Zenith Works to Improve Educational Outcomes in Communities it Serves

August 2, 2017 | By Jessica Risch and Sabrina Berg

While Zenith has a mission to help its students succeed, it also has a vision to help the communities where its campuses are located to succeed as well. For the first time this year, each of its 24 campuses received grant funding of $25,000 to be allocated toward education-focused programs in their area.

The grants, issued through the GO! (Generating Outcomes) Program, are funded by ECMC Foundation, a charitable foundation owned by Zenith’s parent company ECMC Group. The program is designed to involve employees in recognizing organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission of improving educational outcomes among underserved communities. Employees at each campus nominate and vote for organizations in their local communities. In total, $600,000 of the $1.45 million donated through this year’s program was awarded to charities through Zenith campuses around the U.S.

“What sets the GO! Program apart from other employee engagement programs is that we’re giving employees an opportunity to give back to their local communities while reinforcing the company’s mission to enhance student success,” said Todd Allard, chief marketing officer at Zenith. “The goodwill the program provides, as well as the financial support offered, is a win-win for everyone.”
Recipients include:

  • YouthBuild Newark, a Plainfield, New Jersey, organization that will use the grant funding to increase 16-to-24-year-old readiness for postsecondary enrollment and completion through college tours, experiential learning activities and leadership development.
  • Albany County School District Backpack Food Program in Laramie, Wyoming, will use the funding for a backpack program, filling children’s backpacks with nutritious food for school families to have over the weekend.
  • Cocoon House in Everett, Washington, will use the grant funding to help equip young homeless people with the skills necessary to enter the workforce and to earn a family-sustaining wage.

Each campus was allocated $25,000 to grant to up to five organizations in their community. Some campuses made one grant for the full amount, while others made multiple grants, for a total of 44 grants.

Organizations chosen for grants have received their funds and are now investing in their projects.

Jessica Risch is the grants manager for ECMC Foundation.
Sabrina Berg is the community relations specialist for ECMC Group.