U.S. Cellular donates to Boys & Girls Club
May 02, 2016
U.S. Cellular and Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri have announced a donation of $10,000 for 2016 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. This contribution will expand its programming to help Joplin area students succeed in school and prepare for future careers. Together with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), U.S. Cellular is committed to building better communities by championing K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational programs.

This is the second year U.S. Cellular will support academic programming at Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri and more than 57 additional Club locations this year, with an emphasis on promoting literacy, STEM learning, and career exploration and preparation.

“U.S. Cellular’s ongoing commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a reflection of our dedication to big and small cities as well as rural communities we serve across the country,” says Dorsey Ragland, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. “As we enter our second year, we are excited to continue to work with this organization to focus on STEM programming, as it is an important way to help youth develop relevant career and leadership skills.”

One of the programs this grant supports at Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri includes Power Hour. Power Hour helps drive positive outcomes for youth in the area of academic success by extending learning beyond the school day. It offers a structured time and place for Club staff and volunteers to help members complete their homework – and start each school day better prepared and with a sense of confidence and competence. In addition, Power Hour offers small-group or one-on-one tutoring assistance for members identified as needing additional help with specific subjects or skills. Power Hour also promotes open communication between the program staff and parents, and between staff and classroom teachers. A partnership among staff, parents and teachers helps to foster learning and provides an enriched support network for club members enrolled in Power Hour.

“We believe it is our responsibility to help Joplin area kids and teens achieve academic success,” said Rhonda Gorham, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri. “With support from U.S. Cellular, we hope to inspire interest in important STEM subjects that will translate to great futures, whether within those industries or another field altogether.”

About the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri

The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri is committed to providing a safe, nurturing and caring environment for youth ages 6-18 through afterschool and summer programming. Members receive ongoing support with completing homework, access to a fully-equipped computer lab and gym space. Members also participate in recreation time and have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with professional staff and other Club members. For more information contact Emily Marion, development director, at (417) 623-8072 or send an e-mail here.

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