LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE IS THE LARGEST EVER The StarZone shined at the Lansing Community College Foundation’s annual Holiday Open House held on Thursday, Dec. 4. The event showcased the new on-campus resource center for students proudly named the StarZone. More than 200 guests were in attendance to support the Foundation including Lansing Community College (LCC) President Dr. Brent Knight and other distinguished LCC employees, Foundation board members and many supporters. The annual event serves to thank foundation donors for their dedication and support of the Foundation and its mission to help make education accessible to all Lansing area students. Donations collected by the Foundation directly impact students’ lives by providing those in need with an opportunity to attend college. The StarZone is part of an initiative that has transformed teaching and learning on campus for decades to come. Generous funding of $1.3 million was provided through private donations to the Lansing Community College Foundation capital funds. Initiatives like these provide students with access to new technology and continually support their pursuit of higher education. The Lansing Community College Foundation manages the generous financial support from the community and provides an integral and critical service in this region that helps fund the future for generations to come. CRISTO REY COMMUNITY CENTER’S FAMILY HEALTH CLINIC WELCOMES NEW DOCTOR Cristo Rey Community Center’s Family Health Clinic (CRCC) is extremely excited to welcome Dr. Aimee Leisure-Martins, D.O. to the clinic. Dr. Leisure-Martins grew up in Marquette, Mich. and attended Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program. Her passion for healthcare and service was ignited over several opportunities to contribute to the compassionate healthcare of underserved populations in Honduras, Brazil and refugee communities in Lansing, MI. Dr. Leisure Martins’ love for children and a clinical rotation in rural Kenya helped spur her decision to specialize in pediatric care. Dr. Leisure-Martins is a wonderful and powerful addition to CRCC’s Family Health Clinic’s mission to provide basic medical care to underserved populations and is accepting new pediatric patients now. Cristo Rey Community Center accepts everyone in need, even if they do not have insurance. To learn more about the Cristo Rey Community Center, visit us online at cristoreycommunity.org. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EMPOWERMENT CENTER RECEIVES GRANTS FROM R.E. OLDS FOUNDATION AND JOE D. PENTECOST FOUNDATION The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC), a Lansing-based nonprofit organization, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the R.E Olds Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation. Funding will support ITEC’s 2020 Girls after school technology program, providing girls ages 9-17 with hands-on opportunities to engage with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 2020 Girls provides fun opportunities for girls to work together as a team to build their own robots; design mobile phone apps, games and websites; and create digital media. “What 2020 Girls does for these students is astounding. The program builds confidence in girls and encourages them to succeed in anything they set their minds to do,” said Diana Tarpoff, program director with R.E. Olds Foundation. “The R.E. Olds Foundation is proud to support a program that sets girls up for a brighter future in their careers and in life.” The 2020 Girls program combats the perception that STEM subjects are inherently for males and provides girls a safe, nurturing environment to pursue these skills. “Girls and women are seriously underrepresented in STEM studies and careers. The 2020 Girls program is navigating challenging academic, social and cultural norms, ultimately working toward reversing this trend,” said Kirk Riley, ITEC’s executive director. “With support from these foundations and other generous donors, we can give more girls the opportunity to explore their interests in STEM.” JACKSON COMMITS $600,000 TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF LANSING FOR NEW TEEN CENTER The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing today announced a $600,000 commitment from Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson) to build a new teen center. The Jackson Teen Zone will include 2,700 square feet dedicated to the more than 1,500 teens who count on the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing for after-school programs and summer curriculum each year. The new Jackson Teen Zone will have state-of-the art technology and a space for teen educational programs including the Money Matters financial literacy program and the Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies (FILM) program, as well as work and college readiness opportunities to help ensure teens have a smooth transition into their next life stage. Construction at the club’s existing location at 4315 Pleasant Grove Road will begin in February 2016 and is expected to be completed by June 2016. Jackson’s initial donation toward the construction of the new site is a $350,000 gift. Jackson associates have also pledged to support the Jackson Teen Zone with a goal of donating the remaining $250,000 through the company’s two-to-one dollar donation match program. As part of the donation, $100,000 will be dedicated to enhancing technology for the after-school tutoring programs. Jackson also plans to donate computer equipment, laptops and a data server. The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing annually serves more than 5,200 at-risk youth, aged seven to 18. For more information, visit bgclansing.org.