FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples
Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples,
Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today it has awarded 29 grants
totaling $287,875 to non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth
throughout the country. These organizations were selected for their
commitment to providing educational programs that help at-risk youth
develop the skills and confidence necessary to become responsible adults
and future community leaders.
“The organizations Staples Foundation for Learning supports closely
align with our mission to teach, train and inspire youth to realize
their full potential,” said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation
for Learning and chairman and chief executive officer of Staples, Inc.
“We remain committed to recognizing organizations that focus on
providing youth with educational and job skills opportunities to help
them succeed in school and in life.”
Staples Foundation for Learning grant recipients include:
Bay Cove Human Services, Boston, MA --- $5,000 to their Career
Development Program, which provides education, therapy and job skills
to youth with disabilities.
Better Basics, Birmingham, AL --- $5,000 to Reading Intervention,
which improves the reading skills, standardized test scores and
self-confidence of disadvantaged elementary school students.
Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest --- $25,000 to Technology For All,
which teaches at-risk youth basic computer and technology skills to
increase their future academic and employment opportunities.
Carolina Youth Development Corporation, Charleston, SC --- $3,375 to
Graphic Arts, a program that helps at-risk students gain workplace
readiness skills through counseling and the arts.
Center for Women and Enterprise, Providence, RI --- $5,000 to In
Transitions, which provides low-income women with workforce
development and entrepreneurial training to enhance their job
opportunities and networking skills.
College Summit, Culver City, CA --- $20,000 to College Preparation,
which provides low-income students with the support and resources
needed to successfully transition from high school to college.
Common Wealth Development, Madison, WI --- $5,000 to Youth-Business
Mentoring, which prepares disadvantaged teens for employment through
internship experience, job training, placement and mentoring.
Cornerstones of Care, Kansas City, MO --- $10,000 to Job Readiness, a
program that teaches job, workplace and life management skills to
foster care and transitional youth.
ERTHNXT, Philadelphia, PA --- $15,000 to Tree Kits for Mentors, which
enables inner-city youth to better understand natural science and the
importance of protecting the environment.
Graham Windham, New York, NY --- $5,000 to the Harlem Family Literacy
Project, which offers educational enrichment activities to
InnerCity Entrepreneurs, Boston, MA --- $25,000 to StreetWise MBA,
which provides inner-city business owners with training, tools and
support to develop and grow their businesses.
Jacksonville Urban League, Jacksonville, FL --- $10,000 to The
Literacy League, which helps low-income youth realize their full
potential through academic enrichment programs.
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Boston, MA --- $10,000 to Federal
Budget Simulation, a program providing high school students with a
greater understanding of economic issues faced by the federal
government and all U.S. citizens.
Kids Corporation, Newark, NJ --- $2,500 to Mountain Classroom, which
improves the leadership and life skills of underserved youth through
Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County, Flagstaff, AZ --- $10,000 to
Literacy Initiatives for Tomorrow, which prepares illiterate youth to
re-enter or graduate from high school, enter a GED program or find
Make Way for Books, Tucson, AZ --- $20,000 to Read to Me, Arizona!, a
public awareness campaign that promotes the importance of early
literacy skills development for low-income children.
Marketplace for Kids, Inc., Bismarck, ND --- $10,000 to Educating
Emerging Entrepreneurs, where young students create a business and
learn about entrepreneurialism, financial literacy and leadership.
Mentoring Network, Inc., Nampa, ID --- $7,000 to School-Based
Mentoring, which provides at-risk youth with adult mentors who help
them realize their full potential.
Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Bentonville, AR --- $10,000 to
the shelter’s on-site school, where trained staff educate victims of
abuse and/or neglect and ensure their academic, physical and emotional
needs are met.
Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, Boston, MA --- $5,000 to
Operation Service, which enables low-income adults to increase their
career opportunities through customer service training.
Partnership for our Kids, Omaha, NE --- $10,000 to Winners Circle,
which provides disadvantaged elementary school students with positive
academic enrichment experiences.
PENCIL Foundation, Nashville, TN --- $5,000 to LP Pencil Box, a free
volunteer-run school-supply store where teachers can obtain resources
for their low-income students.
Phillis Wheatley Association, Greenville, SC --- $10,000 to the
Learning Center Scholars Program, which provides underserved children
with academic instruction, enrichment activities and physical fitness.
Reading is Fundamental, Washington DC --- $15,000 to Book Ownership
for Reading Success, which helps young children grow their literacy
skills and increase their love of reading.
Saint Vincent’s Home, Fall River, MA --- $5,000 to Life Skills, which
provides at-risk young adults with independent life skills and job
Self Enhancement Inc., Portland, OR --- $10,000 to Youth Potential
Realized, which provides at-risk students with tutoring, mentoring and
Southern Natural Sciences Academy, Augusta, GA --- $10,000 to Growing
Environmental Scientists, which increases inner-city youths’ science
skills, understanding of nature and environmental stewardship.
Youth Development, Inc., Albuquerque, NM --- $10,000 to Beyond the
GED, which enables high school dropouts to obtain their GED and
achieve professional success.
Youth in Focus, Seattle, WA --- $5,000 to Youth Photography, which
helps disadvantaged youth build their self-esteem, social skills and
artistic abilities through photography.
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 more than $17 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
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 nine countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,
France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States. For more
information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please