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Newsweek highlights power of education

From grade school to community college and university pathways, education unlocks opportunities to help students prepare for their futures and achieve their dreams.   Educational institutions are not alone in the mission to empower students. From nonprofits like TGR Foundation and the CK-12 Foundation, to professional organizations like the California Society of CPAs, options for expanding […]

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TGR Foundation, Providence recognize high school students addressing community health needs

High school students across three schools in the Anaheim Union High School District were recently selected by a panel of judges from Providence as winners of the 2023-2024 Career-Connected Learning Program Student Showcase. 

In January students participating in the health care pathway of the district’s Regional Occupational Program received the results of Providence’s 2023 Community Health Needs Assessment. Working in teams, the students were tasked with choosing one of the needs identified, supplementing the results with further research and developing a presentation on recommended ways to meet the needs chosen. The winning teams provided solutions to elderly neglect, teen mental health and healthcare system strategies.  

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High stakes and higher learning: How Tiger Jam amplifies TGR Foundation’s impact

As an alumna of TGR Foundation’s programs, I was invited to attend Tiger Jam 2024. I knew I’d be sharing about opportunities and experiences provided to me through TGR Foundation, but what I did not expect was a unique invitation that would lead to an unforgettable victory.   It was clear from the moment I hopped […]

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Earl Woods Scholar Program announces 2024 recipients, inaugural Philadelphia cohort

TGR Foundation recently welcomed 18 high school students to its Earl Woods Scholar Program including five seniors in the inaugural Philadelphia cohort.  

The program supports students from their junior or senior year of high school throughout college graduation and holds a 98% graduation rate. In addition to a financial scholarship, TGR Foundation provides each student with annual workshops, internship placement assistance and a dedicated mentor during the four years of their undergraduate careers.  

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Genesis and TGR Foundation continue partnership by advancing access to STEAM education

In continuation of programming through its partnership with TGR Foundation, Genesis employees recently volunteered at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, California to advance access to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education for youth in the community. Partnering with Child Creativity Lab, Genesis hosted workshops at the TGR Learning Lab where members participating […]

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How TGR Foundation empowers educators to ignite change

Teacher Appreciation Week offers a great opportunity to look for ways to celebrate these pivotal agents of change year-round. From my initial role as a high school biology teacher in South Los Angeles, to founding and scaling a charter school network serving thousands of underestimated students in Los Angeles, to my current role at TGR Foundation driving innovative learning spaces and STEAM education programming nationally at TGR Learning Labs I have witnessed firsthand the profound influence that empowered educators wield in molding tomorrow’s leaders. 

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TGR Foundation appoints Gyla Bell senior executive director TGR Learning Lab Anaheim

TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Gyla Bell as the Senior Executive Director, TGR Learning Lab Anaheim. Bell, an experienced educational leader with a proven track record of delivering STEAM education programs to youth, will leverage her deep community relationships and expertise to drive impact at the flagship TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA.  

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Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Groundbreaking for Lulu’s Place, A Historic $150M Philanthropic Investment in L.A. Youth

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2024)—One of the largest ever philanthropic investments for the children of Los Angeles took a giant step forward today with the official groundbreaking of Lulu’s Place, a planned $150-million state-of-the-art athletic and educational complex with a mission to enrich the lives of local and underserved students and bringing value to the […]

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Ten ways to celebrate educators during Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week takes place each year during the first full week of May as educators wrap up the academic year and prepare for summer. Expressing gratitude and appreciation for educators acknowledges their hard work, dedication and positive impact on students’ lives. At TGR Foundation, we are grateful to all the educators on our team and in our community as we work together to empower students through education.  

Whether you’re a student, alumnus, parent or administrator, below are meaningful ways you can show gratitude for educators.

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My Eight-Year Golf Journey: How it Shapes My Motivation for My Future

Alyssa is a senior TGR Learning Lab member with a passion for storytelling, STEAM, and golf. Through after-school programs she has explored career opportunities while building skills and support to prepare for her future. Proceeds from The Genesis Invitational proudly support TGR Foundation. As a TGR Learning Lab member, I had the honor of attending […]

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Annual Winter Workshop unites partners, alumni to empower scholars for college success

First-generation college students returning to class often find themselves overwhelmed with limited support. TGR Foundation eases the burdens of Earl Woods Scholars kicking off the year with its annual Winter Workshop.  

Held January 3-5 at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, the 2024 Winter Workshop united more than 60 students of all levels from colleges and universities across the country. Most scholars are the first in their families to pursue higher education and benefit from personalized support to navigate their unique challenges. Throughout the event, they had opportunities to connect with peers, prepare for their remaining college years and build skills to maximize their experience and overcome obstacles on their path to graduation. The Foundation collaborates with partners who are committed to its mission of empowering students to pursue their passions through education.  

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TGR Foundation welcomes two distinguished leaders as new board members

TGR Foundation, a leading education nonprofit, has announced the appointment of William “Bill” Smilow and Joe Wilkins to its national board of governors. Both distinguished leaders bring a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to impacting the lives of youth and their communities.

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TGR Foundation CEO shares 2023 Year In Review

As I reflect on my first six months as TGR Foundation’s CEO, I am energized by the incredible impact the organizationmade in 2023 and excited about our plans for 2024 and beyond. I’m especially thankful for our board of governors,executive leadership, team members and community of donors and partners whose dedication to empowering students to pursue their passions through education makes the important work we do possible. 

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Anaheim high school students experience interactive health careers field trip

Students from three Anaheim high schools who are interested in pursuing health care careers participated  in a hands-on, interactive learning event led by nine Providence health care professionals at the TGR Learning Lab on Friday, November 17. The event featured a panel discussion with Providence doctors and other professionals and experiential working sessions where the students engaged in activities involving biotechnology.

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TGR Foundation and DoD STEM Partner to Invest in Educators, Prepare Youth for STEM Workforce

TGR Foundation and DoD STEM are working together to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workforce by engaging students, educators and professionals in STEM activities and making real-world connections. The partnership has made a significant impact through strategic programming that exposes students to STEM careers and helps them develop skills to work toward their careers.

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Christina Friend joins TGR Foundation as chief development officer

TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Christina Friend as its new chief development officer. Friend, an energetic leader in philanthropy, will oversee TGR Foundation’s newly established development department, focused on raising funds to empower students from under-resourced communities to pursue their passions through education.  “Christina brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to TGR […]

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TGR Foundation, Providence address gaps in community health career pipeline through inaugural Community Health Academy

Joined by Providence health care professionals, Southern California high school students gathered at the TGR Learning Lab in Anaheim, CA for an immersive experience to build skills while learning about health care career pathways.

The inaugural  Community Health Career Academy, developed in partnership with TGR Foundation and Providence, guided students through three sessions with activities focused on the use of data in genetics, for melanoma in particular; using data to assess community needs such as high rates of drowning and head trauma; and ways to target audiences to address concerns and change behaviors.

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Hrag Hamalian joins TGR Foundation as president, TGR Learning Labs and national programs

TGR Foundation has announced the appointment of Hrag M. Hamalian as its new president, TGR Learning Labs and national programs. Hrag is a dynamic leader in education who will oversee TGR Foundation’s education programs and the team responsible for delivering programming to students from under-resourced communities nationwide. 

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Scholar Voices: How I aligned my career path with my passion for human rights and social injustice

I started my journey at Lafayette College intending to study economics and faced many challenges trying to decide what I wanted to pursue after college. My classes were packed with STEM courses, and I felt ill-prepared for the journey I was about to embark upon. TGR Foundation was extremely helpful in my struggles throughout the years. As an Earl Woods Scholar, I was paired with an amazing mentor, Tim Walsh, who opened up his networks and family to me and was very active throughout each year. 

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Cobbs Creek Foundation breaks ground on TGR Learning Lab and revitalization of historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course

PHILADELPHIA – Members of the Cobbs Creek Foundation were joined by elected officials, educators, and supporters to celebrate the launch of the foundation’s revitalization of the historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course, a project that will invest at least $100 million into restoring the course and transforming the property into a dynamic golf and education campus. 

The groundbreaking marks the start of construction for the Cobbs Creek Campus. The initial phases of development will include building a reservoir and pumphouse, TGR Learning Lab and driving range building. 

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