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ATLANTA-AREA TEENS LEARN HOW TO BE WORKFORCE-READY AT AT&T ASPIRE MENTORING ACADEMY
Junior Achievement students across the country to receive workplace mentoring to help them become college- and career-ready
Atlanta – Junior Achievement launches its collaboration with AT&T this week to provide students at risk of dropping out of high school with workplace mentoring by AT&T employees.
On Thursday, Junior Achievement of Georgia students from Atlanta’s Cross Keys High School will attend AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy at its corporate campus in midtown Atlanta, in the first of many job mentoring sessions across the country during the 2012-13 school year.
Aspire Mentoring Academy is the key community engagement program of AT&T’s $350 million investment in its Aspire program, which is focused on high school success leading to college and career readiness. Through the program, the company’s employees are engaging in their communities with a goal to provide 1 million hours of mentoring to students at-risk of dropping out of high school.
Building on the success of the earlier AT&T/JA Job Shadow initiative, which provided students with more than 100,000 job shadow opportunities, AT&T employees will share life experiences and career advice through project-based activities during the workday.
Providing young people with real-world learning experiences can be key to improving U.S. high school graduation rates. More than 1 million students each year – 1 in every 4 -- do not graduate on time with their class.1
According to the landmark study commissioned by The Gates Foundation, The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts, more than 4 in every 5 (or 81 percent) of high school dropouts interviewed indicated that providing them with real-world learning experiences would have helped them stay in school.
Jack Harris, president of Junior Achievement of Georgia, noted, “Junior Achievement is working to improve high school graduation rates by helping students connect the dots from the classroom to the real-world and better understand the skills they need to be successful in the global economy. We are honored to collaborate with AT&T to address this critical social and economic issue.”
“We are excited to be teaming up with Junior Achievement, a leader in the field of student mentoring, as we mobilize our employees to provide 1 million hours of mentoring,” said Janiece Evans-Page, Assistant Vice President – Community Engagement at AT&T. “This is just the beginning of a program that will help us put the skills, knowledge and passion of our employees to work in our communities.”
To learn more about Aspire Mentoring Academy visit www.att.com/aspirementoring.
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1 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, Annual Update 2012, Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University (March 19, 2012)