Small Grant Program for Mission High Educators
Teachers are the nucleus of the Mission High School student experience. To demonstrate the foundation’s appreciation of and commitment to them, the foundation’s grant program is designed to directly support teacher and staff creativity, innovation, empathy and hard work.
- Alignment with MHS balanced scorecard goals
- Alignment with SFUSD Vision 2025
- Innovative, project-based, blended-discipline programs
- Equity-centered programs
Annual College Trip
The Mission High School Annual College Trip
One of the greatest privileges the Mission High Foundation has each year is the funding of the Annual College Trip. Prior to the pandemic, each year 40 rising Juniors, most of whom will be the first in their families to go to college, visit California colleges to get a feel for what attending college will be like.
Over four days, students, led by the Principal and accompanied by teacher-chaperones, travel by bus to visit four to five colleges. Students have visited UC and Cal State universities like UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly SLO, as well as a number of private colleges and universities.
Funding covers the cost of the bus rental, motel rooms (students stay four per room), meals, etc. Without a trip like this, most of the students would not have an opportunity to visit colleges in person.
The impact of the trip is transformative for students who often don’t know what to expect, have never seen a college campus or dormitory, or experienced the unique energy that colleges and universities exude.
Students come away from the trip excited about the prospect of college and the proof is in Mission High’s outstanding record in sending graduates to a wide variety of excellent colleges and universities throughout California and across the U.S.
The Food and Agriculture Program
The Food and Agriculture program’s goal is to empower Mission students and their families to:
1) be active and engaged in food justice movements and
2) to make healthy living decisions within the broader context of the economic, ecological, and social components of food systems.
The Food and Agriculture program frames food justice as a holistic issue within the context of these systems rather than a singular focus on nutrition or greening movements.
Similarly, healthy living decisions take into account this holistic approach and includes the interconnection of food consumption (cooking, nutrition) and growing practices (organic/commercial, water use, and labor practices).
Mission High aims to raise $150,000 by the end of 2022.
The pandemic has caused unprecedented need throughout the world, and Mission High is no exception. These needs include:
- Student wellness and mental health services
- College application fee support in the midst of COVID-19 economic downturn
- COVID risk mitigation: increased hygiene, spacing requirements, masking & testing
- College and career preparation programs
- Remedial + advanced instruction