ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is refocusing its charitable contributions on the state’s “core problems,” labs director Stephen Younger said at today’s meeting of the Economic Forum of Albuquerque.
“In working with United Way, working with Mission: Graduate, we realized that some of the core problems in our state are much more basic,” Younger said. “That is, can our children read? Can they work simple arithmetic?”
Younger said Sandia will focus its commitment on community leadership and economic development, educational success and family stability.
As part of the latter, Younger presented a $50,000 check to Mission: Families, a program implemented by the United Way of Central New Mexico in 2017 that aims to improve family stability.
“We appreciate the leadership Sandia National Laboratories is providing for our new initiative, Mission: Families, and look forward to the partnerships that will be created by their inspirational gift,” said Kirby Jefferson, chair of United Way of Central New Mexico’s board of directors, in a news release. “Our extensive research indicates the community is supportive of focused strategies that will benefit families and lead to greater success in our goal toward a higher graduation rate.”
Mission: Families works in conjunction with the existing Mission: Graduate.
Younger said the labs will continue supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), robotics and other science programs it currently offers to students.