AT&T Contributes $1 Million to America’s Promise Alliance Grad Nation
Initiative Supporting Student-Developed Programs that Tackle the High School
Youth-led projects will receive funding and implementation assistance from America’s Promise
Alliance (the Alliance) partners and local community leaders.
Dallas, TX, and Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 6, 2010 -- To combat the alarming high school dropout rate
among American students, AT&T* and America’s Promise Alliance (the Alliance) today announced AT&T’s $1
million contribution to fund a re-granting initiative led by the Alliance that will provide young people nationwide
with the opportunity to develop and implement their own program ideas for increasing graduation rates.
The AT&T contribution is one of the first major gifts to support Grad Nation, the next phase of the Alliance’s
highly successful Dropout Prevention Campaign. A 10-year initiative, Grad Nation is focused on mobilizing
Americans to end the high school dropout crisis. This work will pay special attention to areas of the country
where the need is the greatest, especially communities surrounding the nation’s 2,000 lowest-performing high
schools, which account for approximately 50 percent of all high school dropouts.
The contribution to the Alliance is made through the AT&T Aspire program, the corporation’s $100 million
commitment to help American students succeed in high school, the workforce, and in life. This contribution will
mark the first youth-driven initiative in the Aspire portfolio. (View the AT&T Aspire media kit.)
A study by a professor from the School of Social Family Dynamics at Arizona State University found that by
high school, teens are spending more than half of their time in the company of their peers, and that the credibility,
authority, power, and influence of peers is greater during adolescence than at any other time in life.
Because of this, the Alliance will use AT&T’s $1 million contribution to create a grants program entitled “My
Idea,” to empower y