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AT&T Helps Junior Achievement Bring Financial Education to At-Risk Students with Two Signature Programs

February 28, 2017


AT&T’s Danielle Carnicom teaches students how to budget at JA Finance Park

San Diego High Students Learn How to Budget at Mission Fed JA Finance Park and Plan for Career Success through AT&T & JA Job Shadow Initiative

SAN DIEGO, Cali. -- The financial and volunteer support of AT&T will allow students from San Diego High a chance to experience two of JA’s life-changing financial literacy programs. On Wed., Feb. 15, AT&T professionals volunteered at JA Finance Park, to mentor 95 students from San Diego High School.

The JA Finance Park program helps students decide what happens after high school as they plan for education, career and financial success. When students come to the Park, they receive a “life situation” and income based upon a real San Diego job they choose in the classroom. Students must then apply for a home loan, purchase a car, shop for groceries, make investments, save for the future, all while balancing a monthly budget.


Through its signature philanthropic initiative called AT&T Aspire, these same students will learn how to be workforce-ready at an interactive AT&T/JA Job Shadow initiative at AT&T’s Data Center, located in the Mira Mesa office on Thursday, March 9.

The students will tour AT&T’s Data Center and Power Plant. The interactive program teaches students workforce readiness skills like how to look someone in the eye and shake their hand, as well as gain the confidence to compete for a job in today’s global economy.

AT&T’s Kimyetta Fuller Dean teach teens kids how to budget for childcare expenses at the YMCA Shop

JA’s high school programs are brought to life by the AT&T employees, who serve as valued mentors, committing significant time and resources, to help students prepare for career and financial success after high school.

"I appreciate AT&T and JA for giving me a chance to experience, JA Finance Park. It was really eye-opening. It proves saving and planning for your future are important. I am also excited to learn and tour AT&T’s Data Center and Power Plant in the next few weeks. I am hoping to learn about the various careers opportunities at the growing multimedia company,” said Elado Vargas, a 10th grade student at San Diego High.


This partnership merges JA’s mission of educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy with the AT&T’s’ commitment to prepare today’s students to compete in the global economy. “Once again the AT&T team is committed to preparing and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders for career success. By volunteering at Mission Fed JA Finance Park and hosting a JA Job Shadow at our office, we can continue to work closely with the students to share career advice and help them make the connection between what they are learning in school to building a great career at a company like AT&T,” said Danielle Carnicom, Manager, Office of the President, AT&T San Diego.

The joint initiative targets Title 1 Schools or schools with graduation rates of 70 percent or lower, where a significant percentage of the students are low income, and are off-track for graduation due to absenteeism or lack of credits.

"We are so thankful to partner with AT&T and Junior Achievement to bring hundreds of San Diego High students to Mission Fed JA Finance Park, followed by the interactive joint Job Shadow program this school year,” said Carissa Teachout, Teacher at San Diego High School. “When young adults learn how to manage personal finances, explore various career paths and plan for their future, they will reach their full potential and dream for a brighter future.”


AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. The company drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue, including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring. JA is proud to partner with AT&T and its employees to bring relevant, real-world financial education to San Diego youth.


About Junior Achievement of San Diego County: Since 1950, Junior Achievement of San Diego County has provided life-changing programs to more than 855,000 youth—in the classroom and after school—to foster an understanding of how the “real world” works. To ensure youth are prepared for their future, JA teaches them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage money. Home to the popular McGrath Family JA BizTown and the new Mission Fed JA Finance Park, JA of San Diego will reach 75,000 youth from 38 school districts during the 2016-17-calendar school year. JA San Diego receives support from more than 5,600 volunteers annually, including 48 board members, and has a staff of 31 and a budget of $4.8 million. For the latest news and information, please visit:

About Philanthropy at AT&T: AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2014, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. To learn more visit: