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    AT&T HELLO LAB Mentorship Program Premieres 5 Short Films on DIRECTV NOW

    January 29, 2018 11:18 AM by AT&T

    January is National Mentoring Month, a month dedicated to promoting and encouraging youth mentoring across the country. We know that when mentors connect to young people, both are changed for the better. In fact, more than one in three students at risk of not graduating from high school grow up without an adult mentor in their life.

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    MENTOR: Summit Sponsor Spotlight — AT&T

    January 11, 2018 3:06 PM by The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR)

    As part of its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, AT&T connects employees with students to provide mentoring and help students discover their potential. Since 2012, AT&T employees invested more than 1.6 million hours to impact students across the country. We asked one of these employees, Neal Backsman, to share his experience as a mentor and how it has changed him.

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    Coming Together, Changing Lives in Carapongo, Peru

    December 20, 2017 9:48 AM by CINTHYA ALLEN

    During 2017, AT&T’s long-standing culture of service and volunteerism has been highly visible across the nation with employees coming together to support communities affected by disasters and in need in Houston, Texas, Puerto Rico, California and many other regions.  As an AT&T employee, and National President for HACEMOS, our company’s Latino focused employee resource group, I recently had the opportunity to serve alongside my colleagues from more than a dozen countries in a transformative project showing that our company’s spirt of service is also truly global. 

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    Half a Century Later – An Alternative to TTY

    December 19, 2017 6:00 AM by AT&T

    In the 1960’s, TTY was first introduced.  At the time, it was revolutionary.  People who were deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or had a speech disability could finally communicate with friends, family and 911 operators – either directly in a TTY-to-TTY session, or indirectly through a telecommunications relay service (TRS) provider as a result of technological deployments in the 1970s and 1980s.  Since then, although technological innovation in communications has been exponential, in 2017, people with hearing loss and speech disabilities are still communicating with a TTY or via text messaging.

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    Thanking Our Heroes: Today and Every Day

    November 8, 2017 8:00 AM by Karla Riker

    Veterans Day is an important time to reflect on the brave men and women who fought for our freedoms. This November, we’re honoring veterans by supporting organizations who, like us, are committed to serving our heroes all year long. These groups help ensure active duty military, veterans and their families receive the support they need long after the parades come to an end.

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    Team Rubicon: Why I Continue to Serve

    November 1, 2017 8:00 AM by Chaz Palisoc

    In December of 2015, I was at home with my family enjoying the rest of the holiday season when multiple tornadoes hit the Dallas area. We later found out that some of our friends were impacted by one of the tornados. My natural instinct was to get in the car immediately to provide the support they needed. In all honesty, I did not have a plan. I just wanted to help. 

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    It Takes a Village to Raise a Start-Up

    October 9, 2017 6:12 PM by Nasir Qadree

    AT&T is working to empower the next generation of change agents. We believe that our country’s startup ecosystem can have a direct impact on creating alternative and new solutions to revitalize America’s most challenged communities. That’s why we support start-ups that are using technology to solve challenges in education.

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    AT&T Pledges an Additional $1.4 Million to Hurricane Relief with New Matching Donation

    September 11, 2017 2:09 PM by AT&T

    Support for Rescue and Recovery Efforts in Communities Hit by Recent Hurricanes in the U.S. and Caribbean.

    AT&T* is donating another $1.4 million to hurricane relief, which includes a $1 million matching donation to Team Rubicon, $150,000 to Telecoms Sans Frontieres, a group that is working to reestablish connectivity for emergency responders and communities in the Caribbean, and $250,000 to local charities in states impacted by Irma. We will work with state officials to direct the $250,000 donations where they can be most beneficial.

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    AT&T Named to Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

    September 8, 2017 9:22 AM by AT&T

    Only U.S. Company in Telecommunication Services Industry to Make the List

    DALLAS, Sept. 8, 2017 — AT&T* was named to the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI). The S&P Dow Jones Index recognizes companies for their economic, environmental and social disclosures and performance. 

    We are 1 of only 2 companies – and the only U.S.-based company – in telecommunications to make the list.

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    Why Upskilling Our Employees is Essential For Our Business (and All Big Businesses)

    September 7, 2017 4:14 PM by Melissa Arnoldi and Charlene Lake

    Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. think tanks are not the only ones mulling over the future of our workforce. By 2020, the U.S. will have 85 million medium- and high-skilled job vacancies with not enough people qualified to fill them, according to McKinsey. And while solutions to this skills problem are coming from the startup world and the policy sphere, the country’s largest corporations also are playing a significant role in developing solutions.

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