Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 2, 2018 — AT&T* has announced it is contributing $30,000 to the Urban League of Louisiana as part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s initiative to help provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs.

This contribution from AT&T will support the Urban League of Louisiana’s Project Ready initiative from September, 2018—June, 2019, to help 125 students in the 9th-12th grades to develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes to aid their transition from high school to college. Students receive academic support, college and career advisement and exposure activities, academic monitoring and support, dual enrollment courses leading to college credit or industry recognized credentials, and a focus on S.T.E.M. careers.

The Urban League of Louisiana Project Ready initiative provides underserved, African American high school students with academic support, college and career awareness activities, and life and career skills development required to prepare them for long-term success in college, career and life. Project Ready currently partners with L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School in New Orleans through its college and career preparatory programming during in-school and out-of-school time. In addition, the Project Ready Program partners with Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge.

The Urban League of Louisiana assists African Americans and other communities seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights. Annually, the Urban League serves 15,000 citizens through an array of advocacy and direct service programs housed within a Center of Education and Youth Development, Center of Workforce and Economic Development, and Center of Policy and Social Justice.

Judy Reese Morse, President & CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana stated, “I appreciate AT&T’s generous contribution to the Urban League of Louisiana as it will literally help transform the lives of so many young people in our state. As high school students prepare for college and careers, it’s critically important they have the life skills and information they need to succeed, and that’s why contributions like this are so important.”

Sonia Perez, President of AT&T Louisiana commented, “AT&T is pleased to support the Urban League of Louisiana to help make a positive difference for students so they are more prepared to achieve success. Providing high school students with better college preparation and skills now positions them—and Louisiana—for economic growth and additional opportunities in the future.”

AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company – and our country – for the future. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T helps provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, we’ve committed $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. AT&T Aspire brings together the power of our network – our employees, our technology and organizations – to connect people to opportunities through education and job training.

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For more information, contact:              

Tarvis Thompson

AT&T Corporate Communications


Michael J. Ruffin

Regional Director

AT&T Louisiana

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