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Building Stronger Communities Through Project Ready

Updated Wed September 30, 2015

“Strong communities make life better for everyone: our employees, our neighbors and our customers.” James Barnes, Public Affairs Manager, GP Cellulose, Memphis.

We’re proud to lend our support to the Memphis Urban League’s Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success – a signature program of the National Urban League – which equips students with the skills, support, confidence and resources needed for success throughout their high school careers.

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation works with countless community-based programs, focusing on education, environment, enrichment and entrepreneurship, and Project Ready is a strong fit. This program aspires to boost education and help students benefit from cultural enrichment opportunities while developing the skills, attitudes, aptitude, confidence and resources that will support their jump from middle school to high school, and what comes next after graduation.

Tonja Sesley-Baymon, president and CEO of Memphis Urban League, adds, “With support from GP Cellulose and other partners, we’re able to further the mission of Project Ready: Post-Secondary Success, which encourages students to take high school seriously, helps them understand the importance of taking rigorous courses throughout high school, and makes the connection between high academic achievement and success in high school and beyond.”

Strong communities of tomorrow start with inspired children today. Project Ready is a valuable education initiative for youth, helping to create long-term value in the Memphis community. Since 2013, the GP Memphis Cellulose Mill and the GP Technology & Innovation Center have donated more than $200,000 to local charitable organizations such as the Memphis Urban League.

“We’re pleased to be able to set aside resources to help improve opportunities for young people in the communities where we live and work,” Barnes notes.

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