The Foundation for the Contemporary Family is committed to discovering and assisting the development of inventive programs that meet the needs of contemporary families and demonstrate the potential to affect parents and children on a local or global level. We are eager to accept grant proposals for programs which meet the specified guidelines.
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We are proud to support these exemplary innovative programs:

Laguna Beach Parent Education
Coffee Break is an innovative parent-school-community education program in Laguna Beach developed by the Laguna Beach PTA Council to promote increased awareness and involvement in significant issues related to children’s health, education and social-emotional well-being.

The monthly forum provides an intimate setting for parents and school administrators to hear expert speakers offer cutting edge insights into the vital issues of raising healthy, responsible and competent children. The inclusion of the School Board members, school administrators and other stakeholders joining together with the parent community creates on ongoing forum to work together to identify challenges and address concerns in a true parent-school partnership. The interactive question/answer format permits speakers to provide practical guidelines and resources of how to take further action steps. Most programs are recorded and available on CDs in the school site libraries and online for anyone who cannot attend.

Coffee Break has been able to grow into a progressive parent education program, in large part, because grant funding from our Foundation as well as two grants from the Schoolpower Foundation has allowed the procuring of outstanding national experts who best represent the specific issues most relevant to the parents. The Surf and Sand Hotel graciously donates the event meeting space, service and equipment as a great community service.

The MY HERO Project is a wonderful interactive website for children, parents, and schools. The mission of MY HERO is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower young people to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world. This project was created as an alternative to the mass media filled with violence and negative role models.

This freely accessible, not-for-profit project is supported by visitors of all ages who share stories, art, and short films on their award-winning multimedia journal and digital library. The goal is to inspire people of all ages with an ever-growing internet archive of hero stories from around the world. What started as a simple idea is now a global learning community that bridges the digital divide, promotes tolerance, and allows people around the world to have their voices heard in a safe, commercial-free environment.
Teachers use their programs in schools, libraries, after-school workshops, and in community and media centers around the world, reaching millions of people from over 175 nations.

The My Hero Project
1278 Glenneyre, #286
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone (949) 376-5964
Fax (949) 376-9540