To help increase high school graduation rates, Boys & Girls Clubs of America received $1 million from AT&T to expand BE GREAT: Graduate, an intervention program for at-risk middle school and high school youth, in communities with the highest dropout rates.
Using established risk indicators, the program identifies vulnerable high school students and facilitates their graduation through proven mentorship. To this point, the program has focused on older high school students. With AT&T’s support, BGCA is widening the scope of this project through the launch of BE READY, a program for 8th and 9th graders designed to teach skills such as time management, study skills, note taking, organization and personal responsibility.
This new component of BE GREAT: Graduate is funded through AT&T Aspire, a $100 million commitment to education. AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. As part of its commitment, AT&T launched Aspire in April 2008. AT&T Aspire is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments to address high school success and workforce readiness.
About Philanthropy at AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and working with other organizations, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2010, more than $148.2 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
During the Giving Tuesday timeframe (11/29 – 12/6), AT&T is supporting Boys & Girls Clubs through AT&T Aspire, its signature philanthropic initiative, and AT&T THANKS, its customer appreciation program. When customers in the AT&T THANKS program redeem their Ticket Twosdays offer, AT&T will donate two movie tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs.
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