2015 Golden Apple Award Recipient – Stanford University

OVER 20 years ago the Chamber made education one of its major priorities.  The Chamber formed an Education Committee and set about to create a program where business could make a significant difference.

The Chamber of Commerce established the Golden Apple Award to recognize business members of the Chamber of Commerce who have made significant contributions to support education in our community.

Stanford University is being recognized for its multi-year pledges and multitude of programs that are all benefiting the schools and education here in Redwood City.  They were nominated by the Redwood City Education Foundation.

Last February 2015, RCEF received the first of five installment payments of $50,000 from Stanford University. This was by far the greatest single unrestricted gift ever received by RCEF resulting in unparalleled benefits.  Upon receiving Stanford’s gift, the RCEF has been able to grow and strengthen the sustainability of all four of their programs: Music, Technology, Wellness, and Outdoor Education. Stanford University’s contribution to support education in our community doesn’t end there.

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has launched a bi-annual Speaker Series that features Stanford University faculty and alumni who present talks related to business education. Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Boot Camp (EBC), an educational program customized for local Redwood City entrepreneurs.

Through the John W. Gardner Center, Stanford is an active partner member of Redwood City 2020, which forges together a remarkable community partnership, designed to support the success of all youth and families and to engage and strengthen the community.

Stanford GOALS is a multi-year Stanford Prevention Research Center program to evaluate an innovative, community-based approach to addressing childhood obesity, through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Redwood City Police Activities League and Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Health Education for Life Program for Kids (HELP) provides a health education program to Redwood City children to equip them with the knowledge, tools, and skills to make sound choices.

The Hope House Program started in 2001, has two Stanford professors teach a course in the humanities to the residents of, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women.

Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL) program grew out of a Stanford K-12 Initiative and has evolved into an exemplary Sequoia Union High School District “academy” program at Redwood High. The REAL program focuses on teaching students academic and leadership skills through hands-on service projects related to the environment.

Our Golden Apple Award Recipient, Stanford University exemplifies what the award means with their ongoing commitment to education showing what great partnerships can accomplish.