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14.5.30 final youngstown job shadow advisory

  1. 1. MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Briggs, Public Affairs Melissa D’Apolito AT&T Ohio Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley 614-223-7641 330-539-5268 sarah.briggs@att.com jamvmelissa@onecom.com YOUNGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TEAM UP WITH JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT & AT&T EMPLOYEES TO LEARN SKILLS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy Helps Address National Dropout Crisis What: AT&T employees will team up with Junior Achievement and students from Youngstown’s Chaney Campus and St. Joseph the Provider School to share academic and career skills through a job shadow, part of AT&T’s Aspire Mentoring Academy. Employees are engaging in their communities and are committed to providing one million hours of mentoring to students at risk of dropping out of high school. Building on the success of AT&T's job shadow program, employees and students team up for a couple of hours during the regular business workday. Employees share life experiences and career advice through project-based activities. Students are guided by employees and learn how to problem-solve in a team setting. Employees also encourage students to take the pledge not to text and drive through AT&T's It Can Wait movement. Finally, students learn how to manage their own digital footprint. Who: Approximately 75 students AT&T employees State Representative Bob Hagan When: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where: AT&T, 2933 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown Background: According to a March 19, 2012, report by Civic Enterprises, one in four students – more than 1 million each year – fails to graduate with their class. On average, a high school dropout earns 25 percent less during the course of his or her lifetime compared with a high school graduate and 57 percent less than a college graduate with a bachelor's degree, according to “The College Payoff,” Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce [August 2011].
  2. 2. "The partnership between Junior Achievement and AT&T in the Mahoning Valley provides real-world career experiences for our local students so they can learn about potential careers in the telecommunications industry, and hopefully, decide to stay in school and pursue a career right here in our backyard,” said State Representative Bob Hagan. “When caring adults take time out of their busy day to share new skills and knowledge, students are able to make connections between what they learn in school and what their future career may hold,” said Michele Merkel, President, Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, Inc. “We are very pleased to participate in AT&T’s job shadow program, as it energizes the students and it’s evident that the employees really enjoy the experience as well!” Aspire Mentoring Academy is a part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million investment in education, which is among the most significant U.S. corporate educational initiatives. The program, which has impacted over 1 million students in all 50 states since its initial launch in 2008, drives innovation in education through proven programs that address the high school dropout crisis and taps into the power of personal connections involving many of AT&T’s approximately 240,000 employees. “We are honored to work with wonderful educators and community leaders who dedicate their life to shaping the next generation each and every day,” said Steve Kristan, Director of External Affairs for AT&T Ohio. “Aspire Mentoring Academy provides the opportunity for employees to be a memorable person in a young person’s life – helping students stay on track to graduate from high school and succeed in college, the workforce and beyond.” To learn more about Aspire Mentoring Academy, please visit www.att.com/aspirementoring/ About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE 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 the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att. © 2014 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners. Reliability claim based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. 4G LTE availability varies. About Philanthropy at AT&T AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs
  3. 3. About Junior Achievement® (JA) Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 126 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 122 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org. # # #