More than 75 Local Teens to Receive Career Mentoring with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and AT&T

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA) is bringing important financial literacylessons to at-risk students in Maryland as part of a contribution from AT&T, through its signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire.

High school students from Patterson High, Ben Franklin High School at Masonville Cove, and Digital Harbor High School will be assigned an AT&T mentor through the JA Job Shadow™ program, which gives students a firsthand glimpse into a professional career.

JA Job Shadow™ begins in the classroom with three sessions to help students learn more about careers, including how to identify a career based on interests, steps in researching potential jobs and developing job-hunting skills like networking and interviewing. The students then will visit the AT&T Corporate Office at 7229 Parkway Drive, Hanover, MD 21076 on Thursday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to shadow an employee for half a day to see first-hand how education translates to a satisfying and successful career.

“It’s so important for our young people to see the kinds of opportunities that are available to them if they study hard, stay in school, and find mentors who are willing to helpthem. Our students will learn these things and more thanks to the work of JA and AT&T. I’m excited they’re working together to help prepare Baltimore’s students for future careers,” said Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young.

“Some students may not have had strong positive role models in their daily lives,” Jennifer Bodensiek, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. “If this is the case, it can be harder for students to visualize success. With AT&T, we are giving students the opportunity to be exposed to different paths and to help them see that they too can achieve a rewarding career.”

During the 2016-2017 school year, Junior Achievement and AT&T seek to impact more than 7,000 students nationwide. This could not be achieved without the support of AT&T mentors who connect with students to help them discover their passions and potential. This collaboration is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative to promote student success in school and beyond.

“Mentoring is a two-way street and our volunteers also learn so much from the students,” says Carolyn Thompson, a spokesperson of AT&T. “The students and mentors both walk away feeling inspired. They’ve talked about passions, values, encourage, education – you name it. These students are ultimately the future of our company, and other companies worldwide, and it’s important to invest in them now.”

The collaboration between Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and AT&T is a continuation of their joint commitment to providing supplemental learning experiences that help young people in the community develop the competence, confidence and character to make smart academic and economic decisions.

See what students and AT&T mentors who have completed JA Job Shadow™ have to say about the program: http://youtu.be/L3NWazI2_UM.

For more information, visit www.jamaryland.org.

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