Brighter Minds

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Brighter Minds is Alabama Power’s and the Alabama Power Foundation’s education initiative to help prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need the join the workforce and to lead our state. Brighter Minds has three main focus areas through which it works to improve education in Alabama.

STEM & Workforce Development

 

Why STEM? 65% of those with STEM bachelor’s degrees earn more than those with non-STEM degrees.

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iCan

 

iCan is a program for middle school girls that encourages them to consider engineering as a future career. The program connects students with female engineers from Alabama Power and Southern Company so they have role models in the field. The program also incorporates STEM-based educational activities to help students get engaged and understand that STEM fields are challenging, but fun.

 

Brighter Minds is working to retool and rework iCan curriculum to include a virtual and online component so that every school in Alabama Power’s service territory can have unfettered access to the program.

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Brighter Minds Leadership Institute

 

Beginning in 2016, Brighter Minds will provide a summer leadership development opportunity to STEM, vocational and environmental teachers throughout the state, exposing them to community and industry leaders. At the end of the program, the teachers will receive a $1,000 grant to use in their classrooms.

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Go Build E-textbook

 

In partnership with Go Build, the Alabama Power Foundation helped develop a trade and vocational e-textbook to teach students what they need to do to become qualified in the trades.

 

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer.

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Conservation Education

 

Why conservation education? Improved environmental education has a proven link to greater math and science achievement.

Students to Stewards

 

We believe today’s students are tomorrow’s stewards. Because of that belief, the Students to Stewards grant program has been established to promote stewardship and conservation education across Alabama.

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Curriculum Grant

 

This fall, the Alabama Power Foundation will award 14 curriculum grants worth up to $1,000 each to classrooms and organizations teaching environmental conservation in schools across the state.

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Outdoor Classroom Grants

 

Students to Stewards also awards grants of up to $7,500 for outdoor classrooms. This year the foundation will award six grants to help schools build classrooms so students can participate in outdoor learning.

Coming soon...
Application available:

Aug. 24 – Oct. 16, 2015

Grants will be awarded in fall 2015.

Early Childhood Education

 

Why early education? Access to better early education is linked to higher language proficiency, higher math and reading scores and lower drop-out rates later in life.

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Supporting First Class Pre-K

 

Each year, we will support new First Class Pre-K classrooms by providing 10-20 grants aimed at helping furnish and provide essential materials for the learning environment.

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Summer Learning

 

Low-income students lose two to three months of reading and math comprehension when there is no academic summer program available, as compared to their middle- and high-income counterparts. We support quality summer learning programs for low-income students.

Power To Play

 

Why support high school extracurricular programs? Studies show that students involved in extracurricular experience academic and mental health benefits. Additionally, extracurricular participation increases the probability that an at-risk student will graduate.

 

Power to Play is an annual athletics and arts grant program for high schools across Alabama. Both grants aim to increase participation in their respective extracurricular programs. The grant program is limited to schools that are determined to have an overall financial need.  For purposes of this program, a school is determined to have a financial need if 50 percent or more of its full-time students receive free or reduced-price lunches.

 

Since 2014, Power to Play has awarded more than $175,000 through 70 grants to support high school athletics programs. Power to Play’s arts grants are new to the program this year. The 2016 Power To Play grant program will begin accepting applications on Sept. 19.

Power To Play Arts Grants

 

Arts grants can be used to increase participation for an existing fine or performing arts program, offer a new arts program or enhance or upgrade supplies or equipment.

Up to 18 arts grants will be awarded in 2016.

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Power to Play Athletics Grants

 

Athletics grants can be used to offer a new sport, offer a new team in an existing sport or increase the number of students carried on the roster of an existing team.

Up to 18 athletics grants will be awarded in 2016.

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POWER TO PLAY ARTS AND ATHLETICS GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE:

Sept. 19 – Oct. 28, 2016

Grants recipients will be announced in December.

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  • Alabama Power Foundation announces Students to Stewards grant recipients

    Sixteen schools and nonprofit organizations across the state will receive conservation education grants through the Alabama Power Foundation’s Students to Stewards program. Students to Stewards provides support for dynamic stewardship, conservation education and outdoor classrooms. This year’s Students to Stewards grants total nearly $60,000 and will help bring......

  • New outdoor classroom benefiting Brookwood High agricultural students

    By Donna Cope, Alabama NewsCenter With a population of 321 million, the U.S. has a “whole lotta hungry people” to feed. One solution to the tremendous need, Jennifer Crutchfield believes, lies in sustainability and ensuring there are commodities to feed the nation. That’s why this......

  • Alabama Power Foundation accepting Students to Stewards grant applications

    The Alabama Power Foundation will accept applications through Oct. 16 for its annual grant program, Students to Stewards. The program, part of Alabama Power’s Brighter Minds education initiative, will invest nearly $60,000 this year in conservation and stewardship education. Grants will be awarded in two categories: Curriculum: 14......