Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) January 5, 2009
Phoenix, AZ - December 12, 2008 -The Nick Lowery Youth Foundation received a $75,000.00 grant this week from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used to support the Nation Building for Native Youth (NBNY) program.
NBNY was founded by Nick Lowery, former NFL all-pro placekicker and 2009 Hall of Fame nominee. Former White House Staff to both Presidents HW Bush and Bill Clinton, Lowery has worked with Native American youth for 12 years, for the last 5 years as Founding Director and Chair of the National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education. He became an advocate for tribal leadership while completing his MPA and Fellowship at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and has testified twice in the past 4 years before Congress on problems facing Native youth and education.
"NBNY is a national, dynamic, experiential program for Native youth ages 15-18 that encourages tribal self-determination to inspire a lifetime of leadership," explains Lowery.
"The generosity and vision of The UPS Foundation enables us to continue to bring robust teams of American Indian leaders together to measurably reduce the gap between a young person's desire to be a leader and their capacity to do so," Lowery stated.
"We are so grateful for The UPS Foundation's fantastic support of our work," says Lowery, "because the future of sovereign tribal nations depends on their ability to educate and motivate their youth to embrace their gifts and responsibilities as citizens."
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. IN support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic & Global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2007, The UPS Foundation distributed $46.4 million worldwide through grants that benefit organization or programs such as the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation's Nation Building for Native Youth program and provide support for building stronger communities.
"UPS has a long-standing commitment to making communities all over the world better by supporting organizations and engaging over 400,000 employees in community service worldwide," said Lisa Hamilton, president of The UPS Foundation. "Together with nonprofit partners such as the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need."
To learn more about the NBNY program and the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation, go to http://www.nicklowery.com, or call (480)556-6533.