For many years, AT&T has been a key partner in improving education, piloting family engagement strategies to help boost high school graduation.
Family support is critical to school success, but too often schools and communities don’t know how to provide that. Consider the example of Brownsville, Texas: with the help of AT&T, United Way of Southern Cameron County has created a national model for success. High school Family Engagement Coordinators work with a group of struggling students and their families from 9th grade on, helping them clear barriers (including a lack of school supplies, transportation or even a water heater).
Early on in the initiative, some parents didn’t understand what was required of them, or what was available to help their kids. The Family Engagement Coordinators solved those problems. Results? In one high school, 20 of the original 36 students graduated—and 11 even graduated early.
That's just one reason we've recognized AT&T as an Outstanding Strategic Partner, celebrating its leadership, long-term commitment, volunteering and employee engagement.
AT&T is also a leader in engaging its employees to build stronger communities, through an AT&T online auction and with new technologies, including user-friendly ways for employees to donate to United Way using their cell phones.