The following is from the August 4, 2008, edition of MarketWatch.
DALLAS — Forty local high school students graduated from the 27th annual ExxonMobil Green Team program on August 1, equipped with newfound knowledge and an appreciation for the environment and going green. Honored by ExxonMobil, their nonprofit internship coordinators and professors from Southern Methodist University (SMU), the students wrapped up their summer at the Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park, the site of one of the Green Team's environmental field trips earlier in the summer.
The ExxonMobil Green Team provides a meaningful work experience for high school students from low- to moderate-income households. Students are placed with selected area nonprofits, where they work in teams on environmental and conservation projects.
Select students received awards honoring their exemplary program participation from internship coordinators at their respective agencies. SMU professors also presented awards to Green Team students who demonstrated academic achievement throughout the summer classes. Green Team students participated in environmentally-focused internships with Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, City of Dallas Water Conservation Division, City of Dallas Park and Recreation, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Heart House Dallas, Student Conservation Association, and Texas Discovery Gardens.
"The ExxonMobil Green Team is more than an internship or a classroom discussion; it is about transforming students into key leaders in the community, with a focus on the environment and higher education," said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity, ExxonMobil Foundation.
"We believe that education is the cornerstone for achievement and success. Continuing education over the summer break is important not only to keep students' minds active and engaged, but also to prepare them for their futures, whether on a college campus or in the professional world."
Throughout the program, students received instruction from the Maguire Energy Institute at (SMU) and attended classes in career exploration, leadership development and environmental engineering. On Fridays, the Green Team participated in educational field trips and activities with an environmental focus. Students are paid for all time spent in the program.
"We are inspired to see a corporation investing in high school students, and it is an honor to continue our relationship with ExxonMobil on the administration of the Green Team," said Phyllis Bernstein, chair, Volunteer Center of North Texas' Dallas County Council on Volunteerism. "From teaching children about ecology to making environmentally-themed PSAs, the ExxonMobil Green Team students spent the summer impacting their community while also preparing for their futures. Without a doubt, these students added to the success of our participating nonprofits this summer."
ExxonMobil provided a grant of more than $189,000 to the Volunteer Center of North Texas to support the ExxonMobil Green Team. Since its launch in 1981, ExxonMobil has invested $6.1 million in the Dallas program, reaching 3,350 students. The ExxonMobil Green Team is currently in place in eight cities including: Torrance, Calif.; Chalmetter, La.; Clinton, N.J.; Paulsboro, N.J.; Beaumont, Texas; Dallas; Houston; and, Arlington, Va.
About ExxonMobil Foundation
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.
Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2007, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $207 million in contributions worldwide, of which $70 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.
About SMU's Maguire Energy Institute
The Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University encourages the study of policy, marketing and management issues related to oil, natural gas and electricity. The Institute conducts seminars and training programs focusing on the business, economic, and managerial aspects of the energy industry; hosts conferences to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among educators, practitioners, media, and government officials; and provides material for students and teachers to foster a better understanding of the role of the energy industry in the world economy. Read more.
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