In 2004, Stanford’s Office of Government and Community Relations initiated this program to honor the valuable partnerships that exist between Stanford and its neighbors, and to celebrate community efforts that successfully tackle real world problems and advance the public good. Award winners are selected based on their initiative, leadership, and involvement in projects that embody the spirit of genuine partnership and benefit the overall community. In each case, the projects have resulted in collaboration and better understanding between Stanford and Bay Area communities.
Founded in 1953 by Dr. Esther B. Clark, one of the first female pediatricians to practice on the Peninsula, the Children’s Health Council works to remove barriers to learning and mental health, helping children and teens become resilient, happy, and successful at home, at school, and in life. In partnership with Stanford Children’s Health, CHC is a one-of-a-kind resource that helps kids with ADHD, learning differences, anxiety & depression, and autism spectrum disorders by promoting social emotional learning, academics, executive functioning, and physical development. One of CHC’s signature programs is the RISE Intensive Outpatient Program, a 12-week program for adolescents struggling with self-harm, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, severe anxiety, and depression. Another program, the Early Support Program for Autism (ESPA), provides supportive services at no cost to families of individuals with suspected or diagnosed autism, helping families with resources and guidance so they can immediately care for their child.
Spun out of Stanford University in 2009, TeachAids creates breakthrough technology to solve persistent problems in health education around the world. TeachAids’ latest health education initiative, CrashCourse, educates youth on the prevention and treatment of concussions. The program offers a series of free interactive educational products that aim to raise awareness of the latest science around concussions, and shift the conversation from fear and silence toward knowledge and empowerment. The program was created through interdisciplinary collaboration with Stanford Athletics, Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Education, School of Medicine, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. CrashCourse’s impact has been significant and the program is now in over 10,000 schools and sport organizations across the United States. It also has a global reach and is available in 82 countries.
Future Advancers of Science and Technology is a partnership with East San Jose high schools that bring Stanford University graduate student mentors to work with underrepresented minority students in STEM fields. Together the mentors work with high schoolers through the process of conceiving, designing, and conducting an original scientific experiment or engineering project and presenting those projects at symposiums and local science fair competitions. The program yields amazing results with 100 percent of the 2017 and 2018 FAST graduating students attending college or technical school. The program is also being replicated at UC Berkeley and Impact Academy in Hayward, California.