The San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation (the Foundation) was established to address racial and ethnic disparities that have had a particularly significant impact on the San Ysidro School District (SYSD), its students and their families, as well as the community at large. It is our mission to provide the children in the SYSD with the necessary support they need to achieve academic success.
The Foundation was incorporated as a 501(c) 3 in March 2012. The Foundation’s leadership consists of the founder RADM Jose L. Betancourt, USN, Retired, representatives from Wells Fargo, CareFusion, Sylvan Learning Centers, and Bucher Inc., as well as community members, and parents. Dr. Cameron, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Gloria Madera, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and Matthew Paredes, Director of State and Federal Projects, all of whom represent the SYSD, provide guidance in identifying educational programs that support the School District and refer children at-risk academically to the Foundation for educational support.
The Founders were ambitious in setting the mission. They knew that the children of San Ysidro had to have a strong academic foundation in order to compete for jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) despite the challenges these children face every day and the statistics that indicate otherwise. They understood that the children of San Ysidro could compete with other students across the state and the nation given the opportunity.
To that end, the Foundation raises auxiliary funds in support of the District’s Local Community Action Plan, a plan that is developed by parents and teachers and includes efforts to increase parental involvement in their children’s education/learning; and provides a mentoring program designed to re-engage students in their education and provide positive role models.