Bakersfield mentoring initiative receives $25K grant

Funds to support energy, environment, health care


Kern Economic Development Foundation was awarded a $25,000 grant by The Bakersfield Californian Foundation, the largest of their Fall 2012 Grant Cycle.

The grant will be used to support KEDF’s two high school mentoring initiatives: The Alliance of Women in Energy, which provides educational and career mentoring in the energy and utilities field; and the Alliance of Medical Professionals, which offers mentoring to students interested in health care careers.

Both initiatives increase high school students’ opportunities through curriculum-based mentoring which prepares them for the transition to college and the work force by providing rigorous and relevant education and the ability to explore careers.

The programs seek to increase the high school graduation rate and the pursuit of secondary education among socio-economically disadvantaged students. While increasing the number of educated and skilled workers in Kern County, the “grow our own” approach to work force development will encourage ongoing relationships between students and mentors, ultimately providing a path to successful post-college employment in Kern County.

The $25,000 award will be used to further develop mentor training and curriculum, provide students with resources, and create opportunities for students to attend industry events and excursions.

The Bakersfield Californian Foundation was created to support local non-profit charitable organizations, with the goal of sustaining Kern County’s quality of life and making Kern a more humane, just and enjoyable place in which to live.

 Their Fall 2012 Grant Cycle awarded nearly $145,000 in grants to a variety of local nonprofits, including those promoting mental health and environmental education and animal welfare.

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