The Owl Foundation is dedicated to positive change in an always-evolving landscape. Our dedication to supplying disadvantage youth with skills that will enhance their life’s goals is paramount to the current programs we are developing and supporting.
Female Financial Literacy Program:
Female financial literacy training was provided to both Sacramento and San Jose Job Corps center students at no cost to Job Corps. These services were funded by the Owl Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization, in partnership with the United Way.
Job Corps Healthy Lifestyles Program:
- To educate the Job Corps student population with simple steps to living healthy lives.
- To introduce students to the power of a goal setting process around wellness.
- To increase each student’s activity up to 10,000 steps (or equivalent) each day.
- To have students track their nutrition so they understand calorie intake and how it is balanced against their calorie burn each day.
- To engage students in tracking activity, nutrition and other wellness goals throughout their 18 months in Job Corps and 6 months after they graduate.
- To help students achieve healthy BMIs; appropriate waist measurements; reduce their risk of disease; and to instill self-esteem.
- The purpose of our program is to engage approximately 3,390 disadvantaged 16-24 year old students in the Career Systems Development Corporation (CSD) managed U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Centers to live a healthier and more productive lifestyle.
- From the earliest days of America's "War On Poverty," when Job Corps began under the inspired leadership of Sargent Shriver, Career Systems Development (CSD) Corporation sought to impact youth for growth. Operating centers nationwide and never giving up in their quest to find the best ways to serve disenfranchised youth, CSD is deeply involved in the future and growth of their students. CSD began as a private contractor to implement the goals of the Department of Labor’s Job Corps program.
- This is a two-year program that will take place on nine different Job Corps campuses from Maine to California. This program is wholly supported by the Owl Foundation, corporate incentive donations and we are seeking corporate sponsorships.
- Currently we have begun our pilot program at the CSD run Job Corps center in San Jose, California.
- Our program benefits the community by producing healthy young adults who will be entering the community workforce. Most of these students have never been educated on how to take care of themselves in a sustainable manner. Currently, this student population on average at all of the CSD centers is 60% overweight. 6% are type II diabetics (at our New Orleans center the students are 29% diabetic) and 7% are morbidly obese and will require extensive medical costs if lifestyle modification does not occur.
- Studies have shown that being 30 pounds or more overweight has an impact of wealth. Complications from obesity cost an individual on average: $44k for a heart attack; $40.2k for a stroke; $37k for end-state kidney disease; $15k to amputate a toe. Clearly, training these students about the importance of their health and wellbeing while entered in Job Corps, will benefit both themselves and their future employers as well as their family’s future generations.
- Our intent is to educate this student population on the power of setting, tracking, achieving and rewarding measurable goals around activity, nutrition and other physical and mental wellness areas so they may become productive members of society for the rest of their lives. The Owl Foundation believes that by using the tools from our program CSD students will increase self-esteem allowing each participant to more effectively seek jobs, work harder, goal-set and achieve goals in the position they obtain.
- Each student who “graduates” from the Job Corps Healthy Lifestyles Program will receive a certificate of completion and will state their success with the program on their work resumes.
United Way Women’s Philanthropy Fund:
The Owl Foundation supports the efforts of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund. Women’s Philanthropy Fund Members give back to causes important to them personally, while also participating in collectively creating change with other women leaders. United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund is unique in its ability to provide women a “one stop shop” where they can be recognized for their giving to the community and make a difference by supporting programs focused on education and financial stability for women, girls and families in Orange County. Members have options on how they would like to LIVE UNITED through the offerings of United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund, including member meetings, social receptions, and participation in the annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast.
Thanks to funds contributed through the Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast, The Women’s Philanthropy Fund, in conjunction with United Way, has launched the “Women Leading Women” pilot project working with two corporate partners, Boeing and The Irvine Company, to connect lower income female employees with the necessary resources to achieve their goals. It involves approximately fifty lower income working women, a team of coaches and community agencies to provide access to appropriate training programs and resources in the areas of career skills, financial literacy and transportation.
United Way of Aroostook:
In support of the Loring Job Corps Center, the Owl Foundation, in conjunction with the Aroostook County United Way, is donating funds for much needed clothing, recreational equipment and library supplies.
The Loring Job Corps serves approximately one thousand students a year. Some students come with just the clothes on their back. The Job Corps Center provides the students with the immediate need of uniforms and under clothing; however, the amount allotted is very often not enough. There is a need for boots, shoes, coats, hats, gloves, scarf’s, umbrellas and interview wear. The center has a prom twice a year for students preparing to graduate. Used prom dresses could be worn if we had a resource for our females.
The Loring Job Corps is isolated in an area with few opportunities for student’s recreational needs. In an attempt to increase student awareness to better health, knowledge of fine arts, crafts, music and increase involvement in hobbies the Owl Foundation is supplying much needed funds to acquire new equipment. From treadmills, bikes and Wii Gaming Systems, to a drum set, keyboards and guitars to snowboards and snowshoes, the Loring Job Corps students will be able to fill-in the gaps in developing their recreational interests outside of the classroom.
In an effort to increase literacy skills, the Owl Foundation is funding new and used books, Rosetta Stone English/Spanish programs, computers, etc. to the Loring Job Corps Center. With over 35% of the Loring students arriving to the center with reading skills below the 5th grade average, the Owl Foundation hopes to once again, fill-in the gaps and prepare these students for the next step in their lives once they leave Job Corps.
American Lake Veterans Golf Course:
The miracles happening at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course are amazing. Our heroes’ lives are being enriched, rewarded and even saved through the incredible physical therapy they re receiving. Jack Nicklaus has donated the design for an additional nine holes and generous private donors have begun building a Rehabilitation and Training Center. The Owl Foundation supports our veterans and we value the valiant effort they made putting their lives on the line for our freedom.
The Hawn Foundation:
“We need to rethink our whole approach to classroom education, integrating neuroscience with the latest social and emotional learning techniques. A peaceful, happy child is the first step toward a peaceful world. ” Goldie Hawn
Pressure on students and teachers continues to intensify, while resources are drying up and traditional educational methods are failing. Our kids are paying a terrible price, not only in academic achievement but in emotional health. Stress related health problems, youth violence, drug abuse and depression are rising at alarming rates.
For too long our nation has not invested in the healthy development of its children. The Hawn Foundation is dedicated to promoting children’s success in school and in life through social and emotional learning. They work to ensure the healthy development of children through advocacy and direct programming, reversing the national legacy of neglect and creating a healthier, happier and more peaceful world. The Owl Foundation advocates the Hawn Foundation with continued and purposeful partnerships and support.
American Cancer Society Golf Classic — Laredo, TX:
The Owl Foundation has supported the tremendous opportunity to help raise funds for much needed cancer research.
The Living Dessert:
The Living Desert was established in 1970 by several trustees of the Palm Springs Desert Museum who foresaw the impact that resort development would have on their local desert ecosystem. This foresight led to an interpretive nature trail and preserve in Palm Desert.
For almost four decades The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Even as we take immense pride in our accomplishments over the last 38 years, we remain as dedicated as ever to the goals that initially inspired us when we first began operations in March of 1970.
Restoring our oceans through knowledge, passion and commitment.
Miocean is a nonprofit foundation that applies proven business approaches to curb the harmful effects of urban run-off pollution and, by doing so, preserve and protect Orange County's 42 miles of coastline.
Urban run-off pollution is recognized as one of the greatest issues affecting the health of our coastlines. According to the latest report from the US Commission on Ocean Policy, urban runoff pollution is "one of the most serious impacts on ocean and coastal areas" and is "destroying the qualities that draw people to the coast".
Miocean co-funds projects with local agency partners and direct charitable contributions to help reduce urban run-off pollution through measurable "end-of-pipe" projects, natural treatment solutions, research programs, upstream prevention and watershed education programs.
Miocean is passionate about helping the ocean remain a source of well-being, enjoyment and vitality for all.
The Owl Foundation heartily supports Miocean and their conservation efforts.
The Mauli Ola Foundation:
The Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF) was organized to promote education, awareness of genetic diseases and to increase research for genetic disorders. The MOF raises funds to support programs for kids and adults with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities through social events such as music concerts, sports tournaments, galas, and other great events. The MOF wants to provide a direct and immediate option for children with genetic disorders an enjoyable and healthy way of life through natural treatments.
Surf Experience Days For The Kids
Surf Experience Days were created to get kids who have cystic fibrosis out into the ocean water (which is high in saline) and experience what natural therapies can do for their lungs. The exercise and fun they get from these events is truly fantastic. What is even more amazing, kids who have cystic fibrosis respond very well to the salt water environment. The saline in the air and water breaks down the congestion that is in their lungs. This congestion is what causes them to go to hospitals constantly and leads them to have to take lots of medication on a daily basis. With salt water treatments, their hospital visits are cut in half, leading to a healthier and more fulfilling life with fun activities. The Owl Foundation supports these efforts!
This wonderful organization raises funds to benefit the Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute and the Assessment and Treatment Services Center (ATSC) in Newport Beach, California.
Foundation for Youth Opportunities:
The mission of the Foundation for Youth Opportunities is to conduct charitable and educational activities that benefit youth, especially those considered "at-risk" and who may benefit from alternative educational and training programs or initiatives, including, for such purposes, providing information, training, and technical assistance to government and non-government entities carrying out programs or initiatives on behalf of or that benefit youth. The Owl Foundation wholly supports FYO and their mission.
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity:
Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners' monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.