Walmart Foundation Awards $25,000 to City Year Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 3, 2016) – The Walmart Foundation provided $25,000 to City Year Tulsa through the foundation’s State Giving Program in order to support math interventions and tutoring.
City Year is an education focused, nonprofit that unites young AmeriCorps members from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year Tulsa reaches more than 4,000 students at eight partner schools: Eugene Field Elementary, Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary, Clinton Middle School, Will Rogers College Middle School, McLain Junior High, McLain Senior High and Webster Senior High.
"City Year Tulsa is honored to have been chosen by the Walmart Foundation to receive grant funds to support the work of our AmeriCorps members partnering with Tulsa Public Schools,” said Tom McKeon, executive director of City Year Tulsa. “Through these math sponsorship funds, our AmeriCorps members will provide coaching to help ease the math anxiety that students feel and reverse the effects of struggling to understand math concepts."
The grant will support teacher-directed math instruction during class time, and provide one-on-one and small-group tutoring for students who need extra help to be successful. Using research-based intervention strategies, AmeriCorps members deliver more than 15 hours of tutoring focused on building foundations of math skills and supporting grade-level curriculum. Intervention activities develop procedural mastery and conceptual understanding of focused skills and concepts.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation understand that organizations such as City Year Tulsa are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Rodney Walker, Walmart vice president and regional general manager. “We hope that residents in this area will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
In 2015, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation awarded $34,326,374 in cash and in-kind donations to Oklahoma charities, including 18,334,348 million pounds of food donated to local food banks, which is the equivalent of 15,278,623 million meals. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About City Year Tulsa
City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young AmeriCorps members from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. Established in 1988 as a Boston-based pilot program with 50 participants, City Year now annually engages over 3,000 corps members in 27 U.S. sites and two international affiliates. Locally, the City Year Tulsa site launched in 2013 serving in just two schools and has grown to 72 corps members, who will reach more than 4,000 students at eight partner schools in the 2016-2017 school year: Eugene Field Elementary, Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary, Clinton Middle School, Will Rogers College Middle School, McLain Junior High, McLain Senior High, and Webster Senior High. Visit https://www.cityyear.org/tulsa for more information.
About Walmart in Oklahoma
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. In Oklahoma we serve customers at 133 retail units and online through Walmart Grocery Pickup, Walmart.com and Jet.com. We are proud to employ 35,228 associates in Oklahoma. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $775.5 million with Oklahoma suppliers in FY16, which supported 22,604 supplier jobs. As part of our commitment to fight hunger, we give back to Oklahoma communities with $34.3 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits. Learn more at the Walmart Today blog, and our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram channels.
Development Director, City Year Tulsa