Galileo in your community
We believe all kids have the potential to be bold, fearless innovators. And we've made it our mission to unlock that potential—not just at our camps, but throughout the community.
That's why we're committed to developing the skills of our exceptional summer staff, hundreds of whom apply their considerable talents to teaching underserved students during the school year. And it's why we work year round forging partnerships and nurturing collaborations with local families, school districts and educational organizations to bring Galileo's camps, curriculum and innovation approach to as many kids as we can.
Here's how we're spreading Galileo-inspired innovation at camp and beyond:
Galileo Financial Assistance
Every year since Galileo's inception, we have committed to reserving at least 8% of our camp capacity for low-income students. We've since granted more than 20,000 full and partial scholarships (worth upwards of $5M) for Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer Quest and Summer Camps @ The Tech through our financial assistance program. Last summer, we awarded over 3,800 additional weeks of camp across the Bay Area, Southern California and Chicago. This summer we plan to award over 4,500 weeks of financial assistance.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
In 2016, with the support of a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, we launched an effort to further Galileo's educational impact, developing new strategies to make our programming available to more low-income students. Read an update from the Chan Zuckerberg facebook page on Jim Shelton's visit to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula where our partnership came to life.
Oakland Innovators Program
Galileo is joining forces with the Oakland Unified School District and the Lampert Byrd Foundation Youth Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2017 to support Oakland middle school youth attending camp at no cost to families.
Burlingame School District Partnership
In 2017, we are partnering for the second year in a row with the Burlingame School District to send 150 low-income Burlingame students to Galileo camps for two weeks each, in lieu of remediation-based summer school.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partnership
Working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula and five East Palo Alto schools with funding provided by Chan Zuckerberg Iniative, we sent over 1,300 students to Camp Galileo for free in 2015 and 2016. We are continuing our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club this summer.
"Because of this wonderful partnership [with Galileo],” says Zareen Kasad, director of BGCP's K – 8 programs and training, "we are able to engage youth with high quality projects that expose them to the innovation culture of Silicon Valley and help them develop the academic mindsets they need to be successful in college and career."
Galileo is partnering with Aim High to train instructors on the Galileo Innovation Approach and our dynamic curriculum. Aim High instructors will be running two of our Galileo Summer Quest majors at four of their locations throughout the Bay Area, impacting hundreds of low income middle school students.
As Alec Lee, Aim High's executive director, explains, "Aim High has always encouraged our students to 'think and dream big'—making Galileo a perfect match. The Galileo curriculum will help them learn to be innovators, and feel more creative and more confident when faced with life's challenges."
Since 2014 Galileo has been a B Corp, a certified business by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This year, we are participating in the B Corp Inclusion Challenge to improve our collective impact and take action to move toward an inclusive economy.
We believe in change makers and active agents who envision and create a better world. Are you one of these people? We'd love for you to join us. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.