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 26 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman and former member of the City Council where he served for four years. 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. Weinroth, who is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey, served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services INC (FREEDOMED®), 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 was elected president of two homeowners associations (Boca Falls HOA and Briarcliff at Woodfield Country Club HOA) and has served as a Board member of the Bay Winds HOA. He was also appointed to serve on the Safety & Security Committee at Woodfield Country Club HOA, its finance committee and the Club by-laws, long-range planning and finance committees. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15 th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. Weinroth has also served on the boards of two synagogues, most recently B’nai Torah Congregation where he served as Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. He was elected to the School Advisory Councils for Waters Edge Elementary and Olympic Heights High School and the Donna Klein Jewish Academy board. In 2014 Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council where he served as CRA Vice- chair and Deputy Mayor during his tenure. He was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach transportation Planning Authority, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities.

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