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Skills 21 Announced as NBC Connecticut "Project Innovation" 2018 Winner

April 9th, 2018

WEST HARTFORD, CT – (April 10, 2018) –NBC Connecticut/WVIT, Telemundo Connecticut and the NBCUniversal Foundation today announced that six local non-profit organizations will receive a total of $225,000 in grants as part of the first annual Project Innovation grant challenge. The winning organizations were selected by the stations for their outstanding programs that leverage technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM/STEAM youth programming.

“NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are proud to be a conduit for innovative thinking as it relates to our communities,” said Susan Tully, General Manager and President, NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut. “The community’s gain is a gain for all of us. When a program empowers, engages and supports someone who needs help, we all win.”

Project Innovation is presented by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in 11 markets, including Connecticut launched the new grant challenge in January 2018 to identify local organizations that embrace technology and innovation to develop real-life solutions for their communities. The stations located in each of the participating regions created community panels to review the grant applications and select final grant recipients. This year, more than $2.4 million will be awarded to not-for-profit organizations all across the country that are doing their part to transform their communities by providing solutions to real-life problems through tech-based approaches. 

Local Project Innovation 2018 grant recipients include: 
Children’s Museum, West Hartford www.thechildrensmuseumct.org – $75,000
Early STEAM After School Program delivers STEAM education to children, with an emphasis on low-income children.
CT Public Broadcasting, Hartford www.ctpublic.org – $25,000
Veterans Vocational Training Program utilizes advanced digital and technology skills training and workforce development.

EdAdvance, Litchfield www.edadvance.org– $50,000
Enhancing Youth STEM through Digital Media Arts engages at-risk middle schoolers in a STEM after-school program.

Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), New Haven www.leapforkids.org – $35,000
Learning to Code Program provides hands-on technology focused STEM opportunities for underserved youth.

New Britain Youth Theater, New Britain www.nbyt.org– $30,000
Technical Theater Education Program will introduce new technologies and equipment training to teenagers.

West Haven Child Development Center, West Haven www.whcdc.info – $10,000
Leveraging Technology in Early Education through in-class online trainings for early childcare providers.

Winners were selected in the following three categories: Igniting Civic Engagement, Skills for the Digital Economy, STEM/STEAM Youth Programming. To see the list of all Project Innovation 2018 winners, visit nbcuniversal.com.

About NBC Connecticut
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Connecticut / WVIT serves its audience with local news and weather information across multiple platforms, including more than 40 hours of newscasts each week on WVIT and online at NBCConnecticut.com. The station is Connecticut’s leader with Facebook and Instagram followers and provides mobile users on-the-go breaking news updates and weather information through a customized application. NBC Connecticut’s commitment to excellence in journalism has been recognized with numerous Emmy Awards, and the prestigious Peabody Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

About Telemundo Connecticut
Telemundo Connecticut / WRDM is Telemundo’s local owned television serving Spanish-language viewers in Hartford, New Haven and Springfield, Connecticut. The station delivers its audiences 10 hours of local news as well as Telemundo network’s world-class programming across all platforms. Telemundo Connecticut features Noticiero Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra, the only local Spanish-language weekday newscast that delivers live, local news, real-time weather forecasts, as well as consumer reports and sports information. WRDM is co-located with NBC Connecticut / WVIT in West Hartford. Telemundo Connecticut’s information can be accessed online at TelemundoNuevaInglaterra.com, through the “Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra” mobile app, the station’s social media channels and on local over-the-air channels 19.1 in Hartford and 50.1 in Springfield, Frontier/AT&T channel 13, Cox channel 20, Altice/Optimum/Cablevision channel 16, and Comcast HD channel 1051. 

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