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  "Catalyst for College"   
April 2010


ALearn is thriving and growing through partnerships to serve even more students this summer, despite a drastic cutback in public school summer programs throughout California. We are pleased to share our progress with you in this new, updated newsletter format. ALearn continues to focus on broadening the pipeline of low income and first-generation students who will be well prepared for college -- our role is to be a "Catalyst for College."
Warm Regards,
Kathryn S. Hanson
CEO & Founder
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Donor Updates
New Donors  
We are very excited to announce that ALearn has received a grant of $100,000 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for our Math Acceleration Program (MAP) for 2010.  This grant allows us to serve more students more effectively than ever before, at a time when Districts are shutting down summer programs.
We are also pleased to have received a major stock gift from Duston and Jennifer Williams.  Generous gifts have come in from The Radford Foundation, Kala and Narayanan Svivatsan, The Reddere Foundation, Diane and Bob Frankle, National Semiconductor (joint with Silicon Valley Education Foundation) and Anonymous.
Renewed Donors
We are pleased also to have received a renewed and substantial donation from The Glikbarg Foundation for our summer Bridge Program at Overfelt High School.
Program Updates
Math Acceleration Program (MAP)
ALearn's partnership with Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) to partner on middle school math programs is moving ahead very well.  Together we will serve over 1200 low income, minority students in the summer of 2010.  ALearn's Math Acceleration Program (MAP) serves incoming 7th graders and SVEF's SUTA Program serves incoming 8th graders, and together we will work with 9 school Districts in Santa Clara County plus the ACE Charter School. The Silicon Valley Hispanic Foundation is also partnering on this summer program.
AVID Bridge 
Our ALearn AVID Bridge program will also grow in the summer of 2010. ALearn's program at Overfelt High School will expand in 2010 to serve 120-150 students (increased from 60 in 2009), giving incoming ninth graders the opportunity to succeed in Algebra I over the summer so they can go right into geometry in their freshman year.  Our MVLA AVID Bridge program will be in its third year in 2010, and will serve 65-75 students. As with our other programs, these students are socio-economically disadvantaged and mostly minority Latino and African American students.

Our social network site,, has now grown to over 600 members and continues to grow its activities through forums, blogs, contests and other methods.  Our Zoomz team, Carlos Torres, Mackenzie Cooper and Greg Lambrecht, continue to work on the strategy and execution of the site to support aspiring first-generation students  in high school and college reach their goals of completing a college degree.  Since it combines active social interaction with college-bound resources, it provides the support network that many immigrant and minority students often lack in their communities.


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In This Issue
Donor Updates
Program Updates
Featured Article
Board Updates
College Student Summer Job Opportunities
ALearn will hire approximately 45 college students for the summer of 2010 to tutor and teach in our math middle school program.  We are looking for students interested in a teaching career, who have finished sophomore, junior or senior year of college, work well with disadvantaged youth, are proficient in Algebra, and have good verbal and interpersonal skills. If you know any college students who fit this profile, have them send resumes to

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Board Updates
ALearn is pleased to welcome another new Board member, John Huber, a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank, NA where he has worked in various capacities for the past 20 years.  John is currently responsible for client origination for the Bank's Commercial, Growth Technology and Renewable Energy groups within the Silicon Valley region, and brings a wealth of experience to ALearn.
100% of our Board members are donors to ALearn.
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Photos of ALearn students and tutors. MAP Program, Summer 2009.