Published On: Wed, Oct 10th, 2018

AT&T Makes $850,000 Grant to ChildNet to Help Children in Foster Care Succeed

By Robert S Weinroth

It was a day to celebrate the collaboration between our business community, non-profit agencies and our school district to help students reach their full potential.

An $850,000 contribution from AT&T to ChildNet will help local foster care youth succeed in school. ChildNet is among 10 recipient non-profits, nationwide, to share in a grant by AT&T of $9.25 million in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of AT&T Aspire, an initiative to help provide access to education and training students need to get and keep good jobs.

ChilNet is the lead child welfare agency for Palm Beach and Broward counties. $750,000 of the AT&T grant will be used to expand it Grounded for Life academic mentoring program, a collaboration with Best Food Forward (PBC) and Children’s Harbor (Broward).

Over 60% of the children who age out of the foster care system fail to receive a high school diploma. The Grounded for Lufe program is s powerful counterbalance to a childhood often filled with abuse and neglect.

ChildNet will use $100,000 of the grant to create an Educational Services Specialist position in West Palm Beach who will serve 300 students placed in Palm Beach County’s foster care system to help them overcome barriers to success in school.

Over the past 7 years, AT&T has contributed over $1.6 million to ChildNet to help improve educational outcomes for the students it serves.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 📆 for the upcoming ChildNet Luncheon to be held on Tuesday April 9th 2019 at Woodfield Country Club! 😊

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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