Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®) empowers teens who are at-risk with the tools and opportunities needed to avoid risky behaviors – like dropout and teen pregnancy – and become leaders with a powerful vision for their future.
St. Louis, MO [Aug. 25, 2017] – The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant to Wyman to support its programs. Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award over $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide. Through this grant, MDRT supports Wyman’s strategic growth to increase its long-term capacity five-fold, offering teen leadership and development programming to more teens in the region.
“At Wyman, we envision a day where all young people in America have the opportunities needed to thrive in learning, work and life, regardless of their circumstances,” said Claire Wyneken, Wyman’s President and CEO. “We believe that all young people have the potential to succeed and lead, deserve to have connections with caring, competent adults who empower them, and deserve equitable access to quality education, work and life experiences, ensuring a better future and a better world.”
“We are pleased to partner with community leaders, like the MDRT Foundation, who appreciate the importance that young people play in creating a thriving economic region. Thanks to the support of the MDRT Foundation, young people in Wyman’s programs are not only graduating on time, but also going on to college and career paths to become the next generation’s leaders,” said Wyneken.
MDRT Supports Wyman’s Youth Development Solutions:
- The Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®): Nationally and locally empowers teens from 6th through 12th grade with the tools and opportunities needed to build a foundation of healthy behaviors, life skills and a sense of purpose, and avoid risky behaviors that derail success. Caring and highly trained adult facilitators guide students through a unique combination of engaging curriculum and experiential community service learning opportunities that help teens build strengths and hone skills.
- The Teen Leadership Program (TLP): Locally boosts teens’ college tenacity through an immersive, 6-year leadership program beginning the summer before 9th grade. Teens participate in college tours, more than 40 hours of community service annually, and work with coaches to apply for college and secure financial aid.
- InspireSTL: Locally provides high-potential scholars from the City of St. Louis with rigorous academic preparation to help them emerge as next-generation leaders. The program begins the summer after seventh grade, lasts through college, and includes securing financial aid, tutoring, coaching, ACT prep, and providing financial resources to fill gaps.
About the MDRT Foundation: The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $30 million in more than 70 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states. These funds were raised by MDRT members and industry partners. For more information, visit mdrtfoundation.org.
About MDRT: Founded in 1927, the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 49,500 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 countries. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information, visit mdrt.org.
About Wyman: Wyman has been dedicated to serving youth from disadvantaged circumstances for more than a century. Wyman empowers teens, equips adults and strengthens systems. Wyman’s engaging, empowering and experiential programs and services help teens build skills, develop a sense of self, and connections to their world. As a result, teens achieve educational success, develop healthy behaviors and relationships, and exhibit life and leadership skills. From thousands of teens in St. Louis – to tens of thousands nationally – Wyman programs and services make a difference in the lives of today’s teens and tomorrow’s leaders. To learn more, and get involved, visit WymanCenter.org.
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