LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The founder of Children Uniting Nations (CUN), Daphna Edwards Ziman, announced that this leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality mentors and advocates for foster and at-risk children, will now be providing both computer technology and mentoring support at Samuel Gompers Middle School in South Los Angeles.
Children Uniting Nations currently works with eleven Los Angeles Unified School District middle schools and serves several thousand foster and at-risk youth in South Los Angeles including Samuel Gompers Middle School. The Academic Mentoring Program at Gompers Middle School currently provides foster and at-risk youth with one-on-one mentors who provide academic support, as well as help to build the mentees' self-esteem. CUN Mentors are carefully screened volunteers. They are mainly college students trained by Children Uniting Nations, and these mentors work closely with teachers, school counselors, foster families and school administrations. In addition to the three hours of weekly academic mentoring, the student and mentor participate in evening and weekend community activities sponsored by the organization including field trips, sporting events and college tours.
"We are very pleased that the Chernick Family is supporting Samuel Gompers Middle School through both computer technology and an Academic Mentor Center," said Ms. Ziman. "But more importantly, we are most grateful for the generosity of the Chernick's for affording us the opportunity to improve the lives and future of those attending the school."
"Daphna Ziman has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of at-risk children, and we are proud to support new programs at Samuel Gompers Middle School," said Mr. Aubrey Chernick. "We supported Daphna's Children Uniting Nations in 2012. We were so impressed with their work that we have decided to make a larger commitment to their efforts," added Joyce Chernick.
Aubrey Chernick, a renowned Los Angeles computer software entrepreneur who founded the Candle Corporation, has been supporting causes and creating programs that provided academic support and nurtured computer skills in at-risk youth for over two decades. As Founder and CEO of Candle, Chernick instituted a teen-apprentice program and paid-internship positions for over 50 inner city youth at his El Segundo-based offices. Many of these kids went on to attend college and build careers in the computer software industry. A portion of the funds allocated to the mentoring program at Samuel Gompers Middle School will be used to provide new computers for the mentoring center.
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