Other Initiatives

GO! Program
The GO! Program (Generating Outcomes): Funding education innovation in our communities is designed to involve employees in thinking about the mission of ECMC Foundation and how it might best be achieved where they live and work. The mission of ECMC Foundation is to inspire and facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. Employees have the opportunity to allocate ECMC Group revenues back into our local communities to fund education innovation.

In 2015, 21 grants were successfully funded in our local communities equaling $1.1 million through the newly introduced GO! Program. The ECMC Group Board of Directors has approved $1 million for the 2016 GO! Program for a total of $2.1 million being invested through this program to improve long-term educational outcomes in our local communities. The 2016 program funded an additional 25 organizations in our local communities.


ORGANIZATION NAME SCOPE OF GRANT GRANT AMOUNT
Minnesota
Maplewood Middle School* Funds used to supplement language arts classroom libraries, enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) programs; upgrade technology by providing new devices and learning experiences for greater access to educational resources. $50,000
Neighborhood House* Hire staff to support College Access Program. $50,000
PACER Center* Fund STEM camp and workshops $35,000
Avenues for Homeless Youth Employ an education support specialist for homeless youth. $28,750
People Incorporated Support for the Children's and Family Services, especially the School-Linked Mental Health Services Program, which helps youth access the help they need to improve their overall outcomes. $28,700
Minds Matter* Fund summer enrichment programs. $25,000
People Serving People Support for the programmatic expenses (skilled teachers, educational materials, supplies, etc.) needed to run their on-site, licensed Early Childhood Development Program that will support 20 children. $20,700
The Lift Provide additional staff and intern hours enabling The Lift to continue to develop young leaders. $20,700
Children's Castle Theatre Provide funding for participation fee scholarships (for financially underprivileged youth), comp ticket programs (for local youth organizations) and the recruiting of highly qualified music directors. $16,100
California
Mills Middle School* Provide an opportunity for students to learn in an integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Academy that engages and motivates students to excel beyond the state-adopted common core curriculum. $50,000
K9 Studios Bring professionals into the classroom. They will help prepare highly skilled individuals to enter the high-demand digital arts and media professions by enhancing and strengthening the pipeline that connects high school to postsecondary education and career opportunities. $38,250
Sierra Forever Families Match 15 children in foster care with a mentor for one year. $38,250
Green Tech Education Fund a 12-week Pre-Apprentice Construction Skills course in Fall 2016 for youth ages 16-19 residing in the Sacramento area. $33,750
About Kidz Launch a local education center for underprivileged children. $31,500
Mount of Olives - Kid City Complete the theater floor and purchase equipment necessary to move forward with creative arts programming for the children. $31,500
BTE Academy Fund a more hands-on approach to learning by purchasing additional industry-specific tools and the necessary materials for the student projects. $27,000
Cristo Rey High School Sponsor student(s) in the nonprofit of ECMC's choice through their work-study program, providing an opportunity for organizations that need the administrative support, but may not have the funding to mentor a student. Also, an opportunity for the student to receive valuable, hands-on work experience. $24,750
New York
Friendship Free Library Fund a "Maker, Space and Robotics Laboratory" and additional supplies to expand the LEGO Club focus to include STEM activities. In addition, provide resources for graphic design and animation technology. This program would service students from grades 2-12. $50,000
Genesee Center for the Arts and Education Support 30 students for one year in the Studio 678 program, which uses art enrichment in support of academic achievement for the students. $50,000
Indiana
4PAWS for Ability Funds will go toward fundraising efforts for nine autistic children to purchase their own service dog. $50,000
Boys II Men Inc. Provide our Lifetimers and Cadets a leadership/Spanish emersion mission trip to Nicaragua, where they can see the importance of their education, utilize their second language, learn about/experience another culture, and give out of their abundance to a nation that has very little. $50,000
Dayspring Center Provide programming and facilities for more than 400 homeless children. $48,500
Girls, Inc. Provide Smart College and Career Planning programs to girls in the greater Indianapolis area. $38,500
Blossom Program Implement the Blossom Program—a program for youth to learn more about themselves and establish positive self-esteem and set attainable life goalsâ€"in new low-income locations. $21,000
Center for Leadership Funding will be utilized to accommodate the increased demand for programs and services such as purchasing supplies, technology services and upgrades, payroll subsidies, and facility rentals. $21,000
Butler University Enhance current programming to benefit students of all ages such as the K-12 The Bullying Awareness and Prevention eLearning Program or the first-year pharmacy "My First Patient" Program. $21,000
Tennessee
Nashville School of the Arts Fund short- and long-term facility upgrades, such as Kindle cart for the library, technology carts, interactive white boards, instruments, art supplies and performance wardrobes. $42,000
Dancing through the Curriculum Enhance programming to offer quality dance instruction at public schools with high percentages of disadvantaged youth. $28,000
Sister Cities of Nashville Enhance the Student Ambassador program to allow for more student participants. $17,000
W.O. Smith Music School Cover costs associated with the Resident Camp program, a weeklong summer music program for W.O. Smith students. $13,000

*Offered two-year commitment in 2015