Happy Campus Program

We believe that all children can achieve their full potential and become agents of change for their communities

We believe that all children can achieve their full potential and become agents of change for their communities

Making a difference
one student, one family, one school,
and one community
at a time.

Making a
difference one student, one family, one school,
and one
community
at a time.

The Happy Campus program began in 2006 in the neighborhood of Bayview-Hunters Point, San Francisco, California. Tzu Chi USA volunteers discovered great need in the schools where families are struggling to meet basic needs in their daily lives, and students are lacking scholastic skills to keep up with school work. Tzu Chi volunteers partner with school district to focus on attendance incentive program, scholastic skill tutoring and academic supplies to students as well as providing life necessities to the families including furnishing homes for the needy.  Our Happy Campus program is now active in 33 schools across 10 states including Ravenswood City School District and the San Francisco Unified School Districts.

WHAT WE DO


Tzu Chi USA’s Happy Campus program offers after-school supplemental tutoring, life skills education, backpacks with food for the weekend, school supplies, and more to students at underserved and low-performing elementary schools.  To date, students at 33 schools across 10 states have benefitted.

  • Provide daily life necessities
  • Prepare students with scholastic and life skills
  • Strengthen family commitment to education
  • Partner with communities to ensure students are thriving in their academic pursuit

MISSION


Our goal is to establish student-centered learning environments across the country.  We partner with schools and communities to equip students with the scholastic and life skills they need, provide items helpful at school and at home, and improve family relationships and support for the youngest members of our society.

VISION


Our vision is for all children, particularly those who may struggle academically, socially, or economically, to reach their greatest potential to be a force for good in their communities, wherever those may be.

CORE VALUES


Our values encompass respect, love, and compassion for one another. They also include a strong belief in integrity, the spirit of cooperation, diversity, and inclusivity.

Among our biggest focuses is the concept of gratitude, for our caregivers, for teachers, for all those who help us stay fed, for the wonders of our planet, for our guardians and mentors, and to all who guide children on their way to an impactful life beyond school.

EVERY CHILD HAS THE POWER TO DO GOOD IN THE WORLD.

EVERY CHILD HAS THE POWER TO DO GOOD IN THE WORLD.

PROGRAMS

Attendance Incentive Programs

TO STRENGTHEN STUDENTS

WE’RE HERE TO HELP STUDENTS ATTEND SCHOOL DILIGENTLY AND LEARN.

While students primarily receive supplemental academic services, in addition to cultural and life skills, we strive to offer children in both Ravenwood City and the San Francisco Unified School Districts much more based on their individual needs with a loving-care that is the signature of our volunteers. We additionally offer weekly, monthly, and semester-long attendance incentive programs for students and families. These incentive programs reward students with prizes from incentive stores, as well as monthly smoothie parties, and family dinner events.

TO FORTIFY FAMILIES

EVERYTHING STARTS AT HOME.

While students primarily receive supplemental academic services, in addition to cultural and life skills, we strive to offer children in both Ravenwood City and the San Francisco Unified School Districts much more based on their individual needs with a loving-care that is the signature of our volunteers. We additionally offer weekly, monthly, and semester-long attendance incentive programs for students and families. These incentive programs reward students with prizes from incentive stores, as well as monthly smoothie parties, and family dinner events.

Food and Furniture Distributions
Teachers Appreciation Lunch

TO SUPPORT SCHOOLS

WE WORK WITH TEACHERS AND STAFF TO FILL CRITICAL GAPS.

Educators, administrators, and staff are excellent partners in bettering our children. They are the most familiar with the troubles and vulnerabilities of their students and are a valuable resource in improving students’ lives.  Working together helps us all. Our school support program also includes tutoring, lessons in life skills, teacher’s appreciation, and more.

TO CARE FOR COMMUNITIES

THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE WHEN EVERYONE SUCCEEDS.

Our help extends to the needs of everyone in our local communities, through medical outreaches that provide necessary medical services to low-income parents and their children, and providing parents of students with needs as basic as food, furniture, and job search support. Families are also encouraged to aid the environment through our partnership with the Department of Conservation, which offers 3R Education (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and upholds the community’s zero waste policy. Tzu Chi Medical’s Mobile Dental Clinic also brings crucial free dental services right to those who are most in need through our Happy Campus program.

Community Medical Outreach

We Provide Students And Families With The Materials They Need To Succeed Like

Uniforms

Backpacks

School supplies

Equip Students With Scholastic And Life Through

Attendance Incentive

Math tutoring

Literacy and health literacy programs

Academic mentorship

After school programs

Summer camp

Cultural enrichment

Education on environmental protection and vegetarianism

Include The Whole Family Via

Parent support groups

Career counseling services

Fresh foods and dry goods via food pantries and deliveries

Charitable services including furniture delivery

Medical outreach located near or at partnering schools

Community and church outreach

Mother’s/Father’s Day celebrations

Family math and literacy programs

3R Education

Family healthy living programs

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How We Began

It is Tzu Chi volunteers’ firm belief that teaching the educating the next generation is of grave importance for the future of our world.  Learn more about the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and our founder, Dharma Master Cheng Yen.

 

 

Want to bring the Happy Campus program to your school?

Have more questions?

Send us an e-mail at happycampus@tzuchi.us.

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