Closing the Gap recognizes the need for bringing students robust and more abundant opportunities to achieve. Our strategy – identify and fund local programs helping local students overcome the achievement gap.
When a program applies to Closing the Gap for funding, our evaluation team vets the program’s impact, reviews its fiscal stability, and then makes a recommendation on whether to award a grant. Local programs that receive funding are often partnered with other funded programs to yield the biggest bang for every dollar Closing the Gap raises. Each year our reach to local students has increased to where are funded programs collectively touch thousands of students with tutoring, SAT prep, college admission coaching, and in-home counseling.
These are our children, in our own backyard, in our own community. We are committed to eliminating the academic achievement gap in the Sacramento region.
Learn how Closing the Gap has impacted the lives of students in the Sacramento region.
Closing the Gap funds programs that provide tutoring, college counseling, career guidance, and real world experience to students in the Sacramento region.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Closing the Gap funded the following programs:
Closing the Gap awarded Improve Your Tomorrow $17,000 through our Cake Walk Signature Program and an additional $10,000 for college tours and college scholarships. serving students at Valley High School and Jackman Middle School.
Two young men, Michael Lynch and Michael Casper, graduated from Valley High School, earned four year college degrees, and then launched successful careers in California’s legislature and in banking. However, they returned to their neighborhood knowing there was a need to help students growing up in challenging environments to achieve their fullest potential. So, the two Michaels started Improve Your Tomorrow to guide and counsel high school students on attending college.
Criminal Justice and Law Academies operating at four Sacramento-area high schools:
John F. Kennedy
CTG granted $10,000 to provide SAT prep courses, college readiness counseling, and financial literacy programs.
This year Luther Burbank, is implementing a curriculum written by Clay Dagler, that includes computer programming and robotics which teach 9th grade students Common Core math formerly known as Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra2.
The first of its kind program was developed in conjunction with the UC Davis STEM Center. Students get to immediately see how the math they are learning is applied in the real world.
This $10,000 grant will be used to buy a set of laptops, a 3-D printer and the software required to teach the UC Davis C-STEM Integrated Math 1 class.