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Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect businesses and individuals with schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations that serve them, in order to improve public education in ways that support a more vibrant economy, the health of our community and the well-being of local children and their families.

Schools cannot do the work alone.

We believe effective partnerships are essential to supporting and preparing youth for college, career, or simply the next grade.

Partners in Education was first formed in 1977 by leaders in the business and education communities. Partners grew and evolved into a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2000.

View the 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 Annual Impact Reports.

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10,000+

Volunteers have engaged in our programs

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100+

Schools and nonprofit partners across Santa Barbara County

A Little History

1977
A Spark
Leaders in business and education form group; for many years what is known as the Industry Education Council leads efforts in workforce development
1977
1996
Computers for Families
Computers for Families, our longest running program, is launched in response to growing digital divide
1996
2000-2001
Partners in Education is Born
Partners name is adopted and nonprofit status is attained, opening doors to new funding and program possibilities
2000-2001
2008-2009
New Programs Launch
The Volunteer Coordination and Paid Student Internship Programs are implemented in response to needs assessment with local schools
2008-2009
2010
Focus on Growth
Programming begins to expand across Santa Barbara County
2010
2020
Emergency Response
In response to COVID-19, Computers for Families opens it services up to all students and adults in Santa Barbara County; all who have a need are able to obtain a free computer
2020

Evolving, exploring, & trying new ways to better support educators, family, and the community at large...ALWAYS.

Take Action

Some ways you can help

Become a Volunteer

Donate a Computer

Hire anIntern

Sponsor anIntern

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