BPI 2011 Grant Awards

The Black Philanthropy Initiative announced four grants totaling $17,544 at a February 23, 2012 presentation at Winston-Salem State University.  The focus area for these grants was programming that supports African Americans in the area of education.  Congratulations to the 2012 grantees!

Ashley Elementary School
A $3,220 grant to Learning Through Listening using the Follett Company’s Playaway, which is a digital audio book with accompanying books appropriate to readers of all levels.  The main goals of this project are to increase the use of the school’s Media Center, ultimately leading to the students’ development of a love of reading and a value for books as they grow into adulthood.

Forsyth Technical Community College
A $5,000 grant to support The James A Rousseau Minority Mentoring Program which provides support services and other incentives to improve the retention and graduation rates of minority males at Forsyth Tech.  The program also seeks to provide practical knowledge of life management and financial skills such as budgeting, investing, and saving.  The program is open to all minority males who are Forsyth Tech students.  Regular meetings often feature a speaker and are held monthly.

Kimberley Park Elementary School
A $4,325 grant for the News Worthy program which exposes students to various aspects of the field of broadcast journalism, including roles in production, camera crew, script writing, reporting, and investigative journalism.  The objective of the project is to strengthen the students’ reading, writing and public speaking skills through the process of producing a daily live broadcast. 

Winston-Salem State University
A $5,000 grant for Girls Empowered by Mathematics and Science (GEMS), which is a year-round and summer academy that provides middle school and high school girls with increased exposure to applications of mathematics, science, and technology that can be used to address real-world problems.  The academy focuses on improving girls’ performance, attitudes, and interest in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There is also a parental component that provides information to parents about academic advancement and career options to girls in the STEM areas. 


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