Dun & Bradstreet Strives to Empower Today’s Youth Through Education For a Brighter Tomorrow

What if you were tasked to build a mechanical device that could move an object in two dimensions – both vertically and horizontally? Would you know where to begin?

With the support of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) based programs, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) knew that their K-8th grade students would be up for the challenge. The STEM Program, which is funded in part through Dun & Bradstreet EdAhead donations, allows groups of young students the opportunity to work on an array of complex projects, with some pretty incredible results. Dorothy Kiniti and Stephen Shirk from Dun & Bradstreet were given the opportunity to visit a few of the schools to see just what the students were up to and check out some of these complex projects. Read on to hear more about how EdAhead funding is being put to use in the Santa Monica-Malibu area:

From left to right; Linda Greenberg (Executive Director, Santa Monica-Malibu Education Fund), Gretchen McLaughlin (English Language Arts, SMMUSD), Dorothy Kiniti (Marketing Operations Manager, Dun & Bradstreet), Marianna O’Brien (Science, SMMUSD), Dr. Suzanne Webb (Principal, SMMUSD)

Lincoln Middle School

At Lincoln Middle School, students were given six weeks to create a formal experiment proposal that included an abstract, rationale, experimental design, experimental procedures, and a citation page.

Throughout the course of the program, students utilized the process of discovery as a teaching tool, learning from their mistakes as well as their successes. They also developed advanced communication skills to help explain their scientific ideas to the experiment selection committees. To facilitate the development of those skills, the school created a core program that partners science and english lessons.

Students at Lincoln Middle School

At the end of six weeks, over 80 experiment proposals were submitted to the Review Committee, which consisted of local community members. The winning proposal, entitled the “Paper Chromatography Experiment,” was created to help determine whether chromatography could be performed in microgravity, and discover how the process may differ from when it is performed on earth. The experiment was then sent to the International Space Station on June 19th, 2015, from the Kennedy Space Center.

The winning team of 8th grade students included Samuel Buckley-Bonanno, Adam Chamas, Charlie Gooding and Shrayes Raman.

John Muir Elementary

The Exploratory collaborated with John Muir Elementary on a K-5 curriculum designed to engage learning experiences that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) subjects. The program gives an early start at exposing young students to STEM-related programs and gives them an opportunity to use their curiosity and intelligence to compete in problem solving tasks. Thanks to their partnership with The Exploratory, an eight-week design lab helped prepare children for challenges through its “Tinker.Make.Innovate” philosophy.

The students at John Muir were tasked with exploring simple machines and gear systems to create a self-operating machine that could share a story about a person that made a difference in history. The program would otherwise not be possible without the generous donations of families, communities and businesses within the community.

From left to right; Susie Parks (Parent), Kristina London (5th Grade Teacher, Webster Elementary), Tina Pezzotta (PlanetBravo), Dorothy Kiniti (Marketing Operations Manager), Karen Verham (5th Grade Teacher, Webster Elementary), (Lori Rose (4th Grade Teacher, Webster Elementary), Linda Greenberg (Executive Director, SMMEF), Ann Conkle (Communications and Events Manager, SMMEF), Jordan Norman (PlanetBravo) Front Row: Amanda Park (Student)

Point Dume Marine Science School and Webster Elementary

PlanetBravo partnered with Point Dume and Webster Elementary to deliver a formal technology curriculum that integrated common core standards for Math and Language Arts in their computer labs. The PlanetBravo instructors worked with the students on a weekly basis covering relevant computer topics.

Students have benefited from PlanetBravo in many ways, including the expansion of their digital knowledge through lessons in technology and problem solving. Every year, PlanetBravo helps to enhance children’s futures by teaching them to learn and build something new. By the time the students are in middle school, they are already well versed in Google Apps, are able to create documents and spreadsheets, and are comfortable understanding web etiquette, with the invaluable knowledge that their digital footprint stays with them forever.

These school programs were funded thanks to the contributions made by the EdAhead initiative. The $100,000 grant made to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) by Dun & Bradstreet was allocated to comprehensive programs such as this,designed to improve student achievement and success from transitional kindergarten to 12th grade.

About EdAhead

EdAhead® is a revolutionary program designed to stress the importance of education for the future of America’s business success. By uniting employees and employers in contributing to students’ preparation for college, helping fund college savings, and improving local schools, EdAhead is an investment in student’s futures for personal success, community well being, and global prosperity.

The EdAhead program is a welcome bridge between saving today for education tomorrow, and it’s not just for parents. Any employee can be a steward of a child’s educational opportunity. We encourage any and every company to join our commitment to the importance of education to a shared future of leadership and strength.

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Over $300,000 Donated to School Districts Around the Country in 2015

In just 2015 alone, Dun & Bradstreet‘s EdAhead initiative donated over $300,000 to various schools across the country. Here’s a break down of each school the company supported by donating to their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.

– Tempe, Arizona: $4,100
– Short Hills, New Jersey: $5,650
– Greensboro, North Carolina: $19,271
– Tucson, Arizona: $20,595
– Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: $32,355
– Los Angeles, California: $100,000
– Santa Monica & Malibu, California: $100,000 + $25,800 intern scholarships

To see what some of the funding has been used for, check out a recap of two Malibu team members’ tour of some of the local schools.



EdAhead Summer 2015 Interns Finish Strong

Dun & Bradstreet’s unique program which brings a select number of high school students through a six week internship in our Malibu office has come to a close. Over the six week program, the interns get hands on experience within the business area of their choice and are mentored through the journey by full time employees. Check out this video which covers their stories from day one all the way through the end!

At the EdAhead Intern Graduation Ceremony,  Dun and Bradstreet Vice Chairman Jeff Stibel noted that the whole office benefits from the high school interns. Not only do they complete meaningful projects, but they also bring fresh enthusiasm to the office. Their energy is contagious and the whole office is reminded to live our “work hard, play hard” philosophy. We wish all our interns the best as they prepare to go back to school for their senior year, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!

You can learn more about how Dun & Bradstreet Strives to Empower Today’s Youth Through Education for a Brighter Tomorrow here.

2014 EdAhead Intern Nikan Namiri First to Receive Dun & Bradstreet Scholarship

In the summer of 2014, Nikan Namiri interned with Dun & Bradstreet as an EdAhead intern, and now, after being honored as salutatorian in Santa Monica High School’s Class of 2015, he has been accepted to UCLA, where he will pursue his studies in bioengineering. The Executive Director of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation presented Namiri with a check to use toward his studies, a gift from Dun & Bradstreet for his time there as an intern. Namiri is the first 2014 intern to accept his college admissions offer and Dun & Bradstreet wishes him the best in his future endeavors!

To learn more about Namiri and his high school accomplishments (like founding a non-profit), read this article from the Santa Monica Daily Press.

North Hollywood High School Team Named National Champions at CyberPatriot Finals

L.A. Unified’s Beyond the Bell teams competed for the national high school cyber defense championship for the sixth-straight year. In Dec. 2014, Dun & Bradstreet donated $100,000 to the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of its EdAhead program. That donation is being used to support the Beyond the Bell CyberPatriot and CyberGirlz programs, which were designed to train young women in technology and cyber security and prepare students to compete at the highest level in CyberPatriot: The National Student Cyber Defense Championship. We’re thrilled to have supported a program like this, and that Team Azure from North Hollywood High School won the national title!

The Finalists

This year, Beyond the Bell named three teams for the national finals – more than any other school district in the nation! Most of LA’s teams are from Title 1 schools and those competing include teams from Franklin and North Hollywood High Schools. Team Azure, this year’s winner, was also the 2014 Championship winner. Two of their champions are actually already working in the cyber security field while finishing up high school and preparing to go to college in the fall.

About Beyond the Bell & CyberPatriot

Beyond the Bell LA is responsible for all the after school programs for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Six years ago, Beyond the Bell innovated an after school STEM program to train students to defend and defuse cyber attacks. The program was designed to prepare students to compete at the highest level in CyberPatriot: The National Student Cyber Defense Championship. CyberPatriot was started seven years ago by the Air Force Association to create generations of students skilled at cyber defense. Today the program is the largest in the country with148 teams and over 600 students, 30 percent of whom are female. The program aims to grow the number of female participants every year.

Photo Credits: North Hollywood High School, Franklin High School, U.S. CyberPatriot

Tempe Elementary School District Receives First-Ever EdAhead Grant

On Jan. 26, 2015, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. made a first time donation of $4,100 to the Tempe Elementary School District* to support its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives. The school district will use the funds to support the Fees College Preparatory Middle School STEM based curriculum.

Tempe Elementary School District has allocated the EdAhead grant to support the second year of Fees College Prep’s STEM academic program, benefitting approximately 165 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students by providing a STEM-based curriculum and a dedicated elective focusing on science, social studies, and language arts. The donation will specifically allow the school to purchase and maintain additional equipment for the STEM lab, replace consumable materials for all STEM classes, provide a STEM student field trip to the Arizona Science Lab, participate in the City of Tempe’s Geeks’ Night Out, and participate in STEM competitions.

“We are extremely honored to have been chosen by the school district to receive this contribution from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.,” said Kacy S. Baxter, Principal at Fees College Prep.  “Our STEM program provides students real-world opportunities that help to guide career decisions.  The additional support allows us to expand and enhance the program, which ultimately benefits our students and paves the way for their future.”

This is the first year that Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has contributed to Tempe Elementary School District, and since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated a total of almost $530,000 to public schools throughout the country.

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EdAhead Sends Grimsley High School Students to International Career Development Conference Through $19,000 Grant

At Grimsley High School on April 16, 2015,  Dun & Bradstreet Credibility’s Greensboro team presented a check for $19,271 to the Enrichment Fund for Guilford County schools to establish “The Future Thinkers, Doers and Innovators Fund” on behalf of our EdAhead Initiative. EdAhead is the nation’s first education savings program with a multiple match, which means the donation we presented today is based on the matched amount of contributions (up to a certain amount) that the Greensboro office employees made to their 529 education accounts.

This fund provides scholarship support to Guilford County students who advance to regional and national conferences or competitions related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The fund gives priority to the students with the greatest financial need, and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility was actually able to meet a few of the students who were awarded a $2,400 grant from this funding. This grant also allows the Grimsley High School DECA students to travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in an International Career Development Conference. One student stated he was humbled for the financial assistance because this international leadership competition was his “superbowl,” and that this funding gave him the platform to meet likeminded future business leaders and further his business knowledge.

Kudos to our Greensboro employees for helping make this happen! 


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Tucson Unified School District Receives $20,595 Grant for STEM Programs

For the second year, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. donated funds to the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the company presented TUSD with a check for $20,595 that will be used to provide high school STEM clubs with the resources to plan, develop, prepare, and implement rigorous and relevant projects that connect academics and community service. Each student club will determine its own STEM related projects and/or field studies that will support their school and club goals, including service components designed to connect with other TUSD schools.

“We are thrilled that our donation to TUSD has doubled in size since our first donation last year,” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.  “As our partnership continues to grow, we are helping to expand the STEM program’s curriculum to more students in the Tucson area and provide a fantastic educational foundation.”

Since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated a total of $530,000 to public schools throughout the country, and $31,000 of that was to TUSD previously.

Millburn-Short Hills School District Receives Second EdAhead® Donation

For the second consecutive year, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. has donated to the Millburn-Short Hills School District to help aid the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated $20,650 to the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills.  The contribution is based on the matched amount of contributions that the company’s New York employees made to their 529 education accounts.

The grant, which was presented to the middle school on Feb. 27th, will be used to offer a new course, titled ‘Girls Coding with Girls.’ This two-semester course provides students an introduction to coding through JAVA in the first semester. Students will then apply their knowledge to creating games, smart phone apps, and basic web designs. The program’s second semester will expand their coding exposure to the world of Arduino, and extend the students’ skills to construct and drive basic electronic circuits.

Dr. Christine Burton, Interim Superintendent of Schools, says, “We thank the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, as always, for their support of our schools, and to Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. for their generous donation and ongoing funding of our iSTEM programs.”

$100,000 Matching Grant Donated to LA Unified School District

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, several Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. employees attended the CyberGirlz Summit at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business to present their first-ever donation to the Los Angeles Unified School District, through the EdAhead® program.

The $100,000 matching grant challenge will support the Beyond the Bell CyberPatriot and CyberGirlz programs, and will enable the CyberGirlz program to provide critical resources to train young women in technology and cyber security. Funds will be used to develop new teams of high school girls and provide additional support to the young women who have already committed to the CyberGirlz teams.

In addition, the company’s donation will be used to expand the Middle School program from eight to 15 participating schools.

“Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp is thrilled to help Los Angeles Unified School District support young women interested in pursuing technology and engineering. Our EdAhead® program was created to fuel the next generation of thinkers, doers and innovators, and the CyberGirlz and CyberPatriot programs are doing exactly that. We encourage other local businesses to join us in support of public education in the local Los Angeles area.” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

Photo Credit: LAUSD