Bank Rhode Island recently announced that it has awarded a $5,000 grant to Breakthrough Providence. The organization, formerly known as Providence Summerbridge, helps to provide pathways to college for low-income, academically motivated middle-school students in Providence public schools and also encourages high school and college students to pursue careers in education.
The BankRI funds will aid Summerbridgeâ€™s Teacher Training Program, which provides leadership development and preprofessional programs for students ages 16 to 22. About 60 of the programâ€™s participants will be hired during the academic year to serve as teachers and tutors.
â€śBankRI is proud to support Breakthrough Providence and their innovative educational programs serving middle school, high school and college students,â€ť said Mark Meiklejohn, president and CEO of BankRI. â€śThe workforce development opportunities provided to local youth offer invaluable training by seasoned professional educators in both theoretical and practical teaching methodologies.â€ť