SOURCE: Stanley Tomchin Philanthropist

February 06, 2014 05:05 ET

Stanley Tomchin Donates Towards At-Risk Youth Program at Chaparral High

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 6, 2014) - Communities In Schools of Nevada (CISN) and Teach For America Las Vegas Valley were awarded a grant in the amount of $125,000 from the fund set up by Stanley Tomchin to expand the CIS Academy program into Chaparral High School. CISN will use the funds to implement their academic curriculum at Chaparral High School, employing the support of select Teach for America teachers. The program is especially geared towards students with risk factors for drop out, such as credit deficiency or poor attendance to keep them on track for graduation. Those students will get a chance to participate in a structured curriculum, which was developed to prepare them for life after high school by focusing on life skills, goal setting, and college and career exploration, all with the support from a full-time CISN site coordinator.

The CISN site coordinator will also address the underlying barriers to attendance, academic success and graduation. Danielle Dreitzer, Executive Director for Communities in Schools of Nevada and one of the partners behind the grand, explains that the effort is a multi-tiered partnership. "What we do is work in partnership with the schools to identify students who they feel could be at-risk of dropping out." CISN is the local affiliate of the nation's leading dropout prevention organization and the most effective intervention program in Nevada. The CIS mission is to surround students with a community of support so they can succeed in school and achieve in life. CIS connects community resources to children and youth using a research-proven model that decreases dropout and increases graduation. And donations such as the money awarded from Stanley Tomchin's fund enables them to continue their work.

Teach For America Las Vegas Valley is supporting the program through highly qualified teachers that help to implement the curriculum at the school. Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. "This generous gift from [the fund] will support our collaboration with Communities In Schools of Nevada to ensure that all students have the educational opportunities they deserve," said Victor Wakefield, executive director of Teach For America. "We are very thankful for [Mr. Tomchin's fund's] commitment to educational equity and excellence." Stanley Tomchin has set up the fund to address the un-met needs of the Las Vegas community by serving as a catalyst to make a difference in the lives of others.

Stanley Tomchin is known as the world's most successful professional games player who is now using his good fortune to support several philanthropic causes. Starting out as a chess, bridge and backgammon wiz, who represented the United States in the bridge Olympiad, he used his talents and luck to make his way in the gaming industry, leading to worldwide fame and a successful career. He was raised on Long Island, New York and after travelling and working in places all around the world, from London to the Caribbean to the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, where he spent two weeks playing backgammon with Hugh Hefner, he finally settled in California where he now lives with his wife and daughter. Recognizing how lucky he was in doing what he loves, Stanley Tomchin is dedicating his life to supporting charities and donating to good causes, helping those who are less fortunate, supported by his sister Joy Tomchin, who has been an active supporter of charities for more than twenty years.

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