Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation Announces
2019 Project Innovation Winners
STONINGTON, CT. NBC Connecticut/WVIT, Telemundo Connecticut/WRDM, and the NBCUniversal Foundation named the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) as one of the recipients of its 2019 Project Innovation grant. The stations selected NESS and six other nonprofits across Connecticut to receive a total of $225,000 in Project Innovation grants.
Project Innovation is a grant program created by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. NBC and Telemundo owned stations located across the country selected local nonprofits that are using innovation to develop real-life solutions for their communities. Now in its second year, Project Innovation is presenting $2.5 million in grants to 68 nonprofits across the country.
As a 2019 Project Innovation recipient, NESS will receive $75,000 in support of its New London Initiative. In 2012, NESS started its New London Initiative which gives students opportunities to access to the water, thrive outside of the traditional classroom, gain skills necessary to be successful in education and careers, and become good stewards of their community and the environment. NESS, a nationally-recognized and award-winning nonprofit ocean adventure education organization, provides students of all ages with year-round ocean adventure programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS scholastic programs support teachers’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. In 2018, NESS became the first school partner program to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.
NESS President Spike Lobdell said, “We are so very proud to receive this grant. NESS’s education model uses experiential and inquiry-based learning coupled with the intentional teaching of non-cognitive skills such as teamwork, perseverance, confidence, self-control, and communication. With the support of this grant, we are excited to deliver an educational experience that will transform the lives of our students.”
Of the award recipients, NBCUniversal said: “This year’s grant winners comprise a variety of programs that are introducing children to STEM-related fields to help develop the next generation of STEM leaders, non-profits that are mobilizing underrepresented communities by empowering them to take an active role in political elections and the upcoming 2020 Census, and groups that provide adults with market-ready skills to obtain successful and high-paying jobs in technology fields to help them secure a brighter economic future for their families.”