AT&T surprises 25 Foster Care students with Samsung Tablets
Skills-To-Go Program focuses on preparing young adults for college and careers
Malita Gabriel and Karl Blanco, AT&T.
BROWARD/PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – AT&T Aspire, an initiative focused on raising high school graduation rates and preparing students for college and careers, partnered with the Department of Children & Families (DCF) and ChildNet, the community-based care lead agency in Broward and Palm Beach counties, to surprise 25 students in foster care with Samsung tablets. The students, ages 18-22, have been recognized for their hard work, determination and perseverance despite life’s setbacks.
AT&T and ChildNet’s understanding of the importance of education in a young person’s success has provided abused, abandoned and neglected children in Broward and Palm Beach County access to tools and programs that will help them graduate and pursue their career aspirations.
“These students have made great progress in both their studies and their commitment to pursuing a better future,” said Elizabeth Wynter, director of community relations at Child-Net. “We are incredibly grateful for the contributions AT&T has made to help support our community’s most vulnerable population. The tablets and the Skills-To-Go workshops have helped these students prepare for interviews, create and update their résumés and fill out job applications.”
The AT&T Skills-To-Go program has been successful in introducing youth to career opportunities in the technology and telecommunications fields. During the workshop, AT&T Pioneers, a group of current and retired AT&T executives, staff and volunteers dedicated to community service, surprised the students with the tablets and also encouraged to fill out and submit applications for any current AT&T openings they were interested in.
The contribution from Samsung is in conjunction with its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program. The program, which focuses on children’s education, helps to create possibilities for children through financial and technology resources.
As the single private non-profit entity responsible for administration of the local child welfare system, ChildNet brings years of dedication to protecting abused, abandoned and neglected children in the communities it serves.