Sarah Briggs Bill LubingerAT&T Public Affairs Case Western Reserve University614-223-7641, office 216-368-4443, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Case Western Reserve University’s Upward Bound Program Receives $200,000 Aspire Contribution from AT&T The Cleveland Initiative Only Ohio Organization Among 47 Recipients Nationwide to Share in $10 Million to Help Stem the High School Dropout CrisisCLEVELAND, OH, October, 2, 2012 — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced a $200,000 contributionto support the Upward Bound Program at Case Western Reserve University. The Upward Boundprogram was established in 1966 and is designed to prepare low-income and potential first-generationcollege high school students for successful postsecondary studies.Because of its solid record of proven results, the Upward Bound program has been named one of 47recipients nationwide that will share in nearly $10 million from AT&T. With more than 1 million studentsimpacted since its launch in 2008, the AT&T Aspire program is one of the largest corporatecommitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college andcareers. AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program earlier thisyear, bringing the total commitment to $350 million.Applicants were evaluated based on their accomplishments in serving students at risk of dropping outof high-school and their ability to use data to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work. After arigorous and competitive process, the Upward Bound program was identified as making a realdifference in their community by supporting and motivating traditionally underserved students to stay in
school, graduate and prepare for the next step in life. To learn more about all of the organizationsselected, please visit www.att.com/local-impact.“Since the Upward Bound program was introduced in 1966, more than 3,000 high school studentshave benefited from the one-on-one mentoring, while hundreds who may have otherwise dropped outwere able to earn their diplomas," said Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder."We are grateful for AT&T’s generous support of a program with such life-changing possibilities."High school students who attend any one of four Cleveland public schools, grades nine through 12, areeligible for participation in the Upward Bound program. The program is year-round and includes a six-week summer residential component and a well-developed academic year component. During thesummer in a simulated college environment, students live in university residence halls, receiveintensive academic instruction in mathematics, natural sciences with laboratory experience,English/literature, reading, study skills, computer science and foreign language. They also participate ina community service project.“There is no greater investment that any organization can make than in the education of Ohio’s futureleaders,” said State Senator Shirley Smith. “The work of the Upward Bound program at Case WesternReserve University is to be commended, as it keeps our youth on track to graduate high school andprepare them to succeed in college and the workforce.”During the academic year, students participate in the Saturday Enrichment Program, which providesacademic courses and instruction for passing the Ohio Graduation Test. Students also attend weeklytutorials and participate in workshops that focus on personal growth and development. Furthermore,college planning and placement assistance, the SAT/ACT review program (Math and Englishcomponents), and individual/group counseling and advising (personal, academic and career) are activeareas of the program year-round. Annually, the program serves 110 high school students. Services arefree.
“Keeping our teenagers in high school and preparing them for success after graduation benefits ourstudents and our communities,” said Tom Pelto, president of AT&T Ohio. “The Upward Bound programhas a proven graduation strategy that is helping at-risk youth stay in school and succeed academically.We are proud to support this program.”Students who drop out of high school are almost twice as likely to be unemployed than high schoolgraduates and they earn far less money. Studies also cite those that drop out are eight times as likelyto be incarcerated, and far more likely to require public assistance such as housing subsidies, foodstamps, and utility assistance.Links Web Site Links: Related Media Kits: AT&T News AT&T Aspire AT&T Foundry students.case.edu/trio/upwardbound Related Releases: Related Fact Sheets: AT&T Announces Quarter-Billion-Dollar AT&T Aspire: Helping Students Prepare for the Future Expansion Of Education CommitmentAT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. underthe AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honoredcompanies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providersof AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of networkresources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi,high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers thebest wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in themost countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTVbrands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the mostadvanced in the world.Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiariesand affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements areavailable at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow ournews on Twitter at @ATT.