AT&T: Empower Latinos Every Step of the Way
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Empower Latinos, Every Step of the Way
At AT&T, we always strive to build a better future and do so by investing, uplifting and giving back to the communities we serve. This Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the Hispanic / Latino community by reaffirming our commitment to supporting Latinos across our country and creating opportunity for all.
Through professional development opportunities, financial support to students, and connected communities through free internet access and additional resources, AT&T directly empowers Latin American communities in all aspects of our business.
We know that over the next decade 12 million jobs * requiring post-secondary education will go unfilled – often referred to as the opportunity gap. To support the advancement of the economic empowerment of diverse professionals, AT&T is committed to closing this gap by reducing the skills gap.
Since 2016, AT&T has partnered with Senior year, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap while connecting thousands of young adults with the skills and experience sought after by large companies. Over 90% of Year Up young adults are used nationally to identify as a person of color. Together with Year Up, AT&T aims to make a meaningful impact for diverse workers in cities across the country – and within its own business. In conjunction with the nonprofit, AT&T hosted nearly 189 Year Up interns nationwide in various departments. AT&T welcomed 22 Year Up interns in its latest class of 2022, and of those attendees, 50% identify as Hispanic or Latino.
We also encourage the creativity of the Latino community and the next generation of artists who represent and amplify their Latino heritage. AT&T is committed to advancing the education of Latino filmmakers through our FACIUNI Scholarship, a program we sponsor for summer film courses at a prestigious university that boosts talent development for years to come.
Additionally, this month we launched the first of over 20 AT&T Connected learning centers which will be housed within local community organizations across the country to provide historically underserved students and families with free access to reliable internet, computers and educational resources. This new initiative is part of our three-year $ 2 billion program commitment bridging the digital divide through efforts that promote affordability, accessibility and broadband adoption.
From working with Latino-owned businesses to partnering with organizations and institutions serving Latinos, we look forward to helping build stronger local communities and economies while enabling Latinos to succeed.
*Source: Year up