The Chick-fil-A Foundation recently announced that it would
give Monarch School a grant as part of its first True Inspiration Awards.
The San Diego school is one of the San Diego County Office
of Education’s Juvenile
Court and Community Schools and serves children in kindergarten through
high school who have been affected by homelessness.
It received the Innovative Education award, which is
designated for organizations dedicated to improving teaching and learning
through groundbreaking practices and visionary leadership.
It is part of the foundation’s True Inspiration Awards, a
$1.1 million package of grants for organizations across the country that foster
leadership in children.
The True Inspiration Awards, which range in amounts from
$10,000 to $100,000, were granted to 25 organizations across the country based
on local community impact in three categories:
Leader Development: Organizations focused on character development,
positive community and cultural involvement and effective civic engagement
Entrepreneurship: Organizations committed to developing business knowledge,
entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy
Education: Organizations dedicated to improving teaching and learning
through groundbreaking practices and visionary leadership
Organizations either applied or were nominated by Chick-fil-A
restaurant franchisees based on the organization's local work in the three
categories. The foundation evaluated the caliber of each organization's work in
these categories as well as their operational health, financial stability, and
transparency. The 25 inaugural award winners will be honored at a celebratory
event in Atlanta this fall.
"We want to invest in youth at an early age as well as
the organizations that are empowering students to dream big and ensure lifelong
success," said Rodney Bullard, executive director of the Chick-fil-A
Monarch is a unique public-private partnership between
the San Diego County Office of Education and the nonprofit Monarch School Project,
a 501(c)3 organization. The County Office provides teachers and an accredited
education, and the project supplements this program through academic and
enrichment programs including an after-school program, expressive arts therapy,