AT&T has started its fourth year as a team sponsor for City Year Sacramento. This year AT&T is sponsoring the team serving at St. HOPE Public Schools. Their support includes a one-on-one mentoring program for the AmeriCorps (corps) members serving at Sacramento Charter High School and Oak Park Preparatory Academy. Through the program, AT&T engages its employees to serve as mentors for corps members during their year of service.
“To me mentoring is really important,” said Yen Marshall, Area Director – AT&T External Affairs. “I have been fortunate to have strong mentors throughout my life who have helped me get to where I am today with AT&T. It is our hope that providing strong mentors to City Year AmeriCorps members will help them in their leadership development.”
The mentoring program began with AT&T’s team sponsorship of Fern Bacon Middle School during their first year in 2012. Throughout the last three years, the mentoring program has provided more than 30 corps members professional development guidance and support throughout their year of service in Sacramento.
This year, each corps member serving at St. HOPE schools is partnered with an AT&T employee who will guide them through this academic year and who will serve as a sounding board for them in support of their professional development.
“I am really excited for this opportunity to watch our corps members engage with members of the community,” said Jamie Buckner-Bridges, Program Manager for the St. HOPE team. “It will be a great year to watch them grow into young professionals as they serve their students.”
Once a month, AT&T will conduct sessions on topics such as communication skills, decision making, career planning and financial literacy. The mentors will engage the entire St. HOPE team in open discussion about the topics, which will create an opportunity for each participant to share feedback, share personal experiences, ask questions and find support from the entire group. Following the larger group discussion, corps members break out into one-on-one time with their mentors, allowing for a more personal and in-depth view of the day’s topic.
At City Year Sacramento, “Learning and Development Days” are scheduled twice a month, and provide all 66 AmeriCorps members with a collaborative opportunity to engage in sessions designed to enhance both their work with students and their professional development skills.
AT&T has embraced this goal and supported it throughout the last three years as a team sponsor. Their mentoring program allows for corps members to engage with Sacramento professionals and develop their understanding of how their year of service translates to life after City Year.
“I am most looking forward to hearing advice and stories from someone with years of professional and life experience,” said AmeriCorps member Adrianna Lucero.
Thanks to AT&T, City Year Sacramento is more fully able to support corps members as they develop into young professionals and local leaders working in the community.