(HAMPTON ROADS, Va.) November 9, 2020— 9-year-old Kode wants to be a professional musician when he grows up, who makes music with computers. At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, he gets to learn more about music technology in the Dominion Energy Activity Center.
Dominion Energy and its Charitable Foundation have been long supporters of the Club, and now has donated another $10,000 to help kids like Kode. The grant expands its All About STEM Initiative to promote science, technology, engineering and math among traditionally underserved groups. The Club gives them a safe place with state-of-the art resources to go to school virtually and get needed support. Exposure to STEM education is critical during the tween years to drive interest, close achievement gaps and build capacity for success in these future career opportunities.
Hal Smith, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula praised Dominion Energy’s donation. “This investment in our youth allows us to continue to provide hands-on activities connects our members to science themes they ethey encounter on a daily basis. Our kids are fortunatre to have Dominion recognize the need for aditional investments in STEM and in the futures of this generation.”
The Club has provided vital opportunities for children for nearly 75 years. Many of them have gone on to find successful careers, like Dominion Energy Regional Director Max Bartholomew. He said he’ll never forget how the club made a difference in his life, and now he loves helping the tradition continue.
“During these times, it’s more important than ever for businesses to help make sure all children are given opportunities and resources to become tomorrow’s leaders,” said Bartholomew. “Dominion Energy is proud to continue our partnership with the Boys &Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and provide these opportunities for them.”