NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ReadyNation, the preeminent business leader organization working to strengthen business through better policies for children and youth, honored Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) for its overarching, award-winning, empowerment platform Univision Contigo (Univision With You) at the 2015 ReadyNation Global Business Summit on Early Education and Investments.
“Univision has created a wonderful initiative for investing and championing children that we hope will encourage others in the business community to take their own actions,” said Sara Watson, national director of ReadyNation. “The vision and dedication by the leadership team has helped create a results-driven program that will contribute to the goal of helping children get on the right track to succeed in school and in life, compete in today’s global marketplace and build a foundation for lasting economic security.”
“As a mission-driven Company, Univision has made investing in children core to our corporate social responsibility efforts by creating measurable programs that have a positive impact in our country,” said Randy Falco, president & CEO, Univision Communications Inc. “I could not be more proud of the work we are doing through Univision Contigo to inform and empower families so that they can achieve their potential.”
ReadyNation highlighted Univision’s efforts around Pequeños y Valiosos (Young and Valuable), a joint initiative of Too Small to Fail, Next Generation and Vroom, an initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation, which enriches the lives of America’s youngest Hispanics, ages 0 to 5. This national public action campaign has secured over 50,000 pledges from families to actively engage with their young children in verbal and cognitive skill-building activities for at least 15 minutes a day. These parents are now part of a community that routinely receives useful information and tips on how to create “brain building moments” with their children.
Pequeños y Valiosos is one component of Univision Contigo’s education platform, which provides year-round resources, tools and programs to help Hispanic families be more engaged in their children’s education, from early childhood development to college readiness and on through completion.
Over the campaign’s first 18 months, Univision Contigo has provided more than 200,000 families with information and resources on early childhood development online at www.univision.com/educacion, through social media, and via text messages.
In 2015, Univision Communications Inc. has been honored with the Cynopsis Social Good Award for Best Integrated Campaign, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Presidents Award, and the League of United Latin American Citizen Corporation of the Year Award, among others, for its unparalleled corporate social responsibility initiatives that align with its mission of informing, entertaining and empowering the community it serves. UCI also was recently honored by the Walter Kaitz Foundation as Diversity Champion, an award given to organizations that act as catalysts for diversity throughout the cable industry.
Other companies honored by ReadyNation with the 2015 Business Champions for Children Awards at the Summit event included Eli Lilly and Company and KPMG; individuals honored included Robert H. Dugger, Managing Partner, Hanover Provident Capital; John “Jack” Brennan, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Advisor at Vanguard and; Dr. Candace Kendle, President, Read Aloud 15 MINUTES National Campaign.
ReadyNation is a part of Council for a Strong America. Council for a Strong America is the umbrella nonprofit for five membership organizations comprising the unique and powerful voices of business, military, law enforcement, faith & sports - working together to prepare young Americans for success. ReadyNation was originally created in 2006 by The Pew Charitable Trusts and a dozen other funders. In 2014, ReadyNation merged with America’s Edge, and started to operate under the nonprofit Council for a Strong America. In July 2014, the merged entity switched to using the ReadyNation name.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 87% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns 59 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; digital properties consisting of online and mobile websites and apps, including Univision.com, the most visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics, UVideos, a bilingual digital video network and Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content; and Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group in the U.S. which owns and operates 67 radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language general entertainment cable network and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a 24-hour English-language news and lifestyle TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Univision.net.