Education and employment are strong predictors of good health. Research indicates that a person’s health improves as his or her income level rises. Education is a pathway to better jobs, living wages and greater opportunities for individuals to provide for the health and wellness of their families.
Increasingly, prospects for a healthy, fulfilling and self-sufficient life depend on a postsecondary education. Cal Wellness is committed to paths that increase access to, and completion of, an educational credential beyond a high school degree or GED certificate (whether that be through a four-year university, a community college or a career/technical/vocational program) for adolescents and young adults we define as resilient youth. Resilient youth are young people, ages 14 to 26, who are in, or have exited, the juvenile or adult criminal justice systems; are currently or were formerly in foster care; or are/were homeless.
Health is supported by access to sufficient income, but many Californians face barriers to achieving financial security that goes beyond meeting their basic needs. Our funding seeks to improve health outcomes by strengthening pathways to obtaining and retaining employment, and building financial assets. Cal Wellness funds comprehensive workforce development and asset building, as well as health organizations that address financial security as a health issue.
Please Note: The grants descriptions below are for reference only and offer examples of what Cal Wellness commonly funds under this grantmaking area. They should not be considered the only efforts that the Foundation will support.
Initiative Opportunity: Through an initiative, Cal Wellness will proactively support programs and services that improve the economic well-being of women exiting the criminal justice system and women who are formerly incarcerated. Cal Wellness is in the planning stages for this initiative, for which we anticipate involving many stakeholders. Those interested in providing input should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.