Newsroom_news_releases4aSTAMFORD, CT – May 4, 2015 – The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) today announced it has been granted $7,500 from The Inner-City Foundation for Charity and Education and $2,000 from the Ruth W. Brown Foundation to support its mentoring and college & career readiness programs for middle and high school students. These programs are targeted at students who need additional academic and/or social support with the resources and guidance required to be successful during middle school, high school and in all college/career endeavors.

Funding from these foundations is helping SPEF provide one-on-one mentoring sessions to 175 middle and 75 high school students during the 2014/2015 school year. Mentors are provided with a grade-specific curriculum, which includes weekly exercises that focus on the four main objectives of this program: goal setting, academic engagement, extracurricular activities and college and career readiness.

The funding also enables SPEF to continue to expand the use of Naviance Family Connection by Stamford Public School students, parents, guidance counselors, teachers and administrators. Naviance, which was purchased for the district in 2010 by SPEF, is an online college and career planning tool that optimizes student success and enhances school counselor productivity.

Together, SPEF’s Mentoring Program and Naviance make a powerful combination for closing the achievement gap and preparing students for post-high school success, whether that means going on to college, receiving career training, or assistance with attaining a full-time job.

“The Stamford Public Education Foundation has built a strong reputation for providing funding for, and running, school-based programs that connect college and corporate volunteers with Stamford Public School students,” said Barbara Aronica-Buck, Co-President of SPEF’s Board of Directors. “Because our programs are 100% donor funded, delivered at no cost to the Stamford Public School District, it is critical to receive donations from our community partners like The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education and the Ruth W. Brown Foundation.”