Center To Launch Spanish-Language Outreach With Financial Support from SBC Foundation


Center To Launch Spanish-Language Outreach With Financial Support from SBC Foundation


INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 25, 2005 — To help members of the Hispanic community become more fully engaged participants in America's civic culture, the Center on Congress will use a grant from the SBC Foundation to create a Spanish–language, Web–based learning program on the history, responsibilities and importance of Congress.

“We know that when people are exposed to civic education programs that provide information about the role of democratic institutions such as Congress, they are much more likely to vote in elections and to communicate about politics with their representatives and their friends,” said Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress.

“Thanks to the SBC Foundation's support, we will be able to develop a Web site with interactive, multi–media content that will help Hispanics and Latinos learn more about Congress and the importance of civic participation,” said Hamilton. “This educational initiative will expand the Center's efforts to reach out to and serve our remarkably diverse country.”

The SBC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications Inc. The grant amount is $92,625.

“SBC is proud to join Congressman Lee Hamilton and numerous Hispanic leaders in supporting The Center on Congress,” said George S. Fleetwood, president of SBC Indiana.

The grant to the Center on Congress is an extension of SBC Communications' commitment to help bring education and training opportunities to Hispanic communities. In 2004, the SBC Foundation provided a $1 million grant program to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to support the organization's Empower Hispanic America with Technology Initiative. The grant is providing computer equipment and high–speed Internet access, technology curriculum and technology support to LULAC community centers throughout the 13–state SBC territory.

“SBC's grant is not just an investment in the Center on Congress; it is an investment in expanding the resources available to the Hispanic community,” said Liliana Hamnik, president of La Voz de Indiana, the state's leading bilingual newspaper. “I am glad to see this kind of support continuing to flow into our community.”

The new Web site will complement the Center's existing English online educational resources.