Over 30 volunteers from Capital One Bank and Heart of America Foundation arrived at YES Prep Northside– boxed furniture, laptops, books, and tools in tow. The volunteers spent the morning of October 22 assembling the furniture, setting up the technology, shelving over 200 new books, delivering two books per student for students to take home, and decorating Northside’s new College Corner Tech Lab. The volunteers then became teachers, facilitating classes on financial literacy, job application skills, and smart social media usage.
YES Prep Northside now serves students in grades 6-10 in the Near Northside neighborhood of Houston. As the founding class approaches high school graduation, it has become increasingly important that they have technology to complete the college application process.
Thus, through the generous investment from Capital One, Heart of America transformed a classroom being used for storage into a state of the art, high-tech college corner through its READesign® program. The transformation also includes 25 Dell Laptop computers, a laptop charging cart, teacher desktop computers, a large-screen monitor, an education-focused Xbox for students, and books geared toward college and career choices.
“The new College Corner has been fantastic,” Allison Mattingly, Northside’s Director of College Counseling stated. “Students have said they feel more grown up and prepared for college just by being in the space.”
Capital One’s philanthropy program provides grants to national and local organizations that support education, financial literacy, and community development initiatives. Capital One has been an incredible partner to YES Prep since 2009, donating nearly $500,000. Additionally, Capital One has provided financing critical to YES Prep’s expansion, allowing YES Prep to serve more students across Houston.
“At Capital One Bank, we’re committed to an approach we call ‘Investing for Good’ in communities we serve, including greater Houston,” said Jim Nicholas, Houston Market President for Capital One Bank. “Capital One is focused on helping more Americans succeed in a digital economy. Supporting the new College Corner Tech Lab at YES Prep Northside is important for that reason. Increasing reach and ongoing innovations in technology underscore the need for advanced digital skills. At Capital One, we’re committed to encouraging today’s students to develop the skills necessary for tomorrow’s careers. We’re especially pleased that the tech lab is located in Near Northside. A few years ago, we launched the Capital One Bank Near Northside Place-Based Initiative, a multi-faceted community revitalization project to serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of Near Northside.”