Through its Sprint Local Giving Program, the Sprint Foundation dials into programs that provide afterschool enrichment, high quality mentorship, and future opportunities for youth—so long as those youth live in the Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth, Denver, or New York City areas (all fairly generously defined; see below).
Because this is Sprint, its support of youth development programs have a technology and STEM education bent. In fact, the Sprint Local Giving Program is actually about STEM education and technology access, and Sprint gives grants to community-based programs (not schools) that use this STEM education and technology to further its work in one of three youth-centric areas: Youth Development, the Environment, and Arts and Culture.
Consider this an exciting opportunity to enhance your youth development program with an engaging curriculum and technological devices. Also consider this an exciting opportunity to partake in some healthy competition, because the Sprint Local Giving Program only gives out three grants per year in each of these city-regions, a first place ($25,000), second place ($15,000) and third place ($10,000) prize.
Recent winners working the youth development realm include Big Brothers-Big Sisters programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts chapters, and Junior Achievement affiliates, but they also include a substantial number of local-based programs that operate without any national branding or oversight. Some of these recent grantees include:
- Youth Biz (Denver): $15,000 for its Youth Entrepreneur Training Program;
- Police Athletic League NYC: $25,000 for its STEM enrichment afterschool classes and field trips;
- HealthMPowers (Norcross, GA): $15,000 for its Student Health Advocate Program;
- Communities in Schools Dallas Region: $25,000 for its Learning Lab for Student Success.
The nitty gritty on Sprint's definition of these city areas:
Atlanta includes Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale Counties.
Dallas/Fort Worth includes Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties.
Denver includes Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
New York City Metro includes the New York counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, as well as the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.
The Sprint Local Giving Program an open, online application process. Proposals are due mid-June and decisions are made by the end of the calendar year.