In the News

Delta Community articles in the news

Johnson STEM Activity Center, others, receive grants from Delta Community’s Philanthropic Fund

SPOTLIGHT South Cobb News

The Johnson STEM Activity Center (JSAC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Delta Community Credit Union’s Philanthropic Fund to support its Robotics Residency Initiative and help expand STEAM/STEM learning.

This initiative provides Atlanta students with an exclusive workspace equipped with cutting-edge tools, technology, materials, and mentorship for designing, building, programming, and operating robots.

The grant is part of Delta Community’s plan to distribute $150,000 to 20 metro Atlanta nonprofits in 2024. JSAC plans to utilize the funds to expand outreach to more students, particularly those in Title I Schools, and enhance programming by offering additional virtual reality design and coding classes.

JSAC, along with three other nonprofit organizations, recently received its financial award after the credit union distributed $35,000 in total grants in January.  Delta Community representatives visited the center, met with students, and presented the check to the organization.

“We are very grateful to receive this $10,000 grant,” said Linda Moore, Executive Director at JSAC. “It will give us the opportunity to expand our outreach to more students, particularly students attending several Title I Schools in the metro Atlanta area. In addition, we plan to expand our programming and be able to offer our existing students more VR design and coding classes.”

Other nonprofits, including Leap Year, Inc., Wellspring Living, and Project Healthy Grandparents, also received grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 from Delta Community’s philanthropic initiative.

Over the past 18 years, JSAC’s STEM programs have reached thousands of young people in the Atlanta area, including those in some of Atlanta’s most underserved communities. In 2018, a JSAC robotics team composed entirely of newly resettled refugees from the Central African Republic qualified for the worldwide robotics championship.

Leap Year, Inc., an organization focused on improving youth literacy rates, and Wellspring Living, which provides essential services to transform the lives of those at risk for or victimized by sexual exploitation, each received a $10,000 grant from Delta Community. Project Healthy Grandparents, which helps support families in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren in parent-absent homes, received $5,000 from the credit union.