NBCUniversal Foundation Awards $800,000 In Grants To Improve Education

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The NBCUniversal Foundation has awarded $800,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. as part of its pledge to improve public secondary education.

Now in its sixth year, the NBCUniversal Foundation seeks out nonprofit organizations in communities with large numbers of NBCU employees and lacking in education systems. Over the course, the foundation has bestowed some $7 million to nonprofits that have committed to improving the quality of education in public schools. This year, the funding will go towards 29 nonprofit organizations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Washington, D.C. (see list below).
According to NBCU, last year's grant recipients made significant strides in preparing their students. In New York, 100% of students in Sponsors for Educational Opportunity's Class of 2011 were accepted to four-year colleges. On the west coast, nine out of Los Angeles Education Partnership's 12 Career Academies reported no dropouts, compared to a 29.6% dropout rate for LAUSD schools in 2008. Dallas's Score A Goal in the Classroom reported that 92% of students attending their "Success Rallies" improved their attendance at school.

"Today's students are tomorrow's leaders in business and public service, so we all have a stake in supporting a strong educational foundation for our young people," said Adam Miller, executive vice president, corporate affairs, NBCUniversal, in a statement. "We are pleased to support these organizations, which are all focused on increasing the odds of success for underprivileged kids."

NBCUniversal Foundation grant recipients include:

New York
• ASPIRA of New York (www.nyaspira.org)
• The Committee for Hispanic Children & Families (www.chcfinc.org)
• The Educational Alliance (www.edalliance.org)
• Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (www.seo-usa.org)
• Urban Arts Partnership (www.urbanarts.org)

Los Angeles
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (www.bbbslaie.org)
• City Year Los Angeles (www.cityyear.org/losangeles)
• Communities in Schools Los Angeles (www.cislawest.org)
• Los Angeles Education Partnership (www.laep.org)
• Project GRAD Los Angeles (www.projectgradla.org)
• Urban Media Foundation (www.urbanmediafoundation.org)

• Aspire of Illinois (www.aspireofillinois.org)
• buildOn (www.buildOn.org)
• Lawrence Hall (www.lawrencehall.org)
• Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (www.praachicago.org)

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (www.bgcdallas.org)
• Camp Fire USA (www.campfireusa.org)
• Hispanic College Fund (www.hispanicfund.org)
• Score a Goal in the Classroom (www.scoreagoal.org)
• YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas (www.ymcadallas.org)

• Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Inc. (www.tacolcy.org)
• Cuban American National Council (www.cnc.org)
• Hispanic Unity of Florida (www.hispanicunity.org)
• Women of Tomorrow (www.womenoftomorrow.org)

Washington, DC
• Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (www.crittentonservices.org)
• Latin American Youth Center (www.layc-dc.org)
• Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care (www.maryscenter.org)
• Mentoring to Manhood (www.mentoringtomanhood.org)
• Strive DC (www.strivedc.org)