The G-Unity Foundation, Inc. Announce Grants
September 29, 2005 – Recording artists Curtis Jackson and David Brown announced today two new grants that will be distributed from The G-Unity Foundation, Inc.
On behalf of Young Buck the Nashville Alliance for Public Education will receive $25,000. This grant will support “AVID” (Advance Via Individual Determination), a national program proved to increase learning and performance for students who have the ability to attend college. Through hard work, determination and support of teachers this program gives underrepresented, minority, and at risk students an opportunity to overcome adversity and break the cycle of poverty by preparing for a college education. As a native of Nashville, Young Buck felt it important to work with an organization that would serve the community from which he came by giving these kids the best education they deserve.
"The Nashville Alliance for Public Education is proud to accept this gift from The G-Unity Foundation to benefit a program which brings out the best in students and helps close the achievement gap for low income and disadvantaged youth," states Kay Simmons, Co-Executive Director of the Nashville Alliance for Public Education. "This gift represents a statement from G-Unit and Young Buck of the importance of education."
Teach For America-Houston is the recipient of a $100,000 grant to support their Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Houston Independent School District has accepted thousands of displaced students over the past month. This grant has allowed a unique partnership between KIPP NOW (New Orleans West) and Teach For America-Houston to flourish, thus aiding New Orleans evacuee children. The charter school will be staffed entirely displaced Teach For America- Greater New Orleans core members.
"We are extremely grateful for the substantial gift from G-Unity Foundation, Inc,” said Ann Best, Teach For America-Houston Executive Director. “This gift affords us the opportunity to do what we are compelled to do, respond in crisis. Our displaced New Orleans corps members are thrilled to have to opportunity to teach students who have evacuated from New Orleans. We know that the partnership between KIPP and Teach For America will provide New Orleans students with an excellent education in Houston, which they deserve."
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools, and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Their mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting some of our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.
The mission of the Nashville Alliance for Public Education is to raise private support for public education to assist the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system in becoming a top performing school system in the nation, and to help our public schools improve and our public school students be successful.
The G-Unity Foundation is a public foundation that will provide grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for low-income and underserved communities. The major goals of The G-Unity Foundation include: emphasizing the critical importance of supporting academic institutions; assisting students in their efforts to obtain a first-rate education; and supporting after school activities. Previous grants include The Boys Choir of Harlem Academy, the Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music, Queensborough Community College, and the Compton Unified School District.