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Historical Timeline



Ø    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).

Ø    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 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

Ø    Carol Davis hired as President/CEO.

Ø    Budget grows to $206,430

Ø    Students served grow to 325 annually.

Ø    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.

*     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

Ø   Budget grows to $1,374,859

Ø   Provided service to 1,167 students with 300 volunteers.

Ø   The trip to Washington, D.C. once again provided us with $300,000 in appropriations.

Ø   We expanded our program to partners 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.

Ø    Programs sites increased from 23 to 28.


      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.


>    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.


Ø       Budget $2,005,732 (ASES funding for expansion of 7 program sites)

Ø       Students served annually 2,631

Ø       Celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary

Ø       First Independent GECAC program opened in Tracy, CA (Jefferson School District)

Ø       Hired a Health Educator (grant for one year) for ASAP sites

Ø       We opened an additional ASAP site at Sequoia Annex for 1st and 2nd graders

Ø       Opened One-on-One sites at our ASAP sites (Lincoln, Sequoia, Shasta)

Ø       Technical Outreach Program (TOP) began providing instruction to the students in MUSD.

Ø       Received Best of Manteca Award in  Non-Retail category

Ø       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 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.


-     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 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 the Job Shadowing Program, from Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations, to train and place youth in jobs. 


>  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 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