Stanford's Office of Public Affairs 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 communities of the Mid-Peninsula.
Raising Interest in Science and Engineering (RISE)
The RISE Summer Internship Program for High School Students ignites students' excitement about science and prepares them to pursue study in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) area after high school. RISE places low-income, historically under-represented high school students into paid summer internships within Stanford’s science and engineering research laboratories. The seven-week program gives students hands-on, lab-based research experiences with Stanford scientists at all levels—from undergraduates to faculty members. RISE provides mentoring during the subsequent school year, supporting students as they compete in science fairs, learn about the college application process and apply for financial aid. Since the program’s creation in 2006, Stanford has hosted students from 38 high schools in 147 RISE summer internships.
Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP)
SNAP enhances the lives of Bay Area children with special abilities and needs by providing much-needed alternative physical therapy and recreational services. Every Friday, Stanford students carpool to the YMCA to volunteer their time, teaching special-needs children to swim and play in the water. Programs address the physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs of each participant. In its nine-year history in Palo Alto, SNAP has enhanced the ties between Stanford and the Peninsula community, added meaning to the lives of students engaged in this unique service learning opportunity and served Bay Area families with special-needs children.
Roadway Safety Solutions Team (RSST)
In 2011, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Trauma Center at Stanford Hospital & Clinics joined together to address the increased number of bicyclist deaths and injuries on the area’s roadways in recent years. Since then, the working group has expanded to form the Roadway Safety Solutions Team and has engaged key stakeholders, coordinated efforts between different agencies and developed measurable solutions. RSST now is comprised of elected officials, public works staff, law enforcement leaders, health officials and community and business partners. RSST focuses on seven areas: intersections of concern and interagency connectivity, Safe Routes to Schools, share the road messaging, DMV efforts, diversion programs, law enforcement coordination and anti-harassment ordinances.
SAAGE is a community-based partnership between Bay Area high schools and Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies that brings motivated high school students to campus for a year-long multi-disciplinary academic program of mentoring and supervision by Stanford professors and graduate students. Students from East Palo Alto Academy, Pescadero High School, and Puente de la Costa Sur Community Resource Center focus on Latin American studies including culture and society, political economy, ecology and environment. This is intended to facilitate students’ future academic and community-based work while deepening the understanding of the importance of the Latin American region for the world at large.
Founded in 2003, Stanford at the Tech, a partnership between Stanford’s Department of Genetics and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, educates and excites the public about science, encourages K-12 students to become scientists, and gives Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the skills they need to effectively communicate science both in person and in written form. Stanford students and fellows act as docents, run hands-on genetic activities and explain science to students and visitors in ways that are entertaining and understandable. Stanford at The Tech also holds an annual Genetics Carnival at Overfelt High School in San Jose and participates in the Bay Area Science Festival which attracts over 50,000 people to AT&T Park in San Francisco where they engage in a variety of hands on science demonstrations to inspire young audiences.
Stanford GOALS is a multi-year Stanford Prevention Research Center program to evaluate an innovative, community-based approach to addressing childhood obesity. Stanford’s partners, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Redwood City Police Activities League and Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, identify youth at risk for obesity and engage them in developing healthy lifestyles. Children enrolled in GOALS participate in a health education program or an active intervention, which includes a team sports program, home visits to reduce screen time and improve the home food environment, and primary care provider follow-up. The partnership builds upon existing after school programming and also partners with Stanford Athletics to provide site visits from the Stanford student-athletes, visits to campus for mentoring programs, and on-campus field days. The GOALS partnership seeks to develop best practices to serve community youth and exemplifies the positive, communal nature of a partnership based on social change.