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The Emily Shane Foundation: featured on our local CBS News!

Breaking News 📣! ESF was featured on local CBS news on June 28th, 2024 regarding our work and being selected as a 2024 California Nonprofit of the Year! 📺 #SEAProgram #NonprofitOfTheYear #CBSKCAL

Great food and fun at Isla! Thanks to all who joined us.

Missed The Emily Shane Foundation's fundraiser at Isla? No worries! Scroll to catch glimpses of our fundraiser evening. Warning: Mouth-watering content ahead! Thanks to Isla, their attentive staff, and all who participated in supporting our mission ️ #nonprofit #fundraiser #finediningScroll to catch glimpses of our fundraiser evening at Isla! Warning: Mouth-watering content ahead! We appreciate Isla’s attentive staff and all who participated in supporting our
mission ️ #nonprofit #fundraiser #finedining

ESF Committee Member Emily Elizabeth with Executive Director Ellen Shane at the event.
Isla uses a wood-fired oven to cook their mouth watering dishes like their signature Petaluma Half Chicken.
Isla is known for its distinctive cocktails. 
Through the looking glass: A family is seen savoring their farm-to-table meal.
ESF Provides A Solution To Educational Inequity, One Student At A Time
Educational Inequity
  • Educational inequity refers to the unequal distribution of academic resources and opportunities based on socio-economic status, race, and ethnicity.
  • -Only six percent of Black students and seven percent of Hispanic students earn a degree or certificate within three years of enrolling in LACCD (Los Angeles Community College District) colleges (“The State of Higher Education for Latinx and Black Angelenos”).
  • - 57.8% of Los Angeles Unified District middle school students are not meeting literacy standards set by the state of California. This learning loss is attributed to have worsened during COVID-19 remote learning and is still persisting ("LAUSD Attendance and Graduation Rates Rebound").
How does ESF Provide a solution?
  • Our SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program is a solution to educational inequity via our comprehensive approach in  providing personalized academic support and mentorship to students from underserved communities. Through our work, they are given the tools and resources they need to thrive, and to achieve their best academic and personal potential. Without this essential support, these students risk falling through the cracks. Our work helps bridge the opportunity gap. The Emily Shane Foundation maximizes  opportunities  for our students’ futures.
  • 96% of students enrolled in our SEA Program in the 2023-2024 Academic year represent underserved communities and identify as African American or Hispanic.