Our Mission and Focus
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is excited to work with its Heart and Soles Run’s benefiting organizations to fund projects relevant to the “Healthy Students” in the community. Funds raised through the run for our beneficiary partners will be used to promote increased physical activity and access to healthy foods among the student populations they serve.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County and Silicon Valley
The Boys and Girls Club is a youth service organization promoting youth guidance through educational, vocational, recreational, social, and character development. These initiatives develop young people’s capacities to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
Heart & Soles funding will help to support exercise programs, equipment acquisition, and facility improvements.
Quakes Foundation, Quakes Play On
The Quakes Foundation is the San Jose Earthquakes’ charitable arm, operating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The foundation facilitates and supports programs that produce positive change for children and families in the community with an emphasis in health and fitness. The Quakes Foundation strives to cultivate the game of soccer within the diverse communities of the Bay Area and promote unity through sport.
Heart & Soles funding will aid in expanding this program from 35 schools to 70.
Santa Clara County Office of Education, Wellness Centers
School-based Wellness Centers provide an opportunity for students to receive timely access to mental health services through an easily accessible universal Wellness Center on school campuses. The Santa Clara County Office of Education is supporting the development and expansion of Wellness Centers throughout Santa Clara County. Access to Wellness Centers allows youth to benefit from prevention and early intervention, peer support, and promoting wellness. The Wellness Centers offer an opportunity for ongoing professional development and access to information for teachers and staff to support physical, social, emotional, and mental wellness activities for students throughout the year.
Heart & Soles funding will assist with the development and expansions of Wellness Centers throughout Santa Clara County.
YMCA Silicon Valley, HEPA
The YMCA of Silicon Valley is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Heart and Soles Run will support the YMCA’s Year-Round Healthy Eating & Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards in 37 Y After School, Summer Learning and Preschool Programs located in underserved communities throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, serving 4,028 Pre-K through 8th grade youth annually.
Heart & Soles funding will assist in the purchase of physical activity equipment to expand the implementation of HEPA.