It’s a sobering statistic: Nearly one in five high school students don’t graduate with their class.
According to Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, this unfortunate reality has a devastating impact on lives and results in a crisis for our future job force, the economy and U.S. global competition.
To help combat this tragic occurrence, AT&T and CIS are joining forces to address the problem with a “proven model for success.”
Supported by a $5 million contribution from AT&T, Communities In Schools will expand and strengthen its network that is helping 1.25 million of the nation’s most challenged students achieve in school, graduate and go on to college and career success.
In addition, AT&T says its employees will support these efforts as volunteer mentors across the country.
AT&T’s $5 million contribution is one of the largest ever through AT&T Aspire, the company’s $350 million investment in education to help more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
Since 2008, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have provided $14.2 million in funding to Communities In Schools and its local affiliates.
“We are grateful for the long-standing collaboration with AT&T. Their support will enable Communities In Schools to continue impacting even more of our nation’s youth,” says Communities In Schools President Daniel Cardinali. “AT&T’s investments of time and resources demonstrate leadership that increases the likelihood students will make positive life choices, succeed academically and finish school prepared to achieve in life.”