Former Congressman and long time MDAEF supporter George Miller

and Founding President Alice Bonner

The Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation was established in 2006 to serve students in alternative secondary programs in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $100,000 in grants to teachers and schools.  In addition, the Foundation has given scholarships to over 150 students.

The Need

The State of California  cannot provide sufficient funding for all public school programs and services. For this reason, parents and community members raise substantial supplemental funds for students attending neighborhood high schools.  Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, Drama Supporters, and PTA are a sampling of the groups that often support local high schools.

Students in alternative programs, however, do not have these community booster groups.  This is what the Foundation strives to do: fill the gap between what students and teachers need and what the State provides.

Teens in alternative high schools are at risk of not graduating due to many and varied reasons—homelessness, disillusionment, lack of family support, learning difficulties, behavioral issues, credit deficiencies, and substance abuse.

Olympic is a school for kids who need a place where they get more attention. This makes kids know that the teachers care about them, and that makes them want to come to school.”

Bud Farthing, Class of 2003
Founding MDAEF Board Member

MDAEF Funds are used to:

Invest in Students

  • Scholarships

  • Clothing

  • Counseling

  • Bus tickets

  • Food

  • Temporary housing

Invest in Teachers

  • Classroom materials and supplies

  • Laboratory equipment

  • Hardware and software

  • Staff development

Invest in Schools

  • Unique programs

  • Field trips

  • Incentives and rewards