Mission. History. Success.
Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is to support the students and teachers in Stamford’s Public Schools through community collaboration and philanthropy. In 2016-17, SPEF provided direct service programming to all 21 of Stamford’s public schools, plus J.M. Wright Technical High School.
At the elementary level, the Foundation supports literacy initiatives, such as Book Giveaways and Family Literacy Nights. It also couples volunteer mentors with students in grades three through five for a Service-Learning mentoring experience.
At the middle and high school levels, its focus is on preparing students for post-secondary success in college, career training or full time employment through its nationally-recognized Stamford Mentoring Program.
Volunteer play a critical role! SPEF has built a strong reputation for delivering programs and resources that connect college, corporate and community volunteers with Stamford Public School students. While SPEF offers services for all students, it focuses on providing educational resources and support to children at the low end of the achievement gap.
Did you know? In the 2015-16 school year, there were over 16,000 students in the Stamford Public Schools, spread among the 21 schools in the district. These students have diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds:
- 52% of Stamford students qualified for the free/reduced lunch program (a poverty indicator)
- 68% of students were minority
- 67 languages were spoken at home; 38% of students came from homes where English is not the primary language
For SPEF, highlights of this school year, which just ended (June 2017) included:
- Direct service to 21 Stamford public schools
- Stamford Mentoring Program to 850 students (note: 71% were economically disadvantaged)
- Math tutoring for 90 ninth & tenth graders
- Distributed 5,000+ new books
- Served 232 children/parents through Family Literacy Nights in Stamford’s south end (Hispanic population)
- Supported 113 students and 17 teams for the Odyssey of the Mind program (4 teams qualified for the World’s Tournament)
- Graduated a diverse group of 28 parent leaders from the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and 23 parent leaders through People Empowering People (PEP)
Without the collaboration of corporations, private foundations, and individuals, we could not provide all the life-changing service we offer to the children of Stamford.