A robust community partnership is changing the lives of Anaheim youth and charting a course for its next generation of leaders.
Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim was launched in 2013 in response to the 2012 Anaheim Youth Services Assessment by Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball and Anaheim Ducks. This powerhouse coalition asked the Orange County Community Foundation to complete the team as managing partner.
Anaheim, our county’s most populous city, is well known for its iconic businesses, sports, and entertainment venues. So it comes as a surprise to many that at-risk youth and families in Anaheim rival the most troubled cities in the nation. ACT Anaheim aims to change this reality.
Through ACT Anaheim, we are working to create youth who:
In 2014, with inaugural funding from the Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball and Anaheim Ducks, plus support provided by OCCF and our donors, 10 nonprofits received a total of $1.5 million. The compelling mission and success of ACT Anaheim quickly attracted the interest of new funding partners for ACT II, allowing us to expand the grant program to 14 grantees in 2015 with $2 million in grants awarded. We are also partnering with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County to conduct a rigorous evaluation that will demonstrate the impact ACT Anaheim is having on youth and families.
And we’re just getting started. ACT Anaheim needs you! Contact us today to learn more about getting involved in this important work.