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.

Our Students

Learn how Closing the Gap has impacted the lives of students in the Sacramento region.

Herman Tillman

Grecia Frias

Angela Teurn

Jorge DeLuna

Funded Programs

Closing the Gap funds programs that provide tutoring, college counseling, career guidance, and real world experience to students in the Sacramento region.

For the 2018-2019 school year, Closing the Gap funded the following programs:

Improve Your Tomorrow

Closing the Gap awarded Improve Your Tomorrow $10,000 to pay for transportation associated with college tours including Stanford University, Marymount University, Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Berkeley, CSU San Francisco, CSU
Monterey Bay, CSU Chico, UC Santa Cruz, and University of Santa Clara campuses.

During the tours, students will particpate in student panel discussions, admission and financial aid sessions, sports activities and attend an
actual college class.

It is the fourth consecutive year Improve Your Tomorrow has received a grant of $10,000 or more from Closing hte Gap.

Two young men, Michael Lynch and Michael Casper, grew up in South Sacramento, graduated from Valley High School, earned four year college degrees, and then launched successful careers in California’s legislature and in banking. They returned to their neighborhood to help the thousands of students facing challenging environments, achieve their fullest potential. So, the two Michaels started Improve Your Tomorrow to guide and counsel high school students on attending college.

Sacramento Police Foundation Criminal Justice Academy

A minimum of 80 junior and senior high school students enrolled in the Sacramento Police Foundation’s Criminal Justice Academy program will receive SAT Preparation through a $10,000 grant awarded by Closing the Gap.
Additionally, the Sacramento Police Foundation intends to use the funds to provide college preparatory mentoring and a financial literacy course for all junior-year Criminal Justice Academy students.
This is the tenth year the Sacramento Police Foundation has been selected for a grant. It has used the funds to put students on track for attending four year universities through SAT preparation and through counseling that assures students have completed high school courses necessary for college admission.

Criminal Justice and Law Academies operate at four Sacramento-area high schools:

CK McClatchy
Grant Union
Hiram Johnson
John F. Kennedy

Luther Burbank Wolfpack Robotics

Inspiring students to achieve in areas of science and math is a common goal of Closing the Gap and Wolfpack Robotics. It is why Closing the Gap awarded a $5,000 grant to Wolfpack Robotics for the organization to purchase essential tools and equipment allowing students participating in the program to create and develop robots for competition.

Wolfpack Robotics has a team of about 20 students focused on competing in the international FIRST Robotics Competition and it mentors an underwater ROV team of 6 middle school girls.

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