AT&T AWARDS URBAN LEAGUE OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY $20,000 TO SUPPORT UNDERREPRESENTED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN PURSUIT OF HIGHER EDUCATION

AT&T, Assembly Member Shirley Weber Promote the ULSDC Project Ready Program

SAN DIEGO — As many students in poverty-stricken areas struggle to find ways to cover the costs of books and school supplies for next year, the Urban League of San Diego County (ULSDC) today announced that AT&T will award $20,000 in funding to support the Project Ready program.

Ray King, President and CEO of ULSDC said, “Education is at the foundation of our mission. At its core, Project Ready is about preparing San Diego students to be successful in any career they choose. The Urban League is working to ensure that no opportunity is out of reach and we’re grateful to AT&T for helping us support more young people across the county.”

Ignacio Del La Torre, Associate Vice President of External Affairs at AT&T said, "AT&T strongly supports the great work of the Urban League and its Project Ready Program. This program will encourage students to set goals, graduate from high school and prepare for future career success."

Project Ready, a signature program of ULSDC, is designed to prepare students in underrepresented communities for college, work and life. Project Ready provides a platform for students (in the 8th through12 grades) to make academic progress and receive social and cultural support. The goal is for program participants to develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will help them transition from high school to post-secondary education.

ULSDC received the $20,000 in funds for the Project Ready program through a local AT&T Aspire program grant. The AT&T Aspire program seeks to bring together AT&T employees, nonprofits andcommunity members to help equip students with the skills they need to lead the global digital economy. AT&T is investing in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions; and employing technology to make a direct impact on American education. This contribution to ULSDC advances the AT&T Aspire mission to invest over $400 million in education between 2008 and 2018. Through the Aspire program, AT&T hopes to encourage learning, bridge the skills gap and build a diverse talent pipeline to ensure students have the opportunity to realize their full potential.

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