The Wish List Project

Providing access to youth development opportunities, educational resources and extracurricular activities for underserved youth and low income families in the Sacramento region, which fosters student and family success in school and beyond.
"We believe all people can be successful in school and in life when they have opportunities to pursue their interests, and the proper tools needed to achieve their goals."

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Address: 6060 Sunrise Vista Drive Suite 2000E
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Youth Development 
Sub NTEE: Youth Development Programs 
Executive Director: Sheila Hull-Summers
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-505-3610
The Wish List Project was established in April 2013 by Sheila Hull-Summers, a former classroom teacher. While working in the schools, Sheila knew first hand that no matter how hard a teacher works, they cannot meet all the needs. Appropriate resources, support and opportunities are needed both inside and outside of the classroom, and when provided they have a profound impact on the achievement of students. It is well documented that students involved in extracurricular activities, kids with access to books and technology at home, and those who receive needed support from a parent, coach or other adult, have better attendance at school, show better achievement, and have a stronger self concept. These immediate positive results often translate to long term benefits for students, families and their communities, such as lower high school drop out rates, higher college admissions, and better paying jobs.

With the help of a few like-minded friends, Sheila and her colleagues developed The Wish List Project Student Enrichment Grants program. They operated under a fiscal sponsorship for 13 months until receiving IRS exemption status in July 2014. Student grants are awarded twice a year to students residing in low income neighborhoods in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and El Dorado counties. Nominations are accepted from professionals in the fields of education, social work, law enforcement and child advocacy who are familiar with the student/family background.
Funding is needed to: double the number of student grants awarded, continue our college workshops, purchase a van or bus for community outreach and client transportation,and to pay one full-time employee.

Volunteers are needed to: serve on our board of directors
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding for student grants. We have funded 128 students thus far and would like to double this number over the next two years.
  2. Funding: Program - Costs for college workshops. This funding helps support kids with dreams and goals who don't have access to the educational resources and activities that would most benefit them.
  3. Funding: Other - A large van or mini bus for client transportation and community outreach.
  4. Funding: Other - Salary for one full time staff member.
  5. Board Members - Experienced board members with corporate capabilities.
'The Wish List Project is about education, equity, access and opportunity. We believe all people can be successful in school and in life when they have opportunities to pursue their interests, and the proper tools needed to achieve their goals. Studies show that kids who are involved in extracurricular activities and who have access to supplemental resources like books and technology, do better academically and have improved school attendance. This can lead to lower dropout rates, less crime, more under-served kids going to college and a better prepared workforce for our community. With the help of professionals in the community who nominate students, The Wish List Project is dedicated to helping families pay for the important "extras" that can make a huge difference in the life of a child.'

'We are a 100% volunteer organization and we have done an admirable job of reaching out to professionals who work with at-risk kids (school districts, school sites, social workers and other advocates) to solicit nominations for our grants program. Additional financial support will allow us to expand our outreach, which in turn allows us to provide many more grants to students in need. In 2016, we funded 49 students. Our goal for 2017 is to double that number.'

'I am very proud of what we have accomplished in just four short years and grateful for all the TWLP Volunteers, Board Members, Student Ambassadors, and supporters. Together we work toward a common goal, helping children succeed in achieving their dreams. Please join us as we continue to level the playing field for those kids who are most vulnerable in our communities. Become a volunteer or supporter; "because every child is one caring adult away from being a success story".'

Sheila Hull-Summers, Executive Director