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 Foundation Gives Monarch School “Innovative Education” Grant

​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:

  • Emerging Leader Development: Organizations focused on character development, positive community and cultural involvement and effective civic engagement
  • Youth Entrepreneurship: Organizations committed to developing business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy
  • Innovative 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 Foundation.

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, and counseling. ​