Xcel Energy

The mission of the Xcel Energy Foundation is to use the collective knowledge, resources, and skills of Xcel Energy staff and colleagues to make a positive impact through investing in making communities within and across Xcel Energy’s eight-state service area highly desirable places for everyone to live, work, and do business. Xcel Energy believes one of the best community investments possible is an investment in education. As a STEM Champion, Xcel Energy is supporting the CEI-administered Colorado Legacy Schools program, the Colorado version of the National Math and Science Initiative AP model.  This effort is generating high returns in terms of student participation, engagement, and success in rigorous AP course work across 34 high schools, 300 teachers, and over 10,000 students. While this represents a significant increase in traditionally underserved students with access to AP, this number represents a mere 4 percent of Colorado public high school students. Much needs to be done to ensure every student has access to rigorous coursework and to meaningful mentorships, particularly students who face greater disadvantages and barriers to success. Xcel Energy has been instrumental in supporting the Colorado Legacy Schools Program financially to ensure that as many Colorado students as possible are able to receive this valuable support. In addition to supporting the success of the Legacy Schools Program itself, Xcel Energy partnered with CEI to develop and implement the very first STEM Mentors Program. Through this partnership, Xcel’s donations and staff have provided students with a broader understanding of real-world opportunities. During the 2013-2014 school year, volunteers from Xcel supported 106 students at Arvada High School at five separate STEM Mentoring Events, and Xcel Energy will continue to provide critical mentorship support to the students of Colorado.

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