Community Impact Fellowship Program

Kravis Lab will be launching a new Community Impact Fellowship to work more deeply with select organizations to track and measure their impact which will culminate in the development of a robust strategy for impact evaluation for the organization and the design of an end of the year fundraising campaign.

This Fellowship opportunity will provide training, resources and student support to executive and support teams of the NPO/CBO to track how they are improving communities and frame a new impact narrative. This 2-pronged approach will build capacity of the select organizations in the following ways:

Executive level – Kravis Lab will work with executive leadership (1 member) to establish their unique expertise and to uplift their voices as thought-leaders in their respective sectors in the Inland Empire, regionally and nationwide. This Fellow will attend an additional workshop, How to Write to Change the World, offered by a multi-award winning organization that supports under-represented voices raise their visibilities and drive public discourse by writing compelling opeds.

Support level – Kravis Lab students with faculty support will engage with the programs arm (1-2 members) of the organization to review and analyze how they measure their program impact and help develop a more robust tracking and evaluation mechanism.

Kravis Lab is selecting nine IE NPO/CBOs and matching them with CMC students for this year-long Fellowship. The program will be activated in three phases.


Fellows and students will attend the Tools for Research & Evaluation Design – Making the Case for Funding Workshop Series. Together, Fellows and students will learn several tools and apply them between workshops. Students will support the CBO/NPOs by doing the relevant research needed to execute the activities and assignments. The final work product will be the identification of the best tools the Fellows will need to design their end of the year fundraising strategy. Student deliverables will range from writing case studies, lit reviews, campaign development, and/or opeds, dependent upon the needs of their respective Fellow.

Phase 2 – PLANNING

Fellows will spend the summer creating an action plan to implement the most relevant tools they learned in the skills-building phase. Students will have an opportunity to apply for summer internships to support the design and execution of the action plan. Fellows will be invited to apply for a small grant from Kravis Lab to implement their plan.


In the Fall semester, students will be matched with the Fellows to execute the action plan which will culminate in their end of the year fundraising strategy.


Be A Maker Club
Be A Maker Club provides makerspaces for children. Our mission is to provide a safe space where children can make, explore and experiment. We want to develop and sustain children’s interest in Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Math. Your young maker can access machines at our location in Upland. We keep our classes small so each child gets the full attention they deserve. We also provide MOBILE MAKERSPACES for enrichment and STEM related activities on location at schools, homeschool groups and camps.
Our motto is ‘Hi-tech with high touch.’ We want young makers to embrace technology with hands-on learning. We encourage learning through making mistakes, observing others and exploration. Our instructors play the role of a coach, encouraging the children to make their own design and material choices. Our classes are catered for children as young as 5 years old up to 14 years. Some of our popular classes are Introduction to 3D printing, CNC digital woodworking, Laser cutting and engraving, Introduction to soldering and electronics, with more added every month.
Claremont Heritage, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1976 by citizens of Claremont to advance, preserve and celebrate the historic architectural, natural and cultural resources of our community through collaboration, education and advocacy.

The impetus for the formation of the group was the demolition of a number of significant buildings in Claremont. The original Claremont Library, a Marston and Maybury gem that Helen Renwick supplied the land and financed; the Red Line ticket depot, considered by many to be the most beautiful station in the Red Line system; The Claremont Inn, a beautiful Craftsman structure that was a true interface between Town & Gown; A number of significant homes were also demolished to make way for other development.

Claremont Heritage has helped to save the College Heights Packing House, a symbol of our long and prosperous years as a center of the citrus industry, as well as, the historic Santa Fe Train Depot, the Old School House, the Padua Theatre and other buildings that have a significant past. All were threatened at one time or another. Our offices and archives are located in the Historic Garner House, a 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival home important in our town’s history and are currently working to restore it to its original glory.

Claremont Heritage maintains an archive of Claremont related artifacts including photographs, ephemera, artwork, objects, maps and plans. We collect, catalog and preserve historic materials to make them available to researchers who visit the Heritage or through our publicly accessed digital library. We work with homeowners, advising on historic preservation, the Mills Act and also with developers and City Planners in an ongoing process to protect our heritage while advancing economic development that will keep our Community progressing into the future.

Claremont Heritage provides educational programs such as film series, symposia and tours that help inform community members about the wonderful resources that we have. We offer a third-grade history program available to local schools that fulfills a California State mandated requirement and collaborate with other community groups as we strive to preserve Claremont’s unique sense of place and cultural heritage for future generations to experience. Our goal is to celebrate and honor the past in order to inspire the future and play an active part a community that will be as amazing tomorrow as it is today.


David & Margaret Youth and Family Services was founded as an orphanage over a century ago. Today over 1,700 youth, young adults and families come to David & Margaret each year to access services and programs that renew hope and inspire change. This is all made possible by the support of committed and caring staff, volunteers and funders.

David and Margaret Foster Care and Adoption Services works with Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties to place children in loving homes. They help get individuals and families get interested in fostering or adopting through each step of the process.

Joan Macy School helps at-risk elementary, middle, and high-school students who are not able to thrive in their regular classrooms and are placed with us by their local districts. The learning enhancement center diagnoses and treats learning disabilities by training the brain to accurately and effectively take in information process it and respond appropriately.

David and Margaret’s Mental Health and Wellness Programs provide individual and family therapy, psychological testing, and case management linkage to community resources for qualified youth and their families.

Girls ages 11-19 in foster care benefit from our short term residential therapeutic program which provides a home-like environment while these children and youth are unable to be with their own families. They live in safe, secure cottages with round-the-clock trauma informed therapeutic care provided b caseworkers and clinicians. Over the past few years David and Margaret Youth and Family Services has been putting greater emphasis on services for youth who are facing who are facing the challenges of life after foster care. David and Margaret is now one of the leading regional providers of transitional living programs for young people who are moving out of foster care and into life on their own.

Hand in hand with this is the youth workforce training program which helps each youth gain skills they need to be life-ready workforce read, and in some cases, ready for higher education. Part of the program is offered through the store at David and Margaret. The store provides two benefits to the community. As a retail store, it offers staple and other goods at deeply discounted process. As a training center, it offers work experience to youth who are aging out of foster care.

Next to the store is Dave and Maggie’s café. The café is also open to the public and offers culinary internships to transitional age youth. Through this combination of programs, the skills that children, youth, and families gain through David and Margaret renew hope, inspire change, and help heal our communities.

House of Ruth has been providing life-saving domestic violence services for residents of eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties since 1977. Participation in House of Ruth programming is open to all battered women, men, and their children. All of House of Ruth’s programs are free of charge. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, language, disability, religion, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

House of Ruth is dedicated to the safety and well-being of individual victimized by domestic violence. Its vision is to end domestic violence and promote healthy relationships. House of Ruth believes that all people deserve to live their lives free of violence, especially in their homes and that every home should be a safe home.

House of Ruth’s emergency shelter provides programs and support for victims and their children, including food, clothing, personal care items, group and individual counseling, legal and social services advocacy, employment assistance, and life-management skills. The shelter is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. House of Ruth’s transitional shelter provides residence, case management and other services free of charge for up to two years. The Child Abuse Treatment Program (CHAT) provides no-cost counseling and case management services to children from 4 to 18 years of age who have experienced abuse, neglect or violence in their homes, schools or communities. Their counselors utilize a model of trauma-informed care to address the effects of trauma and facilitate the healing of each child in a sensitive manner.

With outreach offices in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, House of Ruth’s Community Services offers domestic violence counseling, crisis intervention, and other types of assistance help victims work toward their goals of self-sufficiency. They foster individual awareness and improve community response to domestic violence through services including, but not limited to, career counseling, on-site childcare and housing assistance. House of Ruth’s preventative education program program is a comprehensive, age-appropriate K-12 school-based program to educate youth about and promote healthy relationships

House of Ruth offers domestic violence counseling programs at both our emergency and transitional shelters in addition to our outreach offices. Individual, group sessions, and classes assist victims and their children as they plan for a future free of violence. Weekly support groups include Self-Sufficiency, Parenting, Healthy Relationships, and a variety of Children’s Groups. All counseling is offered in both English and Spanish.

Huerta de Valle’s mission is to provide all 160,000 people in the city of Ontario with accessible organic food. Within our city we’d like to helped foster, cultivate, and build stronger relationships within our city.

In an environment where it might be easier, and more convenient, to eat fast food, it’s important to have healthier food available so to not only feed our bodies but feed our minds as well.

We are here to create jobs, to provide food justice education, to change the food system both locally in Ontario and outside in other places. We hope other communities follow our example by embracing a different way of life.

Our garden is much more than just work and job opportunities. It is not the work of one person or one individual, it is the work of an entire community. We envision one garden every mile in our city. We envision a city where all people can eat delicious, nutritious, fresh, local, sustainably produced and just food. We envision farming, healthy food access, sustainable production and distribution, nutrition education, and economic development addressing complex regional health issues.

Huerta de Valle has a thirteen-step approach to achieving its vision.
1. Facilitate the growth of a local sustainable food system through urban agriculture and through new farmer training.
2. Create dignified, educative, community health and development centered employment and leadership opportunities for Ontario youth and adults.
3. Develop replicable local practices for economic and environmental justice.
4. Employ farmers.
5. Demonstrate agriculture programs.
6. Improve HdV as affordable retail site for low-income people.
7. Operate a 124 families community garden.
8. Compost local food waste.
9. Grow economic development from farming.
10. Provide land and means to grow to farmers.
11. Educate community members about ecology, sustainability, and nutrition and associated health benefits.
12. Build local markets to put healthy, organic food onto the plates of community members.
13. Expand within our community and other local communities.

Social Cipher is a video game that jumpstarts children with autism on a journey to face their insecurities, transform them into their strengths, and move onto futures that shine brighter than the stars. Social Cipher’s interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in neuroscience, computer science, and art addresses the needs of real families through scientific research and the magic of gameplay and story. Our goal is to empower and support children diagnosed with autism as they develop the confidence and the skills to communicate clearly.

In addition, Social Cipher aims to ensure that the time and cost associated with this practice are minimal, so that no family is hindered by a busy life or by expense. We’re supported by the Halcyon Incubator and mentors at Riot Games, and we were 2018 National Geographic Chasing Genius Finalists. We imagine a future in which an autism diagnosis is no longer viewed as a deficit, but a superpower that might just change the world.

Social Cipher founder Vanessa Gill had the idea to make an engaging, empowering, and accessible game for kids with autism. She and her team went out and interviewed families in autism community to identify needs that weren’t being met by current therapies. She created Social Cipher, a game that democratizes and gamifies empathy, using a similar process to the one she used to develop her own social skills after being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a child.

Using virtual reality, Social Cipher helps kids on the spectrum build a virtual tool kit to imbue them with confidence they need to tackle social challenges.

Starting Over, Inc. specializes in providing transitional housing and reentry services while helping to build strong communities through recovery, civic engagement, and leadership development.

Starting Over, Inc.’s mission is to assist low income men, women, and children in need of housing by providing transitional or permanent supportive housing and reentry services while effectively fostering self-reliance, leadership, civic engagement, and economic development. Starting Over Inc. believes all people have equal value and works to overcome homelessness by addressing the immediate and root causes.

Since 2004, we have provided emergency and transitional housing and have aided people in their transitions back to an independent lifestyle. Our entire Board is made up of people with a variety of backgrounds who have from five years to a lifetime of experience helping people. It’s what we do! Our clients are those that are too important to write off. Formerly Incarcerated People, Unemployed, Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts, Disabled, Domestic Violence Survivors, or those otherwise unable to obtain housing independent of assistance.

Starting Over helps some of the county’s most vulnerable populations by addressing homelessness, recidivism, and reentry. Starting Over helps homeless men, women and children transition from homelessness, and the often associated cycles of poverty, drug abuse, mental illness, and recidivism. Through education, empowerment, peer support, and civic engagement, Starting Over has helped over 900 men, women, and families since it started through events like backpack giveaways and family meal days. 79% of the people who have gone through Starting Over’s transitional program remain housed 1 year after exiting the program.

A strong and vibrant community is one in which all of its members contribute to the strengths and assets for the common good. Tierra Del Sol’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to fulfill their potential and desire to become productive citizens who are accepted, included and valued for the contributions they make to the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of the community. We are actively working towards the day when people with any type of disability are fully recognized as an integral part of our community – as neighbors, co-workers, and contributors.

The Tierra del Sol Foundation was founded in Sunland, CA, in 1971. Originally conceived by parents as an alternative to institutional care, Tierra began as an early demonstration of self-advocacy. The founding parents were determined to raise their sons and daughters as permanent members of their families, rather than abandon them to the State. The notion was simple; all people have gifts, and our community is richer when all our citizens are valued for their contributions. We have never lost these important principles.
Tierra’s first two decades were marked by educational training, fitness activities, artistic endeavors and social skill acquisition for the people we served. Family members supported Tierra by volunteering in classes, providing transportation, performing clerical duties and more, to ensure that the learning programs succeeded.

In the 90s, Tierra began pushing perimeters. Tierra shifted its model of service to integrated workforce development. Tierra identified volunteerism and paid employment as a way of expanding our clients’ potential to obtain meaningful employment. More than 25 years later, different industries and businesses have recognized the value of Tierra workers in many areas, such as clerical, retail, janitorial and assembly work and Tierra remains a leader in advancing productive community citizenship. Our partnerships with local employers continued to grow.

In the early 2000s, Tierra continued its track of innovation and personalized services. Through embracing the utilization of the PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) model, Tierra services began to focus on individual career identification for those we serve.
In 2007, Tierra launched our College to Career model, NEXUS, in order for young adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, to experience success in higher education.

Over the years, it has become clear that Tierra is not a place, rather it is a dynamic organization that empowers people with developmental disabilities to achieve excellence through Workforce Development, College to Career, and Careers in the Arts.

Improves the lives and futures of children and families in need through a range of programs, investing in Education, Health, and Financial Stability.

This program is offered in partnership with Community Health Council and sponsored by a generous gift from the Lewis Family Fund.