September 2, 2015

Media Contact:
Blake Kush
518.463.3175 ext 144



Albany – On Wednesday, September 2nd, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced 14 grant recipients as a part of their $11.6 million nationwide initiative to “increase employment, workforce mobility and family economic security across the country”.

Locally, Albany Community Action Partnership was awarded one of the grants to participate in the foundation’s Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents (STEPS) Pilot Study.

In the study, ACAP will work to improve educational, employment and economic security outcomes for families, specifically unemployed mothers and their children.

“Through the program, unemployed mothers will complete job training and earn the credentials needed for employment,” explained ACAP Executive Director, Neenah Bland. “In order to help both parents and children thrive together, we will use a two-generation approach to remove child care barriers while advancing employment outcomes.”

Local work under this study is already underway with additional programming information to be released soon. More information about the nationwide initiative can be found on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation website at:

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. ACAP currently runs more than a dozen programs and services in over 20 Albany County locations.  Visit to learn more.

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