2016 Grantees


Arts - Ojai Youth Opera

Ojai Youth Opera, established in 2012, is the first stand-alone youth opera company in the United States. It is dedicated to keeping the torch of opera burning bright for present and future generations. The grant is being used to help students in the Ojai Valley learn the history of the opera Brundibár -- a children’s opera originally performed in the WWII Theresienstadt concentration camp. The curriculum meets the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust and helps students develop empathy and an acceptance of diversity while emphasizing a strong, anti-bullying message.


Education - Girls Empowerment Workshop

The Girls Empowerment Workshop educates, empowers and inspires girls in the Ojai Unified School District by raising awareness, developing communication skills and cultivating self-respect. The grant enables the agency to expand programming to include younger children and boys throughout the Ojai Valley and to address the dramatic rise in rates of students’ self-reported depression and self-injury.


Environment - Once Upon A Watershed

Once Upon a Watershed seeks to awaken appreciation, discovery and connection with the natural world. The grant supports the delivery of two new units of Our School the Watershed, a hands-on education program that cultivates a sense of shared responsibility for our whole earth system. Sixth grade and kindergarten students in the Ojai Valley will investigate, assess, and design rainwater capture, redirection containment, and disbursement systems for their schools.


Health - Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses Association

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association ensures that vulnerable, low-income residents of the Ojai Valley receive quality home care, compassionate hospice care, and vital personal care, regardless of their financial situation. The grant allows the Association to serve an additional 35 low-income Ojai patients and their families through the expertise of social workers and home health care aids.


Social Services - Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center

The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center is dedicated to the nurture of children pre-birth to five through pre and postnatal well being, infant and toddler development, and parent education and support. The grant is being used to expand the clinical supervision team of the Teen and Young Parent Group, and to provide classes, workshops, and peer support to this high-risk population.


Social Services - Social Services - Reins of H.O.P.E. (Human Opportunity Partnership with Equine)

Reins of H.O.P.E. helps clients build self-confidence and develop interpersonal and problem-solving skills through the use of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). This is an alternative form of therapy in which clients deal directly with horses as they work to process and solve their personal challenges.  The grant money is being used to provide EAP therapy for students from Ojai Chaparral Alternative High School.