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December 21, 2017

AT&T Check Presentation -- Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation, Shreveport, LA

Posted by AT&T Louisiana Team

AT&T made a $3,000 contribution to the Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation to help support their youth-services project.  These funds will be applied toward transportation, school uniforms, materials, and supplies for students in low-to-moderate income families attending Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy to reduce absences, increase compliance and promote learning readiness.

Site 1 of 2 – David Raines Community Center

(L to R): David Aubrey, AT&T State Director; Robert Vinet, AT&T Regional Director; Irma Rogers, President, Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation; Steven Grant, Principal, Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy; John Barr, Northwest LA Regional Director, U.S. Senator John Kennedy

Site 2 of 2 – Louisiana Senator Greg Tarver’s Office

(L to R): Greg Tarver, Louisiana State Senator; David Aubrey, AT&T State Director; Robert Vinet, AT&T Regional Director; Irma Rogers, President, Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation

(L to R): Greg Tarver, Louisiana State Senator; David Aubrey, AT&T State Director; Robert Vinet, AT&T Regional Director; Irma Rogers, President, Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation

(L to R): Irma Rogers, President, Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation; Greg Tarver, Louisiana State Senator; Willie Bradford, Shreveport City Councilman; Robert Vinet, AT&T Regional Director; David Aubrey, AT&T State Director

(L to R): Willie Bradford, Shreveport City Councilman; Greg Tarver, Louisiana State Senator; Irma Rogers, President, Martin Luther King Community Development Corporation; Robert Vinet, AT&T Regional Director; David Aubrey, AT&T State Director

December 13, 2017

Continuing to Connect People to Opportunity in 2018

Posted by Sonia Perez

We are closing out the year just the way we started it: connecting people to opportunity. From connecting the U.S. Army, to connecting AT&T employees to career pipelines, or even connecting students to academic training, at its core, this is what all of us at AT&T do every day. I am so proud of what we have accomplished this year in Louisiana, and as I look forward to 2018 I am excited for what is to come. But before we get to January, I want to wish all of you, your family and your friends a happy holiday season and a happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Sonia Perez
President — AT&T Louisiana


Jobs for Louisiana Graduates and AT&T Team Up to Provide Academic and Career Training

Support is part of a $3.5 million contribution to Jobs for America’s Graduates and will help reach more Louisiana youth at risk of dropping out of high school

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Jobs for Louisiana Graduates and AT&T are working together to help raise the high school graduation rate and support career paths for underserved students. Because of its success in keeping kids in school, Jobs for Louisiana Graduates was one of 24 state affiliates selected to share in $3.5 million from AT&T.

The JAG program equips students to overcome obstacles to a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Test. The program does this through mentoring, academic support, links to social services, and other interventions. Students are guided into post-secondary education, entry-level jobs with pathways to successful careers or the military.

Jobs for Louisiana Graduates will use the $100,000 to expand the program into schools across the state.

“Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century careers is a critical step to building the diverse workforce we need to power our company — and our country — for the future,” said Sonia Perez, AT&T Louisiana President. “JAG has a track record of success, and this funding will allow them to provide even more students the opportunity to thrive.”

In 2016, JAG’s network of affiliates reported a 95% high school graduation rate, compared to the national graduation rate of 83% in 20151. Currently, the JAG model is offered in nearly 1,250 public high schools, community colleges, and alternative learning centers in 34 states.

In more than 3 decades of operation, JAG has helped more than 1.2 million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality, entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities. The JAG Graduating Class of 2016 achieved 84% successful outcomes, meaning students were enrolled in post-secondary education or were employed (or some combination of the two) for a full 12 months after they graduated from high school.

Since 2008, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have provided more than $11.4 million in funding to JAG and its local affiliates. This support is part of AT&T Aspire, which helps provide access to education and the training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $400 million to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world.

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¹Alliance for Excellent Education. U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High: A Time for Celebration and Rededication, Oct. 25, 2016.

November 01, 2017

Join me this Veterans Day to Thank Our Heroes

Posted by Sonia Perez

Veterans Day is a day of reflection. Reflecting on our country’s past. Reflecting on where we are today. And, most importantly, reflecting on those who fought for our freedoms.

AT&T has a long history of supporting our military and First Responders. We’ve committed to hiring 20,000 veterans by the year 2020. We’re also using our talents to construct a public safety broadband network called FirstNet to connect our First Responders in new ways.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are thankful for our service members.

Join me this Veterans Day in thanking our heroes for their bravery and sacrifices.

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To join us in thanking a veteran or military family, share a photo, video or a simple note of gratitude on social media using #ThankOurHeroes.

We are proud to join our voices together with a message to veterans: thank you for your service!

Sincerely,

Sonia Perez
President — AT&T Louisiana

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