-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 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. First budget was under $80,000.
-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.
-First office space (very small) was located at 602 E. Yosemite Ave. with a small area for tutoring
1999 – 2000
-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.
-Budget grows to $206,430.
-Students served grow to 325 annually.
-Homework Assistance Program (small group tutoring) started.
2001 – 2002
– 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
-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
-Budget grows to $582,634.
-First one-on-one site opens in Ripon with support of Ripon Unified School District.
-Students served grow to 873 annually with 200 volunteers.
-After School Advantage Program (ASAP) begins 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
2004 – 2005
-Budget grows to $1,374,859.
-Provided service to 1,167 students with 300 volunteers.
-The trip to Washington, D.C. provided us with $300,000 in appropriations for free mentoring programs.
-Expanded program to partner with 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.
-Program sites increased from 23 to 28
-Students served 1,779 annually with 300 volunteers.
-Opened additional ASAP site in Ripon.
-GECAC approved as a Supplemental Service Provider by California Department of Education.
-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
-Received Best of Manteca award in the Youth Organization category.
-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 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.
-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.
-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
-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.
-Proposed Budget $1,999,011
-Students served as of June 30, 2010 totaled 4,271
-Opened five new tutor-mentor 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 a independent Give Every Child A Chance Programs) in the community of Merced, California.
-Approved for Federal Funding in the amount of $500,000, for Employment Mentoring Program, from Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations, to train and place youth in jobs.
-Submitted 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,
-Mentor-tutor sites opened at 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 for the Employment Mentoring Program, started program in April 2011
-Hosted the first annual ‘Ropin’ on the Rover’ Rodeo as a fundraiser the first in June, 2011
-Proposed Budget $2,563,975
-Started offering the Rhythm Music Program at our thirteen ASAP Sites
-Started offering a 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
* 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 the entire California
* Started a reading program, Paws for Friends, where students build confidence reading to dogs
* Conducted 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
– 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 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
>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 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
>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
>Students served 4,623
>Volunteer mentor/tutors 448
*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
*Conducted a first ever STEM Summer Camp for 3 weeks at MUSD Complex – Served 156 students 4th-6th grade
*Conducted 3 Community Family Health Nights at Shasta, Great Valley and Lathrop Schools
*Conducted orientation for over 25 young adults for Kaiser Permanente Summer Internship Program
*Voted Manteca Bulletin “2016 Readers Choice Award” for Community Organization, Non-Profit Organization, Tutoring
Organization and Community Event
*Arranged to move Traina School tutoring program in Tracy to Villalovoz School. Working on new site at Wanda Hirsch School
*Five or our After School sites began major renovation (Golden West, Shasta, Sequoia, Lathrop and Lincoln)
*Produced first ever healthy recipe book that was distributed to all families in the after school program, over 1,000
*Students served: 4,044
>Long time CEO, Carol Davis announces retirement, effective December 31, 2016
>Christina Keefhaver named new CEO
>STEM Summer Camps served 244 students at Banta, French Camp, Sequoia and Ripon Schools
>Health Summer Day Camps served 77 students
>Completed Blender Bike Recipe Book Volume II
>Conducted summer program in Weston Ranch
>Conducted orientation for 32 young adults for Kaiser Permanente Summer Internship Program
>Received funding from Sutter Health to re-establish Teen Summit
>Conducted STEM rocketry program and first ever rocket launch at Banta School
>Started a running club at Banta School
>Distributed a record 10 college scholarships to GECAC volunteers
*GECAC celebrated our 20th anniversary
*Started 3 additional running clubs at various sites
*Opened tutoring site at Tracy Family Resource & Referral Center
*Started student ran farmers markets to benefit running clubs
*Started “High Five” employee recognition program
*Hosted our first Family STEM Night at Shasta School
*Conducted our first Family Wellness Night at Nile Garden School
*Conducted our first Annual Tracy Bowl-a-thon
*Conducted orientation for Kaiser Permanente Summer Internship Program (KPLaunch)