The Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has received a $6,000 donation from AT&T to fund an innovative new program for their Out of School Time students called Designing Minds.
The Designing Minds program builds on successes in integrating science, math, and art into the Afterschool and Summer Camp curriculum. Children in grades K-5 will learn to problem solve in a fun and interactive way under the guidance of trained high school mentors seeking leadership development opportunities. Teen mentors have been recruited from previous program participants, from Rogers High School and from the MET School. The program also benefits the teen mentors, as they develop leadership skills while also gaining valuable job skills and experience.
According to Executive Director, Marilyn Warren, the teens and children love the workshops. “The Designing Minds program helps the children develop creative and critical thinking skills through collaboration and imagination. Each group works together to solve a key problem. The teen mentors gain experience of workforce readiness. We are very grateful to AT&T for funding this new program.”
President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D — Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) said, “AT&T has long been a good corporate citizen, and our community truly appreciates their continued generosity. I am grateful to both AT&T and the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center, which offers programs and services for over 1,000 families in the Newport area. This donation will help engage students in science and mathematics, while fostering leadership skills for mentors in the Newport community.”
“We are pleased to support the important work of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center,” said Patricia Jacobs, President of AT&T in New England. “The Designing Minds program is particularly exciting as it focuses on making science and math exciting and interesting for our kids, something AT&T believes is vital for our nation’s future.”