For more information, contact:Sarah Briggs,AT&T Public Affairs614firstname.lastname@example.orgDenice SchaferSr. District Director, Junior Achievement of North Central OhioWireless: email@example.com AT&T JOB SHADOW INITIATIVE REACHES 100,000 U.S. HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS— INCREASING HIGH SCHOOL SUCCESS AND COLLEGE/CAREER READINESSAKRON-AREA STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM INITATIVE AND COMPANY LOOKSFORWARD TO EXPANDED JOB SHADOW UNDER NEW $250M AT&T ASPIRE COMMITMENTAKRON, OH, December 6, 2012 — Akron area high school students will team up with AT&T*employees, joining thousands of their peers across the country, to participate in the AT&T / JAWorldwide Job Shadow Initiative, a five-year effort to increase high school retention andworkforce readiness. In its fifth year, the initiative has reached more than 100,000 students."Education is more important than ever and our young people depend on teachers,administrators and mentors to help them achieve inside and outside of the classroom,‖ saidState Senator Tom Sawyer. "In our highly competitive economy, we must do all we can to helpstudents succeed, and I am thrilled to hear about the partnership between Junior Achievementand AT&T here in Akron.‖Since the initiative started in 2008, more than 645 Akron area students have had the opportunityto benefit from the AT&T / JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative. The initiative enables students,grades 9-12 – as well as second-semester eighth graders, to shadow AT&T employees to seefirsthand the educational background and skills they will need to succeed on the job. -more-
The acclaimed report The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts, conducted byCivic Enterprises and Peter D. Hart Research Associates and funded by the Bill & MelindaGates Foundation, reveals that many students dropout, despite the fact they have passinggrades. They simply don’t see the relevance of their school work today to their future lifesuccess.―AT&T is proud to partner with Junior Achievement on this job shadow for students right here inAkron to showcase career exploration activities that will help motivate them to stay in schooland achieve meaningful careers,‖ said Tom Pelto, AT&T Ohio President.On December 6, 2012, 75 students from Akron’s Buchtel’s High School are scheduled toshadow AT&T employees at the 48 West Bowery Street, Akron location.―This initiative is Junior Achievement’s largest and most ambitious corporate job shadow action,impacting the lives of more than 100,000 students through this one initiative to date,‖ said JackE. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA. ―We are proudto collaborate with AT&T to empower young people to take charge of their future careersuccess—and help them make the connection between the importance of education and theskills they need to succeed.‖Recent findings from a report that measures the impact of the program on students show theprogram is making a significant difference and is changing attitudes about staying in school: 97% of students agreed that doing well in school helps them achieve career goals. 91% of students felt the Job Shadow experience made them more aware of career options. 88% of students felt that participating in Job Shadow made them realize the importance of staying in school. -more-
The AT&T / JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative, is part of AT&T Aspire, a $100 million initialphilanthropic commitment. AT&T launched Aspire in April 2008 and it is one of the largest-evercorporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.Earlier this year AT&T announced a new $250 million financial commitment planned over 5years to expand the Aspire program. AT&T Aspire will build on that commitment by usingtechnology to connect with students in new and more effective ways, such as with interactivegamification, Web-based content and social media. The company will also tap the innovationengine of the AT&T Foundry to look for fresh or atypical approaches to educational obstacles.Finally, AT&T Aspire will capitalize on the power of personal connections in the form ofmentoring, internships and other voluntary efforts that involve many of AT&T’s employees.For more information about the AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative, please visitwww.att.com/jobshadow.*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc.under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.Find More Information Online: Web Site Links: Related Media Kits: AT&T Web Site AT&T Aspire media kit AT&T Awards and Honors About the AT&T Philanthropy AT&T Job Shadow*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under theAT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.About AT&TAT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&Toperating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world.With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network,AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobilebroadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones ®that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse and AT&T│DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of themost advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive areknown for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 ®Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine.