2016-10-19

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2016
Contact: Johnny Barr, 312-423-7176, jbarr@cityyear.org

Chicago, Illinois - City Year Chicago and AT&T announced an expanded year of their work together which includes a $100,000 contribution to City Year’s team serving at Phillips Academy High School in Bronzeville.  The contribution will help City Year Chicago support students’ academic and socio-emotional success at Phillips, ultimately increasing the number of students who are on-track to graduate, prepared for college and career.

On October 18th, more than 50 AT&T employees joined 20 City Year Chicago AmeriCorps members at Phillips Academy High School to work together on a service project in celebration of the collaboration.  They beautified the school environment by painting inspirational murals encouraging college success and neighborhood pride.

“We are deeply grateful to AT&T for its generous investment in City Year in Chicago, as well as throughout the country,” said Rebeca Nieves Huffman, Executive Director and Vice President of City Year Chicago. “This dynamic AT&T – City Year collaboration will help the students of Phillips High School connect to the tutors, mentors and role models they need to achieve success.”

AT&T’s contribution in Chicago is part of a broader $1.28 million national collaboration in 2016-17 that includes support of four additional City Year teams in cities across the U.S., including Dallas, Columbus, Little Rock, and Sacramento. In addition, through AT&T Aspire, the corporation’s signature education initiative, AT&T will support the expansion of City Year to more high schools

“As part of AT&T Aspire, we’re proud to support City Year as it works to bridge the gap in between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide,” said AT&T Illinois President Paul La Schiazza.  “AT&T is dedicated to supporting programs like City Year because we recognize the importance of educational opportunity, and we want to help young learners access it.”

City Year Chicago is one of 28 locations throughout the country which deploys City Year AmeriCorps members to work with students in grades 3 through 9, with research-based interventions targeting the early warning indicators of poor attendance, behavior incidents, and course failure in Math and English.  City Year’s national long term impact strategy is to increase the urban graduation pipeline.  Tapping the energy and talents of diverse young adults in national service, this strategy aims to dramatically increase the number of students who reach the tenth grade on track to graduate in the schools where City Year serves.

 

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T: AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we've passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.

 

About City Year: City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A recent third party study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to 2-3 times more likely to improve on Math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at www.cityyear.org, City Year’s Facebook page, and on Twitter.

 

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