Georgia Power announced today a new education equity initiative in partnership with four Georgia school districts, designed to support impactful local programs in communities of color and facilitate holistic generational change. The program represents a $3 million investment that will address specific needs and opportunities identified by local school districts focused on improving career readiness and multigenerational economic stability. Watch the full video here.
The four districts that have been selected for the pilot program are Clayton County Public Schools (Atlanta), Dougherty County School System (Albany), Richmond County School System (Augusta) and Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. Enhancing education equity – spanning multiple areas such as early childhood, K-12, higher education and promoting equitable education policy – is one of Georgia Power’s social justice pillars, with the company committed to improving and strengthening education in underserved communities to help students of all ages build brighter futures.
“Education is the foundation upon which our state’s economy is built and, the stronger and more equitable we can make the experience for learners at every level, the higher the potential for every Georgian and every community,” said Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President, Region External Affairs for Georgia Power. “At Georgia Power, we’re focused on making investments that move the needle and generate opportunity for real, inclusive economic growth. We are excited to work with these school districts, and the hundreds of educators working tirelessly every day, to improve student and family educational outcomes through this innovative program.”
Georgia Power is collaborating with the individual school districts as they use the funds to create or further enhance impactful programs, with the goal of building programs that can be sustained through additional partner funding or community support. Additionally, the company will help to facilitate the exchange of best practices among the districts and manage the overall initiative, while the individual districts will select, implement and monitor programs in their areas and develop key performance indicators to track progress.
School districts participating in the new initiative were selected based on interviews with key influencers in the education space and on research on family poverty rates, unemployment, access to early learning, Kindergarten readiness, postsecondary preparedness and postsecondary attainment. Each district is developing plans to support early learners, birth to age 3, through literacy and wraparound services. Another top priority for the four districts is engaging parents in school activities and skills training. While plans are being finalized in advance of the 2022/2023 school year, programs are expected to include the following.
Georgia Power’s longstanding commitment to improving education and supporting the state’s educators includes workforce development programs, power plant tours, partnerships with various education nonprofits, and the company’s marquee Learning Power program. Since launch in 2011, Learning Power has partnered with educators to reach more than 900,000 students across the state of Georgia with hands-on, STEM-based energy and energy efficiency lessons at all grade levels, Pre-K through high school. Learn more at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Education.
Georgia Power, along with the Georgia Power Foundation, have committed to invest $87 million throughout 2021-2025 to continue advancing racial equity and social justice efforts in Georgia. This funding will support initiatives focused on education equity, criminal justice equity, economic empowerment and energy justice. The company’s investment is part of the overall commitment by Southern Company and its charitable foundations to invest a combined $225 million over five years to support these efforts. This financial commitment is a key component of Southern Company’s Moving to Racial Equity framework to help guide and further define its actions and commitments around racial equity work.