Thursday, May 9, 2013

AT&T New York Supports Education and Innovation

Here is a message from Bronze Partner AT&T about their efforts to support education and innovation.

Marissa Shorenstein
AT&T New York
As we all know, dropout rates are a serious issue in the United States. That’s why last spring, AT&T* announced the launch of a new $250 million, 5-year financial commitment aimed at helping more students graduate from high school with the skills they need to succeed in college and careers.
The new and expanded AT&T commitment builds on the work AT&T Aspire has completed in the last four years. AT&T has invested more than $100 million in Aspire since 2008 and has already impacted more than one million U.S. high school students, helping them prepare for success in the workplace and college.

AT&T Aspire works toward an America where every student graduates high school equipped with the knowledge and skills to strengthen the nation’s workforce. We strive to enable the students of today to become the innovators, entrepreneurs and tech leaders of tomorrow.
As a company looking for individuals with an interest in learning and an appetite for success, we are unwavering in our support for students of all ages to receive an education they deserve so they can go on to lead inspiring careers.
I would like to share with you some recent examples of our investment in learning at work and the opportunities made possible by a good education:

I toured the Y Scholars program, an after-school program offering rigorous college preparatory classes and activities to high school students, at Harry Vanarsdale Jr. High School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on April 16. AT&T’s Aspire initiative provided a $240,000, 2-year grant, which enabled the program to expand to serve 9th- and 10th-grade students.
I was honored to participate in the graduation ceremony on March 28 of one of the Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) classes. Students had just completed OATS’ “Job Search in the Digital Age” course, for which AT&T provided a $15,000 grant. 
It was great to check out all the startups at the NYC Startup Job Fair on April 19 at IAC HQ with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Partnership for New York City President Kathy Wylde, State Sen. Brad Hoylman and event organizer Patrick Duggan. AT&T sponsored the Job Fair, which brings together more than 1,000 job seekers and employers from nearly 80 startups, many of which are online and tech companies. 
As a proud sponsor of the Tribeca Film Institute and Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T helped unite quality films, music, tech and innovation and bring them to New Yorkers during the April 17 to April 28 event. Working with Capital New York, we also enhanced the Festival experience by providing stories about the Festival and its films directly to the public.
AT&T hosted a Tech Showcase on April 4 in our Lower Manhattan office to exhibit some of our company’s latest technologies and demonstrate the future of innovation and ingenuity.


We look forward to providing more educational opportunities and promoting even greater innovation to the next generation of forward-thinkers.
Sincerely yours,
Marissa Shorenstein
President – AT&T New York 

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