People helping people is a commitment we live out on many fronts — from financial support for important causes, to the selfless volunteer efforts of our employee team. From the heroic way our employees respond when disaster strikes one of our communities, to the innovative ways we work to reduce our impact on the environment.
AT&T invests significant resources to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. In 2011, we contributed $115 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs.
GIVING STUDENTS A GLIMPSE OF THEIR POSSIBILITIES In 2008, we launched AT&T Aspire — a $100 million philanthropic initiative focused on reversing the high school dropout trend. It's designed to help at-risk students graduate prepared for success — either in finding jobs or continuing their educations.
AT&T believes that investing in a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing we can do to help America remain the leader in a digital, global economy.
As an important part of Aspire, we've joined with Junior Achievement on the AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative. Through this effort, AT&T employees donate their time to team up with students, helping them learn about careers and understand the educational and workforce skills they will need to succeed on the job.
Since the initiative started in 2008, nearly 94,000 students have participated in 212 cities. AT&T employees have dedicated more than 270,000 volunteer hours. And by early 2012 we expect to have provided job shadow opportunities for 100,000 students — a goal reached far ahead of schedule thanks to the passion of our employees.