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APS Foundation helps train STEM teachers

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each for America-Phoenix received a $25,000 grant from the APS Foundation that will directly support teachers leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classrooms in communities across Phoenix. A lack of access to STEM education in Arizona and across the nation is leaving too many young people unprepared for a growing STEM job market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, an estimated 8.3 million STEM jobs are currently available and that number is expected to increase by 17 percent by 2024. Funds from APS will benefit classrooms in the West Valley, at Agua Fria and Copper Canyon high schools, as well as classrooms at Mesa High School and Pueblo del Sol Elementary School in central Phoenix. Teach For America (TFA) has used this APS

grant to recruit, train and support two firstyear teachers and three second-year teachers, known as TFA corps members. Each corps member participates in a five-week summer training program to prepare them to be in the classroom and receives one-on-one coaching throughout the school year. Matthew Nelson, a Mesa High School math teacher, is one of the TFA corps members benefiting from APS’s support. Nelson explains that the APS partnership with Teach For America provides not only needed resources, but also the knowledge that he and other teachers are being supported by the broader community. “By supporting STEM classrooms like mine, APS exemplifies how we can expand possibilities for students and work together to improve education in Arizona,” Nelson said.

COMPANIES THAT GIVE Abrazo Community Health Network: Three Abrazo hospitals

provided free meals to veterans in celebration of Veterans Day. “Abrazo Community Health Network is proud to continue our Veterans Day tradition to honor those who have bravely served our country,’’ said Frank Molinaro, Abrazo Community Health Network Market’s CEO.

Christopher Todd Communities: The multifamily

developer created a nonprofit called A New Lease on Life to give those in need a hand up. The first outreach saw a veteran receive three-year rent-assistance at each of the first two Christopher Todd single-family rental home communities.

Four Peaks Brewing Co.: The

seventh annual Four Peaks 4 Teachers campaign provided 3,000 teachers with boxes filled with school supplies. In its first year as a statewide campaign, Four Peaks 4 Teachers saw increases in the number of volunteers, money raised and school supply boxes distributed.

Greenberg Traurig: Members

of the Phoenix office pledged to help create 50 pairs of shoes using donated denim. Greenberg Traurig volunteers spent time cutting denim that can be crafted into shoes for Solo Hope. The materials are shipped to Uganda, where they are given to children in need.

Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Avondale: With help from Safe Kids

Maricopa County, the dealership’s “Keys to Car Seat Safety” event checks, adjusts and distributes car seats for families in need. The dealership also donated $10,000 to buy new car seats for future events. 20 | AzBusiness Angels

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