Opportunities Through Learning
Georgia Power provided more than $1.4M in scholarships to 95 schools in 2017.
World-class STEM training at Ron Clark Academy
Georgia Power and the world-renowned Ron Clark Academy (RCA) in Atlanta continue to provide new skills and training for Georgia educators through the annual PowerED Fellows program. PowerED Fellows receive a three-day professional developmental experience at the Ron Clark Academy focused on implementing STEM activities, promoting academic rigor and creating a climate and culture that promotes success in the classroom. Since the beginning of this partnership over four years ago, nearly 300 fellows from more than 85 Georgia schools have completed the training.
In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Ron Clark Academy in November 2017, the Georgia Power Foundation announced its continued commitment to the program. The renewed partnership includes an additional $500,000 in funding for the PowerED Fellows program over the next three years and $250,000 funding towards the academy's capital campaign to extend its facility with a performing arts center and additional space for more teachers to participate in world-class training programs.
Empowering young men through mentorship
For more than 30 years, 100 Black Men of Atlanta (BMOA) has dedicated itself to empowering young people from underserved communities to gain educational and career opportunities.
According to board chairman Larry Johnson, “The 217-member 100 BMOA, including several Georgia Power employees, are part of a national organization of influential men who are personally committed to mentoring, tutoring, coaching, counseling and financially contributing to youth in Atlanta.”
Through the organization’s flagship program – Project Success – underserved youth from Atlanta Public Schools who are firstgeneration college students, participate in a multi-year program that includes mentoring and education support services. All Project Success students who graduate from high school receive tuition-assistance scholarships.
Since 2006, Georgia Power has sponsored the organizations’ 100 Scholars Robotics Alliance that is designed to inspire students’ interest in STEM fields.
Bridging the summer learning gap with Atlanta students
Horizons Atlanta is striving to close the opportunity gap for kindergarten through eighth-grade students through high-quality academics in an engaging summer learning environment. In addition to focusing on reading and STEM, and participating in the arts, college and career exploration, and field trips, students also learn to swim.
“We believe that every child in Atlanta – regardless of where they live – should have the same chance at making a positive impact on his or her community,” said Mary-Kate Starkel, associate director. During the six-week summer learning program, Horizons provides tuition-free programs to public school students in need and partners with various local independent schools, colleges and universities to host the programs all across Atlanta.
Georgia Power has supported Horizons Atlanta with student programming, board leadership and volunteer readers.
Creating an engaging classroom with new teacher assistance grants
Every teacher has the desire to create an engaging learning environment in a well-resourced classroom. Stocking a classroom with supplies can be a daunting and expensive proposition, especially for first-year teachers. That’s why Georgia Power is committed to making it a little easier.
In partnership with the University System of Georgia, Georgia Power has given a total of $445,000 to 445 new teachers over the last 14 years. Outstanding teaching graduates - heading to public school classrooms in Georgia - are nominated by each of Georgia’s 21 public colleges and universities with a College of Education.
They receive $1,000 grants for classroom supplies, materials and equipment. In 2017, 45 new teachers representing a broad range of school districts, grade levels and curriculum areas in the state received these grants.
Education at every stage of life
For almost 50 years, Literacy Action has been a grassroots driver of free adult learning services to advance adults toward employment, better wages and post-secondary education. With one in six adults (about 800,000) in Atlanta at low literate reading levels, the organization is striving to ensure adults receive the education that will enable them to pursue their goals and improve their lives.
“Once you learn how to read, you can teach yourself to do so many things,” said Lauren Lambiase, a Georgia Power employee and Literacy Action board member. “Reading empowers individuals to improve their lives.”
To help adults learn to read, Literacy Action offers more than 175 free classes, including adult basic education, English as a Second Language, and conversation in three 15-week semesters, according to Kerry McCardle, executive director. More than 2,000 adults participate annually in various levels of reading and writing, mathematics, computer training and GED preparatory classes. Georgia Power is proud to provide volunteer support for these classes.