Local non-profits receive Sprint grants as part of company’s Denver Local Giving Program, now in its fifth year
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 25, 2013 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) recently announced the 2013 recipients of its Denver Local Giving Program. In total, three area non-profit organizations were awarded grants as part of this signature community-support program. The Denver 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 last week.
The 2013 grant recipients are:
- The Urban Farm at Stapleton was awarded a $25,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support the Urban Youth in Agriculture Project in partnership with Colorado State University (CSU). Students from Denver Public Schools will explore the use of new and existing technologies to improve Denver’s food system. This will be accomplished through an Internet-based program complemented by hands-on learning experiences at the farm and field trips to the Agricultural Technology department of CSU. The goal of the program is to foster interest in environmental stewardship and inspire students to use technology in the pursuit of a college career in that field.
- Junior Achievement (JA) Rocky Mountain was awarded a $15,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support JA Finance Park – Virtual, a dynamic program that helps students build financial skills for life. This program, offered at no cost to students and schools, allows students who are unable to travel to JA’s physical Finance Park the opportunity to participate remotely. Students are led by a “virtual guide” to make purchasing decisions for their family based on an assigned income, job, and family situation.
- Goodwill Industries of Denver was awarded a $10,000 Sprint Project Connect grant to support the Youth Career Development Entrepreneurial Program. The program will reach approximately 600 students in the Denver metro-area schools that have high dropout rates. Students are broken into small groups to learn how to develop a product or service, create business plans, conduct market research, and present materials to business leaders. This Sprint grant will help purchase new tablets and software so that the program can be successfully implemented in schools that have limited technology 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 Denver community, and this is the fifth year Sprint has conducted the Denver Local Giving Program and has provided more than $250,000 in support to Denver-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 WorksSM
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.
Jennifer Schuler, 913-315-3324