The funds provided by the Journey of Hope Gala will also be used to provide food, clothing and activities for the children in the program as well as their families. “With this grant, The McKie Foundation will be able to enhance our M.I.T. (Men In Training) Program, which has many components but the primary focus is to teach and model the love of Christ, by showing at-risk youth how to overcome life's tragedies,” says Yannik McKie, Executive Director of the McKie Foundation.
“In this program we are able to assess the needs of our youth and provide them with educational support and mentoring programs. This grant will specifically allow us to further use our signature-learning module REAL T.A.L.C. (Turning Around Life's Challenges). In addition we will use books, keynotes, workshops and a highly-modulated curriculum to motivate and empower youth to overcome their challenges and maximize their potential.”
The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation, which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.
The program, called 2 Million and Change, will award funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2012, associates globally directed more than $2.1 million of Staples Foundation grants to 470 non-profit organizations.
“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community and giving for Staples, Inc. “Through our program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”
About The McKie Foundation
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About Staples Community and Giving
Staples is dedicated to providing education and job skills opportunities in communities where our customers and associates live and work with a primary focus on support disadvantaged youth, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development initiatives. Staples supports these causes through corporate contributions, in-kind donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its global community and giving efforts, Staples has helped more than 6,500 organizations in local communities across 26 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit www.staples.com/