AT&T Volunteers to Present Internet-Safety Seminar to Dallas Parents and Children
Employees Aim to Educate Lower-Income Families on Computer Safety
Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2006
The Dallas chapter of HACEMOS, an Hispanic employee association of AT&T, and the AT&T Pioneers, a dynamic group of active and retired AT&T employees, will reach out to the Dallas Hispanic community and present an Internet-safety seminar to parents and children to educate families on computer safety, protecting personal information from predators and hackers. They will also address challenges faced by today's children who surf the Web.
The training sessions will take place at L.P. Cowart Elementary School at 1515 S. Ravinia Drive in Oak Cliff on Sat. Oct. 21 and will consist of vivid, hands-on demonstrations of scenarios often faced by Internet users. Attendees will use computers to play an educational game that puts Internet predators and hackers behind bars. Upon completion of the sessions, participants will earn certificates naming them Official Internet Town Superheroes.
"I commend all who take a vested interest in their children's education through programs like Parents Step Ahead," said state Rep. Roberto Alonzo. "I firmly believe that the more actively involved we get in the school system as a community — as parents, educators, public officials and civic leaders — the better our communities will be in the long run. Our children are our future; by making an impact on their lives now, we will encourage them to make a difference in the world tomorrow."
The seminar, which will be attended by 200 to 300 parents interested in playing a more active role in the education of their children, will be led by Hispanic professionals, community leaders, elected officials, small business owners and corporate leaders.
"AT&T commends state Representative Roberto Alonzo's dedication and commitment to our community, which makes a positive impact on all of his constituents," said Martha Rocha, area manager of External Affairs, AT&T Texas. "In an effort to support his vision, AT&T is sponsoring the Parents Step Ahead Program as part of our corporate obligation to improve the lives of our community members."
"The sponsorship of the Parents Step Ahead Program by AT&T is a great validation of what this program is all about, said Lupita Colmenero, president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications and founder of Parents Step Ahead program (PSAP). "In order for the Hispanic community to progress, parents must be prepared to become constructive educators and better role models at home."
"AT&T is sponsoring the Parents Step Ahead Program by providing a $10,000 grant to carry out the program's goals of educating, enabling, and empowering Hispanic parents to take a proactive role in the personal and educational development of their children. The PSAP is a collaborative initiative with the White House, the National Association of Hispanic Publications Foundation, and the Dallas Independent School District for the educational excellence of Hispanic Americans. The PSAP will provide numerous parental seminars, which are open to the public, throughout Hispanic neighborhoods. The overall mission of the PSAP is to empower and recognize Dallas parents who wish to dedicate their time and resources toward their children's education.
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About AT&T Pioneers
The AT&T Pioneers make up a dynamic group of active and retired AT&T employees who volunteer their time to enhance the communities in which they work and live. The group comprises real, everyday, hard-working people who value giving their time and resources to their community. The AT&T Pioneers support education, the environment and social needs.
The 1,200 members of Hispanic Association of Communications Employees of SBC (HACEMOS) works to foster an environment where employees help each other succeed professionally, personally and in the community. HACEMOS' principal objectives are to promote the advancement of its members, assist AT&T in reaching its goals, and improve the quality of life in the Hispanic community. HACEMOS is also a Scholarship Foundation.
About Parents Step Ahead
A community outreach initiative aimed at educating, enabling and empowering parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children. Additional information is available at www.parentsstepahead.org.
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