Wilmington, N.C. (November 9, 2010) – A new state of the art computer lab is just one of the exciting resources available for Wilmington area girls who frequent the Girls, Inc. center on Castle Street thanks to an “extreme makeover” by Time Warner Cable. On Tuesday, Time Warner Cable volunteers, Girls Inc. of Wilmington Board of Directors, as well as participants and parents, will celebrate the grand unveiling of the newly renovated Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology) Room and CAMM Computer Lab.
In a ribbon cutting ceremony, Time Warner Cable will reveal the rooms’ new lighting, custom cabinetry, furniture and design. Invited guests include community leaders and federal, state and local elected officials.
Time Warner Cable has invested more than $25,000 in cash and in-kind resources in Girls, Inc. of Wilmington, an after-school program that aims to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold.
The grant is part of Time Warner Cable’s new philanthropic program Connect a Million Minds, a five-year initiative designed to engage and encourage young people to pursue education and career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The most significant investment, made through Time Warner Cable’s CAMM initiative, is the completely renovated SMART Room and Computer Lab. The majority of the CAMM grant was used to purchase Operation SMART curriculum that encourages girls, through hands-on activities, to develop the STEM skills they will need to prepare them for careers in technical and scientific fields that they may not have otherwise considered.
“Time Warner Cable believes in investing in girls and preparing them for the exciting STEM opportunities in their own backyard,” said Christine Whitaker, Time Warner Cable Area Vice President of Operations for the Raleigh/Coastal/Fayetteville area. “The CAMM grant will enable the girls to gain more exposure to STEM education and careers and acquire new skills in a fun and encouraging environment.”
“It’s just amazing to have community partners like Time Warner Cable step up and support the mission of Girls, Inc. We could not have provided this opportunity for the girls without their support,” said Sabrina Jacobs, Executive Director of Girls, Inc. of Wilmington.
What’s most impressive is that Time Warner Cable volunteers had a large hand in creating the SMART Room and Computer Lab’s new look. “Our in-house facilities coordinators made this project a success,” says Whitaker. Whether it was painting, sanding, or installing a new sink, our coordinators took the project and made it their own.” Time Warner Cable volunteers spent more than 65 hours working on the renovation project that began in July.
The total investment in the renovation, including donated services from local Time Warner Cable vendors is valued at more than $8,800. The two rooms have new, bright custom-built cabinetry, new computer lab chairs, new professional grade lab table, electrical improvements including new energy efficient lighting, and a brand new flat screen television. A new tableau of paint colors tops off the renovation with a bright orange called “monarch wing” and a neon green called “lavish lime”.
In addition to the in-kind resources used to renovate the room, Time Warner Cable will help Girls Inc. promote their programs in the community by producing a 30 second spot that will air on cable channels.
For pictures documenting the renovation process, before and after, please visit http://bit.ly/9V9EDY
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’s 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.
About Girls Inc.
Girls Incorporated of Wilmington has been in operation since 1951. We offer research-based programs to assist girls between the ages of four and 18 in developing positive self-identity and becoming self-sufficient adults. Our curriculum includes career and life planning, health and sexuality, leadership and community action, sports and adventure, self reliance and life skills, culture and heritage. This non-profit program offers girls a safe, educational after-school environment. The program is partially funded by grants and donors.
We serve more than 500 girls from the Cape Fear area in after-school and summer enrichment programs each year. Programming is based at our Castle Street facility, but we reach out to serve girls in Pender and Brunswick counties by combining efforts and resources with area schools, nonprofit agencies and volunteer organization.