The People | Planet | Possibilities Blog is a resource for the latest AT&T corporate citizenship and sustainability news and updates.

    AT&T HELLO LAB Mentorship Program Premieres 5 Short Films on DIRECTV NOW

    January 29, 2018 11:18 AM by AT&T

    January is National Mentoring Month, a month dedicated to promoting and encouraging youth mentoring across the country. We know that when mentors connect to young people, both are changed for the better. In fact, more than one in three students at risk of not graduating from high school grow up without an adult mentor in their life.

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    AT&T Aspire Accelerator Alumni: Where are they now?

    January 16, 2018 9:25 AM by Michelle Brown

    In the spring of 2016, CommonLit.org was a collection of about 100 individual PDF reading lessons that English teachers could download and use with their students. Despite its humble start, I had a big vision. 

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    MENTOR: Summit Sponsor Spotlight — AT&T

    January 11, 2018 3:06 PM by The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR)

    As part of its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, AT&T connects employees with students to provide mentoring and help students discover their potential. Since 2012, AT&T employees invested more than 1.6 million hours to impact students across the country. We asked one of these employees, Neal Backsman, to share his experience as a mentor and how it has changed him.

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    Are You Ready for an Accelerator?

    January 11, 2018 10:52 AM by Nasir Qadree

    Building a company is incredibly hard... and incredibly rewarding. I know from experience. Before working at AT&T, I supported a portfolio of start-ups at a venture capital firm. There’s nothing quite like making an idea a reality and seeing its impact on others.

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    Calling All Ed-tech Innovators: Apply Within

    January 9, 2018 2:28 PM by AT&T

    Ed-tech isn’t just about digitizing books and training manuals for a tablet. It’s about using technology to deliver new forms of learning and teaching. It’s about personalizing and accelerating learning for everyone, everywhere, at any time. 

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    Coming Together, Changing Lives in Carapongo, Peru

    December 20, 2017 9:48 AM by CINTHYA ALLEN

    During 2017, AT&T’s long-standing culture of service and volunteerism has been highly visible across the nation with employees coming together to support communities affected by disasters and in need in Houston, Texas, Puerto Rico, California and many other regions.  As an AT&T employee, and National President for HACEMOS, our company’s Latino focused employee resource group, I recently had the opportunity to serve alongside my colleagues from more than a dozen countries in a transformative project showing that our company’s spirt of service is also truly global. 

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    Half a Century Later – An Alternative to TTY

    December 19, 2017 6:00 AM by AT&T

    In the 1960’s, TTY was first introduced.  At the time, it was revolutionary.  People who were deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or had a speech disability could finally communicate with friends, family and 911 operators – either directly in a TTY-to-TTY session, or indirectly through a telecommunications relay service (TRS) provider as a result of technological deployments in the 1970s and 1980s.  Since then, although technological innovation in communications has been exponential, in 2017, people with hearing loss and speech disabilities are still communicating with a TTY or via text messaging.

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    AT&T Aspire Accelerator: Where are they now?

    December 15, 2017 11:59 AM by Scott Lininger

    Feb. 17, 2017 will forever be burned into my mind. The Bitsbox team had that date circled in red on the calendar for months prior. It’s the day some of us sweat through our shirts and others found comfort in raiding the snack cabinet. Feb. 17 was the day our pitch to Shark Tank investors aired on TV.

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    5 Tips for Building a Successful Startup

    December 5, 2017 8:00 AM by Sandro Olivieri

    I come from a family of educators, but I am not one myself.

    When I started as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the AT&T Aspire Accelerator focused on ed-tech, I had a small case of imposter syndrome. Sure, I’d worked in technology for my entire career, but what about the “ed” part of ed-tech? What did I know about education? How could I be taken seriously?

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    Jobs for America’s Graduates and AT&T Team Up to Provide Academic and Career Training in 34 States

    November 29, 2017 1:09 PM by Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

    Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2017 – Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and AT&T are working together to help raise the high school graduation rate and support successful career pathways by expanding academic support and providing mentoring opportunities for underserved students. JAG has received a $3.5 million contribution from AT&T to allow the national non-profit to add new schools and/or expand existing programs through its 34 JAG State Affiliates with proven success records of keeping kids in school.

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