4,000 Students in Pilot Program Will Be First of the 1 Million to Participate in Major Multiyear Initiative to Help Close the “Homework Gap”
Looking to Support the Program? Sprint Stores Will Now Accept In-Store Device and Monetary Donations
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 12, 2016 - Approximately 4,000 students in 11 cities across the country will be the first to receive a free mobile device and free high-speed wireless internet connectivity through Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) and the Sprint Foundation’s 1Million Project pilot program. Upon successful completion of the pilot program, which begins in January 2017, schools will also be invited to join the multiyear initiative through its entirety when it rolls out nationwide rollout for the 2017-2018 school year.
“Since we announced the 1Million Project, we’ve received an incredible amount of outreach from schools across the country that need help,” said Sprint’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Doug Michelman. “Too many students in America lack internet access at home and are falling behind in school and in life. We couldn’t be more excited and honored to work with these amazing institutions to launch the pilot program and start helping disadvantaged students reach their full potential.”
After receiving more than 100 applications for the pilot program, the following organizations will participate in the 1Million Project pilot program:
Kansas City Public Schools, Kansas City, MO
Paterson Public Schools, Paterson, NJ
Pomona Unified School District, Pomona, CA
Providence Public Schools, Providence, RI
San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA
Brockton High School, Brockton, MA
Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Global Collegiate Academy, Dallas, TX
Lake Worth Community High School, Lake Worth, FL
West Charlotte High School, Charlotte, NC
Youth Connection Charter School, Chicago, IL
Village of Park Forest – Teen Services Department, Park Forest, IL
Participating students will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Those who receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot and for unlimited domestic calls and texts. All unlimited features are while on the Sprint network.
The pilot program will help Sprint learn more about how student needs may vary from market-to-market and school-to-school, how to allocate resources to differing schools and organizations and best practices for communicating with program participants. Learnings will be applied to the nationwide rollout at the start of the 2017-18 school year when, over the course of the next five years, 1 million high school students will join the program and receive a wireless device and service for up to four years in high school.
Schools, public housing authorities and non-profit organizations interested in participating in the 1Million Project beginning with the 2017-2018 school year may apply through March 31, 2017 at www.sprint.com/1millionproject.
How to Help:
Sprint customers and anyone looking to support the 1Million Project may contribute financially or donate a used mobile device. Visit a local Sprint store to make a cash donation or to donate an old mobile phone, tablet, or hotspot. Used mobile devices can also be donated online.1 Devices will be recycled or resold with net proceeds benefiting the 1Million Project. Visit www.sprint.com/1millionproject for more information, and follow and support the program on social media by using the hashtag #1MillionProject.
Sprint (NYSE:S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 60.2 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2016 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; leading no-contract 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. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint atwww.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
About the Sprint Foundation:
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation (the philanthropic arm of Sprint) has provided millions of dollars to community organizations across the country. A separate legal entity from Sprint, the Sprint Foundation is able to make a huge impact where it is needed most, supporting hundreds of organizations every year that focus on education, arts and culture, youth development, community development, and disaster relief. For more information visit sprint.com/goodworks.
1Cash donations for the 1Million Project are tax-deductible charitable contributions to the Sprint Foundation. Device donations are not tax deductible. Net proceeds from reselling/recycling donated devices or $1 per device, whichever is greater, will be donated to the program.
Lisa Belot, 913-315-5730