University of Phoenix Foundation Funds New Program Development and Scales Existing Roadtrip Nation Programs

Phoenix, AZ., March 1, 2011 – University of Phoenix, the nation's largest private university, today announced that its University of Phoenix Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Roadtrip Nation, a leading youth empowerment organization that encourages students to define their own road in life.

"University of Phoenix is built on the belief that education is one of the primary factors that enables individuals to improve their lives," said Dr. Bill Pepicello, University of Phoenix President. "We believe that a love of learning starts at an early age and are proud to support Roadtrip Nation in its efforts to bring direction and achievement to the lives of our nation's youth."

"Roadtrip Nation strives to help students explore their futures," said Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation. "We are thrilled to be working with University of Phoenix to bring Roadtrip Nation to students across the nation who otherwise may not have the chance to discover their roads in life."

The multi-year grant from University of Phoenix Foundation will assist Roadtrip Nation in expanding their Roadtrip Nation Experience Curriculum within existing participating regions as well as bring that curriculum to new regions across the United States. The grant enables Roadtrip Nation to expand their reach into high school education to help at-risk students in disadvantaged communities gain access and exposure to life pathways that they may have otherwise not known existed.

The University of Phoenix Foundation grant will also assist Roadtrip Nation with new program development including the Career & College Readiness District Tool, Middle School Program – Virtual Roadtrip, and Teacher Resources.

By providing these programs, Roadtrip Nation and University of Phoenix will be impacting young minds on several levels. Students will feel they have unprecedented exposure to pathways for their future, they will learn 21st Century work skills including digital media creation, they will experience greater engagement and connectedness to school and they will feel their classes are relevant and connected to the real world. Above all, students will feel a greater sense of hope for their futures.

"Each year, University of Phoenix Foundation helps organizations improve the lives of individuals and families by creating hope, discovery, dialogue, learning and educational opportunities in a variety of communities," said Pat Gottfried, University if Phoenix Foundation executive director. "We are delighted to work with the team at Roadtrip Nation to provide a positive and measurable difference."


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