Stu Semigran

EduCare Foundation Selected as Beneficiary Organization by Partners Trust Charitable Giving Fund

From the Partners Trust Blog:

"We are pleased to announce that the Partners Trust Charitable Giving Fund has selected the three organizations we will be supporting for the second half of 2016. 

The Charitable Giving Fund raises money for charitable organizations that support initiatives for housing, healthcare and arts & education in the Los Angeles community. Every six months, three charities are chosen to be beneficiaries for money raised. Each organization must be a non profit and give 90% of their proceeds back to the charity.

For this period we are focused on charitable organizations that support and empower children. We are delighted to share our selections: 

EduCare Foundation

The Educare Foundation inspires and empowers young people to become responsible citizens, compassionate leaders, and to live their dreams. Their after school programs focus on enrichment, academic, and recreation activities. 

Inner City Arts

Inner City Arts aims to enrich the lives of children through a total art program in Los Angeles, which helps to unlock the creative potential of LA’s underserved children and teens.

Westside Children’s Center

Westside Children’s Center serves children in need and their families, in Los Angeles, providing foster care, adoption and other family services, as well as early care and education services, to set children (and their families) up for success in school and beyond.

On August 30, we are hosting an event at SoulCycle in both Brentwood and Pasadena where associates will be riding for these causes. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP now as there are a limited number of bikes available."

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Stu Semigran, EduCare Foundation

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Stu Semigran and his wife, Candace, founded EduCare in 1990. EduCare’s mission is to inspire and empower young people to become responsible citizens, compassionate leaders and to realize their dreams. EduCare’s programs, offered at elementary, middle, high school and college levels, have worked with more than 65,000 youth, 25,000 teachers and parents and have been implemented in 500 schools, districts and youth-serving agencies.

In addition to the United States, Mr. Semigran’s programs have benefited Israel, Tanzania, England, Australia and Bulgaria. Mr. Semigran leads his organization with humility and reminds us that “it’s about the kids.

EduCare Foundation President & Co-Founder, Stu Semigran featured in promising practices publication from the California Afterschool Network


Youth are engaged in the design and implementation of the program; they plan, lead and run many program activities. The after school program and activities have adult-youth shared partnership.

Engaging older youth is particularly challenging, given the competing priorities of work, care-giving duties of younger siblings, and socializing with peers. Given this, how do after school programs recruit and retain youth?

A key feature to retaining youth is to provide multiple leadership opportunities for all young people. When older youth gain leadership experience including planning, decision-making, and executing activities, they are acquiring skills relevant to their future after high school.

Stu Semigran of EduCare Foundation, one of the community partners of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Beyond the Bell Take Action Leadership Campaign, describes effective strategies that EduCare has employed with 2,000 youth in 29 Los Angeles high schools:

Listen intentionally to your youth. Youth will tell you what they want and will vote with their feet. Older youth gravitate towards activities that are of most interest to them, and will spend the time to design, plan, and execute those activities. Asking youth what they want and need is a great way to identify the student leaders who are interested and motivated enough to shepherd the activities along.

For instance, at one local high school program with a majority Latino population, Mr. Semigran discovered youth wanted a Korean Club. When he pressed the kids further to assess how committed youth were to starting it, he discovered they wanted to learn the language for gaming purposes, and encouraged them to find a willing teacher and recruit youth for the Club, both of which they did.

Step Up, Step Back. Program activities should be youth-centered, not directed or controlled by program staff. The guideline to “Step Up, Step Back” can be applied to you and your youth in the program. Once you’ve given youth the tools to lead, have them step up to the challenge of facilitating, while you step back and let them take on leadership responsibilities. As Mr. Semigran stated, “When you continually raise the bar on youth, they not only rise up to meet you; they far surpass anything you thought imaginable.”

Continually build youth leadership skills. Don’t just give training to youth at the beginning of the year and let them fend for themselves afterward. Providing continual training, feedback, and opportunities to refresh and develop skills are great ways for youth leaders to continually learn and build skills. The Take Action Leadership Campaign provides ongoing trainings throughout the year, including 1:1 coaching, trainings on classroom management, and team management skill building workshops to support youth to be successful leaders in their after school programs.