Strengthening a sense of knowledge, skill, and value are pertinent to any individual, regardless of age. Whether advocating for education on climate change, providing young scientists the funds needed to continue their education and research, or working with San Diego Unified School District to increase access to classical music, we distinguish ourselves as a bridge to shared learning.
Kabul School Connection
Mission: Connecting San Diego teens with peers in Afghanistan
Founder | Partnered in 2021
In March 2021, we quietly launched the Kabul School Connection, a program that linked Canyon Crest Academy high school students to peers in Afghanistan. The conversations on Zoom began after news broke about a suicide bombing of the Mawoud tutoring center.
In the weeks that followed, teens from Mawoud and Canyon Crest talked about dreams and goals and explored questions of daily life. Students in Kabul found a unique platform to discuss feelings they experienced as a result of the bombing.
Kabul School Connection was organized by Julya Kenna and included Mawoud’s principal, Najibullah Yousefi, Canyon Crest Academy teacher Timothy Stiven, and Fary Moini and Steve Brown of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club.
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Floating Schools of Bangladesh
Mission: To transform the regions waterways into pathways for education, information, and technology
Shidulai Swanirvar Sangstha, also known as Floating Schools of Bangladesh, was founded in response to Bangladesh’s monsoon ridden shorelines in the Pabna and Natore districts of Bangladesh. The fleet of education boats travels to communities to educate students on various topics, including sustainable agriculture, healthcare, and climate change. With a majority of the youth population forced to live in remote, flood-prone areas, these floating classrooms provide a remarkable solution. From floating libraries to floating playgrounds, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation supports this organization by managing grants and encouraging them to continue to advance innovative solutions.
STEAM Leadership Series
Mission: To bridge high-tech science and business with high school students
Fiscal Sponsoree | Partnered in 2015 | Website: http://steamleadership.com/
STEAM Leadership Series brings high-tech science to San Diego Unified high school students through engaging events. The program connects students with leading science professionals who deliver lectures and give career advice from the podium at top research institutions. Students hear from diverse speakers that inspire then to pursue their dreams and provide them with the knowledge on where to start. The Samuel Lawrence Foundation brainstorms and helps produce these innovative educational events throughout each year.
Mission: Cultivating healthy, happy, nature-connected kids
Fiscal Sponsoree | Partnered in 2014 | Website: https://www.shermangrows.com/
Barrio Botany provides urban San Diego school students with garden-based experiential learning opportunities that improve academic achievement, enhance environmental literacy, and inspire lifelong health and wellness. The garden program creates a vibrant outdoor learning environment where students learn to grow fresh produce. Students gain horticulture knowledge, greater respect for their environment, and enjoy delicious food from their harvests. The Samuel Lawrence Foundation encourages the development of the program and hopes to expand the life-changing program into common curriculum.
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