Junior Achievement (JA) helps foster financial literacy and entrepreneurship among New York City students.
“We have a responsibility as a corporation to help prepare people like you, our students, for the next phase of their careers,” Tom DeVito, AT&T vice president and general manager for New York and New Jersey, who is also on the JA Board, told a panel of students in the school's library.
“We need leaders, we need to nurture talent, we need to make sure that our students are prepared for the 21st Century, for the way globalization and the business world is changing at a rapid pace,” he said.
The money was secured by an annual fundraising drive among AT&T employees, who have worked with JA since 2009.
“When I got to meet so many of the students here today, I recognized the future of our city and our country is in really good shape,” DeVito said. “The future is so bright for all of you.”
In the Academy of Finance and Enterprise, JA enhances the students' regular school work with extra-circular activities, such as a job-shadow program.
Daniela Charris, a student at the academy, said she participated in a job shadowing at an AT&T store in Flushing, where she learned skills that prepared her for today's work force.
“By participating in Junior Achievement's Job Shadow program, I visited an AT&T store and met and talked with various levels of employees,” Charris said at the event, which was held on the morning of Thursday, March 22nd. “I learned what it means to be career-ready and the skills necessary for success in a tech and communications company like AT&T.”