FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc., a private foundation created by
Staples, Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today it has awarded 29 grants
totaling $300,000 to non-profit organizations dedicated to serving youth
throughout the country. These organizations were selected for their
commitment to providing disadvantaged youth with educational programs
that help them succeed.
“Staples Foundation for Learning supports
programs that truly make a difference in the lives of young people,”
said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and
chairman and chief executive officer of Staples, Inc. “From
mentoring partnerships to on-the-job training, the organizations we are
supporting engage youth with innovative, educational programs that help
them realize their full potential.”
This quarter’s grant recipients include:
24th Street Theatre, Los Angeles, CA --
$10,000 to the After 'Cool Theatre, Saturday Explorer Series and Enter
Stage Right, programs that allow at-risk students to experience the
magic of theatre and develop the skills to meet the California
standards for the Visual and Performing Arts’
Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology, Mesa, AZ -- $10,000 to
support the StRUT Scholars program that teaches students technical
skills to recycle used technology.
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA -- $10,000 to Berklee City Music,
a program that engages urban youth through music education to help
increase their self-esteem and foster artistic talent.
Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough, MA -- $25,000 to the
Technology for All program that provides Club members with basic
computer skills and a safe after-school learning environment.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA -- $5,000 to My Story, a
program that promotes the arts by providing quality artistic, cultural
and educational opportunities.
College Mentors for Kids, Inc., Indianapolis, IN -- $10,000 to support
Mentor Program Expansion that motivates at-risk children to achieve
their potential through mentorship and academic education.
Crittenton Community School, Columbus, OH -- $7,800 to Reading and
Math Enhancement, a program that empowers students to become
successful in the classroom and responsible members of the community
through a nurturing individualized educational experience.
Denver Public Schools Foundation, Denver, CO -- $10,000 to the Light
on After School program, which provides underserved youth with an
after-school program that improves their educational success.
Dreams of Wilmington, Wilmington, NC -- $5,100 to support Literacy
Through the Arts, an after school program designed to improve the
literacy skills of disadvantaged youth through weekly classes in
bookmaking, photography and creative writing.
Empowerment Group, Philadelphia, PA -- $5,000 to Youth
Entrepreneurship, a program that provides inner-city youth with
financial literacy education to improve their future career
Graham Windham, New York, NY -- $10,000 to the Beacon Center, an
after-school program that supports the education and literacy needs of
inner-city students and their families.
Hockomock Area YMCA, Franklin, MA -- $2,500 to the Integration
Initiative, a program that provides an integrated setting for youth
with disabilities to interact in standard YMCA classes and programs.
I Have a Dream – Houston, Houston, TX --
$15,000 to support Mentoring Matters, a mentoring program that will
inspire at-risk youth to believe in themselves and succeed.
Inner City Entrepreneurs, Cambridge, MA -- $25,000 to promote wealth
generation, job creation and community building for inner-city small
Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates, Cincinnati, OH -- $15,000 to the Career
Association program that helps high school students improve their
academic, social and work skills.
Jobs for Youth, Chicago, IL -- $10,000 to the Special Training Skills
and Customer Service Skills program that allows low-income individuals
to stay and advance in the workforce to the point of sustainable
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston, MA -- $10,000 to the
Federal Budget Stimulation program to increase high school students’
understanding of the federal government budget process and connection
to policy choices.
Kids Corporation, Newark, NJ -- $10,000 to Mountain Classroom, an
academic enrichment and health program that improves the lives of
Newark children through activities that promote healthy development
and stimulate learning.
Mentors Inc., Washington, DC -- $10,000 to support a mentoring program
that will provide disadvantaged youth with caring adult mentors who
support their academic, career and personal needs.
Nashoba Learning Group, Westford, MA -- $2,500 to the Vocational
Training program, which prepares youth with autism with the tools to
become actively involved in the workforce.
National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD -- $10,000 to Aquarium
on Wheels, a program that provides science education and job training
experience to underserved high school students.
Oak Park Business and Education Alliance, Oak Park, MI -- $15,000 to
the Career Focused Education program that allows low-income youth to
develop their career goals at an early age by facilitating mentoring
relationships with Detroit area business professionals.
Orlando Community and Youth Trust, Orlando, FL -- $10,000 to the
Parramore Kidz Zone Education Initiative that provides at-risk youth
throughout Orlando with academic tutoring, mentoring and enrichment
Outward Bound, Denver, CO -- $10,000 to support the Expeditionary
Learning School’s faculty professional
development Writing Institute, a program that emphasizes an active
teaching and learning environment through rich learning expeditions.
Partners in Out-of-School Time, Charlotte, NC -- $10,000 to Middle
School Matters, a program that enables at-risk youth to achieve
success in school and prepare for future work opportunities.
Salt Lake CAP Head Start, Salt Lake City, UT -- $2,150 to the Reading
is Fundamental Family of Readers, a program that prepares and children
to read by providing literacy resources to low-income families.
Teach for America, Denver, CO -- $25,000 to support the launch of
Teach For America in Denver, a program that will provide local
children with the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
United Through Reading, San Diego, CA -- $5,000 to support a reading
military program that helps unite deployed military parents with their
children by reading books aloud via DVD and then sending the
recordings home for their child’s enjoyment.
YMCA of the Triangle Area, Holly Springs, NC -- $5,000 to Y-Learning,
a program that provides academic and cultural enrichment tutoring
programs to disadvantaged youth.
About Staples Foundation for Learning
The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train
and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed over $11.5
million to national and local charities that provide educational
opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on
disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning has also developed
lasting relationships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Earth Force,
Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner
City. In addition, Staples Foundation for Learning supports Ashoka, an
organization that develops and supports social entrepreneurs around the
world, in eight countries: Argentina,
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States.
For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant,
please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.