PROVIDENCE – Citizens Bank and WJAR-TV NBC 10 named the Center for Dynamic Learning the first 2014 Champion in Action in the category of youth programming.
The designation comes with a $35,000 unrestricted grant from the Citizens Charitable Foundation, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its work on behalf of Rhode Island’s young people.
The Center for Dynamic Learning provides two programs – one held during school and one after school – that focus on experiential learning in the arts and sciences. The programs are designed to address young people’s needs in the areas of academic enrichment, social and emotional development, and career readiness.
The grant will be used to provide equipment for the center’s SLIDE (science, learning, and industrial design engineering) fabrication laboratory and laptops for program participants. In addition, the center’s Traveling Theatre will be able to replace lighting and sound equipment to ensure a high-quality experience for students.
“Since 2003, CDL has made the arts and sciences accessible for urban youth through its creative and engaging approach to education,” said Barbara Cottam, RBS Citizens executive vice president and head of corporate affairs. “CDL has integrated creativity, literacy, problem-solving and cooperative learning skills while equipping students with hands-on, real-world experiences. CDL is very deserving of this recognition for all they do to provide a meaningful career path to young people.”
Champions in Action is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. It provides support for small nonprofit organizations to recognize their contributions to communities throughout Rhode Island. To date, the program has awarded 43 Rhode Island nonprofits more than $1 million in grants and promotional support.
“NBC 10 is proud to recognize the Center for Dynamic Learning for stimulating creative hands-on exploration and developing imaginative energy among our youth,” said NBC 10 Vice President and General Manager Vic Vetters. “Its unique combination of innovative theater arts and science programs has provided young people with opportunities to become practicing professionals and experience real-world learning.”
As a Champion in Action, some of the promotional support that will accompany the grant includes:
media coverage from NBC 10, including public service announcements and television profiles over the course of six months; volunteer support from Citizens and NBC 10 colleagues; extensive public relations support; support highlighting the Champion in Action on all Citizens Bank branch DCN screens and ATMs; and exposure on both Citizens Bank and NBC 10 websites.
“For the past 10 years our dedicated team has worked to inspire children to explore and create a path to a brighter future,” said Beth Cunha, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Dynamic Learning. “I am immensely grateful to be honored as a Champion in Action and for Citizens’ and NBC10’s investment in the future of the center and our youth.”
Applications for the second 2014 Champions in Action award in the strengthening communities through family support category are due by 5 p.m. on March 7. The winner will be announced in July. Eligible nonprofits can apply online at www. citizensbank.com.