COMMUNITY GRANT FROM THE UPS FOUNDATION
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – December. 09, 2010 – Youth of Honor Foundation, an Atlanta-based 501 c 3 non-profit organization, received a $20,000.00 community grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS), to sustain Youth of Honor’s efforts to assist youth in education and life skills enrichment.
The grant will be used for the Youth of Honor Foundation’s Be A Giant campaign, which was established to assist middle school age youth in rising above peer pressure, to motivate at-risk youth in alternative schools, as well as youth incarcerated in youth detention centers, to bounce back and become giants in life. The foundation’s program shares with youth five dimensions where they can rise above negative influences and become leaders in their own lives as well as others. The students learn:
1. How they can source personal attributes to become giants at home
2. How to parlay those personal attributes into the classroom setting
3. How to cross-purpose their attributes to be giants with their peers.
With the challenges of peer presssure and negative influences in society today, Youth of Honor could have stopped there, but chose to also teach attributes for service in community and with sustainable environmental initiatives as well. The program is structured to give youth the tools necessary to achieve success for themselves, their friends, as well as the world around them.
“With hundreds of youth already taking the pledge to be giants and avoid negative actions and behaviors in life, the funds provided by The UPS Foundation affords our Youth of Honor team the opportunity to positively impact hundreds more,” said Ron Brashear – founder and president, Youth of Honor. “Moreover, as each youth brings this learning either back to their home, or out into their community, the total number of lives impacted will grow exponentially, thanks to UPS’s commitment to making a difference.”
Tom Grason - executive director, Youth of Honor Foundation adds, “We have conveyed to youth since our beginnings that life is a team sport and through the generous support of UPS, the youth we address can see that in action. As the saying goes, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, but we like to extend this a little bit to add ‘it takes a caring village to raise a child’ and a special thanks to The UPS Foundation for caring”.
About the UPS Foundation
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, The UPS Foundation indentifies specific areas where it’s backing clearly impact social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2009, The UPS Foundation distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Youth of Honor organization’
“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support The Youth of Honor Foundation’s efforts to roll out their BE A GIANT campaign, said Ken Sternard, president of The UPS Foundation.
About Youth of Honor
Established in 2006, and based in Atlanta, GA, the Youth of Honor Foundation’s mission is to assist troubled and ‘at-risk’ youth around the world in achieving greatness in life through education and life skills enrichment training. Through their ‘Personal You-Turn’ program, targeted at incarcerated youth in state-run youth detention centers, the Youth of Honor team has reached over 2,500 youth and providing them with a blueprint to bouncing back in life and achieving success in their community.
In 2009, the Youth of Honor Foundation launched its ‘Be A Giant’ campaign in an effort to assist youth become giants in life through five interrelated growth areas. To date, this program has been brought to nearly 1,500 youth who have all pledged to be giants in life and continue to strive to avoid poor decision making and the negative consequences that may follow.
For more information contact:
Tom Grason – VP/Executive Director
Youth of Honor Organization