Today, Cox Communications awarded $145,000 total in grants to 15 non-profit organizations in Virginia through the Cox Charities grants program. Cox Charities provides funding to non-profit groups that support youth, education and technology within Cox Virginia communities. The grants presented today are part of the more than $8.5 million Cox contributes annually through cash and in-kind support to the communities where they do business. The organizations selected to receive Cox Charities grants are:
Phoebus High School was awarded a $10,000 grant for the Mission STEM-POSSIBLE Program, which seeks to increase the number of girls and minorities in middle and high school STEM courses and career development programs. Funds will specifically support the Phoebus FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2028. This program provides high school students as mentors to middle school minority girls in context of robotics, applied STEM and competition preparation for FIRST Lego League robotics.
The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the Transition to Work program, which helps high school students with disabilities successfully transition from special education programs to employment.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the Youth of the Year program, which provides recognition, leadership and character development and educational and career opportunities.
The Up Center received a $10,000 grant to fund activities and programs in support of fulling their mission. The Up Center strives to improve the lives of children living in primarily single-parent families and youth in foster care by matching them with an adult mentor who can provide a stable and positive influence.
YWCA South Hampton received a $10,000 grant for the YWCA KIDS Before and After School Program in the City of Norfolk. This program, serving primarily children ages 4-12, integrates academic enrichment programming to help improve grades in English and math and promotion to the next grade level.
Chesapeake Health Investment Program was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the Parents as Teachers program, which provides information, support and encouragement to parents to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
Young Audiences of Virginia has received a $10,000 grant to fund their Curriculum Plus program. Curriculum Plus exposes students, regardless of their economic resources, to the disciplines of music, dance, theater, story-telling, visual and literary arts through a variety of innovative Core Curriculum, Literacy and STEM-based programming.
FACTES, Cares enriches the lives of children affected by poverty, with high-quality after-school enrichment and education programs. This organization was awarded $10,000 to support programming focused on tutoring, mentoring and building positive social peer groups, which lead to success in school, encourage healthy attitudes and behaviors and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.