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4/17/2019 General
Capital One Continues Investment

Funds will help students master software programs needed in education and the workplace

Boca Raton, Fla. – April 17, 2019 – PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education & Leadership) was the recent recipient of a $10,000 grant from Capital One, which will be used to help PROPEL youth master computer technology.
The grant, which was awarded in April 2019, is an extension of an initial investment made by Capital One for PROPEL programs. PROPEL CEO Gregg Francis said the second grant was given after regional bank representatives reviewed the progression and results of their after-school curriculum, during a visit on March 22.

In 2018, the first $10,000 grant funded a program called “Elite Techies,” which introduces high school students to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software. The program was extremely impactful since the majority of PROPEL students do not have their own personal computers, but need them for homework, research and job applications. The second award will be used to increase the aptitude of students’ computer skills.
Locally, Capital One also has a team that works with PROPEL students on financial literacy on a bi-weekly basis, teaching them about personal money management.

“Capital One has become a very compassionate partner, helping us educate students on what they need to be successful in life – whether it’s how to use Microsoft Word or how to manage a savings account,” Francis said. “We appreciate them taking a vested interest in our students and being a true corporate neighbor.”
PROPEL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth from south Lantana to Boca Raton achieve academic success through leadership training, tutoring and life-skills programs. Located in east Boca Raton, PROPEL successfully works with more than 100 students through its after-school and weekend programs, focusing on literacy enhancement, SAT/ACT Prep, STEM programs, healthy living initiatives and post- secondary career planning.

To learn more about PROPEL, visit www.propelyourfuture.org or call 561-955-8553. PROPEL is a 501c3 organization, founded in 2004, to serve the youth of south Palm Beach County with a range of enrichment, educational and social programs designed to help them be successful, educated, literate and hopeful citizens.