AT&T contributes $100K for tech devices

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Bridging the Homework Divide: Goodwill, AT&T Partner to Put Tech Devices in Hands of 450 Local Low Income High School Students

AT&T contributes $100,000 to reach students in three Goodwill Central Texas programs; Austin Mayor Steve Adler lauds program to help students in need

AUSTIN/TEXAS (SEPTEMBER 14, 2016) – Goodwill Central Texas and AT&T today announced an effort to outfit 450 local high school students with tech devices in an effort to boost their success in high school and improve workforce readiness.

“In today’s fast-paced online world not owning a computer can really limit the ability of a student to connect to their teachers, complete their assignments and learn valuable computer skills,” said Matthew Williams, Vice President of Education for Goodwill Central Texas.  “We want to empower these students to overcome barriers to educational successes and employment. This program, and the contribution from AT&T, will help us reach 450 low income high school students who don’t have access to the tech devices that can help them succeed and connect to educational and, ultimately, work opportunities that will strengthen their economic and social well-being.”

AT&T will contribute $100,000 to Goodwill Central Texas to help 450 local students access the technology they need to succeed in school and beyond.   Via three Goodwill programs that support education success and workforce readiness, AT&T and Goodwill will help targeted high school students access tech devices students need to communicate with teachers and life coaches and increase access to study tools, information and homework outside of the classroom. The students will own the devices, which will be purchased by Goodwill with the financial support from AT&T.

AT&T’s contribution is a part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness.  With an unwavering commitment to data-driven education outcomes, AT&T Aspire has impacted more than 1 million students since its launch in 2008.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler attended today’s announcement event.

“When our students succeed in school, our city benefits in ways we can’t imagine,” Adler said. “Programs such as this one are great for spreading opportunity more broadly and equitably to lift up those communities that are usually left behind. I very much appreciate Goodwill and AT&T for coming together to help our local students succeed in school and beyond.”

Leslie Ward, Senior Vice President, AT&T External Affairs, added, “At AT&T, our business is technology.  Our commitment to student success, workforce development and readiness, and organizations like Goodwill, is one of the ways we are preparing the future generation for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Participating Goodwill programs, all of which target low-income students, include the Goodwill Excel Center Charter School, Goodwill Youth Services and the Goodwill Workforce Advancement Program. The charter school is an open-enrollment dropout recovery charter high school, which provides students with the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and post-secondary training or career training, and secure living wage employment.   Goodwill Youth Services
provides paid internships, job readiness training, financial and digital literacy, soft skills training, basic needs assistance, and case management services to youth facing barriers to employment and education.  Goodwill’s Workforce Advancement Program
equips adults with the skills necessary to secure employment and earn a sustainable wage in high demand/high growth industries.

About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T

AT&T 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.

Goodwill Central TexasAbout Goodwill Central Texas:

Established in Austin in 1958, Goodwill Central Texas, a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, has become a multi-dimensional non-profit deeply entwined with business and job growth, the environment, and the overall spirit of Central Texas. Goodwill empowers more than 13,000 people each year, helping them fulfill their potential, improve the lives of their families, and contribute to the growth of the community. Goodwill, in collaboration with an extensive network of practical, thoughtful assistance-providers, actively strives to broaden its scope of education, job training, and business services in alignment with the core mission of generating lifelong connections to work.

For more information, contact:
Name: Mona Taylor
Phone: 512.633.4708

Pictured: Brant Sewell, Goodwill Excel Center Student; City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler; Matthew Williams, VP – Education at Goodwill of Central Texas; and Leslie Ward, Senior VP – External & Legislative Affairs at AT&T.

Pictured: City of Austin Council Member Leslie Poole; City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler; Brant Sewell, Goodwill Excel Center Student; Leslie Ward, Senior VP – External & Legislative Affairs at AT&T; and Matthew Williams, VP – Education at Goodwill of Central Texas.




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