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.
By Peter Daly, Vice President, Global Service Management, AT&T
There’s a culture shift going on at AT&T as our business grows in technology, media, and telecommunications. It’s a culture of continuous learning to acquire new skills, so that we can create the talent needed to drive innovation across our company. We are investing in education and training to create a diverse and skilled workforce that will help power our company for the future. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, we help provide access to the training young people need to get and keep good jobs.
Providing Career and Education Advice to High School Youth
We are incredibly committed to STEM education at Weatherford, especially when it comes to supporting women and underprivileged youth. In 2016, we provided approximately 2,220 students with STEM mentorship through our Weatherford Worldwide Initiative Supporting Education (WISE) program. In June, the Weatherford WISE program hosted seven high school girls from the Houston area for their IPAA/PESA summer externship. This is our first year participating in this program, though Weatherford has been engaged in a variety of other educational activities with IPAA/PESA.
FIRST Robotics' first regional event was this past weekend in Rockland County (NY), with eight Bloomberg teams competing. The NYC regional is the weekend of April 9 where we will have 10 teams competing. Watch (and share) this video featuring students and Bloomberg mentors.
Amgen Rhode Island partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State to launch the first site-based mentoring program in Rhode Island. The program, called Beyond School Walls, brought 20 sixth graders from a local elementary school to Amgen for a 15-week program. Each of the 20 students was paired with a volunteer Amgen staff member, meeting every other Wednesday from November through June for one-to-one mentoring.
Many people who have led successful and fulfilling lives cite the fact that a mentor had a major positive impact on them when they were growing up. In fact, a recent Brigham Young University study shows that mentors can be pivotal in a student’s decision to go to college, which is the core foundation for a bright future. The study cites that for all teen students, having an adult mentor meant a 50 percent greater likelihood that a student would attend college.
PT Freeport Indonesia’s Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Program mentors indigenous entrepreneurs through all aspects of business development and management. The program helps entrepreneurs prepare feasibility studies, obtain loans, and provides marketing assistance and training, in addition to bookkeeping and managerial skills.
A wise man once told me, “There’s no better title than ‘Dad’.” We were talking about career achievements and family, and how to balance the two. I have to hand it to him — he definitely put things into perspective for me.
That title carries a lot of responsibility, not only in providing for a family, but more so in educating the younger generation. ‘Dad’ and ‘Mom’ are titles given to us as soon as our children are born. It’s a very simple, straightforward process. But, how do you earn that title?
Any Amgen Scholar would be fortunate to land in David Mooney’s cell and tissue engineering lab at Harvard University. In the past year alone, his team of 40 scientists -- 10 of them undergraduates -- has packaged cancer vaccines into new scaffold-like materials. They’ve made elastic gels on which bone stem cells stand a better chance of survival. And they have developed strands of nanomaterials that can deliver drug “refills” to existing drug-eluting implants.