Xcel Energy supports Education Programs & STEM provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
The board and staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota are pleased to announce that Xcel Energy has approved a grant to the organization in the amount of $15,000 to fund Academic Success programs and STEM programming. The grant was made through the Education focus area for Xcel Energy’s corporate giving, part of the company’s effort to support nonprofit agencies providing services in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy.
“This grant will enable staff to better support the academic needs of youth, using hands-on experiences and skills building through STEM-based projects,” said Deb Nebosis, Vice President of Development for the Boys & Girls Club. “Increasing access to science, technology, engineering and math through fun and engaging activities enables young people to think deeply, solve critical problems and become innovators themselves.”
According to the Afterschool Alliance, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential for navigating the modern world and competing in the 21st century job market.
By offering hands-on, project-based learning that makes the STEM fields come alive for youth, before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs are: inspiring and engaging kids in these fields, building necessary skills and proficiency, inspiring them to pursue majors and careers in STEM fields.
This is the 21st year that Xcel Energy has supported education programs provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. Xcel Energy has given more than $240,000 to the Boys & Girls Club since 1993.
“We are so thankful for Xcel Energy’s ongoing generosity to the Boys & Girls Club,” said Nebosis. “Over the years, their support has enabled thousands of children to achieve academic success and make plans beyond high school graduation.”
For more information about the important education programs provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota, please visit our website: www.bgcmn.org or call us at 320-252-7616.
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: STEM education; workforce development; environmental stewardship; and access to arts and culture.
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