The Sally Picow Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit founded by Ronald Shore and Samuel Bernstein to honor Samuel's mother Sally Picow (pictured above) who died of breast cancer in 1988.
Sally Picow was an extraordinary woman who overcame great obstacles. Orphaned at the age of eight, she worked as a serving girl for a family in southern Texas, earning her keep by performing household and ranching chores. She was a great believer in the power of individuals to find excellence within themselves, and to succeed regardless of their economic or cultural circumstances.
The foundation's mission is to foster creative growth, critical thinking, and real-world job skills in Los Angeles public high school students.
Foundation Trustees and Mentors serve exclusively on a volunteer basis, with the assistance of teachers and administrators at the 64 high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. All high school students in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply for participation in any program we sponsor.
We are in no way materially involved in the work created by the students who participate, and our charter mandates a strict separation between our own efforts on behalf of the students and any financial or career benefits the students may receive as a result of such efforts.