School Change Team Named a Mutual of America 2012 Community Partnership Award Winner

New York City Program Provides Students in Underprivileged Schools with Access to Critical Educational Resources

Nov 15, 2012, 11:17 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that School Change Team was named a Merit Finalist in the 2012 Community Partnership Award competition.

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School Change Team was developed by Change for Kids (CFK), a New York-based nonprofit that partners with under-resourced inner-city elementary schools and works with their principal and administrative staff to identify the school's needs and create inspiring learning environments that help students discover their strengths and develop confidence to achieve.

One measure of the program's success can be seen at P.S. 73 in the South Bronx which went from near failing to A-rated by the New York City Board of Education in three years. Over the next five years, CFK expects to expand its reach to ten additional under-resourced schools.

"Through our School Change Team program, Change for Kids is providing services and support that put students on the path to long-term achievement and help struggling schools become a source of pride in underprivileged communities," said Colin Smith, Executive Director of Change for Kids.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 170 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit

"All of the 2012 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit

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