Motorola Teams with After School Matters to Support Engineers of Tomorrow
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – 21 June 2006 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced its continuing support of math and science initiatives with a grant from the Motorola Foundation to After School Matters. After School Matters is a non-profit organization that provides Chicago teens enriching out-of-school activities and apprenticeships by partnering with the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Public Library, Chicago Park District, and other Community-Based Organizations throughout the city.
“Science is an important part of preparing Chicago’s teens for the future,” said Maggie Daley, Chair of After School Matters. “With Motorola’s support, we are expanding our programming in exciting new directions and fostering the scientists, engineers, and innovators of tomorrow.”
Motorola’s grant will be used to establish several Robotics Clubs in after school and summer programs for underserved inner-city students. Clubs will range from basic levels providing hands-on robotics training to upper level clubs offering robotics competitions and possible internships at local technology companies, including Motorola.
“Our involvement with After School Matters is a great way for Motorola to revitalize the communities in which we do business,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. “These opportunities will provide Chicago teens a chance to form relationships with adults and peers in their neighborhoods while motivating them to pursue careers in math and science.”
After School Matters Executive Director David Sinski explains, “Every young Chicagoan has the potential to become a pioneer in robotics or engineering or even the CEO of their own technology company. By partnering with Motorola, we are helping teens realize those aspirations and gain marketable job skills that have value in Chicago’s growing science and technology industries.”
Motorola also provides support to other technology programs, such as the FIRST Robotics and FIRST Lego Leagues, two organizations which stress teamwork among young people while celebrating math and science.
About Motorola Foundation
For more information on Motorola Corporate and Foundation giving, please visit: www.motorola.com/giving. With over 68,000 employees globally, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities in which it operates around the world. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation, and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Foundation has as its funding focus, education, community, and environmental issues.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering “must have” products, “must do” experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.8 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit www.motorola.com.
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