Meet the Ascend community partners in California

Abriendo Puertas/Opening DoorsLos AngelesAbriendo Puertas/Opening
Alameda Family ServicesAlamedaAlameda Family
Amber AngelStudio CityLAVC Family Resource Center & Ascend at the Aspen psp-community
Bananas Inc.OaklandBananas
Barry GribbonsVan NuysLos Angeles Valley psp-community
Black Star FundSacramentoBlack Star
California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoCalifornia Polytechnic State
California State Polytechnic University –
Cara AleySan FranciscoSquare ascend-fellows
Catholic Charities Santa RosaSanta RosaCatholic Charities Santa
Children’s Institute, Inc.Los AngelesChildren's Institute,
Colleen KraftLos AngelesAmerican Academy of family-prosperity-innovation-community
Community Action MarinSan RafaelCommunity Action
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma CountySanta RosaCommunity Action Partnership of Sonoma
Early Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) dba Tikkun ConsultingOaklandEarly Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) dba Tikkun
Education Trust-WestOaklandEducation
Families In SchoolsLos AngelesFamilies In
Family StoryOaklandFamily
For the ChildrenSanta
Imagine LALos
Jesús Gerena, fp-advisors-2020 ascend-fellows family-prosperity-innovation-community
Jewish Vocational Services of San FranciscoSan FranciscoJewish Vocational Services of San
Katie AlbrightSan FranciscoSafe and ascend-fellows
Kwame AnkuSacramentoBlack Star ascend-fellows
Laura KohnEncinitasMission Driven psp-community
Legal Aid at Work, San FranciscoLegal Aid at Work (CA) fp-partners-2020 family-prosperity-innovation-community
Los Angeles Valley College Family Resource CenterValley GlenLos Angeles Valley College Family Resource
Marni RooseveltValley GlenLA Valley psp-community
Meera ManiLos AltosThe David & Lucile Packard ascend-fellows
Mia BirdsongOaklandEconomic Security ascend-fellows
Michaela MartinCovinaAscend at the Aspen psp-community
Mission Economic Development AgencySan FranciscoMission Economic Development Agencymissionpromise.orgascend-network
Nitzan PelmanBerkeleyClimb Hireclimbhire.co2018-ascend-fellows ascend-fellows
Oakland PromiseOaklandOakland
Raise the BarrHawthorneRaise the and www.drivingforcegroup.orgascend-network
Reading and Beyond: Fresno Promise NeighborhoodFresnoReading and Beyond: Fresno Promise
Root & ReboundOaklandRoot &
Rynn SangoAuroraFamily psp-community
Safe and SoundSan FranciscoSafe and
San Diego Housing CommissionSan DiegoSan Diego Housing
San Diego Workforce PartnershipSan DiegoSan Diego Workforce Partnershipworkforce.orgascend-network
San Jose Evergreen Community College DistrictSan JoseSan Jose Evergreen Community College
Standard CommunitiesLos
Techbridge GirlsOaklandTechbridge
Teen Success, Inc.MilpitasTeen Success, Inc.www.teensuccess.orgascend-network
The Cambodian Family Community CenterSanta AnaThe Cambodian Family Community
The Dibble InstituteBerkeleyThe Dibble Institutewww.DibbleInstitute.orgascend-network
United Way of The Bay AreaSan FranciscoUnited Way of The Bay
UpTogether, OaklandFamily Independence fp-partners-2020 family-prosperity-innovation-community
Waukecha WilkersonMoreno ValleyCalifornia State University, psp-community
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