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Staples Foundation for Learning Awards $325,000 in Grants to Support Educational Programs for Disadvantaged Youth

Monday, April 6, 2009 8:00 am EDT

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

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"Staples Foundation for Learning is dedicated to supporting organizations that prepare today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today it has awarded 35 grants totaling $325,500 to non-profit organizations dedicated to serving youth throughout the country. These organizations embody the mission of Staples Foundation for Learning to teach, train and inspire young people to become more active citizens who work to improve their communities.

“Staples Foundation for Learning is dedicated to supporting organizations that prepare today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders,” said Ron Sargent, president of Staples Foundation for Learning and chairman and chief executive officer of Staples, Inc. “By supporting educational organizations across the country, Staples Foundation for Learning is helping the nation’s youth realize their full potential and achieve academic and professional success.”

Staples Foundation for Learning’s newest grant recipients include:

Arizona

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Tucson, AZ --- $7,000 to Power Hour Homework Help, which provides at-risk children with academic tutoring and mentoring.

California

  • City Year of San Jose/Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA --- $15,000 to Whole School, Whole Child, an academic enrichment program that provides underserved elementary students with tutoring services.
  • Urban Education Partnership, Los Angeles, CA --- $10,000 to Career Academies, a program that helps at-risk students improve their academic achievements.

Colorado

  • Denver Scholarship Foundation, Denver, CO --- $15,000 to Future Center, which provides students with the resources needed to successfully apply to college.
  • Mile High United Way, Denver, CO --- $10,000 to Youth Success, a program that provides mentoring opportunities to at-risk youth.
  • Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), Denver, CO --- $10,000 to PEBC’s educational programs that bring education, business and community leaders together to support public school students.

Georgia

  • Atlanta Historical Society, Atlanta, GA --- $10,000 to Writers in Schools, a program that provides free books to inner-city high school students throughout Atlanta.

Illinois

  • People’s Resource Center, Wheaton, IL --- $6,000 to Kids Art, a program that offers accessible arts education programs to low-income youth.

Indiana

  • Children’s Science & Technology Museum of Terra Haute, Terre Haute, IN --- $5,500 to the Museum's educational center, which enriches the lives of youth through science and technology exploration.

Louisiana

  • HandsOn New Orleans, New Orleans, LA --- $15,000 to Youth Volunteer Corps, which enables inner-city youth to participate in service-learning projects.

Maine

  • Ruth’s Reusable Resources, Portland, ME --- $10,000 to Supplies for School Children, which provides educational tools to low-income school children and teachers.

Massachusetts

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Boston, MA --- $10,000 to Young Leaders, which enables youth to develop leadership, work and community service skills.
  • Horizons for Homeless Children, Boston, MA --- $10,000 to Community Children’s Centers, which provide homeless children and their parents with support services.
  • Jewish Vocational Service, Boston, MA --- $5,000 to A Bridge to Careers and College, a program that provides effective workplace development services to low-income adults.
  • Junior Achievement of Eastern Massachusetts, Boston, MA --- $10,000 to Financial Literacy Education, which provides youth with financial, business and entrepreneurial education.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA --- $5,000 to Think:Kids, which enables at-risk youth to successfully transition out of residential services.
  • Minds Matter of Boston, Boston, MA --- $5,000 to Minds Matter, which provides under-privileged students with the skills necessary to get into college and achieve successful.
  • Sudbury Valley Trustees, Sudbury, MA --- $7,000 to the Youth Conservation Steward Program that fosters students’ respect and appreciation for the natural world.
  • Tenacity, Inc., Brighton, MA --- $10,000 to the After-School Excellence Program, which provides inner-city youth with academic instruction and life skills development.

Minnesota

  • Community Design Center of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN --- $10,000 to Conservation Training and Education, which provides low-income youth with interactive environmental education and internship programs.

Missouri

  • Kids In Motion, Hannibal, MO --- $5,000 to the Summer Youth Program, which empowers teens to value employment and community service.
  • The Saint Louis Black Repertory Company, Kansas City, MO --- $5,000 to the Black Rep Education Exchange, which educates youth about African American social and cultural issues through art.

New York

  • Rainforest Alliance, New York, NY ---$10,000 to the Environmental Education programs that encourage youth to become aware of global environmental issues and involved in conservation.
  • Riverdale Neighborhood House, Bronx, NY --- $5,000 to Youth Internships, a program that helps underserved youth achieve self-sufficiency through job skills and work experience.

North Carolina

  • Communities in Schools of Wilkes County, Wilkesboro, NC --- $10,000 to Stuff the Bus, a program that provides much-needed resources to disadvantaged youth.
  • YMCA of the Triangle Area, Cary, NC --- $10,000 to Y-Learning Outreach, which increases the academic skills and achievements among disadvantaged children.

Ohio

  • Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates, Cincinnati, OH --- $15,000 to support a school-to-work transition program that teaches at-risk youth basic business and leadership skills.

Pennsylvania

  • Project H.O.M.E., Philadelphia, PA --- $10,000 to the Teen After School Program, which improves the academic performance and career opportunities available to at-risk students.

Texas

  • America SCORES Dallas, Dallas, TX --- $10,000 to Writing for the Community, which enables elementary students to grow their literacy skills.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Houston, TX --- $10,000 to Keystone, a program that allows youth to participate in leadership activities and community service projects.
  • Genesys Works, Houston, TX --- $10,000 to the Works Program, which ensures underprivileged high school students succeed as business professionals.
  • San Antonio Education Partnership, San Antonio, TX --- $10,000 to Making a Difference, a program that provides scholarships and college preparatory programs to underserved youth.

Virginia

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Fredericksburg, VA --- $10,000 to Operation Connect, a program that provides at-risk children with basic computer and technology skills.
  • YMCA of Greater Richmond, Richmond, VA --- $10,000 to the Youth Development Program, which provides a safe, secure after-school environment.

Washington

  • Tacoma Goodwill Industries, Tacoma, WA --- $10,000 to Youth Build, which provides at-risk youth with meaningful employment and educational opportunities.

About Staples Foundation for Learning

The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is to teach, train and inspire. Founded in 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $14 million to 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 has also developed lasting relationships with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Earth Force, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. In addition, Staples Foundation for Learning supports Ashoka, an organization that develops and supports social entrepreneurs around the world, in eight countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. For more information about the foundation, please visit www.staplesfoundation.org.

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Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc.
Joy Errico, 508-253-7957
Joy.Errico@staples.com
or
Eva Pereira, 781-559-0424
Eva.Pereira@rfbinder.com

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