ALearn merges with SV Educational Foundation to provide college readiness programs

The Los Altos-founded nonprofit ALearn and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation are merging their efforts to offer math and college readiness programs to underserved students.

            Los Altos resident Kathryn Hanson, CEO and founder of ALearn, announced the merger in a Jan. 26 letter to supporters. The 10-year-old organization is a recipient of the Town Crier Holiday Fund.

            Hanson said the boards of both agencies approved the merger and are awaiting regulatory approvals.

            “This (merger) will create a new, stronger education nonprofit with the potential to drive even deeper impact in Silicon Valley and beyond,” Hanson said. “The missions and values of ALearn and Silicon Valley Education Foundation are aligned: both focus on preparing all students, especially those from underserved communities, to be college and career ready by supporting STEM education.”

            Collectively, ALearn and Silicon Valley Education Foundation serve more than 5,000 students and 52 school districts annually.

            Hanson said benefits of the merger include the ability to serve more students, elimination of program redundancies, increased scale and leverage to secure larger state and federal grants, and better focus on retaining quality programming.

            Both organizations’ core programs will continue to be offered. ALearn’s Catalyst to High School and Math Acceleration Program and Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Elevate mat program will run in parallel through the summer.

            According to Hanson, the merger is expected to be legally effective by mid-February, and the organization will operate under the name ALearn Silicon Valley Education Foundation – until the new board decides on a permanent name and branding.

            Following the merger, Manny Barbara, Silicon Valley Education Foundation interim CEO, will continue as interim CEO of the new organization until a new leader is hired. Hanson will continue to serve on the board and has been nominated as vice chairwoman of the new organization.

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