Charlotte, NC – Seven local organizations are the first beneficiaries of more than $100,000 in grants from Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds (CAMM) initiative. Time Warner Cable launched CAMM to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“Because of the economic downturn, many companies cut back on community support. I’m pleased to announce we are providing funding and resources that will have a positive impact on more than 6,000 young minds this year alone,” said Mike Smith, area vice president of Time Warner Cable’s Charlotte operations.
Organizations receiving support include Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Invent Kids Now!, Junior Achievement, Discovery Place, and Pine Lake Preparatory. Funds will be used for a variety of projects including a forensics program, computer lab, field trips to Discovery Place, education-based summer camp programs, and support for existing and new FIRST robotics teams. “Contributions like this are critical because youth interest in science and engineering is rapidly declining, while 80% of jobs in the future will require science and math skills,” said Sally Daley, CEO of Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council.
In addition to providing financial support, Time Warner Cable is also empowering its employees to support the initiative. Charlotte area employees will host “tech day” events throughout the year at their training facility in Matthews. Students will experience a behind-the-scenes look at technology used to deliver cable TV and interactive services.
Smith stated that additional funds will be awarded this year and each subsequent year through 2014. “Over the next five years, we plan to provide more than $1 million in grants in the Charlotte area. We encourage local organizations that have or want to create STEM focused afterschool programs targeted to middle school students to go to our website and apply for a grant. Requests for funding and support will be reviewed on an on-going basis,” he said.
For more information about this initiative, go to www.connectamillionminds.com.
About Connect A Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Carolinas provides video, Internet and telephone services to more than 2.1 million residential and business customers in more than 400 cities and towns across North and South Carolina. Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in five geographic areas-New York State, the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, and www.twcmediasales.com.