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Additional 2021 Community Investments
Helios Arizona

Arizona Community Investments


ALL In Education

Operating Support

ALL In Education is a newly established nonprofit organization with a vision to develop a new generation of education leaders in Arizona, equipped to improve academic outcomes for Latino students and families. The organization has designed a leadership pipeline with three programs to prepare and inform Latino parents, professionals, and community leaders about the inequities students of color face in Arizona.

This investment supports the cultivation and development of values-based, daring Latino leaders and leaders of color in education ready to lead transformational change across school systems. As the first Latino-led education advocacy organization in Arizona, ALL In Education will collaborate, model, and share best practices for effective Latino community engagement with partner organizations working to close the Latino attainment gap.


Arizona Community Foundation

Summer Youth Program Fund

Funding supports the Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaborative grantmaking effort supported by local Arizona foundations and corporations, designed to support agencies that provide meaningful summer programming for Maricopa County youth.


Education Forward Arizona (Arizona College Access Network)

College Knowing and Going Readiness Teams

The College Knowing and Going College Readiness Team Project is a partnership led by Arizona College Access Network to develop a comprehensive, data-driven, student-centered approach to college readiness at 40 high schools across the state. Funding also supports the Northern Arizona College Resource Center and Earn to Learn to create a school-wide culture in which all stakeholders—administration, counselors, teachers, community members, students, and families—work collaboratively to ensure low-income, first-generation, underserved Arizona students graduate high school ready for college.


Excelencia in Education

Latino Student Success Funders Group

This investment continues support of, and participation in, the national Latino Student Success Funders Group, facilitated by Excelencia in Education. The goal of the funders group is to create community partnerships that can dramatically increase the number of Latino students who access and complete studies at postsecondary institutions. Excelencia will facilitate two funder convenings each year for three years, focusing on evidence-based practices, strategies, policies, data, and research that support Latino student success in higher education.


Maricopa Community College Foundation

Leading with the Heart Scholarship Fund

Funding supports the development of a memorial scholarship in honor of Ronnie Lopez, former Southwest Students Services board member and longtime Arizona community and education advocate.


Teach for America—Phoenix

Operating Support

For 25 years, TFA Phoenix has expanded opportunities for students growing up in low-income communities by finding proven leaders and developing their long-term leadership through classroom teaching. The investment provides general operating support for Teach for America Phoenix over four years for teacher recruitment, selection, and placement; pre-service teacher training and preparation; corps member development and support; and alumni support.


TGEN Foundation

Bioscience Leadership Academy

This investment continues funding of the Bioscience Leadership Academy at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, a two-week, paid bioscience summer internship program serving 20 Arizona high school students each year, with an emphasis on recruiting underrepresented minority student populations. The intensive education and leadership program focuses on elevating students’ understanding of the biosciences and precision medicine. The program prepares high school students for success in college-level scientific curriculum, intensifies their interest in biomedical research and associated fields of study, and increases access for underrepresented populations to selective academic experiences.

Helios Florida

Florida Community Investments


Broward County Public Schools

K-1 Reading Acceleration

Early reading skills are critical to student success. Students reading below grade level are disproportionately students of color and students from low-income households. These trends are seen across grade levels but are particularly alarming for the youngest learners, who are still learning to read before reading to learn.

The investment provides a six-week summer reading acceleration program for at-risk rising first-graders in Broward County Public Schools to help mitigate summer- and COVID-related learning loss. The goal of the program is for kindergarten students not meeting grade-level reading benchmarks to begin the following school year with a stronger foundation in early literacy, thus reducing the need for continued intervention and/or retention in subsequent grades. Ultimately, the program aims to close early literacy gaps for BCPS students.


Elevation Foundation

Elevation Scholars

Research indicates that high-achieving, low-income students are seriously underrepresented at the nation's most selective postsecondary institutions. The goal of the Elevation Scholars program is that low-income, high-achieving students secure admission to and graduate from a college that matches their academic ability. This investment supports expansion and growth of the Elevation Scholars program in five Orange County high schools. Select students receive an Elevation Scholars Award during their junior year of high school, which provides them intensive, one-on-one college readiness coaching and test-prep tutoring, as well as financial supports and coaching throughout their four years in college.


Florida Philanthropic Network

College Access & Success Initiative 2.0 & EAG

This grant provides continuation funding for two Florida Philanthropic Network programs—the College Access and Success Initiative (CASI) and the Education Affinity Group (EAG). CASI supports new organizations participating in their local college access networks and builds capacity and sustainability for existing networks. The EAG provides to Florida's education funders a space to learn from each other, work together to improve the state's education outcomes, and be a voice for Florida philanthropy on key education policy issues.


Impact Florida

Multi-District Professional Learning Community

Funding supports an English Language Arts (ELA) professional learning cadre led by Impact Florida, a Tallahassee-based nonprofit organization that convenes networks of Florida school districts to recognize, support, and scale effective teaching practices. The learning cadre is a partnership with technical assistance provider The New Teacher Project. Helios's funding of the cadre supports three school districts (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Osceola) and provides technical assistance to support the implementation of high-quality instructional ELA materials focused on equity and cultural responsiveness


St. Petersburg College

Helios-Titans Achievement Program Planning

Funding supports a planning phase for the development of a Helios-Titans Achievement Program. The program creates clear pathways to success for Black males in Pinellas County, including: targeted recruitment and engagement of high school students; postsecondary enrollment and retention at St. Petersburg College, including summer programming, career and academic support, tutoring, and social engagement opportunities; and transition to a four-year program at St Petersburg College or a partner institution with support to reach two critical milestones—graduation and job placement into a career.


Take Stock in Children

Capacity Support

The investment supports Take Stock in Children and its 45 affiliates throughout the state of Florida over the next four years by investing in new staff positions, technology updates and enhancements, and staff and affiliate professional development and training on new technology solutions. This funding will help to ensure that low-income students participating in Take Stock in Children's programs continue to have access to the innovative technology and ongoing support that enriches opportunities for successful postsecondary education.


Teach for America—Miami-Dade

Operating Support

Funding provides operational support to Teach for America (TFA)—Miami-Dade over four years, as the organization expands its work to help all students in the communities it serves, not just those taught by a TFA corps member. Funding supports development of strategic partnerships; increase in the number of TFA leaders; cultivation of a network to raise public awareness of education in Miami-Dade and increase the number of leaders with decision-making power who support public education; and creation of a learning and innovation culture within the organization.


University of Central Florida

Florida Consortium Transfer Students

This investment helps students successfully transfer from state college into Florida International University, University of Central Florida, and University of South Florida. By creating strategic partnerships between the three universities and the state colleges, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Universities elevates transfer success by taking a unique approach to coaching, course alignment and equivalency, and student support structures.


University of South Florida Foundation

Black Leadership Network Regional Pathway Planning

This investment supports strategic planning, jointly led by USF and its partners in the USF Black Leadership Network, designed to develop innovative programs and practices to build, enhance, and expand the pipeline of Black students from high schools and community colleges in the six-county Tampa Bay area to the University of South Florida.


University of South Florida Foundation

Florida College Access Network Capacity and Network Support

Florida College Access Network seeks to ensure that every Floridian achieves an education beyond high school and a rewarding career. This investment provides operational support to advance Florida College Access Network’s 2020-2025 strategic plan, building on its strengths in research and data as well as policy and advocacy, and supporting and growing its network of local college access networks. Funding also supports advocacy and policies designed to end equity disparities for Florida students of color. FCAN will continue to coordinate and expand the College Ready Florida suite of statewide initiatives, which build a college-going culture in Florida schools and assist transitioning high school students with navigating the college-going process.


Valencia College

CFEED Collaborative Use Enhancement & Integration

This investment continues support of the Central Florida Education Ecosystem Database (CFEED), a project that facilitates collaborative data sharing among Central Florida public educational institutions across the full education continuum, allowing partners to identify factors that can improve outcomes for all students and use this knowledge to make data-driven policy changes and apply interventions.