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Jan. 05, 2012

AEG TEAMS WITH CITY YEAR LOS ANGELES AND LA'S PROMISE FOR SEASON OF GIVING DAY OF SERVICE AT JOHN MUIR MIDDLE SCHOOL IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES

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AEG's Season of Giving is an initiative designed to raise funds and generate awareness in support of non–profit organizations working on issues of hunger, homelessness and healthcare.

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 4, 2012) – Employees from AEG and City Year Los Angeles mobilized over 100 AEG volunteers and City Year staff and corps members for a "Company Day of Service" as part of AEG's Season of Giving annual charitable campaign. City Year, a national organization that unites teams of young people for a year of service in high-need urban schools, teamed up with AEG and LA's Promise to beautify the campus of John Muir Middle School in South Los Angeles this morning.

Sean Dee, AEG Chief Marketing Officer, Alison Graff–Weisner, Executive Director City Year Los Angeles, Veronica Melvin, LA's Promise President & Chief Executive Officer, and others joined City Year staff and corps members at John Muir Middle School in South Los Angeles, where a flood of volunteers helped revitalize and beautify the school environment.

"AEG is proud to partner with City Year in their efforts to create an improved learning environment at John Muir Middle School," Sean Dee, AEG Chief Marketing Officer said. "Today's service project is one of several where hundreds of AEG employees will be working in partnership with the local communities during our annual Season of Giving."

City Year mobilized over 100 AEG employees and City Year Los Angeles corps members to paint murals in the gymnasium, dance studio, hallways and exterior walls of the school in order to create a more welcoming environment for John Muir's more than 1,300 students.

"Creating a positive learning environment for our students is one of the first steps to getting them back on track to graduate," said Allison Graff–Weisner, Executive Director of City Year Los Angeles. "We are grateful for partners like AEG that work with us to help stop the dropout crisis in Los Angeles schools."

"LA's Promise is thrilled City Year and AEG have chosen John Muir Middle School for a Day of Service," said LA's Promise President and CEO Veronica Melvin. "We've had a number of successes at Muir this year. This gift provides an even brighter outlook for our school community in 2012."

LA's Promise, a non-profit organization, manages John Muir Middle School. John Muir was one of the 3 "focus schools" selected for radical reform by LAUSD because it had failed for years to provide students an acceptable education. As the primary feeder to Manual Arts High School, John Muir is critically important to LA's Promise Neighborhood. With a new principal and reenergized teaching staff LA's Promise is working to dramatically improve the school's instructional program and redesign the school into a community hub, expanding the resources available to students and their families.

About AEG's Season of Giving

AEG's Season of Giving is an initiative designed to raise funds and generate awareness in support of non–profit organizations working on issues of hunger, homelessness and healthcare. During the month of December, a different non–profit organization will be highlighted each day. Today's service day will create a brighter, more positive school climate for John Muir Middle School's community members, parents and families.

About City Year

City Year is an education-focused, non–profit organization founded in 1988 which partners with public schools to provide full–time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate. In Los Angeles, more than 200 corps members serve in 17 LAUSD schools. Learn more at cityyear.org.

About LA's Promise

LA's Promise, a nonprofit organization, is working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community. This will accomplish a "neighborhood turnaround" in an area called LA's Promise Neighborhood.

LA's Promise Neighborhood is an enrollment zone that includes two large South LA high schools and one middle school operated by LA's Promise on a first–of–its–kind performance contract with LAUSD. Within this zone, LA's Promise transforms chronically failing public schools, opens new schools and remakes schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. By doing this, LA's Promise will prepare every child in LA's Promise Neighborhood to be college–ready, healthy and successful in life. LA's Promise also screens and manages more than 50 partners who support these school communities by providing over 200 wraparound services. Over the coming years, LA's Promise will adopt feeder schools to build a K–12 educational pipeline serving over 20,000 children.