The Gift of Literacy

Give the Gift of Literacy

You are lucky enough to be able to read this. Most of the kids we serve can’t… or are significantly behind in their grade level reading.

Some alarming news about school drop-out rates: (source: foxnews.com2008)

  • 1.2 million students drop out annually
  • 50% of students drop-out of public schools in the nation’s largest cities
  • Gap between suburbs vs. inner city graduation rates: 81.5% graduate from Baltimore’s suburban schools, while only 34.6 percent graduate from their inner city schools

In 2014, we will launch Project Literacy. The program will mobilize Grant High School students to return to the elementary schools they attended and meet weekly with two students each to help them learn how to read better by 3rdgrade.

Anticipated Results:

  • Improved literacy and reduce school drop-outs
  • Improved GPA, API scores and attendance
  • Provide the children of Del Paso Heights with hope for their futures

We need your help to get this program off the ground.

Would you or your place of business contribute your time, energy, talents or dollars to help launch this program?

Please donate what you can.

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Life without a father, or a role model…

This video showcases what our young men encounter on a daily basis: Gritty. Grimy. Drug-infested. And somehow, they’re supposed to thrive in this environment? Without a father? Without a role model?

We hope this video offers you perspective on what it’s like to be a young, fatherless boy growing up in Del Paso Heights. We also hope it inspires you to take action.

Would you contribute your time, energy, talents or dollars to help us continue to serve these fatherless young boys? Please donate what you can.

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An Evening To Remember

STS-IHG-BannerOur 2nd Annual Igniting Hope Gala was an inspiring event that touched all of our hearts and confirmed once again how important we all feel about living a life that leaves a legacy. We are so proud of each of you who participated and decided to partner with us as we Break the Cycle of Fatherlessness in Del Paso Heights. Imagine the impact one young man whose life has changed by having the benefit of mentoring.

The event took place at the  AEROSPACE MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA on Saturday October 19, 2013. Emcee’d by Cristina Mendonsa,
News10-ABC Anchor/Multimedia Journalist, the event featured Dr. John Jackson, 
President of William Jessup University as the keynote speaker and 
Major Zack Samuel-Burnett, 
Former U.S. Air Force U-2S Pilot.

Live music, a festive dinner and mingling with the boys whose lives have been forever changed made the evening a heart-touching success. We want to thank you for considering this unique opportunity to share with you our dedication to transforming lives and Igniting Hope within a community where “hope” is hard to find.




























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Thank you for a great year!


Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Two simple words, one tremendous meaning.

This year has been a phenomenal year for  Shoulder To Shoulder.

  • We saw our impact come full circle when we celebrated the acceptance of our first program mentees into to local colleges.
  • We made huge strides toward developing a new Project Literacy program that we will be launching in 2014.
  • We gave our mission perspective by taking our community members on a bus tour of Del Paso Heights, showcasing the drug alleys, rundown schools, and gang members that make going to school a nightmare for our kids.

All of this and more was accomplished because of you — your time, your money, your commitment. We are invested in helping these fatherless young men continue to thrive, but they need our support. They need your support.

We have launched our year-end giving campaign. Whether it’s a contribution of time, energy, talents or dollars, anything helps.

But first, we simply wanted to say THANK YOU for all you do.

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