Community Outreach

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

The Branch coordinates the distribution of thousands of new books to elementary school children in several schools. For many children, a book received though the RIF program is the first book they will ever own. RIF receives funding on a national basis from Congress. We are also fortunate to periodically receive grants from generous organizations and foundations in the Stockton community.

“Real Women” Essay Contest

To commemorate women’s history month in March, local high school students write about the achievements of a woman who is particularly important to them. Entry forms and fliers with the criteria are available to English teachers early in the school year. Authors of winning essays receive monetary awards at our March branch meeting, and their essays are published in The Record.

Community Affiliations

Stockton Branch is affiliated with many community organizations, including the San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of Women, League of Women Voters, Stockton Women’s Network, Edison Health Center, Stagg Healthy Start Program, Planned Parenthood, PFLAG-Stockton, The LINKS, Inc., Stockton, Children’s Museum of Stockton, St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room, Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Stockton Chamber of Commerce, and Library Literacy Program. Our branch competes annually in the Stockton Library Trivia Bee.

Educational Issues

This group of branch members provides information and/or develops projects on timely educational equity issues such as gender equity, sexual harassment in the schools, and curriculum restructuring.

Capitol23Public Policy

Consistent with AAUW’s public policy principles, branch members contact elected representatives and the media, participate in nonpartisan election activities, and sponsor issue forums. Through the national office of AAUW, you can become a Two-Minute Activist.

International Interests

The Stockton Branch is affiliated with the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund for University Women and One Shared World. Both organizations promote international cooperation.