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$50,000 will be donated to selected Youth Education Programs in Michigan and Wisconsin

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN(December 13, 2012) – On November 27, 2012, The Greg Jennings Foundation announced the recipients of the “Be Great After School” program grants as part of their “Be Great” Youth Initiative. Nine (9) diverse organizations in Wisconsin and Michigan will receive a total of $50,000 in funding to support specific youth education projects.

The goal of the “Be Great” Youth Initiative is to identify and partner with effective organizations that empower and inspire children to fulfill their potential. The “Be Great After School” Program grants were awarded to groups in Wisconsin and Michigan that work with K-12 students in the areas of academic achievement, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and college readiness.

Green Bay Packers Star Wide Receiver Greg Jennings said “I would like to personally congratulate all of the recipients on behalf of my foundation. I am glad we are able to support organizations that will offer quality educational services for youth in Wisconsin and my hometown Kalamazoo, Michigan.” Mr. Jennings and his wife, Nicole Jennings, are dedicated to helping children in underserved communities dream big and exceed their own expectations.

Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, Dora Zñiga, notes “We are thrilled to be one of the recipients of the “Be Great After School” Program. The Greg Jennings Foundation has increased our capacity to proactively drive and measure the success of children in our program both in and out of school. We have already begun measuring specific outcomes around our Littles’ attendance at school, behavior in school and academic achievement. Building strong children first requires that we understand the barriers that impact performance in school and then develop strong partnerships between mentors, teachers, parents and the school district to address those challenges. ABC’s of Success is building a framework for partnership that will empower all children in Dane County to be great!”

Director of The Greg Jennings Foundation, Gretta Terrentine, added “Our committee reviewed all of the outstanding applications and we selected programs that we believe will truly make a difference in the lives of children. These grants are made possible because The Greg Jennings Foundation’s community partners share our belief that with proper support all children can BE GREAT.”

Here is some highlighted information about the organizations selected:


Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dane County - ABCs of Success
ABC’s of Success ensures kids graduate through collection and assessment of Attendance, Behavior and Classwork Data. ABC’s project will be implemented at 3 schools.

Above the Clouds - Above The Clouds Arts Program
Serve 500+ students from central city Milwaukee and surrounding areas with quality, fine-arts education free of charge in eight (8) locations. Enhance self-esteem, provide discipline, help with problem solving, motivate students to think and learn as well as produce leadership skills in underserved communities.

Urban Day School - Boys & Girls Club After-School Program
200 students, 100 at each of two (2) campuses will receive after school support. The goal of this program is to increase reading and math performance and increase school based parental involvement.


Big Brothers and Big Sisters, A Community of Caring - High School Bigs
Currently serves approximately 1,250 youth annually ages 6 – 17 in a five county region. BBBS hopes to serve 100 students this year through this mentoring program by recruiting high school students to be interviewed, screened and then intentionally matched with 1st through 4th graders in the same school district.

Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo - KCHS After-School Program
The mission of CIS of Kalamazoo is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Their vision is an engaged community where every child fulfills his or her promise. The supported program is an after school program at a local Kalamazoo high school for 25 freshman students, 4 days per week, 2 hours per day for students with at least one risk factor, such as attendance or academics.

Kalamazoo Junior Girls Organization- Pathway to Success After-School Program
KJGO’s mission is to “inspire girls to be self-reliant women one generation at a time.” Membership ranges from 45-60 girls a year and has served over 2,000 girls since 1986 when it opened.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra - Kalamazoo Kids In Tune
Innovative after-school music and youth development program patterned after the EL Sistema model, in a unique partnership with Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Ujima - Ujima Sasa!
Ujima works with children and families who are at-risk of school failure and vulnerable to participating in anti-social behavior. The program provides individualized plans for counseling, life skills and educational support for each student in the program.

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo - Prime Time After-School Program
This project will provide for opening a new KPS site for the YMCA’s PRIMETIME before-and after-school program. Currently the Y serves 240 children from 15 elementary schools in Kalamazoo.


About The Greg Jennings Foundation:

The Greg Jennings Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code founded to positively impact youth through investments within the greater Kalamazoo and Wisconsin communities. The Greg Jennings Foundation partners with organizations in educating youth by providing the necessary resources in order for them to reach their academic potential.


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Media Contact:
Ashley Smith


About Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County served more than 800 children in 2010 byproviding a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate, or volunteer at or call (608) 661-5437.

Media Contact:
Dora E. Zúñiga


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