Richmond’s own Cadence Theatre Company received a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation and the funds will go towards supporting some of RVA’s most at-risk youth improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
The folks at Cadence plan to put the new income towards supporting their Stage Write program, a project that helps Richmond City High School and Middle School students learn skills in student leadership and workforce readiness.
The Stage Write program, established in 2014, teaches students to express themselves by writing and performing stories that are relevant to their lives and the struggles they face, with the ultimate goal of preparing them to be productive adults. The program teaches them life skills that are necessary in the workforce, such as maintaining eye contact, confident posture, using appropriate diction, and identifying their strengths and weaknesses.
“Our goal is to give the students the confidence and life skills they need to be of greatest value to their community at large and UPS Freight’s volunteers have been instrumental in our continued growth and success,” said Laine Satterfield, Stage Write’s Program Director. “We eagerly look forward to next month’s program.”
The UPS Foundation, according to its website, “aims to make the world a safer place by using our company’s logistics expertise and training to teach safety practices in the local and global communities we serve.”
According to the Cadence Theatre Company’s press release, UPS and its employees, both active and retired, donated over $110 million in charity around the world in just 2015 alone.
“The UPS foundation is honored to support Cadence Theatre Company’s efforts to inspire and transform their community,” said Eduardo Martinez, chief diversity inclusion officer at UPS and president of the UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
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