The grants were awarded to organizations serving twenty-nine thousand students in fourteen states and the District of Columbia that have demonstrated their effectiveness in helping high school students graduate ready for college or a career. The annual program supports organizations whose focus includes the delivery of integrated student supports, college or career preparation, and/or mentoring.
Grant recipients include the YMCA of Greater New York, which was awarded $250,000 to expand a college access and success initiative that provides services to underserved students in New York City, and Family Connection-Communities in Schools in Athens, Georgia, which will receive $1 million to place site coordinators in three high-poverty high schools and provide targeted and school-wide interventions aimed at increasing graduation rates and improving student achievement.
"A high school diploma is a ticket to future success for students and our country," said Nicole Anderson, assistant vice president, AT&T Social Innovation and Philanthropy. "We work with the best-of-the-best organizations, ones that use proven interventions to support students throughout high school."