PAST PROGRAMS

SLF has been privileged to work with a diversity of individuals and programs towards the shared mission of strengthening our communities

KABUL SCHOOL CONNECTION

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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.

ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD RESEARCH

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Research: To study oxidative stress and cell energy impairments

SPOTLIGHT IN 2019

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation proudly supports Dr. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD. Her research focuses on repairing electromagnetic field damage and cell phone radiation damage in Gulf War veterans. The Golomb Research Group studies various conditions related to oxidative stress and cell energy impairments.

Spotlight Work: Recent research on Gulf War illness and other health problems in vetereans of the 1991 Gulf War: Effects of toxicant exposures during deployment (January 2016)

GUT MICROBIOME RESEARCH

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Research: To construct a microbial map for planet Earth

SPOTLIGHT IN 2017

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation supports the work of Dr. Christine Tara Peterson, PhD for her groundbreaking work in gut health at UCSD. Her publications are integral in the advancement of gut microbiome research and immunology as she continues to find solutions for health ailments.

Spotlight Work: Prebiotic Potential of Medicinal Herbs Used as Nootropics and in Neurodegenerative Disease (March 2019)

DUALLY NOTED

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Mission: To break barriers between artists and audiences by breaking bread

FISCAL SPONSOREE | PARTNERED IN 2017

Dually Noted expands the arts scene and grows classical music audiences by presenting an engaging classical music dining event. The Samuel Lawrence Foundation helps provide connections and funds to continue this unique sensory and social experience, allowing people to appreciate classical music up-close in a personalized, intimate setting.

 

This musical program exposes listeners to classical music using cross-sensory methods to convey the importance and relevance of this art form today.

EARTH MICROBIOME PROJECT

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Research: To construct a microbial map for planet Earth

SPOTLIGHT IN 2016

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation is proud to help fund the Earth Microbiome Project, which aims to construct a microbial map of the planet. This massive collaborative effort is a systematic attempt to characterize global microbial taxonomic and functional diversity for the benefit of the planet and humankind.

 

This project exemplifies the idea of open science and crowd-sourcing data analysis to enable universal principles to be explored. The standardized collection, curation, and analysis allow for a significant interpretation of ecological trends.

VOICES OF OUR CITY CHOIR

Mission: To connect youth and families to enriching experiences in the arts

PREVIOUS FISCAL SPONSOREE |
PARTNERED IN 2016

SLF served as the Choir’s fiscal sponsor until 2018 when the group successfully launched under their own nonprofit tax status. Voices of Our City Choir is a choir for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego. The organization aims to transform the perception and experience of homelessness by building bridges that connect diverse communities in positive ways through musical performance, advocacy, and education.

 

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation helped Voices of Our City Choir through their developmental phases and continues to enthusiastically support the nonprofit.

SYMPHONY MEETS SCIENCE

Mission: To connect science and music

FISCAL SPONSOREE | PARTNERED IN 2016

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation partnered with the Association for Research in Otolarynology (ARO) to present an evening of science and music. The concert connected hearing scientists, musicians, young people, and the community to the science of sound. This special event, held at Balboa Theatre, included music from Danny Green Trio and Mainly Mozart Quartet, paired with a multimedia presentation from three renowned hearing scientists.

 

By bridging science and music into a harmonious concert, SLF amplified community engagement and community understanding.

STEAM LEADERSHIP SERIES

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Mission: To bridge high-tech science and business with high school students

FISCAL SPONSOREE | PARTNERED IN 2015

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.