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Your hometowns. Your stories.

Showcasing breakthroughs in our communities

PG&E is committed to delivering for people, the planet and California’s prosperity. The stories we tell reflect our belief that everyone matters in the communities we serve.

 

The future will be full of challenges, requiring innovation and action to address new energy demands, climate change and ensuring everyone can thrive. Our stories offer hope, as we spotlight where the future is bright, and the changemakers who are leading with love.

Building Robots and Leaders

 

Life isn’t fair, and that’s especially true in the world of high school robotics competitions. Project 212, a robotics team from Ygnacio Valley High School, faces more challenges than most. Experience is short and resources are limited. Project 212 believes in itself though. But is grit, devoted mentors, and an unwavering focus on teamwork enough to compete against the best teams in the world?

Project 212: Engineering the Future

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FIRST is a global robotics community whose mission is to prepare young people for the future. PG&E also recognizes that today's young people are going to shape the world we live in. As technology continues its rapid advancement and integration into so many parts of our lives, we want to ensure students studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have the leadership and technical skills to positively impact the future.

 

The PG&E Corporation Foundation partners with FIRST to support youth teams across Northern California participating in both the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge. PG&E coworkers act as mentors on dozens of teams, while the partnership supports various FIRST programs, mentorship recruitment events, and safety programming throughout the season.

 

Together, the partnership focuses its support on teams within PG&E’s service territory, Title I schools, those with over 50 percent underrepresented students, public schools, and all-girls teams.

 

Participants

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Adriel Malapote Headshot
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Become a Mentor or Coach. They are the key ingredient to the success of a FIRST team, and are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who work with students to share their knowledge and guide them through the season.

 

Volunteer at an Event. Even if you only have a few hours to give, your contribution can make a difference. Working side by side with FIRST participants, volunteers play an important role in shaping young minds and inspiring students to achieve.

 

Start a Team. FIRST will provide you with all the support, ideas, and encouragement you need to succeed.

 

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Economic inequality and the racial wealth gap

 

Growing up in America, youth do not have equitable access to resources and opportunities. Black youth in particular face historical and systemic disadvantages, leading to disparities in wealth creation later in life. “Change the System: Building Black Wealth” follows Oakland high-school senior Otis Ward IV as he attends financial education classes at UC Berkeley while grappling with the pressures of leaving his hometown and charting his own path.

Change the System: Building Black Wealth

Black youth today do not have equitable access to resources or opportunities, leading to a racial wealth gap in America. Otis Ward, an Oakland high school senior, along with his community, are working to reverse this trend and change the system. 

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Economic Equity and Financial Education program

 

In 2022, PG&E launched the Economic Equity and Financial Education Pilot Program to support African American wealth creation. The program is designed to help address the disparities in wealth disproportionately affecting African Americans. It is based on a survey conducted by the U.S. Federal Reserve, “Disparities in Wealth by Race and Ethnicity in the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances,” published in 2020.

 

Current and visiting professors from Haas Business School Executive Education at University of California at Berkeley provide instruction at the Haas Business School campus to a cohort of African American students attending high school around Oakland. The specially designed curriculum aims to give students a better understanding of the tools to build wealth. Those tools include, but are not limited to, personal finance, company valuation and portfolio theory and management. The educational content on equity investments provides students with real-life examples and up-to-date market trends.

 

Candidates for the program are recruited and selected by the Mills College at Northeastern University Trio Programs. PG&E worked with Jason Miles, Amenti Capital Group and Hass Business School Executive Education at UC Berkeley, to develop the instructor-led program. It is designed to serve college-bound high school students with a high aptitude for academic success and civic leadership. Students who successfully complete the program receive $7,000 scholarships to support their future college educations.

 

In May 2023, the first cohort of 24 students completed the program. The second cohort begins their classes in September 2023.

 

Partners

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Film participants

Otis Ward
Jason Miles
Jimi Harris
Javarte Bobino
Relonda McGhee
Cerjuana Jackson
Enasia McElvaine
Cerjuana Ward
Otis Ward III

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Mills College Upward Bound. Spread the word! Mills College Upward Bound is a free college access program that supports high school students in Oakland and Richmond and prepares them to enter college.

 

Oakland School Volunteers. Support Oakland public schools by becoming a volunteer.

 

Partner with Us to Close the Racial Wealth Gap. Contact Joshua Reiman at PG&E about film screenings, events, and partnership opportunities.

 

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Every restaurant owner has a story

 

Local restaurants, owned and run by your friends and neighbors, are one of those things that make each community special. They are the places where people come together, share a meal and connect. These stories show the indomitable spirit of California small business owners and the vital role they play in every community.

The Cook and Her Farmer

Romney Steele grew up around California food royalty, her grandfather having founded Big Sur’s famous Nepenthe. Romney’s own vision for a restaurant was different though. She envisioned a community-grounded space more like a soup kitchen. Steven Day wanted a place where people who had never had an oyster could eat one. The Cook and Her Farmer is a story of a shared destiny and the path forged to change the lives of people across Oakland.

Food, Family & Fresno

When the pandemic hit, Anna Juarez worked 65 days straight, 18 hours a day to keep her restaurant, Las Mananitas, open. Once her family committed to opening the restaurant and then witnessed how it also served as a source of community for so many, they knew they had no choice but to find a way, some way, any way, to keep it open.

Smoking Good Food & Goodwill

OZ and Valencia Kamara know what it feels like to be, in Valencia’s words, “legit hungry.” Therefore, it was not their plan to build a restaurant that would serve people across Sacramento. Smoking Good Food & Goodwill shows how a family’s bond, both to each other and their community, not only kept them afloat when all felt lost, but led them to thrive and tend to the needs of others in a way they never imagined.

Restaurants care

 

In 2021, PG&E and other California utility companies recognized the need to support small, local businesses hurting from the impact of the pandemic. In partnership with the California Restaurant Foundation’s Restaurants Care Resilience Fund, PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation helped create a fund to help restaurants. The grants pay for equipment and technology upgrades, unforeseen hardships, employee retention and training to help restaurant owners invest in their business and people.

 

Grants are made available to California resident restaurant owners with fewer than five units and less than $3 million in revenue. The program prioritizes minority- and women-owned businesses.

 

Over the last three years, PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation have contributed $2.3 million. The funds will support 521 restaurants across PG&E’s service territory in Northern and Central California. The grants, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000, have helped restaurants stay afloat, enabling them to purchase needed energy efficient equipment and retain their staff during challenging financial times.

 

Partners

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Film participants

Steven Day
Romney Steele
Aaron Johnson
Anna Juarez
Allen Juarez
OZ Kamara
Valencia Kamara
Joshua Simes
Joe Wilson

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Receive alerts for new grants. Sign up for Restaurants Care email alerts so you know right when new grant opportunities are announced.

 

Go support a restaurant grantee’s business. Check out the list of restaurants who have received a Restaurants Care grant and have a meal with your friends or family. Your business goes a long way to support local restaurants.

 

Simplified Savings Program for Restaurants (PDF). If you are a small business owner, you can find no cost energy solutions through this PG&E program that helps reduce your energy costs.

 

Rebates for food service equipment. PG&E offers several rebate programs that will help you save money and improve productivity when you upgrade your food service equipment.

 

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