FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Foundation for Learning (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples,
Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) today announced it has awarded 31 grants
totaling $640,000 to non-profit organizations serving at-risk youth
throughout the country. These organizations were selected for their
commitment to providing educational programs that provide youth with the
skills and resources needed to become responsible and caring citizens.
"Staples Foundation for Learning's mission is to promote the teaching,
training and inspiration of the next generation of community leaders,"
said Mike Miles, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and
president and chief operating officer of Staples, Inc. "By supporting
educational organizations across the country, Staples Foundation for
Learning is helping our nation's youth realize their full potential and
achieve academic and professional success."
Staples Foundation for Learning grant recipients include:
Council of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC --- $10,000 to Artists
in Schools, which inspires students to succeed through the arts and
positive self expression.
Line, Jamaica Plain, MA --- $10,000 to College Access, which helps
disadvantaged youth achieve success in college and beyond.
& Girls Clubs of South Valley, Sandy, UT --- $5,000 to its
Education & Career Development Project, which inspires and empowers
youth to realize their full potential as productive and caring
Educated Leaders for Life, Boston, MA --- $15,000 to the BELL
Summer program in Baltimore, which helps youth develop their talents,
teamwork and leadership skills.
Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Carrboro, NC --- $10,000
to The Teacher Store, which ensures students from low-income schools
achieve success and have access to educational supplies.
Up Foundation, Washington, DC --- $10,000 to provide scholarships
to disadvantaged youth to visit Washington DC and learn about
democracy and their responsibilities as United States citizens.
to Computers, Cincinnati, OH --- $15,000 to Push for Pencils
(P4P), an annual back to school supply drive that provides teachers
and their students with critical, basic learning tools.
Scholarship Foundation, Denver, CO --- $20,000 to Future Centers,
which provides disadvantaged youth with the motivation, mentoring and
financial assistance to achieve college success.
DREAM Program, Burlington, VT --- $15,000 to provide low-income
children with mentoring and guidance to help them reach their full
Force, Alexandria, VA --- $200,000 to support the launch of a
national competition that will give young people from urban
communities the opportunity to address critical issues affecting the
Center of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, OH --- $7,500 to ensure
low-income youth return to school prepared to learn and succeed.
for a Change, Richmond, VA --- $10,000 to Girl Action Teams, which
empowers girls to lead projects that create social change and help
them realize their full potential.
Scouts of Eastern MA, Boston, MA --- $15,000 to FaB Factor, a
mentoring program that provides educational opportunities and
leadership skills to underserved young girls.
on Education, Boulder, CO --- $10,000 to Crayons to Calculators,
an annual supply drive that provides economically disadvantaged
students with the tools needed to succeed in school.
in Motion, Hannibal, MO --- $15,000 to its Summer Youth Program,
which empowers teens to value employment, community service and their
future personal success.
Teacher, Concord, NH --- $15,000 to its Social Entrepreneurial
Student Leadership Challenge, which enables at-risk students to work
on projects that address important social issues while improving their
communication and problem solving skills.
General Hospital, Boston, MA --- $5,000 to Think:Kids, which
provides at-risk youth with the life skills needed to successfully
transition out of residential services.
Aquarium of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD --- $10,000 to Aquarium on
Wheels, which educates underserved youth about marine life, science
and the environment.
Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Miami, FL --- $10,000 to
programs which improve the business, academic and life skills of
inner-city youth through entrepreneurial education.
Summer Learning Association, Baltimore, MD --- $7,500 to create
high quality summer learning opportunities for all young people.
Nature, Eugene, OR --- $10,000 to education programs which foster
an appreciation for nature and the environment among low-income
children, teens and young parents.
First, Los Angeles, CA --- $15,000 to Peace Games and its
anti-violence campaign which works to build safe and effective school
climates where children become engaged and active citizens.
Learning Tree, Washington, DC --- $25,000 to GreenSchools, which
raises students' awareness of their role and responsibility to protect
and improve the community and the environment.
Worldwide, Syracuse, NY --- $10,000 to Life Links, a career skills
development program which increases computer skills and digital
literacy among low-income families.
Through Business, Washington, MI --- $5,000 to a Tax/Educational
Assistance & Financial Literacy program, which provides underserved
adults with the tools and resources to increase their economic
Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT --- $5,000 to KidsmART, Family
Art Saturday and ARTbytes, three art instruction programs offered to
the Children, Albuquerque, NM --- $10,000 to its Improving
Literacy program, which improves the reading skills and academic
success of low-income children.
School to Work Council, Paris, KY --- $14,000 to the School to Careers
program, which provides students with the opportunity to gain job
skills for future success.
Global ---$116,000 to educational programs, incorporating artistic
expression, online tools and resources, and a global 40-day challenge
to engage students in minimizing their ecological footprints.
Fund for UNICEF, Denver, CO --- $20,000 to BE UNICEF, a program
that inspires youth to become active community citizens, and more
aware of global social issues.
Volunteer Corps of Kansas City, Kansas City, KS --- $10,000 to a
service-learning program, which provides inner-city youth with
meaningful volunteer experiences that improve the community.
Arts Center, Atlanta, GA --- $5,000 to inspire, create, support
and celebrate renowned arts and education for diverse audiences.
About Staples Foundation for Learning
Founded in 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning has contributed to
nearly 1,000 global, national and local charities that provide
educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special
emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Staples Foundation for Learning builds
lasting relationships with world-class organizations including Boys
& Girls Clubs of America, Ashoka, Earth
Force and the Initiative
for a Competitive Inner City. The foundation is the private
charitable arm of Staples, Inc. and is an integral component of Staples
Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success
and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet.
For more information about the foundation and Staples Soul, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org
For Staples Foundation for Learning
Briana Curran, 508-253-0203
Eva Pereira, 781-559-0424