1/23/2019
I&M Presents AEP Foundation Grant of $150,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters for Science Lab

(News Release Issued by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana)

Fort Wayne, IN – Indiana Michigan Power on Wednesday awarded a $150,000 donation on behalf of the American Electric Power Foundation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBSNEI) for their first ever science lab. The donation will go toward technology, materials and supplies for the AEP Foundation Science Lab, where Big Brothers Big Sisters will offer enhanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to at-risk youth of northeast Indiana and their volunteer mentors.

Toby Thomas, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), presented the $150,000 donation to Josette Rider, Chief Executive Officer, and the BBBSNEI Board of Directors in honor of their Give Big. Save a Little. Campaign.

“The AEP Foundation and I&M believe in building strong communities, improving lives through education and playing an active role to enhance the communities we serve,” Thomas said. “Big Brothers Big Sisters will help make sure that more youth are exposed to STEM education at a younger age. This exposure improves their abilities to continue STEM education through high school and post-secondary programs, training them for careers in the promising and expanding fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.”

This is the first ever Science Lab and STEM initiative for BBBSNEI. Funding will provide for an onsite lab, constructed and outfitted with the essential equipment, systems, technology and hardware to host workshops with their Big & Little matches. Giving youth with the greatest need and least opportunity the ability to foster an interest in Science, provide hands-on experiments and demonstrations. It will also address help with the local issues of developing and retaining qualified talent within the region.

“We want to provide exposure to Science and STEM in a fun and unique way. STEM is something not often offered to our Littles. More than 33% of our Littles are ages 13-22 - a great age to introduce STEM. All of the children we provide services to are full of potential and when placed in a one-to-one learning environment with their Big, they display a unique desire and ability to learn,” said Josette Rider. “There is a strong need to help kids explore career options, and with the help of Indiana Michigan Power and the AEP Foundation, this initiative will not only provide a head start on educating but also ignite an interest in these fields, uncovering untapped talent within a demographic of children not significantly and purposefully exposed to STEM.”

ABOUT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NORTHEAST INDIANA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is a nonprofit organization that serves children in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana and Branch and Hillsdale counties in Michigan. Big Brothers Big Sister’s mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported one to one relationships with measureable impact. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer at www.BBBSNEI.org. For 45 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports them in one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The organization holds itself accountable for children in the program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as higher aspirations; greater confidence and better relationships; educational success; and avoidance of delinquency and other risky behaviors. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.

ABOUT THE AEP FOUNDATION

The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units, including Indiana Michigan Power. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area. The Foundation’s areas of focus include special emphasis on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching life through art, music and cultural heritage. The Foundation is based in Columbus, Ohio.

ABOUT INDIANA MICHIGAN POWER

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,400 employees serve more than 593,900 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

 

 

 

 

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