
or
Stacy
Shaffer, 714-241-4166
SShaffer@pbssocal.org