Meet Rita Figueroa. Rita is a retired professional boxer from Chicago, and is currently a service manager in AT&T customer relations. But what makes Rita so extraordinary is the more than 500 hours she spent last year volunteering her time to coach at-risk youth.Read More »
Entries filed under 'Volunteering and Mentoring'
Presence. Sometimes, it is all we need. An ear to listen and a voice to reassure us and offer a few words of advice. For students struggling in school, the absence of an involved adult often exacerbates the problem. That’s why mentoring programs can be so powerful.Read More »
For the third time in 5 years, AT&T has been ranked the top community-minded communications company by The Civic 50. The company has been on the list each year since Civic 50’s inception in 2012. This recognition is a testament to the culture of service at AT&T and the commitment from employees to give their time, talent and money in support of the greater good.Read More »
Enjoying a day away from the office with a few hotdogs, cold drinks and a lot of sun makes for a great Memorial Day, but that isn’t exactly what the day is all about. In 2003, I left my family, friends, and future wife for an active duty deployment in the United States Army. In 2005, I left my wife of 1 month for a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq that would last over a year. Our Forward Operating Base (FOB) would often go on “Comms Blackout,” usually meaning a soldier on our FOB had been killed or seriously injured and their family was being officially notified.Read More »
I’ve spent some of the best days of my life out on a hiking trail, clearing brush, field checking maps and leading crews that rehabilitate trails and build new ones. You might see me carrying a clipboard and counting deer droppings, cutting brush with loppers or clearing blown down trees with a chain saw. Or perhaps you might find me building a bridge, swinging a sledge hammer or moving big rocks to build stepping stones or stairs. It’s not a high-paying job; it’s not even a paying job, actually. Money isn’t the point. I volunteer because it’s infinitely rewarding. I get to work with a great group of likeminded folks to ensure future generations can enjoy the hiking trails I have loved for so long.Read More »
According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement has been flat since 2000. In 2015, only 32% of employees reported being engaged at work while 50.8% reported not being engaged and 17.2% reported being actively disengaged. Additional research is starting to show a correlation with corporate responsibility and sustainability programming as evidenced by the data reported at Project ROI. They have reported seeing an increase in employee engagement by up to 7.5% because of corporate responsibility programming.Read More »
I always appreciated those who gave their time to serve their communities but I didn’t realize how much their impact mattered until I found my reason to serve.Read More »
My family raised my little brother and me in Fort Valley, a small town in Peach County, Georgia. When I was 18, I moved to Baton Rouge to attend Southern University on a track scholarship. I majored in business and joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. where we did volunteer work on campus and across the city. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the kids in the Baton Rouge community when we were part of a Dress for Success initiative.Read More »
AT&T is excited to launch a new documentary that tells incredible stories about people who are on the front lines of social change in the United States. The premiere of the AT&T original documentary RESOLUTION is focused on innovative thinking about disability and will showcase four compelling organizations that are making a meaningful difference in the lives of people with disabilities.Read More »
This post is part of our series on online mentoring. To learn more, click here.
It’s no doubt that in our digitally saturated generation, many relationships are built, and maintained, online. More than 92% of teens (ages 13-17) report going online every day to communicate with their friends and family, and 56% of them go online several times a day.1 It’s online where they are accustomed to building relationships and receiving information.Read More »