Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sands® Cares Enters Into Partnership To Benefit Underprivileged Youth

Partnership provides scholarships for seniors and college students
Sands® Cares, the global corporate citizenship program for Las Vegas Sands® and the Quiet Storm Foundation, C.J. Watson’s initiative to provide a positive impact on underprivileged youth, have formed a partnership that will see 10 individual scholarships donated over a period of two years.

As part of the partnership Sands Cares will provide two separate scholarship funds for seniors and college students with 100% of the sponsorship being used for providing financial assistance for students seeking to pursue higher education. The $10,000 commitment – 10, $1,000 scholarships – also has a community service requirement for eligibility, to concentrate on the foundation’s goals of empowering youth and fostering leadership.

“The Sands Cares partnership with the Quiet Storm Foundation is great for the youth of the program,” said Quiet Storm Foundation founder C.J Watson. “Our areas of focus include education, health and wellness, and leadership and the mentorship program of this partnership will enhance those focus areas, giving our youth a look into what it takes to be a leader in a major company and within the local community.”

The partnership not only provides a financial component, but also a mentorship program, to assist in career exploration for the Quiet Storm Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Through the mentorship program, senior leaders from The Venetian®, The Palazzo®, and Sands Expo will participate in YAC meetings, providing information and exposure to the hospitality industry. Sands Cares will also provide a hiring workshop, giving YAC members the opportunity to work on interview skills, resume writing, and professional development; a property tour of The Venetian and The Palazzo, and the inclusion of the YAC in a service project, with the goal of working side by side with professionals of the community, to build leadership skills.

“The team members of Las Vegas Sands are committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities where we operate,” said Stephanie MacDonald, director of operations for Sands Cares. “Providing a mentorship program and scholarships for youth invests in the future of the community and the Quiet Storm Foundation strives to empower youth to reach their maximum potential.”

For more information, visit venetian.com, @venetianvegas and facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.
For more information, visit palazzo.com, @palazzovegas and facebook.com/palazzolasvegas.

ABOUT SANDS CARES
Las Vegas Sands has a deep and long-standing commitment to giving back. Sands Cares, integrates philanthropic work worldwide, including financial giving, Team Member volunteerism, and in-kind support. The ultimate goal for Sands Cares is to build on the company’s legacy of making an impact in the areas cared about most – the people and those working in the hospitality industry, the communities team members call home, and the planet we share.

ABOUT QUIET STORM FOUNDATION
The Quiet Storm Foundation is a Las Vegas based non-profit that seeks to advance the lives of underprivileged youth by providing educational and recreational opportunities to advance their academic and life goals. The vision is that every child, regardless of race or income, will realize their maximum potential and seek success in all aspects of life. The key areas of focus are education, health and wellness and leadership which are supported by multiple programs organized and executed by the youth and adult volunteer advisers.

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