Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey Receive Support from AT&T for STEM Programs

$80,000 helps students in Paterson & Passaic; Trenton, Ewing & Lawrence; and Atlantic City boost STEM skills

Boys and Girls Clubs are places where young people can learn new things, make new friends, learn from mentors, and develop skills that will help them achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

To help students learn and sharpen their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, AT&T in 2017 contributed $80,000 to 3 clubs in New Jersey so they could enhance STEM programs offered to students. The support is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative to drive student success in school and beyond, according to J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic.

The Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic received $25,000 to support the d2D/STEM Experience that prepares underserved high school students for college and career by providing paid internships, STEM-based experiential learning opportunities, SAT preparation activities and field trips.

Students from Trenton, Ewing and Lawrence will benefit from a $25,000 contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County to support the After School STEM Academy, an experiential learning program where underserved high school students explore various aspects of STEM and participate in college-readiness activities.

And, in Atlantic City, a $30,000 contribution from AT&T to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City supports the AC STEM Initiative. Through this program, 50 high school students with the opportunity to acquire 21st century skills in the field of technology, participate in academic reinforcement, college preparation activities, and explore local STEM careers and occupations.

“Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century careers is a critical step to building the diverse workforce we need to power our company – and our country – for the future,” said Schweder. “We want to do what we can to help prepare New Jersey’s future tech leaders, and supporting these Boys and Girls Clubs is a way we can achieve that goal.”

Schweder added that AT&T is a proud supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), having contributed to chapters across the country for more than a decade. All told, AT&T has contributed more than $13 million to BGCA chapters nationwide as part of AT&T Aspire, including $5 million for the BGCA’s Great Futures Campaign.

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