City Year Americorps member teams serving full-time in Columbus, Chicago, Dallas, Little Rock, and Sacramento public schools all proudly wear the AT&T logo on their red jackets. This year, City Year and AT&T are pleased to announce that they have expanded their work together to support new and existing City Year teams serving in urban high schools across the country. Since 2012, AT&T has contributed more than $3.5 million to City Year and engaged its employees to mentor City Year Americorps members and participate in volunteer projects.
“We are deeply grateful to AT&T for their strategic and generous investment in City Year," said Jim Balfanz, City Year's President. "AT&T's commitment to City year is supporting student success in high schools across the country and helping students, many of whom face adverse circumstances, build the relationships with tutors, mentors, and role models needed to maximize their potential."
The City Year and AT&T collaboration helps City Year support student academic and socio-emotional growth with the goal of increasing the number of students who are on-track to graduate, prepared for college and career. This collaboration is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative focused on helping students succeed in school and beyond.
In addition to sponsoring City Year Americorps teams, City Year was selected through a competitive request for proposal process as a recipient of the AT&T Aspire Connect to Success Competition in Baton Rouge, Cleveland, Denver, and Washington D.C.
About Philanthropy and Social Innovation 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. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we've passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.