IBM awards $10,000 grant to DREAM mentoring program

first_imgGlobalFoundries,IBM has awarded the DREAM mentoring program a $10,000 Catalyst Grant to develop an environmental education program using the organization’s 50-acre property bordering the Metcalf Pond in Fletcher Vermont.IBM is awarding Catalyst Grants in recognition of its 100th anniversary. The grants support IBM employees applying their professional skills to volunteer projects with schools or community organizations, or that demonstrate a connection to a local, sustainable issue. IBM is awarding 100 Catalyst Grants of $10,000 worldwide in 2011.The DREAM program (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventuring and Mentoring), matches college student mentors with students from affordable housing communities.  DREAM, with central offices in Winooski, VT, uses a community mentoring approach it calls ‘Village Mentoring,’ which empowers a group of college student mentors to engage both individual students and the entire community of children and families. This project supports DREAM’s goal of building a sense of caring for community, environment and self for the children they serve through the use of unique outdoor experiences, summer and winter camps, trips and community events.  The IBM grant will enable DREAM staff and IBM volunteers to create a new environmental curriculum at DREAM’s facility in Fletcher, Vermont. The goal is the development of a ‘hands on’ curriculum to teach the students about the watershed, its associated water cycle, and impacts on the quality of the water system. Designated areas and signage will help educate the students about brooks, marshes, vernal pools and the pond, and key water resources on the property will be sampled and interpreted by the students.To develop the program, DREAM staff and IBM volunteers will create a global positioning system (GPS) map of the property. Volunteers will identify key areas and install interpretive signs. The program will incorporate components of an IBM-designed student activity kit called “Clean Water Difference’ which discusses the importance of watersheds and the environmental, societal, and economic tradeoffs faced when making decisions that affect water quality and quantity.The IBM grant also will help DREAM redesign its web site and create a web page that will provide access to the environmental curriculum and allow students to upload the water quality data they gather as part of the program.In recognition of its 100th anniversary IBM is providing $12 million in grants worldwide during 2011 to schools and not-for-profit organizations where IBMers volunteer, including the IBM Catalyst grants. In addition to the Catalyst Grant to the DREAM program, in July IBM announced a $100,000 IBM Centennial Grant for an energy efficiency initiative to help HowardCenter and Vermont Technical College reduce their energy use by at least 5 percent annually. That grant is one of eleven IBM Centennial Grants awarded by IBM to projects around the world ‘ one of only two in the U.S.About DREAM:  for more information about DREAM, please visit http://www.dreamprogram.org/index.htm(link is external)About IBM:  For more information about IBM’s Centennial, please visit http://www.ibm100.com(link is external) BURLINGTON, VT, September 7, 2011 ‘ IBMlast_img

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