St. Norbert College receives two grants from Target for local youth programs

From St. Norbert College, October 25, 2011
by Chris Swietlik, chris.swietlik@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College has announced a partnership with Target Corporation in recognition of the college's efforts in working with local youth. The partnership supports two outreach programs of St. Norbert College: the Youth-to-Youth Service Program and the Bay Winds Educational Quintet.

The Youth-to-Youth Service Program engages at-risk, low-income, elementary and middle school youth from Green Bay with students from St. Norbert College. Through academic support and coaching, the Youth-to-Youth Service Program results in academic success for hundreds of these at-risk young people. In 2010, more than 290 St. Norbert College students served more than 1,000 local youth through the program.

"St. Norbert College students are assisting with academics, but more important, they are mentors to elementary school-aged children from the Green Bay Public Schools. All children need an environment where they can learn, seek guidance and make friends, and this is what the tutors give to our children," said Vanessa Cuevas, assistant director of multicultural student services at St. Norbert College. "Learning does not end in the classroom. The tutors teach children that they can learn outside of school and the importance of a college education."

The Bay Winds Educational Quintet offers interactive, educational concerts at elementary and middle schools throughout northeast Wisconsin. The concerts will expose students to different styles of music and educate them on wind instruments. The quintet is comprised of music faculty from St. Norbert College and one member of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra.

The grant by Target is part of the company's ongoing efforts to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income to communities. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million every week.

"At Target, our local grants are making a difference in communities across the country," said Laysha Ward, Target's president of community relations. "We're proud to partner with St. Norbert College as part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen communities where our guests and team members live and work."

Additionally, Target also gives through signature programs that are designed to inspire learning in children and families. Programs include:

- Take Charge of Education®, a school fundraising program;
- Target School Library Makeovers, a program that provides year-round volunteer opportunities for Target team members to get involved with their local school;
- Target Field TripSM Grants, a program that helps educators bring learning to life outside the classroom through the distribution of grants;
- Target House®, which serves as a home away from home for families of children receiving lifesaving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® in Memphis. The St. Jude School Program presented by Target is staffed with accredited teachers and helps patients stay on track academically while undergoing treatments that can last months; and
- Target Volunteers, a nationwide network of Target team members, retirees, families and friends who volunteer millions of hours to community projects.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,750 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. For more information about Target's commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.

About St. Norbert College
The only Norbertine college in the world, St. Norbert is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college, devoted to the Norbertine traditions of community, prayer and service to others. Founded in 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings as a school to prepare men for the priesthood, St. Norbert College became coeducational in 1952. Today the residential campus serves approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from throughout the United States and more than 30 countries, and offers study-abroad opportunities in 37 countries.

St. Norbert College is located on the banks of the Fox River in the residential community of De Pere, Wisconsin, neighboring Green Bay -- a metropolitan area of more than 200,000, rich in culture, business and opportunity. The academic excellence of the college is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges. http://www.snc.edu