• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.
• 2016 update: Mentor Tutor Connection’s new executive director, Padma Gargeya, came aboard Nov. 1. Linda Eckols, MTC board chairwoman, said Gargeya’s experience with Bright Futures – a nonprofit organization similar to MTC that serves students in East San Jose – should serve her well; Gargeya went from mentor to mentor coach to the leadership team there.
MTC is exploring collaborations with other groups, starting with the YMCA of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, scheduled to host an open house in January to recruit volunteers.
“We have tons of children waiting for mentors and tutors,” Eckols said. “Our only limitation is needing more volunteers.”
MTC joined the National Mentoring Resource Center in June to better support its coordinators at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools.
“It strengthens the programs at the high schools and, in turn, makes our mentors stronger,” Eckols said.
• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Donations go toward paying staff members, who Eckols said have the vital roles of implementing programs and assisting mentors and tutors.
Mentor Tutor Connection
Location: Public schools in Los Altos and Mountain View
Founded: 1996, as Partners for New Generations
Annual budget: $176,000
Staff: 5 part-time employees; 161 volunteers
Holiday Fund contributions are tax deductible and processed through a donor-advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The foundation provides letters acknowledging donor contributions. The Town Crier will present grant funds to the 20 organizations in early 2017. The paper also profiles each organization in articles published throughout the holiday season.
To donate online, visit siliconvalleycf.org/latc-holiday-fund.
To donate by check, make checks payable to “SVCF/Town Crier Holiday Fund” and mail to 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View 94040.
For more information, visit latcholidayfund.org.