AT&T employees play an active role in the communities that we serve. Our employees help us in our commitment to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives.
Mae Jean Go, one of our AT&T California employees, was recently recognized for her volunteer work.
This past June, Mae Jean attended the 44th Annual Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) national ceremony, in Washington D.C. and received the honor of the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) Champion for her long-standing volunteerism and public service to AT&T’s employee resource groups and community nonprofit organizations.
Since tutoring her mother to read English as a second language, Mae Jean has committed herself to helping others develop their leadership skills. Mae serves as an advisor for the Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement (APCA) and is a board member for the IDEAL Disability Advocates and 50 & Forward employee resource groups. She has conducted workshops for elementary and high school students through AT&T Aspire/Junior Achievement and for college students through the University of California’s Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.
JAF award winners were given a chance to briefly share their stories of public service with a national audience. Mae talked about her parents who spoke only Chinese when they emigrated to the U.S. from China. As a teenager, Mae worked in their family grocery store, and spent many afternoons tutoring her mother to read and write English as a second language. These experiences sparked her lifelong commitment to help others of all ages and backgrounds to develop leadership and communication skills, and to learn to speak confidently in their own voices.
Mae Jean humbly thanked AT&T and Jefferson Awards Foundation for the unexpected recognition. “I had the wonderful privilege of meeting other Jefferson Award winners,” she said, “who are truly inspiring people doing amazing work in our communities.”
We are proud of Mae Jean and of all of our employees who go the extra mile and volunteer their time to their communities. In 2015, our employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.4 million hours of time in community outreach activities — worth more than $124 million.
Mae Jean was also one of 4,527 AT&T employees who received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) in 2015 for logging more than 100 hours of community service. The PVSA is a prestigious honor given by the President of the United States in recognition of sustained volunteer service.
Thank you Mae Jean and all our employee volunteers, for all you do to make a difference in our company and the communities that we serve.
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