Indie Soul Student of the Week: Living Classrooms’ POWER House Program
Phinesse Demps | 6/6/2014, 6 a.m.
AT&T is helping to support the Living Classrooms’ POWER House Program by contributing $65, 000 to help fund the teen-focused program that provides academic support and enrichment opportunities, mentoring, and college-preparation activities for underserved high school students living in the Perkins Homes development in Baltimore.
According to James Piper Bond, CEO of Living Classrooms, the Teen Program operates at Baltimore City’s National Academy Foundation High School and at the POWER House community center in the Perkins Homes public housing development, one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in Baltimore City. The Teen Program provides an intervention for young people to ensure they keep up their grades and stay in school. the program also provides science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) specific programming for youth to explore environmental and biological sciences.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said programs like this one are vital to the future success of the students— and to competitiveness of the City of Baltimore. “Providing quality educational opportunities for our young people is key to attracting families and keeping families in Baltimore,” said Rawlings-Blake. “The POWER House Teen program is a great example of the public and private sectors working together to create new opportunities and brighter futures for children in Baltimore. I appreciate AT&T’s support of this vital program.”
Denis Dunn, president of AT&T in Maryland, said the contribution will inspire Baltimore students to stay in school and prepare for college and careers. “At AT&T, our support of organizations like Living Classrooms Foundation are important because a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing businesses can do to help students succeed in a digital, global economy,” said Dunn. “This contribution will help students in Baltimore stay focused on their studies, complete high school, and achieve success.”
At Indie Soul, we could not agree more. That is why the program and the students are the Indie Soul Students of the Week.
Each week during the school year, Indie Soul will spotlight a student or students who excels in academics and in the community. To nominate someone for “Student of the Week,” call 410-366-3900 ext. 3016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Student of the Week” in the subject line.