Where It All Began

Our Founder

Antone E. Raymus, a longtime home builder and developer, had a vision for a safe and productive place for struggling children who were in danger of being lost to society. Those children were struggling in school and often ended up in our judicial system. Therefore, in October of 1997, with the help of his good friend Bob Camden, Mr. Raymus held several meetings with community leaders that led to the formation of what we now call Give Every Child A Chance.

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
Antone E. Raymus

Founder, GECAC

Historical Timeline
1996-97 A series of meetings with community leaders initiated by Antone E. Raymus began to discuss the forming of a program that would help struggling “D” & “F” students. The Board of Directors was formed and the application was made to form a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with the name Give Every Child A Chance (GECAC). – Retired Manteca High Principal Bill Jones hired as first Executive Director. October 31, 1997 – GECAC becomes incorporated. The first budget was under $80,000. January 1998 – First, one-on-one tutoring sites within the boundaries of Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) established at St. Paul’s Church (non-school) and Lincoln School serving 13 students with 3 tutors. – The first office space (very small) was located at 602 E. Yosemite Ave. with a small area for tutoring. 1999 – 2000 – The budget was $89,000 – GECAC added the Computer Assisted Instructional Tutoring program to operate during the summer at Lindbergh School. – Operating 13 program sites serving 125 students annually with 50 volunteer tutors. 2000 – 2001 – Carol Davis hired as President/CEO. – The budget grows to $206,430 – Students served grow to 325 annually. – Homework Assistance Program (small group tutoring) started. 2001 – 2002 – The budget grows to $397,830 – Created position of Program Director (hired Chuck Crutchfield) and other positions to increase program sites and students served. – GECAC expands to 17 program sites, serving the communities of Weston Ranch, Manteca, Lathrop & French Camp. 2002 – 2003 The budget grows to $400,000 GECAC expands to 23 program sites serving 585 students annually with 150 volunteers. GECAC adds Reading to the 2nd Power program. 2003 – 2004 The budget grows to $582,634 The first one-on-one site opens in Ripon with support from the Ripon Unified School District. Students served grow to 873 annually with 200 volunteers. Added the After School Advantage Program (ASAP) at French Camp and Sequoia Schools. This program offers 3 hours of after school programs in physical education, homework assistance and enrichment activities Monday – Thursday. 100 students at each site participate. Funding provided by 21st Century. GECAC traveled to Washington, D.C. with San Joaquin Council of Governments and was granted $500,000 in appropriated dollars. 2004 – 2005 Budget grows to $1,374,859 Provided service to 1,167 students with 300 volunteers. The trip to Washington, D.C. once again provided us with $300,000 in appropriations. We expanded our program to partners with the San Joaquin County Office of Education and opened an additional 5 ASAP sites in Manteca, Lathrop, Escalon, and Banta (Tracy). Serving an additional 450 students annually. Programs sites increased from 23 to 28. 2005-2006 Budget $1,386,000 Students served 1,779 annually with 300 volunteers. We opened an additional ASAP site in Ripon. We were approved as a Supplemental Service Provider by the California Department of Education. We began traveling to new communities to speak on the possibility of opening independent GECAC programs. GECAC was recognized by the California School Administrators (ACSA) as the California State Outstanding Partner in Educational Excellence. Received Best of Manteca award in the Youth Organization category. 2006-2007 Budget $1,363,000 Students served annually 1,898 Action on Behalf of Children” (ABC Awards) recognized Give Every Child A Chance as the Best Non-profit youth organization in San Joaquin County. We opened an additional ASAP site at Shasta School through Prop 49 funds. 100 additional students will be served. Received Best of Manteca Award in the Youth Organization category. 2007-2008 Budget $2,005,732 (ASES funding for expansion of 7 program sites) Students served annually 2,631 Celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary First Independent GECAC program opened in Tracy, CA (Jefferson School District) Hired a Health Educator (grant for one year) for ASAP sites We opened an additional ASAP site at Sequoia Annex for 1st and 2nd graders Opened One-on-One sites at our ASAP sites (Lincoln, Sequoia, Shasta) Technical Outreach Program (TOP) began providing instruction to the students in MUSD. Received Best of Manteca Award in Non-Retail category Re-opened One-on-One site at St. Anthony’s Church 2008-2009 Budget $2,155,844 (Building purchase included) Students served annually 2,941 Opened One-on-One sites at Mossdale School (Lathrop), Dent School (Escalon), Brock Elliott School and Ripon Memorial Library Received the San Joaquin County Coordination Council/CTA/NEA Golden Apple Award for significant contributions to Education in San Joaquin County May 1, 2009 Approved for $476,000 Federal Funding to be used in 2009-2010 to expand programs into new and existing communities. 2009/2010 – Proposed Budget $1,999,011 – Students served as of June 30, 2010, totaled 4,271 – In California, we opened five new One-on-One sites (at Colony Oaks and Parkview Elementary Schools in Ripon, El Portal Middle School in Escalon, Golden West Elementary School in Manteca, and Lathrop High School in Lathrop) – Successfully completed expansion efforts (opened an independent Give Every Child A Chance Programs) in the community of Merced, California. – Approved for Federal Funding in the amount of $500,000, for the Job Shadowing Program, from Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations, to train and place youth in jobs. 2010/2011 Proposed Budget $2,551,139 Wrote a grant for and was awarded an additional $480,954 to open After school programs at Nile Garden, George Komure, August Knodt, and Great Valley Schools, One on Ones opened Manteca High, Grace Community Church in Lathrop (Summer only), Great Valley School, Weston Elementary in Ripon and George Komure in Weston Ranch. Received $500,000 to get the Employment Mentoring Program, started the program in April 2011 Hosted the first annual ‘Ropin’ on the Rover’ Rodeo as a fundraiser the first in June 2011 2011/2012 Proposed Budget $2,563,975 Started offering the Rhythm Music Program at our thirteen ASAP Sites Started offering an Anti -Bullying Program to all schools in Manteca, Ripon, Escalon, and Banta School Districts. Staff chosen to be State Trainers for the STEM Curriculum which consists of Project Wet, Wild and Learning Tree. GECAC was chosen to be the pilot program for JUMP START in Region Six in California Employment Mentoring Program implemented in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. Hosted our 7th annual Health Teen Summit (Be the BEST- Better Engaged Students Thrive) for 300 youth featuring Teen Truth. Received a Computerworld Honors Laureate Medal and Award, for being an organization which is recognized for their visionary and innovative work in the field of technology and education. Implemented S.T.E.M curriculum at all thirteen ASAP sites 2012/2013 Budget $2,514,008 Became a pilot program for the Team California for Healthy After School (TCHAS) program at Sequoia and Lincoln Schools Hosted the 8th Annual BEST (Better Engaged Students Thrive) Teen Summit Restarted the annual Rodeo event Traveled to Washington D.C. to present GECAC programs to entire California Democratic Delegation Started a reading program, Paws for Friends, where students build confidence reading to dogs Conducted the first Health Careers Forum in partnership with Doctors Hospital of Manteca Started garden program at Lincoln & Sequoia School with support from Manteca Garden Club and Master Gardners 2013/2014 – Budget $2,390,349 – Hosted 9th Annual BEST Teen Summit (Supported by MUSD, Kaiser Permanente, and Panda Express) – Named Non-Profit of Year by Manteca Chamber of Commerce – Conducted orientation and training for the summer internship program for Kaiser Permanente – Expanded Gardens to several more schools – Opened one-on-one site at Mid Valley Church in Stockton – Opened one-on-one site at River Island Technology Academy – Re-opened Tracy sites under our direction at Melville Jacobsen, Anthony Traina, and Gladys Poet Schools – 48 program locations – 4,109 students served – 432 volunteers 2014/15 Budget $2,316,530 Hosted 10th Annual BEST Teen Summit (supported by MUSD, Kaiser Permanente, and Panda Express) Voted Manteca Bulletin “2015 Readers Choice Award” for Community Organization and Tutoring Center Opened additional sites in Tracy at North School, Tracy Learning Center and Tracy Library Watts Equipment donated a delivery van to distribute supplies to program sites Added 2 TCHAS sites at Shasta and Golden West Schools Conducted first Community Family Health Nigh at Shasta School Piloted Garden Curriculum at Sequoia and Shasta Schools Piloted 4H Character Building/Leadership Curriculum “iGrow Curriculum (August Knodt, George Komure, Nile Garden, and French Camp Schools) Purchased 2 Blender Bikes for Health Education Program (visited 13 after school program sites) Sites submitted recipes for first-ever Blender Bike Recipe Book Started to plan the new STEM/STEAM Program for the 2015-16 school year Started Shasta School Garden Project and Revamped Lincoln School Garden Participated in “Hour of Code” event Started indoor Aero Gardens at El Portal, Ripon Elementary, Nile Garden, Banta, Great Valley, August Knodt, and George Komure Schools. Conducted 2nd Annual Health Career Forum for 32 high school students at Doctors Hospital of Manteca Conducted orientation for 20 young adults through our Employment Mentoring Program for Kaiser Permanente Summer Internship Program Students served 4,623 Volunteer mentor/tutors 448 2015/16 (so far) Opened a fee-based after school program at River Islands Technology Academy in Lathrop Conducting after school programs in Stockton Unified at Harrison and Alex Spanos Schools Started STEM and STEAM program at various school sites
Founding Board and Honorary Board Members
The Pioneers 1997
Antone E. Raymus Anita Rankin Chuck Crutchfield
Bill Pinto Francis Darling Bill Jones
Sandy Dye-Miller Gordon Richardson Evelyn Moore
Pastor Mark Rindels Rex Osborn Cheryl Spiegel
Carlon Perry Claire Yeakel Honorable Judge Duane Martin
Honorary Board Members
Posthumously Antone E. Raymus Honorable Judge Duane Martin Bill Jones John Harris
Claire Yeakel Francis Darling Chuck Crutchfield
Posthumously Bill Pinto Jack Snyder Mary Lou Kahl Pastor Mark Rindels
Awards and Recognition
Tracy Press                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Best of Tracy/Readers Choice Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tutoring Program                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2018 Manteca Bulletin Readers Choice/Best of Award Community Event-San Joaquin Valley Brewfest 2016, 2017 & 2018 Manteca Bulletin Readers Choice/Best of Award Non-Profit Organization 2016, 2017 & 2018 Manteca Bulletin Readers Choice/Best of Award “Community Organization” 2015, 2016 & 2018 Manteca Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Award 2013-14 California Department of Education Region 6 Recognition Award Team California for Healthy After Schools 2012-2015 Manteca Bulletin Readers Choice/Best of Award “Tutoring Category” 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Best of Manteca Best Youth Organization 2006, 2007, 2010 & 2011 Best Non-Retail Business 2008 San Joaquin County Coordinating Council/CTA/NEA GOLDEN APPLE AWARD “For Significant Contributions to Education in San Joaquin County” May 1, 2009 10 Year Awards (1997-2007) California State Assembly & Senate U.S., Congress San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors Cities of Manteca & Lathrop San Joaquin County Family Resource & Referral Center Action on Behalf of Children Award Youth Non-Profit of the Year 2006 Association of California School Administrators “Partners in Educational Excellence” 2005 Phi Delta Kappa International University of Pacific Chapter Outstanding Contribution to Education Award 2003 For more information about the Give Every Child A Chance mentor/tutoring programs call 825-7003
Expansion Information
Steps to organizing a GECAC program in your community. Getting Started: This usually begins with one or two individuals who initiate the idea and then interest others in the program. The first step is to discuss your idea with other community representatives such as service clubs, businesses, local school districts, educators, civic, social and fraternal organizations. They, in turn, can involve leaders in other professions in your community. Organize a Steering Committee: Once you have a group of committed individuals, conduct a meeting to discuss the idea of forming a GECAC program. Invite the Director of Community Outreach from the Corporate Office located in Manteca, California. The Corporate office number is (209) 823-6222 or by visiting the web at www.gecac.net. Keep the gathering to a small group of those that are committed to the program. Determine the Need: The need for a GECAC program in your community may be quite apparent, however, if there is doubt in the minds of the committee or other key individuals, the representative from GECAC can assist with answering questions and/or conducting a survey of the academic performance of youth in your community. The survey will determine how effectively the academic needs of young people are being met in the community. Approval of the GECAC Corporate Board: Once the committee has decided to proceed with the establishment of a program, submit a request to GECAC for approval to move forward. In order to use the GECAC name and logo this step is extremely important. Requirements and Operational Standards and the Management / Operating Agreement will be needed to proceed to the next step. After review and acceptance of these documents proceed to step #5. Develop A Constitution and Bylaws: A constitution and bylaws for the organization should be reviewed/prepared by legal counsel. The State of Incorporation or the GECAC Corporate Office can make available a suggested constitution and bylaws which may be adapted to your local needs. Organize a Board of Directors: Having adopted a constitution and bylaws, organize a board of directors of at least 10 responsible citizens, elect officers and establish board committees. Consult with the GECAC representative regarding the selection of board members and the structure of a club board. Incorporate: As soon as the need for a GECAC program has been established and the committee has agreed that a program should be started, the GECAC organization should be incorporated. The organization will then become a legal entity. If needed, a competent lawyer can advise as to the proper and legal procedure for incorporation and the procedure for securing tax-exempt status for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Develop a working relationship with the local school district: Schedule a meeting with the school district administration and explain in detail how the program is structured. Be sure to highlight what the program offers and the positive impact it will have on struggling students. If you need assistance, contact your GECAC representative. Determine Area and Secure Space at a Facility: At this point, you will need to determine where the first tutor/mentor site and the office will be located. Consult with the GECAC representative for more information about the location and kind of space that would be satisfactory. Determine Cost: After you have the site location, determine the cost of supplies needed, equipment, hours of operation, upgrades, etc. Once this is complete, you’ll be ready to develop a one-year funding plan complete with income and expenditures. Your GECAC representative will assist you with these determinations and plans. Raise the Funds: You are now ready to raise funds to establish your GECAC program. The most common method of raising start-up funds is through a community-wide campaign using personal and face to face contacts. Your GECAC representative will assist and make suggestions about the most effective way to conduct the campaign. Media Campaign: Organize a media campaign with the benefits this type of program can provide in your community. Get quotes from community leaders, educators, and elected officials. Use all types of media available in your area. Employ Staff: With fundraising complete, you are now ready to hire your Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Establish a complete job description with a salary range, compile a list of qualified professional people and conduct the interview process. Your GECAC representative can assist in this process. With your CEO in place, you are now ready to serve the young people of your community. For more information contact: Sherly Sarkizzadeh Director of Community Outreach Give Every Child A Chance (209) 823-6532 ssarkizzadeh@gecac.net