High school students from Chester, Norristown, and Philadelphia are getting a first-hand look at career opportunities beyond high school, thanks to a new initiative by AT&T in partnership with Communities in Schools of Philadelphia. About 100 high school students are attending AT&T’s Aspire Mentoring Academy to allow students to explore career options in the telecommunications field.
“This program allows our employees to get personally involved in AT&T’s commitment to education and have a lasting impact on students’ lives,” J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Mid Atlantic, said. “By sharing career advice, skills and knowledge with teens who need it the most, we can help shape future generations and set them up for success.”
Aspire Mentoring Academy is part of AT&T Aspire. Students who participated in the spring pilot program reported improve skills in collaboration, communications, critical thinking, and creativity after participating in the program.
“We are grateful to AT&T for understanding the value of education. It is so important for students to have an opportunity to develop the real-world experience needed to be competitive in a global economy,” said Martin Nock, president and chief executive officer of CIS of Philadelphia.
Come Together to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships
As students return to school across the country, budget crises in many cities are taking a toll, resulting in crowded classrooms, cut programs and teachers and guidance counselors stretched to the max.
But the fact is that even before this current fiscal crunch, we’ve long known that schools cannot combat the crushing impacts of poverty alone. In schools with the greatest needs, it’s always taken strong public-private partnerships to meet the enormous needs of students who struggle to overcome the challenges associated with intergenerational poverty.
That’s the case now more than ever: Public-private partnerships are the only way to weather current financial storms affecting cities such as Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia. Such partnerships are the only way to ensure that more students in urban school systems don’t drop out of school. What’s needed is for communities to come together to strengthen public-private partnerships to support schools and students…Read More
Macy’s will partner with Communities In Schools of Philadelphia to invite customers to participate in Macy’s eighth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 24, 2013. Customers can purchase shopping passes from Communities In Schools of Philadelphia now. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, which has helped raised more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006.
“Over the past eight years, Macy’s annual ‘Shop For A Cause’ has raised more than $46 million for local and national charities, providing our associates and customers an opportunity to give back to those organizations that touch their hearts each and every day,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Giving back is a key component of Macy’s culture. We are honored to offer our customers an easy and convenient way to make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of others, while enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”
Macy’s has provided Communities In Schools of Philadelphia with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Communities In Schools of Philadelphia will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more Communities In Schools of Philadelphia sells, the more money it will raise!
By purchasing a shopping pass from Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, customers support programs and resources that help students who are most vulnerable to dropping out, remain in school and move toward graduation success, while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.
“Our organization is grateful for the support that we receive from those that are dedicated to helping our youth succeed in life. In these difficult economic times, it is encouraging that you are willing to invest your dollars in our students’ future,” stated Martin Nock, President and Chief Executive Officer for Communities In Schools of Philadelphia.
For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, contact email@example.com or visit http://www.cisphl.org/ways-to-give/shop-for-a-cause/.
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