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Posted on August 21, 2017.

AT&T CONTRIBUTES $50,000 TO SUPPORT YOUNG MEDIA MAKERS

Contribution to Bay Area Video Coalition Supports Next Gen Media and Technology Program for Underserved Youth from Across the Bay Area


SAN FRANCISCO, August 21, 2017 — AT&T made a $50,000 contribution to Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) to support its youth media and technology program, Next Gen. The after school program provides underserved youth with creative, technical and soft-skill development to expose and help prepare young creators for careers in video, animation, audio music and game design. The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative and financial commitment of $400 million since 2008 to drive innovation in education and promote student success in school and beyond.

“The opportunity gap is not only about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), it’s also about the arts and creative industries,” said Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California. “AT&T is proud to support the Bay Area Video Coalition to help empower diverse and talented young people in our region to further their education and careers in media production.”

AT&T’s contribution helps BAVC serve more than 100 youth annually in its intensive, 10-month Next Gen after school program that provides technology skill development, as well as exposure to creative industries, career options and colleges. Students participating in the program also gain exposure to award-winning filmmakers and creative-industry professionals, while earning up to three college credits and gaining paid work experience.

“With support from AT&T, BAVC is helping teach young people how to make media, not just consume it,” said Jeremy O’Neal, Interim Executive Director, Bay Area Video Coalition. “As traditional creative jobs continue to change rapidly, BVAC is preparing the next generation of media makers for what lies ahead.”

AT&T announced the contribution during a BAVC Youth Screening at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on Saturday, August 19, 2017. During the event, young filmmakers unveiled their works about community and coming of age issues including immigration, gentrification and lyrical exploration of racism.

More information on AT&T Aspire is available at: www.att.com/aspire.

More information on Bay Area Video Coalition is available at: www.bavc.org.

About Philanthropy & 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. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

Keywords: AT&T California, Bay Area Video Coalition, AT&T Aspire
 
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