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Historical Timeline



      -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.

 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. 

-First office space (very small) was located at 602 E. Yosemite Ave. with a small area for tutoring.

 1999 – 2000

-Budget $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.

-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 


-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.


       -Budget $1,386,000.

-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 

  Educational Excellence.

-Received Best of Manteca award in the Youth Organization category.


-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 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. 


-Budget $2,551,139

-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 

       Democratic Delegation

    *  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


    >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 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


    *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)