AT&T (News - Alert) has announced that the company will be making a contribution of $5 million to its Communities In Schools (CIS) organization. CIS works to reduce the number of dropouts from the school, which is turning out to be a major problem in the education sector.
CIS will use this funding expand and strengthen its network. The organization is already helping 1.25 million of the nation's most challenged students achieve in school, graduate and go on to college and career success. Employees of AT&T will join hands in this effort and will work as volunteer mentors across various schools.
Out of the $5 million investment by AT&T, $2.8 million will go towards supporting the CIS Total Quality System (TQS) accreditation standards. $2 million will be used to help CIS to continue its collaboration with Diplomas Now, and $200,000 will be used in expanding mentoring opportunities through Aspire Mentoring Academy.
CIS provides various programs to prevent dropouts and help students succeed in their goal to pursue education. The organization’s ‘The Charting for Success’ curriculum helps students in developing a plan of action to continue their education beyond high school. Another program, named ‘Charting for Success’ focuses on important steps for college and career success.
“Communities In Schools combines the best of what we know works – a caring adult and the effective use of metrics and evidence-based strategies – to drive positive, measurable outcomes for the students they serve," said Beth Shiroishi, vice president, sustainability and philanthropy at AT&T. "This new support will help ensure these best practices are implemented across their national network. Coupled with the commitment of AT&T employees, we will help more students graduate high school ready for future success.”
Recently, Cisco (News - Alert) became a new National Leadership Partner of Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to improve the learning activities for underserved students.
Edited by Ryan Sartor