By Meg Sommerfeld — March 25, 1992 2 min read

The American Telephone and Telegraph Company announced last month that it will donate nearly a quarter of a million dollars to several New Jersey programs that encourage girls to study mathematics, science, and engineering.

The corporation awarded $150,000 to Douglass College, the women’s college of Rutgers University, to support a pre-collegiate summer academic program for 9th- and 10th-grade girls.

It also gave $50,000 to the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., to establish the Eastern Regional Center of the Women in Engineering Programs Advocates Network.

The center at Stevens will help higher-education institutions create new engineering programs for women or expand existing ones.

The company also plans to award an additional $30,000 worth of small-scale grants to other college programs in New Jersey that encourage women to pursue math and science careers.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation unveiled on March 13 the “Families for Kids’’ program, a new initiative aimed at placing more foster children with permanent adoptive families.

The foundation has invited interested individuals or groups to submit proposals for projects “aimed at bringing about significant changes’’ in the foster-care system and policies that affect the adoption of children in foster care.

Initial review of the proposals, which should be no longer than 10 pages, will begin by May 15, 1992. Kellogg will award funding to “a limited number of projects.’'

For more information about the grant program, write to the Families for Kids initiative, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, One Michigan Avenue East, Battle Creek, Mich. 49017-4058.

The BEST Foundation for a Drug-Free Tomorrow has created a $1-million anti-drug-education program to be distributed to 60 state and provincial education agencies in the United States and Canada.

The video-based curriculum kit, “Just For Me,’' is geared toward discouraging elementary-age children from experimenting with drugs.

A consultant to the foundation said that one in six children has used marijuana by the 6th grade.

The foundation will distribute the educational package, which includes video tapes and manuals for teachers and parents, primarily through state agencies. It also will make 200 kits available free on a first-come, first-served basis to schools that submit written requests.

More information is available from the BEST Campaign, 13701 Riverside Dr., Suite 700, Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91423.

A version of this article appeared in the March 25, 1992 edition of Education Week as Philanthropy