The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity was established in 2017 to celebrate the contribution that Frederick E. Hart made to our cultural heritage, to honor his commitment to Civil Rights, and to continue the work of providing educational opportunities to historically marginalized communities.
Effective educational experiences foster academic success and serve the basic developmental needs of the individual student. But truly effective educational experiences have the power to do more. Truly effective educational experiences have the power to cultivate within each student a lifelong passion for learning. And every student deserves that opportunity.
Every student deserves the opportunity to develop a sense of curiosity about the world. Every student deserves the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills essential to success in school, in higher education, and throughout adult life. Every student deserves the opportunity to maximize his or her potential.
By offering educational enrichment programs to underserved student communities, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity is working to make this vision of expanding educational opportunities a reality.
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Equal access to education is a civil right. Regardless of family background, every young person deserves the chance to fulfill his or her potential. Every young person deserves the chance to access our common intellectual heritage, and share in the body of knowledge on which we all depend. Every young person deserves the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of learning.
In order to make education more accessible to those student communities most impacted by social and economic disadvantages, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity currently sponsors educational programs serving urban student communities in the following locations:
30% of children in Oakland live in poverty. As immigrants from non-English-speaking countries, or as the children of immigrants from non-English-speaking countries, many children in Oakland also face particular challenges as English language learners. In 2017-2018, according to Oakland Unified School District:
As in Oakland, students in Hayward face staggering social and economic challenges. Within the most impoverished neighborhood of Hayward, the average per capita household income is just $17,749 (The Pioneer). 66% of students in Hayward qualify for free or reduced price lunches, and only 23% of Hayward High School students achieve scores at the national average or above on the SAT(PrepScholar).
Inspiring a Love of Learning
To engage students, to promote a lifelong love of learning, and to help them develop the skills they need for success in school, the Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity supports early childhood education.
Among children (ages 0-8) purposeful play has been shown to help build the foundations students need to acquire more advanced skills in literacy and numeracy. To facilitate purposeful play, the Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity donates educational toys and art supplies, in partnership with local welcome organizations, to families with young children in the refugee, asylum-seeker, and immigrant community of Oakland, California.
Science in the Community
As an artist, and as an outdoorsman, Frederick E. Hart had a great respect for nature. To him the natural world was more than just a place of recreation, it was a source of inspiration. In honor of his life and work, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity partners with local educators to provide youth education programs which focus on engaging with the natural world, and learning about science.
The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity proudly supports The Walk with the Animals. Based at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward, California, The Walk with the Animals brings rescued wildlife into the classroom to inspire local Elementary School students, who come from an urban environment. In this unique and "wildly" popular program, we share a sense of wonder about wild animals – as well as a passion for science!
In partnership with the Lake Merritt Institute in Oakland, California, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity supports youth education programs connecting climate science education with fieldwork in local parks. The Billion Year Walk in Oakland, California, simulates a journey from the beginning of earth's development up to the present day. To illustrate a "billion years" of natural history, and engage students in the great outdoors, volunteers set up dozens of activities along the edge of Lake Merritt, from a demonstration of photosynthesis, to dinosaur fossil and wooly mammoth bone displays. Read more about The Billion Year Walk at SF Gate
Effective wildlife and outdoor learning experiences foster academic success, and help students develop a sense of curiosity about the world. To cultivate this sense of curiosity, and help students develop the skills they need for success in school, in higher education, and in adult life, the Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity supports youth education programs.
Creating Opportunity, Recognizing Achievement
Too many students find themselves excluded from fulfilling their potential simply because their families cannot afford it. The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity is committed to removing that obstacle, wherever possible, and expanding educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds.
At Oakland International High School in Oakland, California, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity offers free SAT prep lessons and practice materials, helping students who would not otherwise have access to SAT prep lessons and materials achieve their goals in higher education.
Migrant Advocacy Project:
In an initiative to improve digital literacy within underserved communities, and promote the inclusion of immigrant youth in higher education, the Migrant Advocacy Project offers an 8-week digital literacy and inclusion workshop series and mentoring program, sponsored in part by The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity.
FACES for the Future:
In partnership with the FACES for the Future Program at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity supports the Art and Anatomy Project for underserved high school students, offering community service opportunities, and work experience in health science fields, with internships at St. Rose Hospital, a Gross Anatomy Training, and Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Mentorships.
Working together, FACES and the Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity facilitate and reward community service. In recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, and dedication to community, college-bound seniors who participated in the FACES Program received Lindy Lain Hart Youth Health Scholar Awards and Frederick E. Hart Educational Achievement Awards.
A Resource for New Americans
The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity is proud to offer educational opportunities for new Americans. Our program in Oakland, California, helps immigrants seeking U.S. Citizenship prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test.