Sprint Presents $50,000 in Grants to the Long Island Children's Museum, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and Futures and Options, Inc.

Sprint (NYSE: S) recently announced the 2013 recipients of its New York City Local Giving Program. In total, three area non-profit organizations were awarded grants as part of this signature community-support program. The New York City Local Giving Program awarded Sprint grants totaling $50,000 to area non-profits that support the Sprint Project Connect focus area of Internet safety and other technology-related programs and resources to help youth succeed in a digital world. Grants were presented and recipient organizations were honored at a local reception yesterday.

The 2013 grant recipients are:

  • The Long Island Children's Museum was awarded a $25,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support the Westbury STEM Partnership. This partnership provides a critical introduction to science, technology, engineering and math concepts for early grade levels in the Westbury School District. The school-museum teaching model includes professional development and resource materials for teachers, student field trips to the museum throughout the year, and community nights where parents and families gain free access to the museum to view student projects and experience their child's classroom "extension."
  • The Bronx Arts Ensemble was awarded a $15,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support its Technology in the Arts-In-Education Classroom program. Through this program, visual-art teaching artists incorporate smart boards, laptops and projectors during in-class presentations about noted art and performers. Students use laptops to compose music and create stop-gap animation videos. Teachers are given training on incorporating technology into their curriculum while using dance, drama, music and visual arts.
  • Futures and Options, Inc. was awarded a $10,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support the College Guidance and Success Program. As part of this program, approximately 500 students will attend workshops and take part in college guidance, career development and enhanced-learning activities. The students will be guided through their online college search, application and selection process, and receive individualized advice on their academic progress and future goals. They will also be paired with paid mentorship opportunities and have access to work-readiness training programs related to their areas of career interest.

These grants are made through the Sprint Project Connect program. Funding for this program is provided through a charitable phone-recycling program through which customers and non-customers can donate their no-longer-used wireless devices with net proceeds benefiting youth technology programs.

Sprint is a long-time supporter of the New York City community, and this is the fifth year Sprint has conducted the New York City Local Giving Program and has provided more than $250,000 in support to New York City-area non-profits. To learn more about the Sprint Local Giving Program and Sprint Good Works, please visit www.sprint.com/responsibility.




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