Hartford, Conn., July 8, 2014 – The Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational opportunity, close the achievement gap and reduce the dropout rate in Hartford through $264,000 in recent grants to 18 local nonprofit agencies that sustain learning. These grants are a portion of nearly $804,000 in charitable funds the Foundation has allocated for Hartford in 2014.
Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) received $20,000 for its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum offered to 4th grade students in four Hartford public elementary schools. CIC provides students with a STEM inventing activity that develops and enhances their critical-thinking skills by using creative problem-solving techniques. The goal is to foster interest in STEM careers and instill the creative spirit in students today and for the rest of their lives. This grant will help CIC embed its award-winning programs more firmly in Hartford Schools, through a concentrated, supported and mentored pilot program focused on 4th grade classes in the Burr, Kennelley, Wish and Clark elementary schools in 2014-2015. The academic year-long program for these schools will focus on training, mentoring, support, and week-to-week involvement of CIC in the science curriculum of the 4th grade teachers.
Other organizations receiving education grants:
- $40,000 to Teach For America to support corps members teaching in high-need schools and classrooms in Hartford where they set and meet high expectations for student achievement.
- $30,000 to Connecticut Forum in support of its Connecticut YOUTH Forum, engaging teens in issues-focused discussions and leadership skills development workshops, as well as the Connecticut Forum’s series of public forums on timely, provocative issues.
- $20,000 to Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation for the Steppingstone Academy in Hartford, which is offered to select 7th and 8th grades students who attend classes during the summer and school year for intensive one-on-one academic attention.
- $20,000 to Our Piece of the Pie for academic, development and workforce readiness services, which help urban youth, ages 14-24, become economically independent adults.
- $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford for the Early Learning Center, which provides programs to students in grades K-12.
- $15,000 to Connecticut Science Center to support its Next Generation Science Standards training for teachers in grades K-4 at Noah Webster Micro Society Magnet School.
- $15,000 to Village for Families & Children for its Early Childhood Learning Center, which educates and transitions under-privileged children to kindergarten.
- $12,000 to Greater Hartford Consortium for Higher Education for its Career Beginnings program, which works to increase the number of Hartford students who go to college directly after high school, and Junior Apprentice program, which provides teens the opportunity to develop skills in a career path they find both meaningful and financially stabilizing.
- $12,000 to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center for Inspiration to Action, an 18-week , after-school program teaching students in grades 4-8 creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, leadership skills and how to be an engaged citizen.
- $10,000 to Hartford Public Library for its Summer Learning program, which will help students read books, gain vocabulary, think expansively, earn incentives and have fun while learning.
- $10,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwest New England to provide financial education programs at Hartford’s Batchelder School.
- $10,000 to the Mark Twain House to support grade-appropriate tours of Twain’s home and interactive educational programs that improve oral and written expression skills according to Core Curriculum goals.
- $10,000 to the Parent Academy in support of its Child Development Initiative, increasing children’s literacy within Hartford’s Hispanic community by teaching the parents and preschool children how to read and speak English.
- $10,000 to World Affairs Council of Connecticut for its Model United Nations program, which will teach 69 Hartford students the role of the United Nations, current socio-political issues, how to debate and write a UN resolution, public speaking and negotiating.
- $5,000 to Camp Courant for its Early Learning Center, which provides an introduction to and reinforcement of literacy, numeracy, social skills and knowledge of what makes a healthy individual to campers ages five and six.
- $5,000 to Family Life Education for its Early Education and Family Literacy program, which improves the school readiness and school success of young children from low-income families.
- $5,000 to Leadership Greater Hartford for the Common Ground program, which offers training in leadership, diversity awareness and community problem solving to 40 emerging high school leaders from Hartford and surrounding towns.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation:
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Foundation allocated almost $804,000 to support nonprofits in Hartford in 2013. Since 2006, the Foundation has contributed nearly $10.9 million to Hartford nonprofits.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 12 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company has $209 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2014. Learn more at www.LincolnFinancial.com.