Jan 4, 2016
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A local project that empowers students to come up with creative ways to achieve their school district’s documented goals is back for a second consecutive year, with grant applications due by Feb. 12, according to Pastor Dave Clark of Richmond’s Living Hope Neighborhood Church, a project sponsor.

The Potential Project awards $500 apiece to teams of local students who come up with creative ways to forward goals listed in the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which aims to improve student outcomes.

In its successful inaugural year, some 60 students from district schools took part in The Potential Project, with one team using the $500 to supply physical education equipment, including soccer goals and hurdles, at Verde Elementary in North Richmond (as seen in the video). Other student projects included a science event encouraging parent participation at Richmond College Prep, a new system rewarding good attendance at Richmond High and a healthy cooking class.

This year, organizers hope to fund 36 projects, a significant leap from last year’s nine, Clark said.

To be eligible for the $500 grant this year, young people enrolled in West County public schools must form a team, pick an LCAP goal and complete the application here. The application must be sent via email in the form of a Word document or .pdf file to pastordave@lhnchurch.org by Friday, Feb. 12.

Grant winners will be notified the week of Monday, Feb. 22, at which point the students must pick up their awards at Living Hope Neighborhood Church, 2800 Rheem Ave. Then they’ll be tasked with bringing their projects to life by the deadline of April 29. See here for more details about the application and requirements.

Clark spearheaded the project by building collaboration between the faith community, non-profit leaders, city leaders and others.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.