Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 14, 2004–The LINC TELACU Education Foundation has received a $75,000 grant from Staples Foundation for Learning to support its College Advisement and Leadership Program (CALP), a critical component of the scholarship program.
“This grant from Staples Foundation for Learning will help ensure that incoming freshmen receive essential support to help them successfully navigate their first year of college,” said David C. Lizárraga, TELACU President and CEO. “We’ve seen the difference the CALP program has made with our Scholars. The workshops, seminars, counseling, leadership training and other support have given us a 100% success rate with our students.”
The first year of college is especially difficult for first-generation college students, who do not have family members with college experience who can guide them. CALP offers academic support through tutoring, leadership training, time management seminars, mentoring, career preparation, corporate internships, individual counseling, parental support programs and job placement assistance.
“Staples Foundation for Learning is looking forward to collaborating with the LINC TELACU Education Foundation to increase the educational opportunities available for Hispanic youth in Los Angeles communities,”commented Ron Sargent, President of Staples Foundation for Learning and President and CEO of Staples, Inc. “The Foundation is passionate about forging partnerships with programs like CALP that meet the needs of the Hispanic community.”
The CALP program is mandatory for freshman students and consists of five mandatory seminars and a weekend leadership retreat. The CALP seminars are a continuous source of encouragement and support during the critical first-year transition from high school to college level studies for the LINC TELACU Scholars.
Launched in August of 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc. is a private foundation created by Staples, Inc. to provide funding to charitable programs that support or provide job training or educational opportunities to all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. To date, Staples Foundation for Learning has awarded nearly $3 million dollars in grants to non-profit organizations and is a national sponsor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information about the foundation or how to apply for a grant, please visit http://www.staplesfoundation.org.
The LINC TELACU Education Foundation has found that once the first family member attends college, future generations are more likely to follow and obtain a college degree. Through its partnerships with corporate donors and matching funds from colleges and universities, the Foundation is working to strengthen the educational pipeline, decrease high school dropout rates, and increase college completion rates for Latino youth.
TELACU is a pioneering institution committed to service, empowerment, advancement, and the creation of self-sufficiency.
Judy Martinez, 323.721.1655 x 432
Staples Foundation for Learning
Joy Errico, 508.253.7957