Picerne Family Foundation Awards New Vision Initiatives Grants for Mental Health Professionals

Awards are focused on providing opportunities for accomplished mental health professionals to implement a “dream project” that will have significant impact for the people and nonprofits they serve. This year the foundation approved 9 proposals from mental health professionals. Among those receiving support were Open Paths Counseling Center, enabling them to launch a new psychoeducational…

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Picerne Family Foundation to Resume Global Sustainability Project

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The Global Sustainability Project (GSP) gives California high school students the opportunity to actively engage in ecological sustainability, both locally and internationally. July 18, 2023 – With the post-COVID resumption of international travel, the Picerne Foundation is continuing the Global Sustainability Program.  Dolores Dang-Wright, a teacher at Dana Hills High School, and Greg Gardiner at…

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The Picerne Family Foundation donates essential items to The Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation. 

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May 21, 2021 – To enhance the working environment for local firefighters, The Picerne Family Foundation’s Giving Back Program recently donated $20,000 to The Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation. The funds were used to purchase state-of-the-art essential equipment identified as most needed by fire personnel working at several fire station in Los Angeles County.…

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The Picerne Family Foundation creates Shelter-in-Place: Face-to-Face program to counter isolation of COVID-19 Crisis.

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In response to the social isolation necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis the Picerne Family Foundation has initiated a new program: Shelter-in-Place: Face-to-Face.  Volunteer artists, writers and musicians will provide live, one-on-one face-to-face lessons free of charge through interactive video platforms such as Zoom, Skype and FaceTime.  For more information go to Programs on this website.

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Global Sustainability Project students contribute to climate change research in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Eleven San Clemente High School students completed a 13 day Earthwatch research expedition in the Yarapa river basin of the Peruvian Amazon. Students surveyed a variety of species including river dolphins, wading and aquatic birds, macaws, fishing bats, frogs, fish and caimans. The data they collected contributes to cutting edge research by Dr. Richard Bodmer…

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High School Students Publish GSP Research in Scholarly Journal

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Global Sustainability Project students from Gahr High School, 2016-17, had their 30 page research findings accepted for publication by the scholarly journal, The International Journal of Innovation & Scholarly Research 2018. The students assisted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife by identifying and monitoring invasive species such as zebra mussels, quagga mussels, mud snails,…

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Gahr High School Global Sustainability Project Students Recognized for Research and Public Education

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The Gahr High School Global Sustainability Project students presented their research findings on water quality and invasive species at the Don Knabe Community Regional Park and the Heritage Park to the Cerritos City Council and Mayor George Ray at a City Council meeting on February 9. In addition to the water quality study, students completed…

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Orange Home Grown to establish a Youth Food Literacy Program

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The Picerne Family Foundation awarded Orange Home Grown in Orange, California a $23,000 grant to create the “Youth Food Literacy Program”. In addition to financial support the Foundation will provide college scholarships to selected participants as well as executive coaching and board development assistance to Orange Home Grown leaders. This project was funded through the…

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