YOOBI JOINS FORCES WITH LIONSGATE AND THE CAST OF SABAN’S POWER RANGERS TO DONATE NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO STUDENTS AT 116TH STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, California (March 24, 2017) – Yoobi, an innovative school, home, and office supplies company that gives back, joined Lionsgate and the cast of Saban’s Power Rangers today on a school-wide donation event at 116th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles. The donation, which kicked off with an assembly featuring Yoobi’s Chief Giving Officer Justin Wolff, 116th Street Principal Tyra Henderson, and all five Power Rangers (including Becky G, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott and Ludi Lin), will help ensure that students have the basic learning tools needed to succeed in the classroom.
“Yoobi is proud to support the teachers and students at 116th Street Elementary,” said Justin Wolff, Yoobi’s Chief Giving Officer. “We think every kid should start the day with the essential tools they need to learn and be successful. We’re thrilled to partner with the Rangers for this amazing event that we know will have an impact far beyond today.”
Through its partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), Yoobi donated 22 “Classroom Packs” – boxes filled with essential school supplies – to more than 500 students across the school. Each Classroom Pack includes hundreds of core learning tools – enough for a class of up to 30 students – and consists of pencils, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, folders, crayons, colored pencils, markers and more.
“Kids don’t only need school supplies in August and September,” said Becky G., who plays Yellow Ranger Trini in the film, which opens today. “This effort by Yoobi, and the Kids In Need Foundation, recognizes the ongoing expense many teachers face throughout the school year, and helps level the playing field so that every kid has a chance to succeed in school.”
Studies show that when kids have access to basic learning tools, their test scores, attendance and classroom behavior improve significantly. According to a recent study by KINF, when kids come to school with adequate school supplies, teachers found:
- 82% increase in classroom participation
- 60% increase in homework completion
- 94% increase in classroom preparedness
- 71% increase in student attendance
- 76% increase in student interest in learning
“I thank Yoobi for their generous donation, and for helping ensure that our kids can finish out the school year strong,” said Principal Tyra Henderson. “Yoobi’s donation means that students don’t have to go without learning supplies and that teachers can focus on teaching. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Founded in 2014, Yoobi operates on a “One for you, one for me” model – for every Yoobi item purchased, Yoobi donates an item to a U.S. classroom in need. The classrooms are typically defined by their non-profit partner Kids In Need Foundation as K-5 classrooms in schools where 70 percent or more of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch through the National School Lunch Program.
Since their founding, Yoobi has impacted nearly 2.5 million kids.
Yoobi is based on a bright yet simple idea: colorful, vibrant supplies for school, home or the office that give back. For every Yoobi item purchased, Yoobi donates an item to a classroom in need right here in the U.S. Together with the Kids In Need Foundation, Yoobi has impacted more than 2 million kids nationwide. In June 2015, Yoobi opened its first retail store at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Los Angeles, CA. The store features a hyper-localized giveback: for every Yoobi item purchased in the store, one will be donated to a local classroom with the greatest need within a 10-mile radius. In July 2015, Yoobi released the limited-edition Yoobi X Usher collection, curated by Usher and featuring 20 new products and five prints designed by artist Jonni Cheatwood. In July 2016, Yoobi launched a collaboration with Pharrell William’s creative collective, i am OTHER, designed to inspire kids to embrace their uniqueness and what makes them different. Yoobi X I am OTHER features over 50 items available exclusively for Back to School 2016. Yoobi was also named one of 2016’s hottest brands for school supplies by Google. Yoobi currently offers more than 500 different items, from pens and journals to lunchboxes and headphones, available at www.Yoobi.com and in Target stores nationwide.