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Lincoln High Students Learn Important Workforce Skills through AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy & JA Job Shadow Initiative

April 18, 2016

Lincoln High School students tour AT&T Data Center with
AT&T Manager Gerardo Favela in Mira Mesa. 


Kristi Zimsky
Junior Achievement

SAN DIEGO, CA — On Wednesday, April 20, students from Lincoln High School will participate job shadow event with AT&T employee volunteers, as part of the company’s Aspire Mentoring Academy and Junior Achievement of San Diego County (JA)’s Job Shadow initiative. The event will be held at the AT&T San Diego Data Center, located at 7337 Trade Street in Mira Mesa, from 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM. 

The interactive workshop 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.

The Aspire Mentoring Academy /JA Job Shadow collabration is one of many mentoring sessions taking place across the country during the 2016 school year. A total of 51 JA Areas across the United States have been invited to participate in Aspire Mentoring Academy as part of the national collaboration, which will reach 13,000 students.

The collaboration is supported by a nearly $1 million contribution from AT&T. Through Aspire Mentoring Academy, the company’s employees are engaging in their communities with a goal to provide 1 million hours of mentoring to students at-risk of dropping out of high school.

A student participates in a mock interview with an AT&T employee. 

Many of AT&T’s approximately 240,000 employees are participating in this program to share career advice, skills and knowledge with teens that need it most.  During the job shadow events, AT&T employees share life experiences and career advice through project-based activities during the workday.

“Our employees are our greatest asset – and the Aspire Mentoring Academy gives them the opportunity to make a lasting impact on a young person's life through mentoring. We want to help students connect the importance of what they are learning in the classroom today to their future success,” said Randy Okamura, Director External Affairs San Diego/Imperial Counties of AT&T California and JA Board Member. “By working with Junior Achievement, our employees will connect with even more students this school year to share life experiences and career advice through project-based activities.”

To learn more about AT&T’s Aspire Mentoring Academy visit