AT&T Employees Mentor 1 Million Hours, Surpassing Goal

AT&T Aspire Accelerator now accepting applications through Friday for ed-tech entrepreneurs

AT&T Employees Mentor 1 Million Hours, Surpassing Goal 

AMA 1 million hours of mentoring

When a mentor connects with a mentee, both lives are changed for the better.

That’s why AT&T employees are committed to providing mentoring to students through Aspire Mentoring Academy, a part of AT&T Aspire.

We are excited to announce that in less than 4 years, AT&T employees have provided 1 million hours of mentoring to students who need it most, here in Illinois and across the globe.

With the launch of Aspire Mentoring Academy in the fall of 2012, we set a goal to provide 1 million hours of mentoring by the end of 2016. Since that launch, 830 AT&T employees have provided 79,027 mentoring hours to 14,166 students here in Illinois.

Reaching this milestone is a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of our employees. As mentors, employees connect with students to help them discover their passions and potential. Watch the video below to learn more about the impact this experience has had on students and employees.

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AT&T Aspire Accelerator now accepting applications through this Friday for ed-tech entrepreneurs

Aspire Accelerator application

Through this Friday, Feb. 5, AT&T will accept applications for the AT&T Aspire Accelerator for ed-tech ventures. The Aspire Accelerator is part of AT&T's plan to empower students to reach their full potential. For- and non-profit organizations selected to participate in the program will receive financial investment, access to expert services and mentorship.

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Program information

The program will begin with selected ventures in May 2016. Key elements of the Aspire Accelerator’s customized 6-month program include:

Link to Aspire Accelerator video

  Watch this video to learn more about the
Aspire Accelerator program.

Bullet pointAspire Investment — $100,000 AT&T investment and an additional $25,000 to cover costs associated with the program for each organization. For nonprofit companies, the investment will be a general contribution in exchange for participating in the Aspire Accelerator and meeting certain requirements, including submitting impact measurements.

Bullet pointMentorship — Access to AT&T and external mentors from the education and technology ecosystems.

Bullet pointNational Platform — Inclusion in the broader AT&T Aspire initiative, which is committed to driving innovation in education on a national scale.

Bullet pointFlexible Location — Unlike other accelerators,
organizations do not have to relocate to participate in the Aspire Accelerator.

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any type of organization working on a product or service that uses technology to support students’ educational and career success. Potential areas of focus include, but are not limited to: mobile applications that drive education outcomes; platforms for teachers, students and/or parents; learning and curriculum management tools; assessment and outcome tracking platforms; education distribution (online instruction, courses, etc.); and increased access for existing best practices. Solutions for students at risk of dropping out of school will receive special consideration.

Application Information

Click here for submission information, and please share with others who may be interested in applying.

We look forward to reading your applications!

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Paul La Schiazza

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