The Jonas Youth Initiative

Strengthening At-Risk Youth and Families Initiative of the Jonas Family Fund

The Jonas Youth Initiative, which began in 2005, currently focuses its grant-making activities on nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area that serve at-risk, low-income youth ages 10-20 with a special focus on foster youth and youth with special needs. We are particularly interested in programs that utilize at least one of the following youth development supports: mentoring, school to career transitions and/or vocational education, internships and mental health support

Current and Past Grantees

Bay Area Youth Centers
Seed money to develop BAYC’s vocational support program for former foster youth, which aims to prepare youth for a successful, healthy adult life.

Berkeley Youth Alternatives
General support to help children, youth, and their families address issues and problems via Prevention by reaching youth before their problems become crisis, and via Intervention through the provision of support services to youth entangled in the juvenile justice system.

Big Picture Company, Inc.
Funding for an internship coordinator to research living wage job pathways; create rigorous, paid vocational training for high school students; promote high school internships for Oakland’s high school students; and provide professional development to create and run these programs, develop and sustain mentors and internship opportunities and fundraise for MetWest High School in Oakland, CA.

Brothers on the Rise
General support for programs that responsibly empower male youth to achieve individual success, develop healthy relationships and contribute to a more just and equitable society.

East Bay Conservation Corps
Funding to support a part-time counseling intern supervisor to promote youth development and community service through service-learning, whereby youth become engaged in their educational and personal development while addressing real environmental and social issues.

John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School
Funding to support student internship stipends as part of a program that provides students aged 15– 21 with the personalized educational experiences they need to build successful futures by overcoming the economic, social and personal challenges that caused them to fail in other high schools.

Juma Ventures
General operating support for a new youth development program in Oakland, CA that combines employment (in business enterprises that Juma develops and operates), college preparation and asset building, with an aim towards breaking the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year college education.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital Lang Youth Medical Program
Funding to support a part-time college coordinator position. The mission of the Lang Youth Medical Program is to inspire, support and motivate young people representative of the neighborhood surrounding Washington Heights (where New York Presbyterian is located) to realize their college and career aspirations, especially in the health sciences.

Safe Passages
Funding for a part-time counseling intern supervisor and stipends to schools for violence prevention programming, as part of the Safe Passages program, an inter-governmental partnership including the City of Oakland, the County of Alameda, the Oakland Unified School (OUSD), philanthropy and community-based partners that is committed to advocating for children, youth and families.

Youth Bridge (at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center)
Funding for a new summer health careers camp for middle school students and subsidized high school student internships in a hospital setting as part of the Youth Bridge Career and Internship Program, a comprehensive, year-round youth development program designed to assist East Bay high school students by encouraging them to complete their schooling and to pursue higher academic and/or vocational goals.