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KidsTek Received Grants from XCel

Tuesday, November 12, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Selina Sandoval
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KidsTek received a $15,000 grant from Xcel Energy and a $25,000 grant from Chase Community
Giving to continue to bring technology education to under-served Colorado kids from elementary to high school.

Already for the 2013 school year KidsTek is bringing technology programs to eighteen different schools in Denver and Aurora Public Schools with more to come. The programs that KidsTek provides range from after school programs to credited and dual-credit programs aimed to equip students with technology skills needed in a world where technology is ever increasing, but more importantly work with students who are at risk of not continuing their education.

"All of these programs are made possible by grants from organizations across the country and donations from the Colorado community.” Says Richard Liner, Executive Director of KidsTek. "Since our start in 2000, KidsTek has been able to expand our technology education programs, last year working with 784 students. The generous donations from Xcel Energy and Chase Community Giving will allow us to expand even further this year.”

KidsTek was nominated for a grant from Xcel Energy and received it in the amount of $15,000, $5,000 of which goes to Aurora Youth 4 Success. "As an educational supporter Xcel Energy is investing in the communities we serve to improve our education system as well as provide opportunities for education for those less privileged than ourselves,” said Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy director of corporate giving. "KidsTek has been a long time partner of Xcel Energy’s and we support their efforts to bring technology programs into schools.”

As part of Denver Start Up Week, Chase Community Giving held voting for 13 Colorado based non-profit organizations where attendees of the week long event could vote on which non-profit should receive the grants. On the morning of the last day, the winners were announced and KidsTek was among them receiving $25,000.

About KidsTek
KidsTek is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. Since 2000, KidsTek has aimed to increase the technology literacy of students at Colorado's highest-needs schools through innovative after school, project based enrichment programs, and in-school technical certification programs. KidsTek provides an extensive technology curriculum for host schools with the goal of providing the tools for long-term academic and career success. For more information on KidsTek,

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