July 25, 2012 - Mobile, Alabama - The Community Foundation of South Alabama announces the launch of Pathways To Prosperity, an initiative of the Foundation designed to increase the long-term economic security of low-income families with children by improving early education, promoting family literacy, and bolstering financial stability.
The Pathways To Prosperity Initiative is made possible by a $398,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation located in Battle Creek, Michigan.
By improving the education readiness of children transitioning from childcare to elementary school, and by elevating the literacy levels of their parents, the Foundation aims to increase student achievement. The initiative will also encourage young males to make better lifestyle choices that allow a smooth transition to responsible adulthood.
“We believe by investing in programs that promote literacy for children and parents the Foundation can have the most significant impact. By emphasizing the parental role and showing low literacy parents how they can serve as role models for their children, programs can achieve more success. By the end of the project, we anticipate the growth of a strong literacy coalition which will help build community knowledge and awareness of the benefits of early education for young children,” said Alvertha Penny, president and chief executive officer, The Community Foundation of South Alabama.
The Pathways To Prosperity Initiative will also address the crucial need for financial stability in the family environment through asset building and development. In light of the national decline in the number of adults with savings, the initiative will focus on increased financial literacy. Efforts will include public information campaigns to raise the awareness of the barriers to family economic stability and the accumulation of assets.
Collectively, the efforts of the Pathways To Prosperity Initiative will enable The Community Foundation of South Alabama to focus on programs that enable families with children living below the poverty level to improve their quality of life.
About The Community Foundation of South Alabama
The Community Foundation of South Alabama is a public charity that plays a key role in meeting the needs of South Alabama through leadership and grants. More than $63 million in grants have been awarded since 1976 by the Foundation to nonprofit organizations to support programs that make life better in the region. The Foundation builds lasting endowments to ensure grants are available to support the community forever.
For more information visit www.CommunityEndowment.com
Contact: Stephanie Ryan
About The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the United States are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans. Internationally, they are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.