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AT&T and Girl Scouts of the USA are teaming up to help high school girls "IMAGINE" having a future career in the science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM). This initiative will reach 6,000 underserved high school girls and is designed to help address a looming educational and economic crisis. Currently, minority students and women are gravitating away from science and engineering toward other professions and as STEM job opportunities increase faster than other professions the U.S. will need this young talent to compete in the global economy.
From November 2011 through summer 2012, high school girls from 18 Girl Scout Councils will team up with AT&T employees and other volunteers to participate in interactive activities and visual experiments, such as extracting DNA from a banana. The goal is to spark interest in taking additional STEM courses in high school and college and open doors to new career options.
AT&T's contribution is among the largest gifts ever received by the Girl Scouts of the USA toward our STEM programming. The contribution was made through AT&T Aspire, a $100 million commitment with the goal of helping students achieve their best possible futures. Since 1995, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have given nearly $87 million to support STEM initiatives.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and working with other organizations, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2010, more than $148.2 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. www.att.com