Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 18, 2013

Youth Achievement receives $1,000 grant from Staples


CROSSVILLE — Youth Achievement Foundation of Cumberland County has been awarded a $1,000 grant by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a new program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

Rich Soenen, chairman of YAF Inc., said, “The $1,000 grant is an extremely generous donation to the local organization. The funds will be used to bring the Junior Achievement curriculum to five more classrooms in Cumberland County schools. The JA program helps to educate students in the areas of work readiness, personal finance, how free enterprise and the economy work to benefit all members of society, etc. We want to thank the associates of our local Staples for recommending YAF Inc for this grant.”

The grants are part of a new philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.

In 2012, U.S. associates directed more than $1.4 million of Staples Foundation grants to 434 local non-profit organizations. The new program, called 2 Million & Change, will award additional funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants for the year.

“Staples Foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the communities where our associates live and work,” said Katy Dobbs, director of global community relations for Staples, Inc. “Through our new program, we are pleased to support our associates and the local non-profit organizations that matter to them most.”

Youth Achievement Foundation is an all volunteer non-profit corporation that coordinates the local effort to bring the Junior Achievement program to Cumberland County students in K-12th grades. In the 2012-13 school year, there are JA programs in all nine elementary schools, CCHS, and SMHS. YAF Inc funding comes from grants from Staples Foundation, VEC Customers Share, Middle Tn Natural Gas Project Hometown Help, United Fund, Exxon-Mobil and others. In addition YAF Inc conducts fundraising activities and accepts donations from citizens in the community. The volunteers who serve on the YAF Inc Board of Directors, teach JA classes in the classrooms, and support Biztown visits are community-minded citizens who are committed to helping prepare students to be successful citizens of Cumberland County in the future.

Staples contributes to educational and youth-oriented community efforts, from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community and giving efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,000 organizations in 2,000 communities across 27 countries. Community and Giving is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more information, visit