SBC Awards $50,000 to City of Fresno After School Program

FRESNO,CA (January 5, 2005) The City of Fresno is pleased to announce the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services (PRCS) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 from The SBC Foundation for the development of the Fresno BEST computer lab. The grant will fund a lab with 20 computer stations equipped with the latest in computer technology, staffing and technology training for at-risk youth in Fresno.

The lab will be a critical component of the PRCS after school Fresno BEST (Business Education Service Training) program which was developed to provide enhanced computer training, financial literacy, business skills, field trips and job shadowing for Fresno youth. The grant marks the largest private industry contribution PRCS has received in over a decade and will help further the Department’s commitment to providing at-risk youth with safe, healthy and educational alternatives during prime after school and evening hours.

The SBC Foundation looks for ways to work with local organizations that tackle the great task of furthering access to technology and providing work skills development opportunities. The SBC Excelerator funding will help the City improve computer literacy while working to boost the area’s economic vitality.

In addition to SBC, partnerships were also forged with the Roosevelt High School After School Program, the Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship at Fresno State, the Economic Opportunity Commission and Wells Fargo Bank, to make the Fresno BEST program a reality.

– Alita Warner, Coordinator After School Initiatives, 621-2927
SBC – Eric Johnson, Exec. Director External Affairs, 454-3602

Daniel G. Hobbs, City Manager
Contact: Ken Shockley, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777