The Llano Grande Center for Research and Development would like to thank all our sponsors. Their generous commitment helps make a difference in our community and for each of our students.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has been one of Llano Grande’s largest supporters, involving the Center in various initiatives for leadership development and community change. This partnership first began in 2001, when Llano Grande was one of the sites chosen for the Managing Information in Rural America (MIRA) grant, allowing the Center to build local capacity through the use of technology, now a large part of our work. Since then, we have also been participants in the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change (KLCC) initiative and most recently the Rural People, Rural Policy (RPRP) initiative.
For the past six years, the State Farm Corporation has been another great advocate of Llano Grande’s work, partnering with the Center to support our college preparation and civic engagement programs. State Farm supports service learning opportunities through which Llano Grande students actively participate in non-traditional teaching and learning experiences that integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich their learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
The Llano Grande Center was formalized through the assistance of an Annenberg Rural Challenge school reform grant in 1996-97. The purpose of the grant was to engage in an ambitious oral history project that would ideally transform how local knowledge, local people, and the local ecology would make their way into the development and implementation of curriculum and pedagogies at Edcouch-Elsa and La Villa schools. As the oral history work evolved between 1997 and 2000, the Center also developed other areas of interest such as youth leadership, community based research, and community development.
The AT&T Foundation is one of Llano Grande’s most recent partners, donating $25,000 to support the Center’s college preparatory initiatives. Funding from AT&T supported our technology infrastructure and staff, allowing us to improve our college prep services, increase program participation, impact local educational attainment and share best practices with other communities.
The Tiger Woods Foundation recently supported the Center with a $5,000 award to support Llano Grande’s college preparatory programs.