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Northern California Summit

The Richmond Community Foundation is a leader in mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to positively impact the transformation of lives in our community. The Northern California Summit on Children and Youth is part of this effort by bringing together educators, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, elected officials, businesses, and area foundations with inspiring speakers and enthusiastic workshop presenters from the field to examine and share innovative approaches, research driven models, and best practices for supporting children, youth and families.

For more information, please email Stacey Street at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 510-234-1200.

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The Richmond Community Foundation is excited to be partnering with the West Contra Costa Unified school District to present the 8th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth, which will take place on May 10, 2017. This year's theme is Building the Next Generation Workforce.

The transition of our communities from economies focused on manufacturing to economies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields has changed how we build our next generation workforce. The benefits of this changing economy have not been evenly distributed across labor markets and the disparity has affected urban, minority communities disproportionately. Ending this disparity will take an approach that:

  • Creates enthusiasm for STEM programs among younger students;
  • Encourages passion among youth to harness the power of STEM;
  • Promotes innovative instruction; and
  • Furthers the opportunities for partnerships between private sector companies andinstitutions of higher learning.

This year's summit focuses on ensuring that our communities are prepared to fill the employment opportunities that we know will be available in our region in the coming years, including college and career readyhealth care, ICT, biotech and many other vocational professions that are critical to a highly functioning society. The day will be comprised of dynamic speakers and presentations from established programs throughout the Bay Area. In addition to presenting engaging workforce programs that are actively training and developing young people for careers, the Summit will also explore academic, vocational, training, mentoring and employment programs targeting underserved youth and youth of color, as well as community college students.

The late afternoon and evening portion of the event will feature a career fair and resource village for students, teachers and parents, including presentations from businesses, community partners and entrepreneurs, as well as as well as opportunities for students and teachers to interact directly with them. 

This convening will attract educators, community organizations, community leaders, local government and elected officials, businesses, and area foundations from throughout Northern California to share innovative approaches, research-driven models, and best practices for supporting children and youth.

Registration rates and sponsor opportunities are available now! Click here to register or become a sponsor.

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Bridging the STEM Diversity Gap -
Building the Next Generation Workforce

April 30, 2015, Richmond Civic Auditorium
9:00 am to 6:00 pm


Update: RCF's 6th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth, Bridging the STEM Diversity Gap - Building the Next Generation Workforce was held on April 30, 2015 at the Richmond Civic Auditorium, and was a great success! Lack of diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields received national attention when the largest U.S. technology companies released their diversity numbers. Across the board, African Americans and Latinos make up barely 2% of the workforce, and women represent less than 30% of those working in STEM fields. The Summit was an eventful day that aimed to demonstrate successful STEM pathways and encourage organizations to replicate or scale them up for West Contra County stakeholders.

More than 250 educators, community organizations and leaders, elected officials, business representatives, area foundations and a contingent of high school- and college-aged youth came together to enjoy interactive STEM-focused exhibits as well as dynamic presentations that explored academic, vocational, training, mentoring and employment programs targeting underserved youth and focusing on STEM, and also evaluated career opportunities for women, and boys and men of color. Thank you again to everyone who helped make it such an inspirational and successful event, including our Steering Committee, Sponsors, Presenters, Vendors and Attendees!!

To view videos and clips from our Summit please visit our YouTube Channel


STEMThe Richmond Community Foundation and the members of the 2015 Summit Steering Committee are pleased to bring the 6th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth to the Richmond Civic Center again this year. The theme for this year’s event is Bridging the STEM Diversity Gap – Building the Next Generation Workforce.

Lack of diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields received national attention when the largest technology companies in the country released their diversity numbers. Across the board, African Americans and Latinos made up barely 2% of the workforce. And although women make up more than 50% of college graduates, they represent less than 30% of those working in STEM fields. We need to ensure that careers inlatinos  tech STEM fields are available to all Californians and build pathways that provide opportunities for young women and young men of color.

This convening will attract educators, community organizations, community leaders, local government and elected officials, businesses, and area foundations from throughout Northern California to share innovative approaches, research-driven models, and best practices for supporting children and youth.

BannerBuilding a Just Society - Transforming Lives and Creating Equity for Boys and Men of Color

April 30 - May 1, 2014

Richmond Auditorium

This year's summit, Building a Just Society - Transforming Lives and Creating Equity for Boys and Men of Color, will convene educators, community organizations, community leaders, elected officials, businesses, and area foundations to share innovative approaches, research driven models, and best practices for supporting the achievement of boys and men of color. As the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color has stated, "Our state's future prosperity and health depends on all Californians having a fair chance to thrive and succeed. Young people are one of our greatest assets and the best indicator of our state's future prosperity and health."

On behalf of the Richmond Community Foundation and our sponsors, we would like to thank you all for attending this year's summit

Healthy Children, Thriving Adults - Strategies for Sustainable Change

The Summit brought together over 225 participants to share innovative approaches, research driven models, and best practices for developing sustainable health outcomes for children, youth and families.

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On behalf of the Richmond Community Foundation and our sponsors, we would like to thank you for attending our 5th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth: Building a Just Society - Transforming Lives and Creating Equity for Boys and Men of Color. The Summit convened educators, community organizations, community leaders, elected officials, businesses, area foundations, and a Super Bowl Champion, to share innovative approaches, research driven models, and best practices supporting the achievement of boys and men of color.

As promised we are providing links to several presentations which were shared at the Summit.

Science Education in Urban Communities, Dr. Bryan A. Brown.

Radical Healing and Community Change: How to transform schools and communities with policy from the Soul, Dr. Shawn Ginwright

A Vision for a New Justice System, David Muhammad

The Richmond Community Foundation and Summit Planning Committee are taking the lessons learned from the summit to begin to develop strategies for supporting boys and men of color in our communities. We hope you will share your summit experience with us by completing this short survey, indicating at the end of the survey if you would like to engage in this work with us. We value your ideas and want to learn from your experience.

Thank you.

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