Governor Cox Announces Utah’s Adopt-A-School Program

Tags: Civility and service, Education, Future prosperity, Opportunity, Rural issues

SALT LAKE CITY (February 23, 2022) – Governor Spencer J. Cox and Talent Ready Utah, in partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, are pleased to announce the launch of the Utah Adopt-A-School program. Today, the Governor invited Utah businesses to help support Utah K-12 schools and provide access to new opportunities for Utah students.

Utah’s statewide Adopt-A-School initiative, one of the first of its kind in the nation, will connect businesses with schools where goals, resources and needs are met. line up. This innovative and collaborative partnership will help connect businesses, with resources such as volunteer time, equipment or cash donations, to local schools in need of specific support. The online portal – utahadoptaschool.org – facilitates research and registration, offering a matching service between schools and companies.

“I believe the primary purpose of education is to help prepare every student to realize their ultimate potential, whatever career or life path they may choose,” Governor Cox said. “Many companies have an incredible desire to get involved and resources are available to help our students and teachers. We are grateful to those who already do so much. And, today, we’re calling on more Utah businesses to get involved — in any way they can — so that every Utah student can receive the best education and preparation possible.

With Utah Adopt-A-School, businesses have a unique opportunity to use Utah’s education system as a tool for workforce development. Students benefit from world-class opportunities through engaging activities inside and outside the classroom to enhance learning through real-world application. Known by many names, project-based, work-based, or hands-on learning promotes the development of job-ready, job-ready skills. It also connects young people with business professionals who shape student perceptions and inform future career decisions.

“Thank you to the countless Utah companies already engaged in corporate giving and philanthropic work,” said Dan Hemmert, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. “Efforts in this space provide blueprints for others to think innovatively about partnering with local Utah schools. Programs such as Project Lead the Way, Jordan PREP in partnership with Merit Medical, MarketStar’s Pack the Pantry, and SHINE sponsored by Savage Services represent a small fraction of the impact businesses have on the lives of Utah students.

Across the state, businesses have the opportunity to impact the success and growth of students, families, and communities through volunteerism, mentorship, and donations of food, housing, clothing, and more. As the basic needs of young students are met, we promote success in the classroom and remove barriers that stand in the way of success. Through a collective effort to meet the needs of Utah schools, especially in multicultural and rural communities, increased access to opportunity becomes available to all students.

“Utah has incredible educators who conscientiously instruct and lead the youth of our state. It has been a privilege for our team to support and strengthen the important work already underway in the classroom,” said Derek Adams, Principal of technology from Brainstorm, Inc. “As we first seek to meet our education partners where they are, we can enhance the impact of our efforts as business partners on youth, schools and communities in Utah.

Companies and schools interested in a partnership can find out more at utahadoptaschool.org. Education and industry partners can complete an online assessment, which the Talent Ready Utah team will use to bring together partnerships where goals, needs, and resources align.

The Utah Adopt-A-School program advocates referral programs and fosters a community around collaboration, sharing expertise to inspire impactful partnerships serving students in every corner of the state. This platform will host referrals to established programs and frameworks supporting impact for companies looking to engage with Utah schools and school children.

To learn more about the Utah Adopt-A-School program, a Talent Ready Utah initiative powered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, visit utahadoptaschool.org.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah)

Under the direction of Governor Spencer J. Cox, the Governor of Utah’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) provides resources and support for starting, growing, and recruiting businesses. It also leads to an increase in tourism, film production, outdoor recreation, and mixed martial arts in Utah. Using state resources and contracts with the private sector, the bureau administers programs in economic areas that present the greatest development potential and opportunity for Utahans. Utah Ready Talent, an initiative run by Go Utah, develops partnerships with industry and education to help strengthen Utah’s workforce. Using state resources and private sector contracts, Go Utah administers programs in economic areas that present the greatest development potential and opportunity for Utahans. Learn more about business.utah.gov or by calling (801) 538-8680.

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