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$45,000 Donation made to EdVenture Children’s Museum’s Future Leaders Academy

Release Date: 11/19/2009

Columbia, SC  – Time Warner Cable officially launched its new philanthropic focus, Connect A Million Minds.  Connect A Million Minds seeks to inspire young people to build the skills they need in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Time Warner Cable will do this by raising awareness and visibility for STEM and by connecting youth to afterschool STEM opportunities in the Columbia area.

The kick off of Connect A Million Minds was held at EdVenture Children’s Museum, with a $45,000 donation presented by Time Warner Cable. Columbia Mayor Bob Coble and students from EdVenture’s Future Leaders Academy were among the first to commit to ‘connecting a million minds’.   “Connect A Million Minds is driven by Time Warner Cable’s heritage as a technology company,” said Charlene Keys, vice president and general manager, Time Warner Cable Columbia.  “With 80 percent of jobs in the next decade requiring STEM skills, building excitement in STEM areas is critical to helping students of today succeed in the future.” As part of the event, students also learned about the dynamics of water at a hydroelectric plant and the structural spans and engineering of the Gervais Street Bridge.  “We are the future of the world and we need to learn about this stuff because in the future, it will be up to us,” said 12-year old participant Austin Counts.

Nationwide, Time Warner Cable is making a $100 million, five-year commitment of cash and in-kind support.  Of that, $3 million dollars is designated for South Carolina. The company is in a unique position to use its products and technology to bring more attention to STEM opportunities.  Public service announcements begin running this week.  Parents and students can also easily identify local after-school programs and opportunities to explore STEM by visiting  

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,, 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.

About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable’s Carolina Region 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,, and

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