THE MOUNTAIN WINERY
The Mountain Winery Kids' Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The Mountain Winery. While The Mountain Winery is well known as an ideal location for romantic weddings, stress-free corporate events and for our outdoor summer concert series, the Kids' Foundation operates quietly in the background, dedicated to helping organizations that help our children.
Kids' Foundation: Mission
The Mountain Winery Kids' Foundation is committed to building our future by improving the lives of our area's at-risk children. Established jointly by the owners of The Mountain Winery, the Kids' Foundation seeks to express and further their values: a respect for the children, a reverence for family, a faith in the ability to create a better world, and an obligation to give back to the region that is their home.
Kids' Foundation: Grants
The Mountain Winery Kids' Foundation provides grants to charitable programs that support a target population of disadvantaged or "at risk" children in the Santa Clara county.
National Hispanic University
Funded - $50,000
The National Hispanic University funding supports a new year long, hands-on mathematics and science program for at-risk middle schoolers. This funding supplements and reinforces learning in the students’ math and science classrooms and provides for an expansion of the Saturday reading program to include the math and sciences. The goals of the program are to assure that the middle school students will be at or above grade level in math and science, to guide students toward college-bound course selections as they leave middle school, and to make science and mathematics exciting, interesting and motivating areas of study.
Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley
Funded - $75,000
This funding allowed the after-school Sports, Fitness and Recreation program to serve additional children daily. The program encourages youth to develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, and skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. The sports program remains one of the most popular programs for both boys and girls and is one of the most effective recruiting tools for the club.
San Jose Science Workshop
Funded - $100,000
The San Jose Science Workshop services neighborhood children from the age of 8 years and older who are significantly at-risk and enriches their academic experiences through hands-on projects in science, technology and literacy. This year the workshop relocated to new facilities at the Horace Mann School. Funding allowed for a combination of classroom Hands-on Science experiments and informal build-it-yourself type projects and a full time project coordinator. The workshop serves the children during after-school hours and on Saturdays during the school year.
Synopsis Outreach Foundation
Funded - $10,000
The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Outreach Foundation supports students and teacher engaged in project-based learning at high, middle and elementary schools in Santa Clara County. The program was designed specifically for students to have after-school access to scientific equipment and expertise not normally available in the classroom. The students do projects in all areas of science such as precision massing, molecular analysis, stress measurement, spectral analysis or electrophoresis.
Funded - $18,000
Rock-IT Science is a science curriculum focused on exposing kids to science through hands-on science projects and experiments. There are over 150 different science lesson plans in the curriculum with a lot of continuity between lessons. This funding allowed Rock-It Science to develop a science program for students in conjunction with the San Jose Science Workshop.
Funded - $10,000
These funds provided the MACSA Youth Center with additional teacher and tutor hours. The new staff member allowed for a greater intensity of services during both the academic year program and the summer program. These programs combined many services for academic readiness; focus on literacy and computer competency. Children in the Youth Academy are tracked to assess their attitudes for risk behaviors as well as attendance, report cards and academic test scores.