Building a Better Tomorrow: AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
January 13th, 2016
Posted In: Corporate Engagement, National Mentoring Summit


This post was written in collaboration with AT&T.

Every day, AT&T is using the power of its network to build a better tomorrow. Whether it’s with the company’s employee or technology network, AT&T’s goal is to create a smarter, more connected future, because life is better when everyone and everything works together.

For more than 140 years, AT&T has made a positive impact on communities because of the passion and dedication of its more than 280,000 employees.

Through Aspire Mentoring Academy, employees are changing the lives of students every day. The program is a key part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s $350 million commitment to help students succeed in school and beyond.  As of today, AT&T employees have reached a milestone – providing students who need it most with one million hours of mentoring.  Thanks to their dedication, more young people are reaping the benefits of having a mentor.

“Our employees inspire us every day with their commitment to mentor students who need it most. Through the Aspire Mentoring Academy, they are making a lasting impact on the lives of students around the world and helping to close the mentoring gap,” said Allison Hannel, Director, Aspire Mentoring Academy.

Through Aspire Mentoring Academy, AT&T works closely with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and leading education nonprofits, to pair young people with AT&T employees who help them discover their passions and potential. These meaningful mentoring experiences takes place at AT&T work locations, in schools, in the community, and through secure online platforms. The structure offers opportunities for every employee to be involved whether they are a member of the executive leadership team or a technical engineer.

In addition, AT&T is the Premiere sponsor of the 2016 National Mentoring Summit, an event founded and convened by MENTOR that brings together approximately 1,000 top researchers, policy makers, practitioners, the network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships, corporate partners and many other national youth-serving organizations.

AT&T Aspire and the Aspire Mentoring Academy continue to leverage technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

  • Number of employees – About 250,000
  • Number of employees participating in mentoring initiative – More than 10,000
  • Total number of hours committed to national service – 1 million hours of mentoring

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