STAMFORD, CT – October 23, 2017 – The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) today announced it is reaching new student populations with the introduction of three new programs this fall: the Student-Athlete Program, the Early College Studies Program, and the Franklin Forum. In the 2016-17 academic year, SPEF directly served 21 Stamford public schools, distributed over 5,000 new books, and provided mentoring to 884 students. The addition of these three new programs enables SPEF to reach more students in the Stamford community in innovative ways. SPEF’s new Student-Athlete Program will provide academic support to student-athletes from Stamford High School and Westhill High School. Approximately 60 student-athletes from each high school will be supported. Thesestudent-athletes will meet with SPEF volunteers after school, either one-on-one or in small groups, to foster academic, athletic, social, and emotional growth. SPEF volunteers will work together with the students to create a plan based on the student’s individual needs that will enforce accountability and provide the students with the resources necessary to thrive. The Early College Studies Program (ECS) is a new and exciting program that is offered to students at Stamford High School. The program provides 45 ninth-grade students with the opportunity to graduate high school and earn an associate degree in a technology-based field in four to six years. The program is focused on providing an in-depth, technology-based education that will prepare students for success in a variety of fields. As part of the ECS program, SPEF is partnering volunteers from NatWest Markets with the high school students to meet for eight monthly sessions throughout the academic year. The Franklin Forum will engage students from the Alternative Routes to Success (ARTS) High School in debate and discussion during two eight-week sessions. The forum will build students’ confidence, self-esteem, spontaneous thinking, and communication skills while teaching them how to participate in civil discourse. The Franklin Forum will engage approximately 20 ARTS students throughout the school year. Volunteers are still needed for both the Student-Athlete Program and the Early College Studies Program. If you are interested in either of these exciting volunteer opportunities, please call SPEF at 203-965-7733.