Frequently Asked Questions

Who are our mentor/tutors?

Our mentor/tutors are vetted and trained students from local universities. Each one is in exemplary academic standing, shares a passion for our mission, and has a commitment to their student(s).

Who are our SEA program students?

SEA Program students are in middle school, in the mainstream classroom, and have one or more failing grades in any of the key subjects such as math, English, science, and/or history. We aim to support those who are truly struggling academically and could not otherwise afford the intensive and individualized support that our program provides.

How much does the SEA Program cost?

The SEA Program is free to all students! As a 501(c)3 organization, we are able to offer our services to those who need it at no cost. We only serve those unable to afford this specialized, one-on-one support.

How often do students meet with their mentor/tutors?

Each SEA Program student meets with their mentor/tutor twice a week for an hour each session. SEA is an after-school program, and all sessions take place Monday – Friday. Extended hours are possible and are addressed on a case-by-case basis. Days and hours vary by site.

Where does the SEA Program currently operate?

SEA currently operates in the following areas:

  • Culver City (Marina Del Rey Middle School)
  • Malibu (Malibu Middle School)
  • Oxnard (Rio Del Valle Middle School and Ocean View Junior High)
  • Pico Rivera (Rivera Middle School, North Park Academy of the Arts, STEAM Academy @ Burke)
  • Thousand Oaks (Colina Middle School)
  • Santa Monica (John Adams Middle School), , Westchester (Wright Middle School STEAM Magnet)
  • South Los Angeles (Clinton Middle School)
  • Watts (Markham Middle School)

How is the Emily Shane Foundation funded?

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity organization, we are funded by individual donations, grants, corporate sponsors, and two major annual fundraiser events. All funds raised are used to benefit the SEA Program.

Where do our raised funds go?

All money raised is used for the SEA Program, which includes costs associated with personnel and operating.

How do I obtain additional information about The Emily Shane Foundation?

Send us an email at or fill out our Contact form.

How can I contribute?

If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so here. We accept credit card, debit card, cash, and checks. We appreciate all contributions, whether financial or volunteer time!

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Yes, but always consult your tax professional about donations. The Emily Shane Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization.

Can other groups help The Emily Shane Foundation?

Definitely! If your school, civic group, or organization would like to plan an event or a fundraising campaign for the benefit of The Emily Shane Foundation, or collaborate on an event, please contact us.