Cisco has supported the communities where its employees live and work for close to 30 years. We leverage our resources and technology to multiply individual and nonprofit efforts to improve people’s lives. One area Cisco focuses on is improving student performance in education, particularly in underserved communities. Cisco is therefore proud to partner with nonprofit City Year, a member of the AmeriCorps network. City Year recruits recent college grads who devote one year to help at-risk students stay in school.
Cisco is a national leadership sponsor of City Year and a local team sponsor in San Jose, California, the home of Cisco headquarters. Cisco funding recently supported 8 dedicated corps members at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Working full time for 10 months, corps members help high-risk students improve attendance, behavior, and course performance in English and math—the factors known as the early warning indicators for high school dropouts.
Happy graduation to the City Year team Cisco sponsored at Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Cisco is proud to sponsor the DoGooder Video Awards for the third year in a row. These awards recognize the creative and effective use of video in promoting social good.
The submissions included a wide array of funny, moving, and informative videos that embraced strong storytelling to communicate important messages. It was a difficult task, but the DoGooder Team has chosen the finalists -- and now it’s up to the public to choose the winners.
Visit the contest site today and cast your vote. Public voting is open through March 10, 2014.
Cisco is once again sponsoring the DoGooder Video Awards, which recognize the creative and effective use of video in promoting social good. New this year is a category for young do-gooders, aged 12 to 21, who best communicated their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspired others.
Video submissions will be accepted via the contest website until February 15, in the following categories:
The ImpactX Award: honoring those videos that have demonstrated impact for their causes.
The Best Nonprofit Video Award: honoring nonprofit organizations using video to make change.
The Funny for Good Award: Recognizing effective use of comedy to make people laugh and take action.
The Most Inspiring Youth Media Award: For youth who best communicated their thoughts on pressing social issues in a way that inspired others.
Members of the public will be able to vote for the winners from February 28 through March 10.
Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for underserved students, today announced Cisco as a new National Leadership Partner.
Cisco and the Cisco Foundation have supported Citizen Schools since 2009, providing more than $1.24 million in grants and products to help the program expand from 10 schools in five states to 31 schools in seven states and improve communication among staff nationally.
Also, more than 125 Cisco employees have volunteered with the nonprofit’s Citizen Teacher program, leading 10-week apprenticeships for middle school students.
Cisco Strategic Account Manager Doug Reagan instructs students on the art of making video documentaries.
Are you passionate about helping children succeed in high school, dream of college and careers, and reach their full potential? Find out how you can become a Citizen Teacher at citizenschools.org.
One of Cisco’s longest-running traditions is a special program for Silicon Valley nonprofits, which has offered Community Impact Cash Grants to carefully selected community organizations for more than a decade. In recent years, the grant amount has been set at $15,000 each for programs focused on K-8 education and health, a subset of Cisco’s overall social investment areas.
A unique aspect of the program is its reliance on Cisco employee volunteers. While holding down their day jobs, these hardworking team members help drive every aspect of the grantmaking process – from evaluating the applications to performing site visits to identifying the 40 strongest applicants from a large and worthy pool. (See this year’s awardees.) On Wednesday, this year’s recipients gathered at Cisco’s headquarters in San Jose, California, to pick up their checks, brainstorm with peers about common challenges they face, and reunite with the Cisco employees who helped evaluate and recommend their grant proposals as the most competitive.
From left: Operation Access’ Marisol Ponce de Leon, Cisco’s Cindy Cooley, and Operation Access’ Ellen Kaufman.