One group is bringing quality science and nature education to teachers in poor neighborhoods. Another is helping provide career coaching to women looking for a job. Another is defending the rights of the disabled.
These non-profit organizations and three others were awarded $225,000 in grants from NBC10, Telemundo62 and the NBCUniversal Foundation as part of the second annual Project Innovation grant challenge.
"We are honored to provide six local non-profit organizations with grants that will propel their communities into a better tomorrow," said Ric Harris, president and general manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62.
Here are the groups that won this year's grants:
Cooper Ferry's Partnership
Cooper Ferry's Partnership was awarded $55,000 for "A New View," which aims to turn vacant lots in Camden that are now the sites of illegal dumping into homes for art. As part of the redevelopment, "A New View" will connect national artists with local artists to tell the story of Camden’s resurgence.
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Delaware Museum of Natural History
Delaware Museum of Natural History was awarded $10,000 for the Underserved Education Initiative, which provides quality science and nature education to teachers, students and community organizations in economically disadvantaged areas.
Dress for Success Central New Jersey
Dress for Success Central New Jersey won $40,000 for its program Designing Your Future, an eight-week program job training women entering or reentering the workforce.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled
The Legal Clinic for the Disabled's Medical-Legal Partnership won $50,000 for its work integrating legal services into medical settings, making legal assistance easier to access for people with disabilities.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights
Philadelphia Young Playwrights won $40,000 to create its Mouthful Podcast, featuring student-written monologues that serve as the starting point for larger conversations about social and cultural topics.
WHYY Inc.'s Media Labs
The WHYY Media Labs won $30,000 for its program that provides schools with equipment and knowledge to integrate digital media-making into students’ learning.