Local non-profits receive Sprint grants as part of company’s Atlanta Local Giving Program, now in its fifth year
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 11, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE: S) recently announced the 2013 recipients of its Atlanta Local Giving Program. In total, three area non-profit organizations were awarded grants as part of this signature community-support program. The Atlanta 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 as follows:
- CFY-Atlanta was awarded a $25,000 Sprint Project Connect grant for its partnership with the Atlanta Public School System. This funding will benefit 934 students, parents and teachers at two middle schools, enabling them to participate in CFY’s Digital Learning Program. CFY’s program helps school communities leverage digital learning to increase student engagement, help teachers personalize instruction, strengthen the home learning environment, and increase parental involvement. Through CFY’s online learning platform, PowerMyLearning.org, students, teachers, and parents can easily find and use digital learning activities with a key focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
- HealthMPowers was awarded a $15,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support distance learning technology to expand its Student Health Advocate Program. The program currently benefits 22,500 Atlanta students each year and helps students create campaigns to promote healthy behaviors in their schools. Students receive guidance in developing and implementing health-related programs and are taught skills such as public speaking, action planning, role modeling and conflict resolution while teachers are given online training and resources to help them implement lasting changes in their classrooms.
- The Southeastern Horticultural Society was awarded a $10,000 Sprint Project Connect grant for a Digital Outdoor Classroom. These outdoor “science classrooms” allow educators to lead hands-on environmental education programs for students and their families around topics such as water conservation, edible plants preparation and composting. Approximately 3,000 people currently attend events at the urban farms and learning gardens, but this program could enable more than 5,000 more students and families to benefit from their resources.
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 Atlanta community, and this is the fifth year Sprint has conducted the Atlanta Local Giving Program and has provided more than $250,000 in support to Atlanta-area non-profits. To learn more about the Sprint Local Giving Program and Sprint Good Works, please visit www.sprint.com/responsibility.
About Sprint Good Works?
Sprint is committed to using our technology, human and financial resources to help make the world a better place. This commitment infuses our business and culture, and it drives our Sprint Good WorksSM program. More than just a name, good works is also a belief: Good does indeed workSM. The good works we perform every day benefit three key subjects: people, product and planet. For people, we demonstrate good works through targeted philanthropic initiatives and a diverse and ethical workforce. For a better product, we harness the power of innovation to help customers minimize their environmental footprint and increase their safety and security, and to empower seniors and those with disabilities to stay connected through accessible technology. For a healthier planet, we lead the industry with our sustainable business practices and wireless reuse and recycling programs. These are just a few of the ways we demonstrate good works to bring people and resources together for a better world. You can learn more about our good works at www.sprint.com/responsibility.
Sprint (NYSE:S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 54 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Kristin Wallace, 404-649-8222