CHARLSTON, S.C. — The Terracon Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 community grant to the Dream Center to support the organization’s e3 Mentoring Program for local middle and high school students.
Terracon Foundation community grants support local nonprofit programs that Terracon employees are actively involved with, in the communities where they live and work.
The e3 Mentoring Program was founded in 2009 to address the needs of at-risk youth in the community. At the time, there was a 30 percent graduation rate at North Charleston High School, based on the SC Annual Report Card Summary. There was also a lack of mentoring programs specifically focused on middle and high school students.
Annually, e3 matches 50 to 70 at-risk middle school and high school students with professional and community mentors on a one-on-one basis. The mission of e3 is to help students become productive citizens by engaging, educating, and empowering them to make positive contributions and choices.
The e3 Mentoring Program has been successful and is making a difference in the lives of students and the community as a whole. Overall, students enrolled in e3 have a graduation rate of 85 percent compared to the local high school at 43.5 percent, based on the SC Annual Report Card Summary 2011.
The Terracon grant will be used to support part of the general operating costs for the program that include mentor trainings, supplies, student awards, exposure fieldtrips, volunteer appreciation, mailings, communications, and marketing/print material.
Lori Rogalski, administrative manager in the Terracon Charleston office, applied for and presented the grant to the organization. Sam Lesky, executive director of the Dream Center accepted the check.
“The students in this program continue to amaze me. While they are struggling each day to get their basic needs met, the students are still committed and empowered to staying in school and becoming success stories,” said Rogalski. “We are thrilled to be part of a program that exposes the e3 student to activities, educational opportunities, and life experiences that most have not been exposed to otherwise.”
The Terracon Foundation was established in 2008 and expanded considerably during 2012 to provide a broader range of grant opportunities. The Terracon Foundation also provides national partner grants, university grants, and employee dependent scholarships. During 2013, the foundation awarded grants of more than $375,000.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit www.terracon.com.