(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is proud to announce that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Best Buy Children's Foundation in support of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces (MDPROS) Teen Tech Town at Gwen Cherry Park. The Best Buy Children's Foundation focuses its grant-making on issues that help youth excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop life and leadership skills.
The Best Buy Children's Foundation's $10,000 grant allows Miami-Dade Parks to purchase eight desktop computers, two high volume business printers and accessories including, headphones and cable. The goal of the program is to assist at-risk teens in recognizing and understanding the importance of usage and knowledge of computer technology in today's world. The program will provide students with skills in online research, social media, Microsoft Windows Suite, and the opportunity to take practice tests and increase their knowledge for the SAT and ACT college entrance exams and the FCAT.
Teen Tech Town, held at the NFL Youth Education Town (YET) at Gwen Cherry Park, Miami, helps serve children that are predominantly from disadvantaged minority neighborhoods, low income households and at-risk teens between the ages of 13 and 18. These teens have poor, infrequent or sporadic access to computer technology and are in need of technical assistance in order to excel in school and develop the skills they need to advance and become competitive in the 21st century. It links schools and community sources to help students finish school and prepare for life.
"We are honored to have been selected by the Best Buy Children's Foundation for this award," said Alison Diego, Director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks. "Thanks to this award, the program at Gwen Cherry Park will continue to succeed by replacing aging computers with the latest in technology and software."
About Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For more information visit Miami-Dade Parks or call 3-1-1.
About The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that supports the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's effort to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.
About The Best Buy Children's Foundation
The Best Buy Children's Foundation was established in 1994 to help improve the quality of life of school-age children in communities where Best Buy stores are located. The BBCF provides financial support to programs and organizations that offer kids opportunities in the areas of leadership, mentoring and education. Since its inception, the BBCF had given away more than $3 million to hundreds of youth programs.