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Syracuse City School District students to participate in WCNY’s Enterprise America with grant funding

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster, received a True Inspiration Award from the Chick-fil-A Foundation for $75,000 to support WCNY’s work to help young people participate in its game-changing Enterprise America program. WCNY will use the funding to help educate Syracuse City School District students, the next generation of business leaders.

Program participation will help students better understand the strong connection between education and career and life success; acquire demonstrated knowledge of soft skills employers are looking for in employees; become astute money managers, explore careers and some of the responsibilities of citizenship, and experience the excitement of entrepreneurial success as they operate businesses in the Enterprise America City. This gives them a true taste of economic empowerment.

Now in its fifth year, the True Inspiration Awards were created to carry on Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy’s legacy of generosity, community service, and dedication to inspiring children to become future leaders.

About Enterprise America

The Enterprise America program is an exciting hands-on program for middle-school students and is the first of its kind in New York State. The program involves classroom instruction, with teachers using curriculum aligned to state and 21st century learning standards. Following the completion of classroom study, students embark on the Enterprise America experience, spending a day in WCNY’s Enterprise America City, which they are responsible for operating.

About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today it is a community-owned media company that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT member magazine, and social media. Through online stream technology, WCNY has a global broadcast audience of viewers and listeners throughout the United States and 17 countries. WCNY operates five digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Towers are located in Watertown and Utica, and WCNY’s radio programming extends into Canada. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally-programmed music.

Educational services include workshops; a 10,000 square-foot building with dedicated Education Center; Read Out, a radio reading service for the visually impaired; Enterprise America for middle school students; and a media and marketing communications program for high school students.

WCNY is LEED® Platinum Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest certification level achievable in Leadership, Energy & Environmental Design. Other achievements include “Business of the Year” in the nonprofit category in 2014 by CenterState CEO.

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