OUR MISSION

Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC) exists to screen for vision problems in pre-school aged children in the Bay Area, to connect and provide them with better vision care, and to improve their ability to learn and grow.

PBNC, through its flagship See Well to Learn program offers preschool aged vision screenings, mobile optometry services, eye glasses follow-up care, parental consultation and referral management to appropriate medical care for more serious vision problems.

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OUR IMPACT

See Well to Learn™ is unique in not only uncovering vision issues, but also ensuring that underserved children receive the follow-up care they need by bringing the eye doctor to them. See Well to Learn™ has shown to improve follow-up rates from a failed vision screening to seeing an eye doctor from 43% to 76%.

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Team

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Seth M. Schalet

CEO of Prevent Blindness Northern California

Seth is the Chief Executive Officer of Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC), joining in 2015 and brinings 30 years of leadership in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. In this role Seth leads operations, finance, marketing, programs, development (fundraising), community outreach, board and volunteer engagement programs. Previously, he served as the Executive Director with the Pacific Art League, an arts education organization in Palo Alto -See Full Bio

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April Nakayoshi, MPH, CHES

Vice President, Programs and Evaluation

April joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2001 and became Program Director in 2008. Prior to joining PBNC, she worked in international trade. She has a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Public Health from Walden University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Andrew Arnold

Andrew Arnold

Director of Development

Andrew joined Prevent Blindness in November 2015 as Director of Development. Andrew comes to PBNC with over ten years experience in fundraising and communications. Most recently, he served as Interim Director of Development for Center for Youth Wellness, overseeing development efforts. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Jessica Schaffer

Jessica Schaffer

See Well to Learn Program Manager

Jessica Schaffer joined See Well to Learn in 2015. She has her Master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Before joining See Well to Learn she spent three years Guatemala where she carried out health, education and research programs among the indigenous population. Jessica also spent many years working in preschool and elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.

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Ashley Ditmer

Program Coordinator

Ashley joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in May 2015. She has a BA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University in Massachusetts, but is a native of the Bay Area. Prior to joining PBNC, Ashley worked for a few non profit agencies that focused on the well being of low income and homeless children and families, most recently in the capacity of volunteer and program management.

Become a Volunteer

We wouldn't be able to have the impact we do without the help of our generous volunteers.

Sign up to be a See Well to Learn volunteer today. Submit your information and a member of our team will get back to you with the various volunteer positions. Thank you for your interest in supporting us and your community!

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EYE BUS

THE EYE BUS PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE EYE CARE – ONSITE AT SCHOOLS AND AT NO COST TO STUDENTS. OUR EYE CARE AND COMPLIANCE EFFORTS FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING SIX AREAS:

Certified Vision Screening

We’ve screened over a million children and counting. All parents want to feel confident that their child has the healthy

Comprehensive eye exams

Comprehensive eye exams for those children that fail the screening. Exams are performed by a licensed optometrist who is experienced

Referrals

If necessary, connection to pediatric ophthalmology through partnerships with UCSF, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and others.

Free Glasses

Free prescription glasses are provided for children that require them.

Follow-Up

Follow‐up vision check for children that are prescribed glasses and are at higher risk for serious ongoing vision problems.

Continued Support

Ongoing support for parents and teachers on compliance and treatment. This includes events for children wearing glasses so parents can

BECOME A SUPPORTER

You're donation makes a huge impact on the lives of the children we serve. Thank you for supporting us in our mission to provide vision care to Bay Area children in need! 2016TRbadge-lg

Supporter $10
    Provides treats for 20 children after their eye exam on the Eye Bus
Sustainer $25
    Provides a follow-up call to see if a child is wearing the free glasses we gave them
Visionary $50

    Provides a child with a free pair of glasses!

Join Us for "Through the Eyes of a Child"

See Well to Learn About WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (PDT)
WHERE: The City Club of San Francisco – 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
7:30 AM: Continental Breakfast and Registration Starts
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Keynote Speaker, Moderated Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A
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UPCOMING EVENTS

We have some great events coming up. We hope that you'll join us!

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Place: Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco
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August 6, 2016 at to
Place: Museum of Children's Art in Oakland
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June 25, 2016 at to
Place: CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo
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Through the Eyes of a Child

October 25, 2016 at 7:30 am to 10:30 am
Place: City Club San Francisco
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(Past Event) Shimmy Pop for Vision Health

January 9, 2016 at 7:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Place: 3270 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA
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Contact Info

We look forward to hearing from you!

  • 1388 Sutter Street, Suite 408, San Francisco, CA 94109
  • (415) 567-7500
  • savingsight@eyeinfo.org

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JOIN US FOR OUR VISION AND EARLY LEARNING BREAKFAST DISCUSSION

WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM (PDT)
WHERE: The City Club of San Francisco

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