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Youth Villages Georgia, West Tennessee receive grants from Cummins Inc.

Jul 20, 2021 | News Releases

Lamar Chance, Senior Public Relations Coordinator, Youth Villages

Memphis, Tenn. — Youth Villages recently received two grants from Cummins Inc., a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes engines, filtrations and power generation products. The grants will support both the STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Integration Project in Georgia and LifeSet in West Tennessee.

“Cummins is proud to partner with Youth Villages in both Memphis and Atlanta, contributing leadership support, employee volunteer hours and now funding through two community development grants,” said Jim Schacht, executive director, corporate responsibility, Cummins Inc. “We applaud Youth Villages’ comprehensive work to support underserved youth and share a common goal of providing educational, life and technical skills to help them navigate difficult situations and the path to adulthood.”

Youth Villages Georgia’s Inner Harbour campus, located near Atlanta, is receiving its grant from Cummins for its STE(A)M Integration Program. STE(A)M incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics through project-based learning activities into the current curriculum. STE(A)M, which emphasizes team-centered, hands-on learning, helps students become more engaged in their education and obtain the critical thinking and social skills essential for future success.

The grant also provides teachers with coaching, professional development and hands-on STE(A)M training by industry leading professionals. The training is open to all teachers and their support staff.

“We are so grateful to Cummins for this grant,” said Tanya Anderson, executive director for Youth Villages Georgia. “This generous gift will have a major impact on STE(A)M at Inner Harbour for both students and teachers.

“STE(A)M is an amazing program that reaches our students and gives them different avenues to explore and learn. For our teachers, this grant provides training resources to fully implement STE(A)M at Inner Harbour. The Cummins grant is a momentum-builder for our STE(A)M program that helps ensure success for all of our youth.”

Youth Villages West Tennessee was awarded a grant from Cummins for LifeSet, which is a program that serves as bridge to adulthood for young people ages 18-23 who are exiting foster care. The funds will support program-related expenses — housing assistance, educational needs, emergency food/groceries and emergency basic care needs — for Memphis youth in LifeSet.

“We are so appreciative of this financial gift from the Cummins’ grant,” said Stephanie Pugh, West Tennessee regional director for Youth Villages in Memphis. “Cummins’ generosity to Youth Villages West Tennessee will be used to support LifeSet and the services it provides for young people during a significant time in their lives as they transition to adulthood. This grant will meet those individuals’ needs to make sure they have opportunities at success during this adjustment period in their lives.”

LifeSet is an individualized, evidence-informed community-based program that is highly intensive. LifeSet specialists meet with participants face-to-face at least once each week. LifeSet is one of the nation’s first — and now one of the largest — evidence-informed programs helping young people who age out of foster care. More than 20,000 young people have been helped through LifeSet across the country since the program began in 1999.

About Cummins
Cummins Inc., a global technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including transmissions, battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions, and power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 62,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations, and over 7,600 dealer locations. In 2018, the company earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion. See how Cummins is powering a world that’s Always On by accessing news releases and more information at

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About Youth Villages
Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health committed to building strong families, delivering effective services and significantly improving outcomes for child welfare systems across the country. Founded in 1986, the organization’s 3,000-plus employees help more than 32,000 children annually in 20 states across the U.S. The organization has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. Learn more at

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