Research shows that time outside of the classroom is nearly as important to youth development and learning as traditional school time.
Out-of-school time learning, or expanded learning, helps to address gaps and inequities in our traditional school systems and has proven to help address the pandemic's impacts on learning and social-emotional well-being.
In 2021, San Diego Foundation partnered with San Diego Unified School District and local nonprofits to launch Level Up SD, which brought a summer of learning and joy to San Diego school children and youth. This past year, SDF launched three additional expanded learning programs: County Expanded Learning Grants with other school districts and partners throughout the county, the Black InGenius Initiative with the University of San Diego, and the Growth Education Mentors and Scholars, or GEMS, program with various nonprofit partners.
Together, SDF has granted $31 million to 176 nonprofit partners and served more than 51,000 students through expanded learning.
"Whether it's visiting a museum, learning to play guitar, or participating in a sports camp, Level Up SD offers many students opportunities that were otherwise out of reach due to cost or transportation needs."
Dr. Lamont Jackson
San Diego Unified School District
Equity in Action.
View videos of our equity work with nonprofit partners.
A Vision for the Future
Vision to Learn is helping Chula Vista students do better in school simply by putting on a pair of glasses.
Changing Lives: Meliya's Scholarship Story
Coming from a low-income household, Meliya Russom grew up with the thought of affording college always on her mind.
Goal-Getters: Teaching More Than Soccer
With the help of Level Up SD and The Chicano Federation, more students are returning to the classroom prepared after a summer of learning and fun.
Diversifying the Local STEM Workforce
The lack of diversity in science, technology, engineering and science (STEM) drives leaders and educators at MiraCosta College to provide quality access to opportunity.
Empowering Tomorrow's Workforce
SBCS provides a wide range of services for local families, including an internship program to help youth get quality jobs and thrive.