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Mission Statement

Silicon Valley Children's Fund is a catalyst and partner to develop and support special programs and and services for foster Youth; it is these youth in our community who will ultimately share the responsibility for the future of our society.

The Fund's vision is: by age 24, Foster youth in Silicon Valley will be self-reliant.

Mission: The Silicon Valley Children’s Fund is committed to improving educational and life outcomes for foster youth.


  • Youth-advised Innovations
  • Cross-sector Collaboration
  • Cost-effective Social Solutions


Silicon Valley Children's Fund (SVCF or the "Fund") has a long standing presence in the community, leading the crusade to protect endangered children in the Silicon Valley and aid in providing them with a better future. Since its inception, the Fund has been at the forefront of researching, developing, implementing and evaluating model projects and programs that help vulnerable children heal, become productive members of the community and achieve their dreams for the future. The Fund has also been a leader in convening the public and private sectors and leveraging joint resources to provide the highest quality services that impact more youth.

The Fund has researched and developed innovative model programs for vulnerable kids. The Fund's practice is to understand a problem, investigate what is being done, develop strategic partnerships, and work to achieve the established goal.

In response to the dire need to help emancipated foster youth in our community aspire to and achieve their academic and vocational goals, the Fund designed and developed the YES model in 2000 after researching and evaluating other scholarship programs aimed at emancipated foster youth in Southern California. Currently, YES is the only model in Northern California that provides comprehensive services including mentoring, outreach and scholarships to help foster youth attend college and succeed.

In addition, the fund developed the Roadmap to Higher Education Program. This is a highly individualized academic support program that provides guidance and advocacy through bi-weekly face-to-face, one-on-one meetings. Mentors who are MSW students will establish a personal relationship with their youth to encourage stronger academic performance, create a plan for high school graduation, identify areas of need and potential remedies, and help identify, explore and plan for career options. The MSW Mentor interns will also provide linkages to existing community resources for tutoring, career exploration, and summer employment.

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