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AT&T, Junior Achievement Join Forces to Teach San Diego Students Work Readiness and Financial Literacy Skills

November 10, 2016

For Immediate Release: Nov. 10, 2016
Contact: Kristi Zimsky
Junior Achievement
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AT&T’s financial and volunteer support brings 110 10th graders from Morse High School to Mission Fed JA Finance Park to learn how to budget and plan for career success after high school

SAN DIEGO, Cali. — AT&T and Junior Achievement of San Diego (JA) are joining forces to bring high school students to JA’s newest experiential learning center, Mission Fed JA Finance Park. The collaboration helps students plan for career and finance success after high school. The financial and volunteer support provided by AT&T, will bring 110 10th graders from Morse High to JA Finance Park on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 9am to 1pm (PST).

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.

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.

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. At the end of the day, students connect what they are learning in school to the real world of adult responsibilities.

"One of the best ways we can help our young people succeed in high school is to ensure that they see the connection between what they learn in school and what's required in the workplace," Danielle Carnicom, Manager, Office of the President at AT&T San Diego. "Here in San Diego, and across our company, the people of AT&T are proud to join forces with Junior Achievement to help students make that connection and go on to build great careers through the JA Finance program.”

"We are so thankful to partner with Junior Achievment and AT&T to give our student the JA Finance Park experience this school year,” said Harry Shelton, principal at Morse High. “It teaches young adults how to manage personal finances, explore various career paths and plan for their future, so they succeed after high school." 

Visit AT&T Aspire to learn more about the company's signature initiative aimed at supporting student success and career readiness.  

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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: jasandiego.org

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: http://about.att.com/content/csr/home/possibilities/at-t-aspire.html