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Techbridge Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant
OAKLAND, CA, Sept. 4, 2013 – Techbridge, today announced it has received $30,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, Techbridge will provide year-long, after-school programs that offer innovative, hands-on activities and career exploration in science, technology and engineering to 120 underserved girls in San Jose, California as well as professional development for teachers at four participating schools.
Since 2007, Innovation Generation grants has provided $3.4 million in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs, supporting more than 400 school, museum and nonprofit programs across the United States and Canada. The Innovation Generation program awards funds to organizations such as Techbridge that foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students – especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
Techbridge Executive Director, Linda Kekelis, reflected, “We’ve seen the impact of our program on girls and look forward to continuing to bring the wonders of STEM to girls in San Jose. We are grateful to the Motorola Solutions Foundation for partnering with us and supporting our mission to expand the options for girls.”
“We are so honored to partner with organizations like Techbridge who are helping to create the world’s future innovators and technology professionals,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, Motorola Solutions could not be more honored to support programs such as Techbridge.”
Innovation Generation is a part of Motorola Solutions’ larger commitment to engaging youth in STEM education. For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants programs, visit: http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community/ and for more information on Techbridge please visit www.techbridgegirls.org.
Techbridge is a non-profit organization that empowers girls to realize their dreams through science, technology and engineering. Techbridge offers after-school programs in 14 schools across three school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area serving more than 400 girls a year. Techbridge has reached another 15,000 girls through a national partnership with Girl Scout councils. Additionally, Techbridge has trained and supported more than 8,000 role models, teachers, and families to build a network of support for girls and share best practices and guidance for inspiring girls in STEM. For more information, visit www.techbridgegirls.org.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.